New experiences and independence December 16, 2019

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/17/2019 to 12/14/2019 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a newfound send of independence and passion for what I'm studying, as well as new friends and a greater appreciation for bike lanes.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

My classes definitely weren't as rigorous as my home university, but the study tours made up for that

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I had problems at my homestay which led me to move near the end of the semester. The kollegium was great though.

* Food:

Danish food is very expensive, but the stipend helps

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was able to befriend some Danes from the kollegium once I moved, but on a day-to-day basis there isn't much cultural interaction.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got injured the weekend before I left the program and although the Danish health system was a bit confusing to navigate, DIS was very helpful. Free healthcare is always nice, too.

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe, even when alone taking public transit at 2 am.

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

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)

Denmark is very expensive. I was able to save some money in the beginning by being in a homestay, and even when I moved out the stipend was helpful.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I saved a lot of money by only travelling on the breaks, instead of every weekend like some people.

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

My class focused more on the cultural aspect, rather than 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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • Host Family
* 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?
  • study tours
  • professors
  • integrated travel breaks
* What could be improved?
  • homestay selection
  • the language course
  • diversity
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew earlier that it's okay to recognize when things aren't working and that there are many people willing to help

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!