Bachelor of Science, 3rd year
Bachelor of Science, 3rd year

Academic experiences

I studied the Danish pre-semester language course, the Danish culture course and the Danish cinema course (worth two subjects).
As you might be able to tell from looking at these subjects, I didn't do a whole lot of work on exchange.
The subjects were very easy, with the Danish culture in particular only requiring 80% attendance to pass.
I would highly recommend the pre-semester language course as it was great for meeting people and making friends.
My view was that you don't come on exchange to study, so pick as easy subjects as possible.

The Exchange Crew

Personal experiences

It’s almost impossible to not delve into clichés when describing exchange as they are almost all true. You make lifelong friends, you have the best time of your life and you grow as a person.
Having gone into exchange knowing virtually no one in Copenhagen, it is astounding now to think that the crew we formed over the last 6 months are now so close.
I have no doubt that we will all be friends for life and most of us are already planning trips to see each other again.
As far as what I gained personally from exchange, I learn a little culture and history, a bit of Danish, but the most radical thing was that you change as a person in a kind of indescribable (but positive) way.

Tivoli Gardens

Accommodation

I lived at Signalhuset which is an off campus residence in South Amager for students.
You live with 3 other people in one of the 70 or so mini-apartments that make up the whole building. The kitchens/rooms and their furnishings are pretty generous as well.
I lived with a Dane, a Romanian and another Australian.
Signalhuset definitively lived up to its name as a party college and dependably on Friday/Saturdays (and often Thursdays) you will find multiple people having pres/parties in their common rooms (although the party room itself is underused).
Having visited the other colleges, I would definitely still choose Signal over the others (EXCEPT for Tietgen which should be your first preference even though it is very hard to get in).
Other good places were Ostebro and Bispejerg.

Biking

Budget

There’s no way around it-Copenhagen is expensive.
Accommodation is the big killer (Mine was around $5200+$800 deposit).
Everything else is workable.
For food, eating in will save you a ton of money as Copenhagen's restaurants are notoriously expensive.
Transport is practically free as you can and should bike everywhere on Copenhagen's lovely bike paths.
Going out can also be cheap if you know the right places.
Overall I would say UQ's estimate of the living costs is pretty accurate.

Academic development and employability

I would say exchange enhanced my employability by forcing me to mature as a person and exposing me to responsibilities that I wouldn't normally have had placed on me at home.

Snow Christanborg Slot

Highlight

One highlight of my trip was a group trip near the start of exchange to Prague.
The 6 of us barely knew each other going in but by the end were assuredly friends for the rest of exchange.
We came in with no expectations and had an absolute blast in one of my favourite cities in Europe.

Nyhavn

Top tips

-First off, do it.
You won't regret it.
Even if it’s not in Copenhagen.
-BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS WELL IN ADVANCE.
I can't stress this enough.
I've got flights to London for $15 but paid $180 to go to Amsterdam when I booked last minute.
Once you've got a crew who wants to do a trip sorted, book it.
-Get a bike.
The metro is pretty expensive at $2.50 one day minimum and Bikes are virtually free as you can sell them at the back end of your exchange.
-Give the Tivoli a go but make sure you get the all-day pass and stay till the pretty lights come on.
-Must dos for a good night out: Culture box, KB-18, Bakken and for the inner RE in all of us: LA Tequila bar
 

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