I never want to leave! May 11, 2024

By (Psychology, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/13/2024 to 05/11/2024 with

DIS Copenhagen: Semester

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So worthwhile, such a beautiful city, became much more independent

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Not too difficult but required work, not overwhelming, still able to enjoy the abroad experience

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

2 people in small lofted apartment made for 1 person

* Food:

Program did not offer food, but Copenhagen food was good

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Would have felt more integrated if I had danish roommates, which many of my friends had

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never used the healthcare systwm

* Safety:

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

I absolutely love Copenhagen


* 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)

Very expensive country, DIS budget for food helps a bit

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Probably $80+
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Stick to your budget, try to shop smarter so you can save the DIS stipend and make it last


* 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? Spanish 32
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? Danish is a very hard language, most people speak English so often you don’t find yourself using it in day to day life. You should try to make yourself! Practice is good even if it’s awkward

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?
  • Interesting classes
  • Fair workload
  • Great location
* What could be improved?
  • More overlap with locals
  • Better housing accommodations
  • Bigger budget for food
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I need to get better at budgeting

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.