HIGHLY RECOMMEND January 09, 2020

By (Middlebury College) - 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 learned a lot about Danish culture, and in turn, about American culture and their differences. The experience was certainly worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The program was certainly academic, but there was enough free time to explore Copenhagen and other cities in Europe.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Beautiful, huge apartment, and great roommate pairing.

* Food:

Cooked our own food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There was certainly ability to integrate with the local culture if you tried to do so.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Denmark feels EXTREMELY safe.

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

DIS did a great job of taking care of all of the students. Classes were interesting, visas and other legal forms were organized for us, and the living situation was incredible.


* 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)

easy to save money by buying food to make at home and plan limited travel


* 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? None.
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? Make sure to practice with everyone you can (i.e. at the grocery store). Everyone is fluent in English, so it's very easy to get around. (And they will try to speak in English with you.)

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • living situation
  • enough free time to explore
  • the city!
* What could be improved?
  • more vetting of some professors
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I would want to stay in Copenhagen the whole time and explore all of its unique aspects; I would not have planned as much travel as I did.

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!

Individual Course Reviews

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Impact of Epidemic Disease Upon European History

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Comments: very interesting course and fantastic professor
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20th and 21st Century Danish Architecture

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Comments: good course; very interesting, and I felt that I have a good overview of Danish architecture
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Danish Language and Culture

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Comments: Loved this course! Very interesting to learn about Danish culture.
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Sustainable Food Production and Consumption

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Instructor: Ed Romein
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Comments: The professor was new to teaching and not great, but class was interesting.
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Arctic Glaciology

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Instructor: Suzanne
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Comments: Very interesting! Highly recommend.
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