Copenhagen, Denmark. When this city and country first came to mind, what were your thoughts? The age of Vikings? The welfare state the Scandinavian countries have become known for? Or perhaps the statistic that Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world? All these values have been reflected in the city of Copenhagen in my short time here, along with so much more.
Copenhagen is a city of contrasting architecture and culture, with just about everything someone could want. Simply walking from street to street you can find middle aged buildings sitting next to state-of-the-art modern architecture. Interested in History? Dozens of museums and historical sites ranging from the Age of Vikings through to the Middle Ages lay scattered throughout the city and countryside. There are concerts on every night of the week, and clubs to attend afterwards for those who have an interest in the nightlife. Have a passion for nature and scenery? You won’t find cheaper flights to the scenic sides of Scandinavia than in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen is also located in a unique position, with so many countries near it that are easy to travel to. Sweden is a quick 30-minute train ride away, with a plethora of cruises and trains leaving for the rest of Scandinavia and mainland Europe at cheap prices.
Speaking of prices, don’t be discouraged by the rumours of how expensive Denmark is. Whilst the cost of living is higher than Australia, there are plenty of ways to save money, and many student deals, discounted groceries, and special services dedicated to allowing one to save money. Just don’t come over expecting to eat out every meal.
Finally, what is studying at one of their universities itself like? I attend Copenhagen University, which is steeped in a rich history, having been founded in 1479. So far, I have thoroughly enjoyed the teaching style, which focuses on small, personnel classes, with the international student subjects being taught in English.
Ultimately, Copenhagen is a city that focuses on happiness, culture, and enjoyment, even during the cold winter months. I would highly recommend attending exchange here for anyone who is interested in the Scandinavian way of life/culture, and those who wish to travel extensively to Europe.
Bachelor of Information Technology
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