Excellent program and courses! Lots of freedom to explore on your own. January 12, 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 about Danish culture and the everyday lives of the locals. Courses were super interesting and I learned a lot despite the lack of rigor. I would go back for another semester if I could.

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.

Everything was wonderful, from the study tours to the professors. Lost a star because the classes are super easy.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Don't really seem around, but I bet they're there.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very very dirty. Terrible laundry facilities. 30 people shared 2 washers and dryers that were basically broken. All my clothes got ruined.

* Food:

Very expensive food, stipend doesn't cover the absurd cost of living in Copenhagen. No dining hall options.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I had the chance to play for a local Danish hockey team and spend every second outside of the classroom with Danes.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Not super accessible. Long waits to see a doctor.

* Safety:

Anyone could walk into our housing building, but the door locked. School buildings were secure.

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

Excellent classes and study tours. Loses points for terrible housing.

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 easy at all. Copenhagen can be more expensive than Manhattan. Coffee and a croissant can run you $10.

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? DO NOT EAT OUT, Budget your travel from the start, you don't need that coffee in the morning, bring lunch

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? Meet with local Danes. My Danish got good only because I was playing with a Danish hockey team

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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Classes
  • Instructors
  • Study tours
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Laundry
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Terrible housing, cheap food was hard to find, most people travel on the weekends with their friends from home

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

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