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Why did you decide to study abroad?

I believe studying abroad provides opportunities that just aren't possible staying at home. The chance to learn from other cultures and apply classroom theory in real world situations is something I felt would enhance my undergraduate career.

Tell us about the program you went on

I went to Copenhagen, Denmark with a program called Danish Institute for Study Abroad. For the summer, each class/session is 3 weeks, 3 credits. Housing is included in their comprehensive tuition fee, as well as for a one-week study tour in Europe and several field visits for class.

How did you pay for your study abroad experience?

Family funding/savings, scholarships.

What is one thing you wish you would have known about studying abroad before you left?

Although almost everyone speaks English in Denmark, I still wish I had learned some Danish beforehand.

Did you experience any discrimination abroad because of your race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or a physical disability? If so, what did you learn from the experience?

Yes; it's important for me to note differences in racial and historical narratives in different cultural contexts.

How has studying abroad benefited you, personally and academically?

I feel as though I've grown personally, and have learned quite a lot for such a short period of time. Studying abroad has made me much more open minded and receptive to trying new things, and the number of field visits has really helped advance my academics.

What was the most memorable moment of studying abroad?

I really enjoyed being able to go to one of the many wonderful public spaces/parks in Copenhagen with my friends after class and enjoying the nice summer weather.

How was the entertainment and nightlife?

Excellent, but it can get expensive depending on what you want to do.

In what way do you feel your experience abroad has prepared you for your future career? (Think both tangible things like language acquisition and intangible like learning to work with people who are very different from you)

My time abroad has helped me be more open-minded and receptive to other cultures and perspectives.

Would you recommend the program you went on, if so why??

Yes, and yes!

What advice do you have for students thinking about study abroad?

Look into scholarships as much as possible with enough time to work on applications. But studying abroad is a great experience, and I highly recommend it! Keep an open mind and try new things.

Any additional comments or thoughts that you have about your study abroad experience

Studying abroad has also provided me the opportunity to meet great people from all over the world with similar interests, and I appreciate all the connections I have made.

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