Fantastic Semester of Biking July 01, 2019

By (Environmental Studies, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/12/2019 to 05/11/2019 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely worthwhile. Changed my perspectives about political issues along with how we view living well. I love the experience.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Loved living with Danish students.

* Food:

I cooked my own food for the semester, after I received a grocery stipend.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I lived with Danish students and had Danish friends. I also got into the Copenhagen culture, especially loved riding my bike.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Very safe city.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Copenhagen is an expensive city, but we are provided a food stipend and given a transportation pass. How much you spent relied on how often you ate out/ did recreational activities.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Loved my Danish Professor.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Just learn the basics and some fun sayings. Everyone speaks English and it will not be necessary to speak Danish. It is a fun way to connect with people though.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Danish friends
  • Kollegium style living
* What could be improved?
  • There are so many people on the program and it is hard to feel connected at the beginning
  • More socializing events during orientation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I didn't understand that we only went on one study tour during one of the weeks and that the other one was off. Because of this I did not plan travel with family accordingly. A better description of this and how this will work for students.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.