Summer Study Abroad in Denmark: Chancellor's Scholars Blog

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This summer I attended the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and studied Children with Special Needs and Cross-Cultural Psychology. Going into the program I didn't know what to expect; all I knew about Denmark was that they had the happiest people in the world and that it was the home of the fictional Prince Edward from "The Prince and Me." Having finished six weeks of study abroad I have learned so much about the Danish culture and people, I know more facts about Hans Christen Andersen than most, I appreciate the notion of "the good childhood" that Danish children are brought up with, and have a better understanding of the Danish education system yet am skeptical about their practices of including those who are different. I have enjoyed living in and experiencing a kollegium (and even got used to the shower), I have more than enjoyed the convenience of the delicious bakeries and ice cream shops, and even tried pickled herring and liver paste. In addition to the cultural experiences I also learned from living on my own and navigating a foreign country, I tried cooking with ingredients I couldn't recognize and an oven set to Celsius, I went rock-climbing on the coast of Sweden, biked over sixty miles in one weekend, explored museums, and was constantly blown away by all of the beauty around me. I could continue to list the countless experiences and revelations I've had but would still fail to fully capture my study abroad experience in Denmark.

Will I come back a completely different person?

-Probably not, but I can say that this experience has provided me with memories and a greater sense of perspective on the world that will stay with me.

Would I go again?

-In a heartbeat.

Do I have any regrets?

-No. Of course I still have a list of sights I would love to see but hopefully I will be able to return soon :)

  • First Day of School
  • Croatia & Cross-Cultural Psychology
Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Jul 19, 2009

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