The Best Semester of My Life January 05, 2023

By (Psychology, Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/20/2022 to 12/17/2022 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much and gained so many genuine, lifelong friends from all over the US. So worthwhile. I recommend to EVERYONE!

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

DIS is so organized and makes it so easy for the student to succeed. The housing is amazing and they are great at pairing you with people similar to you.


* 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? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy groceries in bulk in Copenhagen and try not to eat out all the time. It is expensive!!!


* 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? French 203
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? Look up key, common phrases. Practice those so you know the general tips.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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?
  • Housing
  • City it was in
  • People in the program
* What could be improved?
  • Grocery stipend could be more
  • Class absence rules
  • Class options
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It is possible to live on a budget in Copenhagen. Do not stress out too much over it.

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:

Positive Psychology

Course Department: Psychology
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was a super interactive experience and the classroom felt very safe and everyone became close which was a nice change from Middlebury.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Psychology of Adolescence from a Scandinavian Perspectice

Course Department: Psychology
Instruction Language: English
Comments: it was a fun class but did not learn much new stuff.
Credit Transfer Issues: no! it was pre-approved.
Course Name/Rating:

Health Beyond Borders

Course Department: Global Health
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Was challenging but not engaging and boring. Had a couple of exams and papers. No one in class felt compelled to speak up.
Credit Transfer Issues: No! It was pre-approved.
Course Name/Rating:

Danish Language & Culture

Course Department: Language
Instruction Language: English & Danish
Comments: So challenging but so fun!!! He made the class fun and we have a lot of different ways to get grades.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: Photography
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Yes to all of these questions. Participated more than I would at Middlebury. There were different photo projects, papers, readings, and a presentation.
Credit Transfer Issues: No.