Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is a quaint, trendy and charming metropolis in northern Europe, which any student could have an incredibly enriching and unique experience in while studying abroad. This Scandinavian city is big enough to never run out of things to do and also small enough to be safe and easy to navigate, so you really get the best of both worlds. You could explore all day and still find yourself wanting to explore more for months.
While Copenhagen is not one of the more popular European destinations for students to study abroad in like Madrid or Rome, that’s kind of the appeal of it. You will have the ability to immerse yourself in the culture, meet people from all over the world and gain such a sense of independence. Ready to study abroad in Copenhagen? Tab through our comprehensive guide and read reviews of study abroad programs in Copenhagen below!
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Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is a quaint, trendy and charming metropolis in northern Europe, which any student could have an incredibly enriching and unique experience in while studying abroad. This Scandinavian city is big enough to never run out of things to do and also small enough to be safe and easy to navigate, so you really get the best of both worlds. You could explore all day and still find yourself wanting to explore more for months. While Copenhagen is not one of the more popular European destinations for students to study abroad in like Madrid or Rome, that’s kind of the appeal of it.
You will have the ability to immerse yourself in the culture, meet people from all over the world and gain such a sense of independence.
Must See Attractions
Your first stop in Copenhagen has to be Freetown Christiania. Have a milkshake from the first stand where you walk in, and you can’t forget the Nemo burger. After, you can explore the walkways lined with cute houses and charming bridges surrounding the beautiful lake that is at the center. Nearby Christiania is the Spiral Church which, if you climb the stairs all the way to the top, provides the most breathtaking view of Copenhagen.
When you have a day or two free you should visit the remarkable graffiti park that is down by the ocean. With buildings covered with incredible and unique graffiti art, it is such a fun place to discover and explore! On that additional day that you have when you aren’t busy you should spend some time at Tivoli Gardens, a famous amusement park in Copenhagen and one of the oldest amusement parks in the world.
Norrebro is the youngest, most trendy neighborhood in Copenhagen. There are several bars, restaurants, and cafes here that are gathering places for students. The ‘Lakes’ mark the entrance to Norrebro and when it gets nice people line the bridge, and it’s a great place to hang out. Stroget is the main shopping street, where you can find fashionable items to purchase or simply look at in the windows and get inspiration for your wardrobe.
Food and Drink
Hungry? The food in Copenhagen is not much different from that in America and most people can find something that they like to eat. There are plenty of little cafes, including the Laundromat Café and Paludan Café, where you can buy a bagel sandwich or enjoy any of the other delicious options they have on the menu. Torvehallerne, or the glass market as it is commonly referred to by study abroad students, has such a variety of incredible places to - eat at as many stands as you can and don’t forget a cupcake. One tip for nightlife in Copenhagen for students – go to Kulor Bar on Tuesday and Thursday nights. There are free drinks before midnight and it is a great place to enjoy a night out with other students and young people.
Copenhagen is a very bicycle-friendly city, with people whizzing by on their bikes through the streets. If you have the opportunity to ride a bike there, do it. It’s a fun way to get around and see the attractions in Copenhagen!
The bus is another great way to get around, which seems to be the most popular form of public transportation in Copenhagen. The metro is another option to get from one place to another in Copenhagen and often used for longer distances. It is very easy to use, with only two lines that run in opposite directions. Although, the city is currently doing a major reconstruction on the metro system and will be expanded. When it comes to the buses and metro in Copenhagen, transportation is divided into different zones. The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (which is one of the more popular study abroad programs in Copenhagen) provides their students with transportation passes that work on both the bus and metro and give them a certain number of zones to travel to. Typically 2-3 zones are enough to get you to where you want to go in the major city area, but you can always buy another zone if necessary.
The culture in Copenhagen is very different than that of America. One thing that people may find shocking is that people don’t make small talk or say hi or even look at you when you pass them on the street. Danish people keep to themselves, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be extremely helpful or friendly if you ask them a question.
An additional feature of Copenhagen culture that may come as a surprise is the cold, dreary weather and the early darkness, even into late spring; but with this comes a wonderful part of Danish culture that the citizens like to live by called ‘hygge’- it involves being cozy, comfortable and lighting candles! The third aspect of Copenhagen culture that may be shocking is how expensive the city tends to be. The Danes use a currency called the Danish Kroner and when converting you divide Kroner by about 5 to get its American dollar equivalent. A helpful hint in regards to money in Copenhagen- make sure you have a card that will be compatible in Copenhagen or be prepared to use cash because some cards are not accepted everywhere. Also, be prepared to spend a lot of money while you are in Copenhagen. Like I said, Copenhagen is quite expensive and there aren’t many opportunities price discounts. Most people, in general, spend much more than they are expecting to spend when they study abroad, so it’s good to just be aware of this.
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