An Awesome Spring Semester in Copenhagen October 19, 2022

By (Economics, Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/15/2022 to 05/14/2022 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a new understanding of living in a foreign city with a culture that had similarities and differences to cities in the US. It was very worthwhile to live in a new place and not know many people around me, and definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zone in the best way possible.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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


* 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? ~$200


* 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? 0

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Cohesion within the program (socially, academically, and support-wise)
  • Integration into the city of Copenhagen
  • Built in travel within classes of the program
* What could be improved?
  • Advertisement of built in activities and events that the program offers
  • Support for the transition into the semester (academic and lifestyle wise)
  • Better integration into the Danish culture and meeting Danes, specifically for those who were living with other Americans.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Before going to this program, I wish I knew that it would sometimes be hard to fully immerse yourself in the Danish culture since the program is big, the city is somehwat small, and you're therefore always seeing other American University students around you. While this can be nice during the transition, it definitely made it evident that we were all studying abroad in the same place and almost gave it the touristy feel that you would experience on a vacation to a popular European city. Again, this isn't necessarily a negative thing, but just something to keep in mind depending on the program you're seeking out for your abroad experience.

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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Arctic Glaciology

Course Department: Geology
Instructor: Suzanne B
Instruction Language: English
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Globalization and European Economies

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Mikkel G
Instruction Language: English
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Nordic Mythology

Course Department: Literature, Religious Studies
Instructor: Bettina Sommer
Instruction Language: English
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Battlefield Europe: Military History of World War II

Course Department: History
Instructor: Torben J
Instruction Language: English
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