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Kobenhavns Universitet (KU)

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acasad
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States
Anthropology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Academic
Course recommendations
The various institutes and departments of KU are spread throughout the city and I confined my courses to Anthropology with some language and culture courses and one additional course from the Theology Faculty. The Danish culture course, offered every fall by the International Office, is very helpful. Professors from a variety of disciplines (e.g., history, architecture, art history, film, literature, law) present an overview of Danish history, thought and expression. It is very enjoyable, although I think the course title is somewhat misleading, or perhaps mistakes culture for haute coutre. The courses tend to be small, tend to be seminar style, so slacking on the reading it not really possible. The classroom is professional, but relaxed. The Anthropology Institute at KU is very progressive in its use of theory. This, combined with the presence of excellent visiting faculty, made my courses at KU's Anthropology Institute foundational to my anthropological education.
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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
The way that the Anthropology students are graded at KU makes it easy for international students who will only be there for one year to get off a little easy, compared to US coursework. This is not to say that the material isn't rigorous enough, it certainly is. It might be nice to have some sort of final synthetic paper for those who have spent one year in the Antropology Institute, or similar departments and institutes.
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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
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acasad
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States
Anthropology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Danes speak perfect English, so trying to speak Danish with them is as frustrating to them as it is to you. Nevertheless, Danish is a fun language and Danes appreciate the interest in learning their language. As fas the bare requirements of class and administrative functions, English will suffice. And one-on-one, English will be used. But if you enter a scene with a couple of Danes, exect the Danish to flow... whether or not you understand it. I did an eight week language course during the summer and I learned the vast majority of what I needed to know to communicate with people, to find my way around, to pass myself off as a Dane rather than an American while travelling, and so forth. I did not, however, ever have to take a course in Danish, compose anything in Danish, or even get very good at reading the newspaper in Danish.
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acasad
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States
Anthropology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
Danish.
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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
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Get going! You have to be somewhat independant and resourceful at finding your own friends, and enjoy being somewhat anonymous. I came from a big public university, so I was used to being anonymous. On the other hand, the classes were small and fairly intimate, but do not expect anyone to baby you.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
I chose to go to Denmark because I wanted courses in English (my German was too weak to go to Germany), I wanted to experience a little known culture and learn their language, and I wanted to experience first-hand a socialist country. Denmark is great: everything is clean; everyone has health care and does not seem wanting of any material needs; things are so orderly and structured, such as taking numbers everywhere so there are no ques, that no one ever feels chaotic anxiety; but mediocritcy, albeit at an incredibly high level, reigns in Denmark -- no one wants to rise above others, but rather keep everyone at a high level. I feel bad about making such generalizations, but feel that they are fair from my experience. Do not expect to welcomed with a hug and find companionship wherever you turn in Denmark, but a somewhat independant person will love the place.
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acasad
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States
Anthropology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Government assistance<br> Other
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
I travelled a lot! Lets face it, we go abroad to see things and meet people more than to learn. So, expect to spend a lot more on your travel than you do at home. I spent about the same on food, but that is because I ate very little. Food is of an excellent quality in Denmark, but expensive. Going out to eat... prohibitive! I spent more telephone services because I called my fiancee in Ireland and my family back in the US. Groenjordskollegiet was dirt cheap to live in, so I saved a ton there. I never really went out much in the US, as I was under 21. So, while in Denmark I spent much more at Studenterhuset.
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Overall, Nightlife, Telephone, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Housing:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Cost saving tip: Open a bank account with Den Danske Bank. When you need money, just write yourself a check drawn from your American bank account and deposit it in your Danish account. It will be converted within a day, with minimal fees and is easy to use. ATM cards from Den Danske Bank are everywhere and free to use for members.
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acasad
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States
Anthropology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Housing
Type of housing: Private dormitory for any student in Copenhagen.
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
It was very difficult getting to know people while living in Groenjordskollegiet. Few of the residents were students at KU, so there was no continuity of contact inside and outside of the classroom. Groenjords was also a considerable distance from downtown Copenhagen and the Anthropology Institute. I would rather have lived downtown with a Danish student as an apartmentmate.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
There is no standard accomodation for KU. There are a host of privately owned kollegiums, which students live in while they attend any institute of learning in Copenhagen. The rooms were adequate and private, perhaps too private. Each resident has a locked cabinet and a refrigerator shelf in the kitchen. Each room had its own small bathroon. The place is made of concrete and utterly depresing. Among some of the Danish students it was known as the suicide dorm because of the atmosphere as well as an actual suicide that had taken place there many years back.
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acasad
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States
Anthropology, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Nightlife, Travel, Activities: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Two things: Vandreklub and Studenterhuset. By joining Vandrekluben (the hiking club), I was able to meet other students from many institutes of higher education in Copenhagen, spend time together hiking and at some social gatherings, see many parts of Denmark, southern Sweden and even central Norway. If you like hiking a lot, I would suggest you look up Vandreklubben. Studenterhuset (the student house) is a cafe where students can come to read, meet, get a quick bite, etc. It is in the heart of downtown. Every Wednesday night is International Student night. International students from all over and a few Danish students pack the place, drink a lot, dance some, and have great conversations. I would highly recommend it! Unfortunately it is only during the academic year, so those of us who arrived during the summer for language study really had a hard time finding a place to hang out.
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