The most adventurous 4 months of my life! February 06, 2020

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/17/2018 to 12/14/2019 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study abroad experience taught me to be more spontaneous and open. I learned so much about myself and the way I establish relationships and relate to others. I met so many people from all over the world while living in Denmark who I hope to keep in touch and meet again later on. I learned how to be more independent and take risks, manage and budget my money, create a healthy school/personal life balance, and most importantly, be happy in the Happiest Country in the World :)

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.

* 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

It was a great program! I made lots of friends, tried new foods and (because of Denmark's location) I was able to travel to over 10 countries! I think every experience has its ups and downs, but it's all about focusing on the great memories that were made and the friendships created while living there.

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? 75-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Always ask if there is a student discount! I saved a lot of money by taking advantage of the student discounts that were available at restaurants, museums, and some attractions.

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
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? Volunteer, go to cafes and try ordering in Danish, and try joining clubs where you can meet more Danes and practice with them.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • My lovely host family
  • The Danes
  • The food
* What could be improved?
  • Activities offered outside of classes/field studies
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? While I loved my program, my host family, and the country I studied abroad in, I think I would've enjoyed taking classes with local students rather than with exclusively American students. This is something that I was not aware of when I signed up for the program and I was disappointed when I found that that was not the case.