The Danish Experience of a Lifetime Past Review

By (Environmental Studies., Pacific Lutheran University) for

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I had opportunities in Denmark that were once in a lifetime. I was able to become a more self-sufficient and independent individual. It was a semester that encouraged me to think and live differently.

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.

It was difficult at times to deal with certain professors Danish teaching style. One professor did not use powerpoint or write on the board, it was just talking at us and expecting us to be able to write it all down.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There was usually good administration. Though it was frustrating that sometimes students never knew who to go to, if they went to one department they would get sent to another and so on.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my host family. There were a few small things, in some ways I was treated like a family member, but in some ways I felt more like a guest, like sometimes I was walking on egg shells. Certain discussions never happened and I wasn't sure how to approach it. One particular discussion was food, what was I allowed to eat, how was I to ask for a food that I might want, should I cook a few meals? I wished we'd had the discussion.

* Food:

If you are living with a host family be prepared to try many new things!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The program did try to incorporate cultural events and field trips, and they did a good job of it. The only problem was that for people who lived far away it was difficult to get in the city and out again late at night.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The healthcare system in Denmark gives you full coverage which is awesome, but the program could have helped a little more when it comes to maneuvering the system. I often felt safe in Denmark, I felt safer walking around at night there than I ever did at home.

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


* 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)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't be worried about making friends if you are living with a Host Family. Just talk to them about having a get together with other host students in the neighborhood. Learning to maneuver public transit is a powerful feeling, don't let having to use public transit everyday deter you from the program!

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