I discovered a new culture, food and traditions- I haven’t adapted to everything, but hey I am human so bear with me 😊
I learned to be independent – before I always lived with my parents and this as my first alone experience.
I started to speak 4 languages daily – let me tell ya, it is exhausting, and you can easily do mistakes and have blackouts.
I spoke more Spanish than Danish 😊 – I speak it every day with my friend Adriana.
I am making money 😊 – well sort of, I have to pay rent, bills and food and other stuff but I have been able to economically sustain myself without depending on my parents and this is great.
I went on a road trip with my lovely friends, Jurgita and Mike from Denmark to Italy.
I lost my curly hair – noooo this is a tragedy, I do not know how this happened but this summer something changed in my body and now my hair is lifeless, flat and almost straight.
I started to walk more and more and more 😊 – when I was living in Italy, I was walking max 8km per day, now I am walking more than 15 km daily.
I found a cool part-time job, learned some new things and became more confident.
I started to go to the gym and put some effort – I cannot see the significant results yet but I am working on it.
I also become more depressed during winter, when the days are shorter and there is no sun, but as soon as the day is sunny, my mood goes up.
I am super happy and full of energy in summer when the day starts at 4 am and ends almost at midnight
I opened this blog and believe or not people are reading it and some of you actually came to study at my University, the rest went to Odense, Copenhagen, Arhus and other cities.
A lot of other things have happened some good, some bad but the most important part is to keep going, fight everything and everyone that comes into your way and try to stop you from reaching your goal.
Since I moved to Denmark and I lived here for 2 years, I had fun, I learned a lot, I met a lot of people but now is time to move forward. Guess where 😊 you will find out on my next post…





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In 2016 I was so happy to come and study and live in Denmark but after 2 years and a half, things have changed, and I cannot wait to leave this country.

Before Denmark

When I looked for information online and found pictures and read stories and articles everything seems so positive and I started imagining how my life would be in Denmark since in Italy I had no future. I also found less positive experiences but I thought that those were isolated cases and maybe people were exaggerating. I was overexcited that I could study for free that I wasn’t processing other information.

After my arrival in Denmark

When I arrived in Denmark, I was so lucky to have friends that supported and helped me, and I am going to be forever grateful to them for this. I hope that someday I will be able to change their favour. I was lucky to live close to the university and during the first semester everything went smooth and I liked the programme and the teaching method. The exam period was a bit stressful, but everything went more than fine.

Before Christmas I also applied for a marketing related job and just before Christmas Eve, I discovered that the job was mine. I worked in Trendhim since then and I am so lucky to do this experience during my school years.  I was also surprised to discover that besides offering a free education, the Danish government offers also an economic help to EU students that work more than 44 hrs per month. I chose to apply to receive the help and I got it.

My experience with the Danish language school

I forgot to mention that since my arrival in Denmark I started also the language class in order to learn Danish and to become part of the society. During the second semester, I had to give up on the language classes due to time issues. I was having lessons twice a week from 5 pm to 7.50 pm and it was pretty difficult to manage my time with the university and the job. I mover the classes to Saturday morning from 9 am to 1.30 pm, but this didn’t work either. We also changed teachers and the new ones weren’t engaging. I had to give up on something and I decided that this would be the Danish classes.

When everything started to fall apart

During the 4th semester, we had to do a 3-month unpaid internship, and I was fine with it. Nowadays is normal to have unpaid internships, because people need to build careers and make experience working full time, but nobody asks them how they pay rent or buy food. I was ok because I still had the part-time job that I decided to keep during the internship period in order to receive the help from the government and have an income.

Please notice that with only my salary after taxes (salary 2900 dkk) I pay the rent (rent 2850 dkk + laundry 50 dkk) and that’s it, then with the help from the government, I can live through the month. I try to be as honest as possible with you.

Since the first week I started to feel tired, I was working 11 hrs in front of the pc and walking 10 km (I suffer from car sickness and I use buses, trains and cars only in extreme cases or when necessary). During the 2nd month, I took one week of vacation from work in order to focus only on one thing. It worked but by the end of the internship, I was physically and mentally exhausted. During this period, I also had to write the bachelor project 😊.

