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Denmark

Name: Greg Barrick
Email: gb1413@ship.edu 
Major: Finance/ Management Information Systems
Study Abroad Period: Fall 2002

University Attended: Arhus School of Business
Country: Denmark
Class: Junior

The university provided a beneficial orientation program upon arrival: Strongly Agree
The university provided opportunities for those native to the Country: Strongly Agree
The Language barrier was easy to overcome: Agree
The university explained the country's educational system (grading scale, assessment, teaching style, etc ): Agree
Overall quality of the university met my expectations: Agree
Overall learning experience met my expectations: Disagree
I experienced little or no culture shock upon my arrival: Disagree
I experienced little or no culture shock upon my return home: Agree

Please rate your experience overall: Excellent

What would have better prepared you for your study abroad experience?:
While it's a good idea to structure and plan your trip, don't over plan your trip to the point that your stuck on an agenda. Some of the best moments of your trip will be spur of the moment trips or social gatherings. Take an open mind and try to learn a few words/history before you go.

What are the most significant things you learned while abroad?:
Be prepared to do a lot of book reading and independent work. Teaching style of lectures and seminars is much different than here in the US. Keep up with your reading or your assignments will snowball on you real fast.

Would you recommend going abroad to other students?:
Going abroad is a great experience. Not only do you meet new people from all over the world, it's an experience you probably won't have time to do once you start a career. Try to study abroad early in your college studies as it may be harder to find the classes you need abroad once you start your upper level classes. It also looks good on a resume and gives you networking opportunities you may not have had otherwise.

What suggestions would you offer to other students going abroad in the future?:
Don't pack too much - you will regret it. Travel early (before the semester starts) and travel often. As a student with a valid student ID, train and airline tickets are much cheaper than they are for an adult. In Europe in particular, there is almost always a discount for students. It's ok to go abroad with a friend from your school, but you may find yourself having more fun if you go by yourself and meet lots of new exchange students. Arhus in particular about 400 exchange students, so there are a lot of opportunities to meet new people who are also studying abroad.

How difficult was it for you to adapt to the environment?:
It took me about a week to adapt - that was when I bought my bike at the bike auction. EVERYONE in school rides a bike, and for once in your life you don't have to worry about getting their early to find a parking spot. Bikes are so popular they even have their owns lanes on the road. New bikes are very expensive, so I'd look into finding out where a bike auction will be - they are much cheaper. Bilka and Quivkly also sell new bikes very cheap. As far as adapting to the language it wasn't that difficult as almost all Danes speak perfect English. Food is very similar to the US. I actually saved money in Denmark (over what it would have cost me for a meal plan in the US) by cooking my own meals. It was also easy to feel at home at the school as they had approx. 400 exchange students from all over the world.


Give us an idea of class availability, recommended course load, and what class you took while abroad:
I took 6 classes while I was there (29 ACTS credits). 2 of the easier classes are Aspects of Denmark and the Danish language course. You need to sign up for the language course once you get there (it costs about $30.). Mid-level classes are Organizational Behavior and Managerial Accounting. I had 2 pretty hard classes - Finance and Decision Science 220. Classes are usually 2 hours with a 10 minute break. You have 1 lecture and 1 tutorial each week. Usually the harder courses meet the same amount of time but are worth more credits due to the additional amount of work you will put in outside the classroom. Arhus had more classes in English than I had expected - turns out they have a whole program taught in English, so it wasn't that hard to find classes.

Looking back, provide us with some tips on how you would improve your experience:
I don't know how I could have possibly improved my experience. The only thing that comes to mind is pack light. If you take too much stuff you WILL be sorry. The only places I didn't get to travel were Poland and the Czech Republic. If your on a student budget, you may prefer traveling to these countries rather than the more expensive Scandinavian region. Arhus is a great place, full of awesome people and plenty to do. After traveling abroad twice, I would love to go back to Arhus again if the opportunity presented itself.

Tuition Cost: $2500
Room & Board Cost: $2300
Amount of Airfare: $800 round trip
Approximate Cost of Semester Travel: $1500


Name: Shane M. Johnson
Email:
Major: Finance and Econ
Study Abroad Period: Fall 2001

University Attended: Aarhus School of Business
Country: Denmark
Class: Junior

The university provided a beneficial orientation program upon arrival: Strongly Agree
The university provided opportunities for those native to the country: Strongly Agree
The Language barrier was easy to overcome: Strongly Agree
The university explained the country's educational system (grading scale, assessment, teaching style, etc ): Strongly Agree
Overall quality of the university met my expectations: Agree
Overall learning experience met my expectations: Strongly Agree
I experienced little or no culture shock upon my arrival: Strongly Disagree
I experienced little or no culture shock upon my return home: Disagree

Please rate your experience overall: Excellent

What would have better prepared you for your study abroad experience?:
-more research about my country
-better packing


What are the most significant things you learned while abroad?:
-understanding of different cultures
-how to cope with new experiences


Would you recommend going abroad to other students?: BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!

Looking back, provide us with some tips on how you would improve your experience: travel as much as possible.