I gained independence and an appreciation for traveling February 06, 2023

By (Neuroscience, Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/20/2022 to 12/14/2022 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to take care of myself and connect with people of different personality types and with different interests in a way I dont really need to at MIddlebury. I also learned to love navigating cities on my own and travelling with a variety of people who I dont necessarily know as well as my friends from home. It was worthwhile.

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

* 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

I think this was the program I needed as someone who has never lived in a city and mostly enjoys outdoor activities with people from similar backgrounds and personalities when im home


* 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? 250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? cook with people you live with and plan travel budgeting in advance


* 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
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? speak homework in danish out loud and listen to recordings of people speaking danish locally

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • 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?
  • Copenhagen is beautiful and peaceful
  • Biking everywhere is so accessible and the city is so clean
  • Fresh, amazing food
* What could be improved?
  • More variety in schools they pull in
  • the program is mostly women which I didnt know going in
  • Housing was not great for everyone even though I had a good experience
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? the DIS program is mostly women and traveling will be a big part of your experience likely as many students take that approach

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:

Neuroscience of Fear

Course Department: Neuroscience
Instructor: Betinna
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Yes it was challenging and engaging the teacher was well prepared and knowledgable. I participated equally to what I do at Middlebury. I was assessed through papers and exams and a presentation and participation
Credit Transfer Issues: Still in process of doing this
Course Name/Rating:

Neurological disorders

Course Department: Neuroscience
Instructor: Thor and Bettina
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Yes it was challenging and there were relevant and engaging field trips. The teachers were knowledgable. Participated slightly less than at MIddlebury. Assessed on papers, exams, and presentations. Some of the exams were a little oddly graded.
Credit Transfer Issues: Still in process of transfering credit
Course Name/Rating:

Danish Culture and Language level beginner

Course Department: Danish
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Challenging but valuable and interesting. Most exposure to learning about danish culture.
Credit Transfer Issues: Still in process
Course Name/Rating:

Human Health and Disease

Course Department: Medical
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was just the right amount of challenge. very intersting, hands on, and engaging. I liked this course a lot and is valuable if youre deciding whether pre med is right for you.
Credit Transfer Issues: Still in process of transfering credit.
Course Name/Rating:

Global Health

Course Department: Global Health
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not too challenging or engaging. Assessed on papers and exams and group work.
Credit Transfer Issues: Still in process of transferring