An Amazing Semester April 18, 2020

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/17/2019 to 12/12/2019 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely the most educational four months of my life. Learned so much about different cultures that I had no prior knowledge of. Extremely worthwhile.

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.

* 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

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? Around 200-300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out so much.

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

Kind of hard to speak to Danes in Danish, since they all already know English really well.

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 4 in high school
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? Make Danish friends.

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?
  • Every Wednesday was a field study
  • Location of school (right in downtown)
  • Visiting host program
* What could be improved?
  • Classes fill up extremely fast
  • More choice on who you live with
  • nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Make a detailed budget before you leave.

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:
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not challenging, had a trip to a concentration camp which was cool. Teacher very knowledgeable. Less participation. Assessed through one paper.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Danish Language and Culture

Course Department:
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English/Danish
Comments: Challenging. Had a few relevant field trips, teacher was very knowledgable. Participated more. Assessed through papers, quizzes, oral exam, project.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Urban Economics

Course Department:
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Somewhat challenging, had a few relevant field trips. Had two teachers and they were both knowledgable, participated the same amount. Assessed through papers.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Environmental Economics

Course Department:
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Somewhat challenging, had a few trips to relevant environmental sites. Teacher was knowledgable, participated the same amount. Assessed by exams and papers.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Course Department:
Instructor:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Somewhat challenging, but we had numerous relevant trips to startups around Europe. Teacher was knowledgable, participated the same amount. Assessed on projects and writing assignments.
Credit Transfer Issues: No