Learning how to live in a city! January 23, 2023

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/20/2022 to 12/16/2022 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
New cultural understandings, artistic inspiration.

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.

Rigorous academics without being overwhelming. Accommodating professors however no office hours, granted I never felt like I needed office hours in the courses I was taking.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Not the most well-kept building or rooms but great location and had everything we needed. Did not love the communal kitchen but thats mostly due to the people I was living with.

* Food:

Amazing restaurant scene in Copenhagen, but the grocery stores are not the most well-supplied. definitely good enough but often ran out of meat and certain vegetables.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

My building got robbed about three weeks in and DIS did not exactly know how to handle it. We ended up having security but its so rare to see crime like that, especially in the neighborhood we were in so I think there was some cultural difference in how American students wanted it handled and how the DIS staff actually handled it.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I loved Copenhagen and loved traveling Europe!

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)

Such an expensive city but definitely good quality food and shopping.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? COOK MEALS, set out a budget and set aside money for activities and shopping.

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? Duolingo

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Proximity to the city
  • FOOD
  • Lifestyle
* What could be improved?
  • Kitchens in the dorms
  • communication with staff
  • more student discounts/program allotted cash
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Scandinavian culture and art, how to live in a city on my own.

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:

Danish Language and Culture

Course Department: Language
Instructor: Christina
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Challenging but rewarding. Christina was an amazing teacher and was extremely understanding of how difficult it is to learn Danish.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Environmental Economics

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: David Possen
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Challenging but extremely interesting. Open to many different levels so some people with econ backgrounds seemed board or to have already known many of the concepts discussed. great for someone with only minor economics background as well.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Leadership Across Cultures

Course Department:
Instructor: Daniel Reece
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very interesting. Mainly papers and group projects that utilized the concepts learned in class in a more "real world" lens. Participated more than I usually do in classes.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

sustainable business Strategy

Course Department: Business
Instructor: Adrian Mongan
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Challenging in terms of grading weight. Adrian graded pretty intensely even on minor assignments. Loved this course though and participated more than I usually do in class. mostly group presentations and one paper.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Sustainable Development in Northern Europe

Course Department: Core Courses
Instructor: Silvia Dragomir
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very place specific and applicable to Copenhagen/Denmark as a whole. Lots of group work and lots of information.
Credit Transfer Issues: no