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Kemp Allen Kemp Allen
Aarhus School of Business, Denmark

Before I left for Aarhus I was having mixed feelings about the whole idea. This is mainly because I was not sure if Denmark was where I really wanted to go or not. I knew that I wanted to study abroad, but I had chosen Aarhus over Hull, UK, simply by flipping a quarter. After being there for a week, I knew that I had made the right choice.

Aarhus
Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark with Copenhagen, the capital, being the largest. Aarhus is located on the mainland and is a short three hour train ride away from Copenhagen. It is a great city to be in for college students. The majority of the people you will meet there are college age to around 30. There are lots of pubs and several clubs, making the night life similar and even better than Greensboro. There were several times during the spring semester when we were able to attend free concerts outdoors and indoors as well as numerous other events around the city. In the latter part of the semester, once it warmed up some, we were able to go to the beach.

Accommodations
I lived in an off-campus dorm/apartment style residence hall. The place where I lived had four halls of 24 rooms and there were kitchens located at both ends of each hall. Each kitchen was shared by the 12 rooms closest to it on that hall. Everyone had their own room and also their own sink and mirror. Some of the halls had private bathrooms, but I was on one of the halls that did not. Those halls had bathrooms set up like the kitchens, one on each end and shared by 12 people. The place where I lived was a short three or four minute walk to and from the Aarhus School of Business. Some of the other locations required a short bus ride to reach the school.

Classes
All of my classes were taught in English with the exception of Danish for Foreign Students. I was able to take four classes, aside from that one, that counted towards my double major in International Business and Marketing. My classes met once a week for two hours each and were a mixture of lecture and discussion with class sizes in the mid 20s to 30s. Other students had classes that met more often and were lecture one day with a large class size and discussion another day with a smaller class size. All of my classes were graded solely on the final exams. The focus was more on independent study than classes are here at UNCG. This can take some getting used to but it was not as difficult to me as I had anticipated.

Travel
While I was there, I traveled to several areas in Denmark as well as several other countries. I went to Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, and Scotland. The bulk of my travels were trips that I planned with other international students that I met there. We did most of our traveling by plane, as Ryan Air is one of the cheapest ways to get around Europe. If you are going to travel, make sure you book a hostel in advance as they can often be full due to various festivals that may be occurring throughout the semester. One of the best ways to travel within Denmark and neighboring countries is by train. The Danish rail system, and others in Europe in general, is far superior to that of the US.

Advice

  • Do not hesitate to ask the International Office at ASB any questions regarding anything. They are more than happy to help you and are some of the nicest people I met.
  • Learn the bus routes around Aarhus early on as this will make getting around the city much easier.
  • Try to bring a laptop with you. Also, make sure to get adapters so that you can use any chargers that you may have brought from the US.
  • Many Danes speak English and are more than willing to help you if you have questions about various things that are in Danish.
  • Get a cheap cell phone shortly after you arrive and use prepaid cards. It is even possible to call the US depending on which company you go with. I used CBB and was able to call in Denmark for next to nothing and could call back to the US for relatively cheap. Also, go to the Post Office and buy an international calling card if you have a phone in your room as this will be the cheapest way to call the US.
 

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