Having now been back at ANU for almost 2 months, I can say without a doubt that  my exchange at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) was an experience I will  never forget.

The main DTU campus is located in Lyngby, approximately 13km north of  Copenhagen. The most convenient way to get to Copenhagen was to take the direct  bus, or ride your bike to the closest train station and take your bike on the train!!)  Both methods took about 30 minutes, but I preferred taking my bike so I could cycle  around the city. Copenhagen is a city designed for bikes! 

Classes were run completely different in Denmark, and this was potentially one of  the most confusing aspects of my exchange! Each course was taught in a single 4hr  block per week; consisting of lectures, tutorials and group work. Despite the long  block of class, I don’t believe we ever had a lecture longer than 45 minutes before  the lecturer called a 10 minute break, in which friends and I would always venture to  the closest cafe for coffee! (Be prepared to lower your coffee standards or pay a  fortune for a good cappuccino)

By far the best decision I made during my exchange was to join the DTU Ultimate  Frisbee Club! Throughout the semester I had the opportunity to attend 4 different  tournaments around Denmark, all of which were an absolute blast!! Here I made  incredible, lifelong friend. If you asked my friends and family in Australia about my  exchange, they’d probably tell you I came home with a new addiction to Frisbee!    Being in Europe also allowed me to travel quite extensively. I travelled 6 weeks prior  to classes starting, and later travelled with new friends on weekends and during uni  breaks. In total I visited 15 different countries and almost 30 different cities!

Accommodation at DTU was completely different to that offered by ANU, with a  large variety of on-campus and off-campus options. I lived in a new dorm called  Linde Alle, approximately 5 km north of the university campus. Here I had a huge  room, my own ensuite, and shared a kitchen with 5 other students. I also shared  living and dining areas with about 20 other students, who become like a second  family. I was within walking distance of 4 different supermarkets, and it only took me  20 minutes to cycle to uni each day.  

I received a Vice-Chancellor’s Grant for my exchange. I originally heard about the Vice-Chancellor’s Coursework Travel Grant through the  Global Programs facebook page, and decided there was no harm in applying. As a  student from a regional area, and the first in my family to undertake university studies, the grant was a great help! The grant covered the cost of both my Residency  Permit and return flights, which definitely relieved some of the financial pressure  associated with going on Exchange!    All in all, I had an incredible 7 months abroad and would do it all again in a  heartbeat!