best 4 months of my life January 27, 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?
So much, independence, course work, cooking, traveling. worth it

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.

perfect mix of learning and being able to travel/explore

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

shared a kitchen with 12 people

* Food:

almost all on own - expensive, but good

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

all American students

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

felt very safe

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

Copenhagen was the best choice I have ever made

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)

was pretty expensive, but manageable

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? buy food for the whole week, and cook with friends

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

learned a bunch of common danish terms

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? practice with Danes, they love it

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • travel breaks
  • core course week
  • not a lot of homework
* What could be improved?
  • more food money
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? all my knowledge of the city

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Holocaust and genocide

Course Department: History
Instructor: Jørgensen
Instruction Language: English
Comments: could be kind of boring, still learned a lot
Credit Transfer Issues: still waiting
Course Name/Rating:

Neural Networks

Course Department: Computer science
Instructor: Ulf Aslak
Instruction Language: English
Comments: core course, travelled with this group and got close to everyone
Credit Transfer Issues: still waiting
Course Name/Rating:

Big Data

Course Department: Computer science
Instructor: Ulf Aslak
Instruction Language: English
Comments: learned a ton of skills
Credit Transfer Issues: still waiting
Course Name/Rating:

Danish

Course Department: Language
Instructor: Knudsen
Instruction Language: English/danish
Comments: loved it, learned a lot
Credit Transfer Issues: still waiting
Course Name/Rating:

AI

Course Department: Computer Science
Instructor: Thomas Bolander
Instruction Language: English
Comments: pretty good class overall, tough final
Credit Transfer Issues: still waiting