Best 4 Months of My Life! January 02, 2022

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/20/2021 to 12/18/2021 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This was an extremely valuable experience because of the wonderful students in my housing, compassionate Danish culture, and excellent academics at DIS. I gained so much independence and confidence living in Copenhagen.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Struggled slightly with the return of so many students after the pandemic

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

We were given a $600 dollar stipend for groceries, which worked at very low-cost grocers and therefore lasted a while.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I chose to live with only American students but did feel like I got to know the city well and met international students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

This city was extraordinarily safe.

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)

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? Intermediate Spanish II
How many hours per day did you use the language? 0

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • friends from housing
  • opportunity to travel
  • the city of Copenhagen
* What could be improved?
  • COVID response
  • efficiency of administration (errors relating to housing, transportation, and residence permits)
  • more grade transparency
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I felt very prepared before going on this program.

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

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Danish Language and Culture

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Cyberpsychology

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Comments: This was one of the best classes I have ever taken.
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Biological Conservation and Biodiversity

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Biology of Marine Mammals

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Computational Analysis of Big Data

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