Really good for self-confidence July 30, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/11/2019 to 05/07/2019 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Loved interacting with my visiting host family. It allowed me to see a part of Danish culture that I would have missed out on otherwise. Get a bike too! That made me feel more integrated

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.

Was not particularly intense, and some of the classes felt like a waste of time.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I had a lot of trouble getting medical records transferred. They did not have a working fax machine and were not particularly helpful helping me with the urgency of the situation.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The building itself was great. However, I wanted to live in a kollegium to be integrated with local Danes, and my particular kollegium didn't have many. I was told on day one that the Danes there didn't really want to interact with American students and that new Danes who were interested in interacting with us would move in later in the semester, but that didn't happen. I also never saw the living coordinator after the first day, so there was definitely a lack of a sense of community, which is something that I had hoped for.

* Food:

The food card was certainly a help to have.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Having a visiting host family was incredibly helpful. Again, I wanted more integration, which is why I tried to be in a Kollegium, but got no integration from that.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Really poorly-- again, I had to completely independently search for a way for medical records to be transferred because no one would help and they gave up quickly.

* Safety:

Very good, other than getting my bike stolen

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

Great for gaining independence. A very cool and manageable city

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? cook a lot!!

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
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? 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? talk to locals, they are very interested in you practicing on them!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • Study tours
  • having a core course
* What could be improved?
  • Administration- helping students in need
  • paying more attention to who students are housed with
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It really is expensive. Get a bike as EVERYONE bikes in Copenhagen. And get a visiting host family!

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:

Globalization and European Economies

Course Department:
Instructor: Michael
Instruction Language: English
Comments: He was very bright and funny. learned lots
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Behavioral Economics

Course Department:
Instructor: Toke
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Easy, but boring
Credit Transfer Issues: no
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Holocaust and Genocides

Course Department:
Instructor: Torben
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Interesting class, great field trips
Credit Transfer Issues: No