Since I had pain everywhere, I decided to go to the doctor for the first time since I came to Denmark. Worst experience ever. I cried after I walked out, I couldn’t imagine how a doctor can speak like this to a patient.

I have a small issue since I was born, one of my legs is bigger and stronger and this causes pain to my back, legs and feet. I live daily with the pain but when it was too much, I decided to book the appointment.

The doctor seemed nice when I went inside, and I started to describe my history since it was the first time that we met. She also measured my leg and saw the difference was significant between the 2 legs and I was hoping she will send me to an orthopaedic but no she said that a physiotherapist would be enough, and I should look for it on google. I was like ok but can I also have some blood analysis to check why I have so much inflammation in my tendons and she said to me that this is not possible for Romanian and Polish students, because our national insurance doesn’t cover the cost in DK. I immediately stopped her and told her that actually I am registered in Italy and with Romania, I have no ties. Then she changed her answer by saying that I was too young for blood analysis that I am healthy and in Denmark, they do not prescribe blood analyses for people as young as me. I immediately left and called my mum and said to her to book a visit to Italy ASAP. I went back to Italy and my doctor ordered a full check-up and she gave me some medicine to fight the tendon inflammation and the blood analysis shown some worrying news and I had to take some other medicine.

In autumn the problem returned, and I went again, this time I met another doctor and he sent me to an orthopaedic surgeon, that told me that the tendon is not inflamed enough, it is shorter than the one in the right leg and if the pain and issues persist, I should come back in one year to do a surgery and then he sent me away.


This was my awful experience with the Danish healthcare system, and I know that out there are cases worse than mine. Unfortunately, I decided that I cannot stay in a country that treats patients with superficiality, especially if they are foreigners. Since my problem might get worse, I prefer to live in a country when I am sure I will receive some sort of attention and cure.

 And yet another reason

But this negative experience is not the only reason why I decided to leave. Denmark is a rich country that offers many possibilities, but its people culture is not for everybody. Everything depends on the city you live in, the bigger the city the better. People are closed sometimes, and it is difficult to approach them and create a friendship. I am lucky to have many international friends. I do not socialize as Danes do and that is why I will not stay here longer than needed.


I contributed to the society in these 2 and half years, by working and I also received a lot and for this I am grateful, but I have to change chapter in my life.










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I wish I can write this post and bring good news as always, but unfortunately this time I have to deliver some worrying news for future international students: Danish government decided to cut the number of international students that can be admitted to danish universities.

When did this start and why?

The truth lays in statistics, and they show that only 1 out of 3 international students will stay in Denmark  for more than 2 years after they graduated. This is a loss both for companies and national workforce. Since 2017 universities were asked to limit the number of international students and accept about 25% less students. I can personally confirm the news since this happened also at my university. In 2018 the situation has worsened and many universities had to change the language of their courses from English to Danish and many courses were canceled.
To be honest I noticed this also in 2017 when I started to look for a top-up course to continue my bachelor. The CBS wasn't offering any top-ups related to my degree in English last year and ultimately I decided to continue at my current university, Via University College.
The big problem is that from now on Denmark will be able welcome less  students every year, but there are also people that think this is not the best solution, since it will reduce the diversity of international environment both in universities and work places.

After some quick investigation I found some interesting information that I would like to share with you and I think the Danish government has a point in deciding to reduce the number of international students.

"– Newly educated graduate students are the group who contribute most to the Danish economy out of all English-language students
– On average, international students are believed to contribute 100,000-350,000 kroner each to the state coffers over a lifetime
– On average, it takes about nine years for an international student to ‘repay’ their investment by the Danish state – but about 50 percent are gone five years after commencing their studies
– Only about 33 percent of international students contribute positively to the state coffers – the rest are seen as an expense for Denmark" 
(source:CPH Post)


What can you do to increase the chances of being accepted at danish universities 

If you what to study in Denmark, you have to understand that the competition to be accepted to danish universities will be higher than ever. The useful things that you can do is try to get the best results in school and a high score at your final exam. The language certificate is also very relevant and I suggest you to choose between TOEFL and IELTS and try to reach a level equal to a C1, this will give you an advantage. 
Another thing that you can do is to apply to multiple courses and universities and then rank them based on your preferences, this will increase the possibility of being accepted. 





