Copenhagen, living in a fairytale October 28, 2019

By (Psychology, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/16/2019 to 05/12/2019 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about the Danish government system and all about their plans to become carbon neutral. It made me want to implement changes into my life in terms of my environmental awareness and it made me realize the changes that could be implemented in our society in the US that would make life better

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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

I loved Copenhagen and the experiences I had there. My professors were amazing and I learned so much from them in a way that was interactive and had to do with our location as much as the information covered in the course.

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? ~$100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't use all of your money stipend on wine.

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? No Danish experience prior
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? Watch tv shows in danish or listen to podcasts

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Professors
  • Travel breaks
  • Proximity to the city
* What could be improved?
  • Communication with brandeis while abroad
  • More support from DIS with things other than academics
  • Living arrangements
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It will be cold and dark for the first months you are there, you will hate it and want to go home. But then the sun will come out and you will be so happy to be exactly where you are. Copenhagen is magical and you just have to open your eyes to its magic.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!