Copenhagen: A cold, expensive yet cozy and happy city where the classes are fun May 16, 2023

By (Public Health, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/14/2023 to 05/13/2023 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I think I learned about myself a lot and what/who makes my experiences better in life and I learned you don’t need a bunch of friends and it’s more important to make a few strong individual friendships

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:

The food in Copenhagen is expensive but with the grocery card it made it more feasible to afford everything!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I think because the Danish Healthcare system is so different from the US it was hard to adjust to but it was easily accessible and DIS made the process of getting your CPR card very easy

* Safety:

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

I’m happy with the location of Denmark and I enjoyed all of my professors and classes and I felt like I was really able to learn while being in a city that was fun to commute everywhere by metro/bus


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to utilize the grocery card well - i was able to make it last the whole semester while some people ran out half way through and you can buy coffee at the grocery store vs. going out to buy coffee every day


* 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? Some people did duo lingo before but i think practicing with friends and doing the exercises for danish class helped

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Professors
  • Study Tours/Field Studies
  • Grocery and Metro Cards
* What could be improved?
  • Getting people integrated with others
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That a lot of people come together from school and will stick with those people

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.