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Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

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3.83 / 5 based on 891 reviews
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Radhika
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Engineering, Chemical, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
2.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I found that while many young people spoke English, the older generation spoke mostly Danish. However, they were usually quite helpful in making themselves understood. I did not have much interaction with the Danish though.
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Radhika
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Engineering, Chemical, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
1.2/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
A private grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
Denmark is a very very very expensive country!! Everything was at least 1.5x the price in America, so it was hard getting adjusted to that. However, there is not much you can do about the cost.
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Travel, Food, Nightlife, Overall, Telephone, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Denmark is still in Kroners, so don't think Euros will be fine there. Also, coming from America, I was used to being able to use credit cards. However, that is very rarely used in Denmark and most places only accepted Debit cards, so make sure you have another type of funding if you only use credit cards.
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Radhika
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Engineering, Chemical, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
Many Danish students continued to speak in DANISH even after their teachers asked them to speak in English, as our classes were in English. They even protested having to work with international students in groups. I found that very offensive, and chose to stay with international students. However, there were also many nice Danish students.. you just have to be lucky in who you meet. Anyway, emphasis is placed on group work so make sure you choose wisely because there will be a lot of work!
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
Some of the projects were quite hard, but teachers were usually very helpful. I preferred classes that did not put 100% of the grade on an exam. But you can choose what type of grading you want in a class before you register, so you will know beforehand how you will be graded.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Radhika
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Engineering, Chemical, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
3.9/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Remember to have fun! Take lots of pictures from the beginning because you will have the most free time at the beginning of the semester.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
They should really try integrating the Danish students with the international. We often felt segregated from them and it created animosity amongst many. Also, better accommodation should be provided, especially at the rate they charge for housing.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
1
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
The best part for me were the international students I met and the classes I took. I mainly went to Denmark because I could use English there, but if you want to learn another language and have more fun, choose a warmer European country!! :)
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Radhika
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Engineering, Chemical, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
DTU had a few parties throughout the semester that were held on campus. These were helpful in allowing us to meet others. However, afterwards, most of my travel and nightlife was done with my own friends, and we had to figure out how to do that ourselves. Copenhagen is not far away from DTU and it is great for nightlife. Travel from Denmark is quite costly, but I was able to go around Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic and Austria in my time there. Best advice: do as much as you can during the summer months, because once winter hits, the weather is too bad to do much.
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Radhika
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
Engineering, Chemical, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
1.2/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
On campus housing was perfect for me initially because it allowed me to meet more international students. However, if I was there for more than 1 semester, I would have moved to an apartment because the facilities were very poor on campus.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Also, for the cost of the housing, we were not getting what was adequate. For many days, the internet would not work properly or the heating was gone so we had to go to other buildings to take showers! The only benefits of living on campus were that it allowed us to meet more people and that it was close to our classes. Many international students are placed in "Campus Village", which are these hopelessly constructed boxes on campus for us to live. The Danish kollegiums were much nicer, but only 10 or so international students obtained housing there. Many other students had to find their own housing and received little or no help from DTU.
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