I cannot believe I am writing this blog post — it means that my 6 months abroad is almost over. Time has gone by so fast.
I remember talking to the man next to me on the flight to Denmark. He seemed a bit miffed at my plans – Have you been to Denmark before? No. Can you speak any Danish? No. Do you know anyone in Denmark? No.
I like looking back to this moment – starting in a new country, completely on my own – and now look at me.
I have really loved my time in Copenhagen. It is a beautiful city. I have fond memories of biking to my classes in the glorious sunshine (one learns to really appreciate the sun after a European winter)… and, I won’t lie, some not so fun memories of biking in the rain and wind. I have hilarious memories of my pre-semester Danish class – our class ooo-ing aaaa-ing like monkeys, trying to grapple with those tricky Danish sounds (jeg kan tale lidt dansk). I have great memories of travelling around Europe and experiencing things I never thought I would (saw the northern lights, drove a husky sleigh in Lapland, visited Russia, saw Book of Mormon in London’s West End, and so on). And I have enjoyed sharing these memories with my newfound friends.
It’s going to be really sad to say goodbye to my friends, Denmark and my Danish life.
Tips for Copenhagen:
- Humanities students – I recommend the Danish Culture Courses, which are aimed at international students. I took the Danish Culture Course and Danish Cinema Course. Overall, I had a total of 6 contact hours (2 hours of which was watching a film!).
- Also recommend the Pre-Semester Danish classes – a 3-week intensive course. It’s a good way to learn some Danish, and make friends. In fact, I met most of my close friends in this course.
- Copenhagen is a little pricy, but there’s a great app called Ahorro, which makes budgeting that little bit easier.
- If your accommodation is through the Housing Foundation, remember it is first come first serve – so make sure you do your research beforehand (NB: consider how far the collegium is from your campus). I have really enjoyed staying at Signalhuset Collegium. At Signal, I share a flat with 3 lovely Danes. It has been very easy to make friends at Signal, as it is popular accommodation for exchange students. It is quite social, and my friends and I often host small hyggeligt dinners together.
- Join ESN Copenhagen – each semester they offer trips to Lapland and Russia (I enjoyed both!). They also host events in Copenhagen, such as going to Carlsberg Brewery, at group discounts.
- Become a mentee by joining the University’s mentor programme. I had a wonderful mentor group with 3 Danish mentors and 5 other exchange students. Plus, the QA programme often has events happening.
- Buy a bike! Trust me.
- Have fun! Enjoy the pastries and the Tuborg! I am very jealous – I wish I can do it all again. 🙂