Study Abroad for rookies-- a fun and easy living experience February 22, 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 living independently and feel much more confident traveling and navigating cities by myself now.

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.

I really enjoyed the classes I took at DIS and thought the academic rigor was the perfect balance between challenging and allowing for time to travel and experience the city.

* 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

I loved Copenhagen and am glad I chose to go there. My only complaint is that it was not immersive at all so I really did not feel like I integrated with the Culture or the people 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? $400

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
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? speak with people as much as you can

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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?
  • The city
  • the classes
  • the ease of living there/adjusting
* What could be improved?
  • more integrative with local students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It is worth it to put yourself out there in terms of meeting new/local people because people are generally nice and want to help you

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

history of sexuality

Course Department: gender studies
Instructor: Sarah
Instruction Language: english
Comments: one of the best classes I have ever taken
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social brain

Course Department: neuroscience
Instructor: lone
Instruction Language: English
Comments: interesting course
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medical practice and policy

Course Department: medicine
Instructor: local doctors
Instruction Language: English
Comments: great class, really helpful for premed students
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Danish Language and Culture

Course Department: LNG
Instructor: Christina
Instruction Language: English
Comments: recommend this class, great exposure to Danish culture
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Developmental Disorders

Course Department: Neuroscience
Instructor: Veronika
Instruction Language: English
Comments: really great class
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