Cultural Adjustment, Gilman Scholarship, Student Life Abroad

Adjusting to Denmark

September 25, 2015

Denmark is a prosperous country in Northern Europe known to the world as the happiest country in the world and containing the most beautiful people! So far having lived here for a month I want to start off with my experience that has been greatly made possible by SFSU and by the GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP! In this post I want to discuss the cultural differences and adjustment that I have experienced while living here for my first month and a half.

These are the major cities including the city of Aarhus, second largest city in the country, which I currently live in

These are the major cities including the city of Aarhus, second largest city in the country, which I currently live in

The City of Aarhus: 

To start I want to say the whole of Denmark is fairly flat and small. It is a well know fact that there are more pigs in the country of Denmark then people! Bacon anyone? Talking about bacon it is super cheap here only $1 for a packet of bacon! YUM! On the topic of food the groceries are very easy to come by and is at a reasonable price. However, there is not many options. You can only find a couple of options between products such as cereals, breakfast bars, ice cream, and so on. There are no large length shelves stocked with the same type of product but made by an endless amount of brands to choose from like in America.

Aarhus is a small city compared to San Francisco it is a college town with more than half of the cities population being students. Therefore, there is a lot of young people that like to party and drink. If you like beer then Aarhus is the place to be because Danish culture dictates that you drink beer for every social occasion.

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Getting around?

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Biking is fun, easy, and the perfect workout.

I highly highly recommend if you come to Aarhus you get a bike!! A bike is a must. They are fairly inexpensive and the perfect way to get around and save bus fare money. I rented one on immediately when I got here it cost me $187 for 4 months and I use it daily. Bus is always a way to get around but it is fairly costly with one ride costing around $3 . The only downfall is the weather!! It rains here almost daily and biking in the rain is do able but not the most pleasant. So before you come bring a reliable rain coat because you will need it!

Aarhus University: 

–> Intro week: For my intro week we had two mentor which was very helpful! My mentor is an amazing resource and help she even greeted me at the train station on the day of my arrival and walked me home. The week following my arrival was AMAZING! The events hosted by the University included all the international students dressing up as cows and partying with the rest of the Business School Students.

Intro Week festivities! We dressed up as cows with our small group and mentors.

Intro Week festivities! We dressed up as cows with our small group and mentors.

Intro Week Video

 

We also had some amazing bonding time with our small group and mentors which really helped establish friendships between us and other students. For our student bounding we went canoeing through the cities central canal!

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