Tech university of Denmark BroganWhen I started my exchange I was enrolled in my fourth year of a dual degree in bachelor of mechanical engineering and international business management. When I arrived in Denmark I had no idea of what I should expect in terms of the university or the city. I quickly learned everything I needed to know. 

While I managed to find equivalent subjects that were easily approved by my faculty at UQ I did not realize that these subjects were in fact masters courses. The level of difficulty was not too much more than the bachelor courses I am used to but it was a bit of a shock to be sitting in class with people who were a fair bit more knowledgeable than me. This is something to look out for when selecting courses. DTU loves group work, so be prepared to work alongside students from across the world. For some people this can be a problem but for me its what I enjoyed the most about my academic experience in Denmark.

The introduction week was really well organized and this is where I met some of my first new friends as well as where I learnt everything I needed to know about the city and university. Everything I did while in Copenhagen I did with people from all corners of the world even Danish people, who can be a bit hard to crack into at first but are absolutely amazing once they properly accept you. I lived just out of the city in Tingbjerg Kollegiet, which is between the city and the university. This place was really good to me. It’s very easy to get to and from the city at all times of the night and bike riding to DTU is also really simple. It was one of the cheaper options available but it had everything that I needed, from close by supermarkets to a bar on site. Although it can be a bit of a pain when it gets cold and you have to catch the bus to university each day.

The cost of living in Copenhagen was much cheaper than I expected. However there were a few things that I found to be much more expensive than Brisbane. Catching public transport and eating out in restaurants will take its toll on your funds. Also if you don’t know the cheap (good) bars, partying can be expensive as well.

 


TIPS

  • Get a bike ASAP. There are plenty of second hand bikes for sale in the Norrebro area. You shouldn’t pay more than 800 Krone for a second hand bike.
  • Christiania is a must visit! In summer it’s buzzy and full of people. In winter the sun sets behind the lake which get frozen over so that you can walk and chill on ice with a few sneaky beverages.
  • If you like to party Copenhagen has some of the best nightlife in Europe if you know where to look. For casual drinks and a good pre-going out atmosphere head to “The Moose.” For a good sports bar “Charlie Scotts” is a great pub. “Blazen” also know as the Icelandic bar is another awesome place for casual drinks or if you hang around for a bit the place has some killer DJ’s come through which change almost every weekend. A great place to finish your night is “Drone” in Norrebrogade, a night club that doesn’t stop until the early hours. Finally if your looking to go out on a Thursday head to CBS (Copenhagen Business School). Thursday is student night there with good prices and good music, but get in early.
  • Join a social or sports club while you are there. This is a really good way to meet different people from Denmark and the world over.
  • Depending on how much you want to travel while you are away organize your semester accordingly. The autumn semester at DTU is organized into two teaching periods a 13 week teaching period followed by and break for Christmas and New Years and then a short 3 week period in January. If you want you can do all of your 30 ECTS in the 13 week period so that you have your January free to play with but be prepared to work a lot! Not many local students do this and it is more common to do 25 or 20 ECTS in the 13 week time and then just one course in the January period.
     

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