I want to go back July 29, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/14/2019 to 05/10/2019 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It made me realize I want to have a international career - 100% worthwhile. Really gave a whole new dimension to my life.

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

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

DIS takes care of you - they set you up in a nice place, pay for your food mostly, and are there if you need anything. They don't just drop you in Denmark and say have fun, they make sure they are adding to your experience.

Finances

* 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)

Cope is expensive

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I used the stipend. So if I wasn't grocery shopping, and I went out to eat, then about 50 dollars a week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't buy lunch

Language

* 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

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
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? In danish, none
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Listen to a few youtube videos beforehand

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The classes/field trips
  • The city
  • The people
* What could be improved?
  • More money for stipend
  • More in detail housing questionnaire
  • More local engagement
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Seek out experiences where you feel scared

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Artifical Intellgience

Course Department: Computer Science
Instructor: Thomas Bolander
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Challenging but didn't learn a ton. Projects felt impossible, not a lot of help available. The robots were cool. Thomas was really nice but kinda a boring lecturer.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Danish 101

Course Department: Danish
Instructor: Nina Lahav
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Definitely challenging, but Nina is probably the best teacher around. I really enjoyed having Danish and I used it in the country.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Leadership Across Cultures

Course Department: Business
Instructor: Morten Rubert-King
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not very challenging, but very interesting. I actually bring this course up often in interviews. Teacher shares lots of 'real world' stories.
Credit Transfer Issues: Not that I know of
Course Name/Rating:

Computational Analysis of Big Data

Course Department: Comp Sci
Instructor: Ulf Aslak
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very challenging, field trips were okay. Awesome final project that I get to use in interviews.
Credit Transfer Issues: Not that I know of
Course Name/Rating:

European Business Strategy

Course Department: Business
Instructor: Daniel Reece
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Challenging due to new material. Field Trips were excellent. Daniel is a phenomenal teacher. Participated way more than at home.
Credit Transfer Issues: Not that I'm aware of.