Interesting Perspective on a vastly different social model than the US July 30, 2019

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/11/2019 to 05/10/2019 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that there are so many different social models that are successful and that the US world view of politics is very narrow. I also realized how Americans are perceived abroad and why there is a negative reputation.

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? No

I loved Denmark and I think at that time in my life it was ideal to study there. But if given the chance to do it over I would have chosen to study in a country that I had visited like Spain or Portugal only due to the prices and the weather. I enjoyed traveling and maybe this also resulted in my impression of the places I had visited being biased. I loved my housing mates and Copenhagen and this is only me being picky retrospectively. As they say hindsight is always 20/20.

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)

The nordics are very expensive

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Book the cheapest flights you can. Cook as much food as you can.

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

People in DK will speak English to you as soon as you speak to them in broken Danish.

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? n/a
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? Have a host family or visiting host family if you want to learn the language.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Other
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?
  • My housing mates
  • My housing
  • The free travel passes
* What could be improved?
  • The classes
  • The students
  • The program goals and orientation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known how fast time would actually go by during the program.

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.