Studying abroad in Copenhagen: Meeting Danes?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jul 31, 2012 10:41 AM Last Post By: Thegreatdane2012
Jun 7, 2012 12:49 PM
Studying abroad in Copenhagen: Meeting Danes?I am planning on studying abroad in Copenhagen, however after reading these forums and some other articles, I am concerned about how little interaction with actual Danes I may encounter. From what I have read, it seems Danes are not the friendliest people, and the program I would be attending is nearly all American students, so I will not be meeting Danish people in school. It is important to me to make friends with at least one person who is not American if I study abroad! Despite this, I am set on Copenhagen, because it is the best choice for my major (interior design/architecture). If anyone could tell me how much truth there is in this reputation, or if this should even be a concern, it would be much appreciated.
Jun 7, 2012 2:01 PM
1Danes are not unfriendly, but YOU will be the "newcomer" = "you will be the one taking initiative for contact!" - that's normal custom in a big city in NEurope.
So you have to get out WHERE the Danes are - (like sport club) - take active contact - do not press, but see how thing develop. Accept that some have all the good friends they can manage and other do feel it too tiring to speak a foreign language all the time (guess you do not know and will stay too short to learn Danish?)
Note that an foreign student is in no way something rare or interesting in Denmark and especially not in Copenhagen.
Jun 10, 2012 4:47 AM
2Danes are in general friendly and like to have a good time!! Try to learn some basic Danish, like greetings and thanks and such things, also how to explain that you do not speak Danish very well.
If you have a hobby or an interest try to come in contact with someone with similar interests. For instance, scouting is a true door-opener, fellow scouts all over the world will open their door!! Maybe you're into collecting stamps, playing chess, folk dance, racing.......... Or, you could simply try 'Hospitality Club'!
Enjoy Copenhagen, it's great!!
Jun 10, 2012 4:39 PM
Jun 12, 2012 4:52 AM
4Congrats on studying abroad in Denmark! You will have a great time. The Danes are very kind, friendly and welcoming people. Like Bjoern said, it will require that you take the initiative to reach out (as is the case in many countries), so be prepared to step out of your comfort zone.
Does your study abroad program provide the option of living with a host family? This is the #1 best way to get to know Danes. I studied abroad in Copenhagen in 2006 while living in a home stay, and we have continued to stay in touch and visit each other.
Another suggestion is to reach out to the local Couch Surfing community in Copenhagen. Many CSers are willing to meet up for a coffee or a beer, which will help you learn about Danish culture and may even lead to a great friendship.
Best of luck and enjoy DK!
Jun 12, 2012 10:54 AM
5As said before I would recommend that you live with a host family or couch surf for a start.
It is easier to get here in the summer, the seasons have a great influence in Denmark, when it is summer people are friendly and open - in the winter not so much.
Also be sure that the education is not all lectures, but classes as well. Denmark is wonderful - so enjoy.
Jul 11, 2012 10:38 AM
Jul 19, 2012 12:36 AM
7I know a couple of Swiss people who have studied abroad in Copenhagen or done semester internships etc. They all loved it. I'm from DK myself and spent two years in a larger dormitory-like student housing in Odense where we'd typically have 2-3 exchange students per kitchen of 15 people. If exhange students expressed interest in being part of the fun, they were more than included was my experience. It might take a little more work to get included into groups of people as Danes do have a tendency to go with their own as they're used to, but if you take a natural interest in them and are an easy going person I can't imagine it would go wrong. Student bars and organisations are great too.
Jul 22, 2012 9:07 AM
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