A Great Experience, But Very Insulated June 11, 2024

By (Public Health, Anthropology, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/12/2024 to 05/10/2024 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about living independently and within a city which I liked, but I'm not sure that is something unique to this program. I also just really enjoyed being in Europe!

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 would have preferred a program where I could get more international experience, and actually immerse myself in another language and culture. All in all, this really felt like one long school trip with a bunch of other Americans—and while I'm certainly grateful for the experience and I know I'd be wishing I had a less intense location if I was on a program in a non-majority English speaking country—I do feel like I missed out on the "study abroad experience."


* 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? unsure
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out often, cook for yourself


* 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 but in another lanfuage
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? order food and drinks in Danish, or try to speak it when interacting with Danes in a basic capacity.

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?
  • Course Subject Variety
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Every Logistic Is Accounted For
* What could be improved?
  • Greater integration into local culture
  • less American-centric focus
  • More Community Activities for ALL housing locations
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Copenhagen is crazy expensive, prepare yourself.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!