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this picture was taken by Alessia, you can read her story here
Hi, 

I know I have been absent for quite a long time, but I am back, and I am ready to tell you the reasons that brought me to Denmark.
As you can see I also decided to write in English, so all my friends can understand what I write. My mom will probably hate me for this because she doesn’t understand English 😊 oopsie. Let’s get back to the main topic “Why did I choose Denmark”.There are two reasons behind my choice, the first one is related to the economic aspect: Denmark offers free education to EU students. As soon I discovered this I was beyond excited and obviously, I didn’t realize that I will have to pay rent and expenses and food. Italian universities are not that expensive but, studying for free is awesome so I decided that studying in Denmark was my goal and dream. If the education was thought in Danish I wouldn’t’ve come, because Danish is not an easy language. Fortunately, there are many courses thought in English, and this was the second reason.
When I knew that I was accepted I was ready to make sacrifices and work to pay for the expenses so I would not depend on my mum. When I was in Italy I worked for 6 months for an exhibition and I was able to save some money. I knew that in the beginning I had to pay more money for the deposit of the apartment and the first rent and I wanted to be ready.

After a few days in Denmark, I discovered that EU students have another big benefit which consists of a monthly allowance that you can get if work at least 12 hours per week. This was a big news and as soon as I had all my documents ready I started looking for a job.  The monthly allowance is called SU and you must apply to get it. If they approve your application, you will receive it monthly until you work and respect the requirements and its value is approx. 6000 kr before tax.  
Last but not least the education system, which I find it to be unique and not comparable to the Italian one or the Romanian one which is definitely outdated. Teachers are awesome, and you can have informal conversations during or after classes and they expect you to participate in the lesson. As a student, you are not stressed at all, but teachers have some expectations, such as reading the chapters from the book and being prepared during classes. The good part is that you will know the schedule for the whole semester and you can easily make plans.  
These are awesome reasons to study in Denmark and I think I made the right choice. I would suggest you come to study in Denmark, because of the benefits but also the experience is unique, and you can grow a lot.

    



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Quando si decide di vivere in un paese straniero si deve prendere in considerazione che in quel paese si parla una lingua diversa rispetto alla propria lingua madre. La conoscenza dell’inglese è fondamentale per viaggiare, lavorare e studiare all’estero ma non è sufficiente. La Danimarca è un paese bilingue che ha come lingua ufficiale il Danese e come lingua secondaria l’inglese, infatti circa l’86% della popolazione danese parla l’inglese. Posso confermare che anche i più anziani hanno una conoscenza molto buona dell’inglese.

La mia esperienza con la lingua danese


Dopo aver ottenuto la residenza e la Yellow card ho deciso d'iscrivermi al corso di lingua danese serale, che ai tempi era gratuito. Tutto sembrava proseguire per il meglio, frequentavo il corso 2 giorni alla settimana, il martedì e giovedì dalle 17 alle 19.50. All’inizio gli orari non mi pesavano tanto, ma con l’arrivo dell’inverno era diventato più difficile, soprattutto perché le ore di luce diventavano sempre più poche. A gennaio ho trovato un lavoro part-time e diventò sempre più difficile dividermi tra università, lavoro e corsi di danese. Fu così che decisi di cambiare i giorni e andare solo il sabato. Fu una scelta sbagliata anche perché mi dimenticavo completamente del corso oppure ero troppo stanca per andare e seguire 5 ore di danese.

Qualche settimana dopo, ho abbandonato il corso anche perché non sentivo nessuna affinità con la lingua e il non avere amici danesi con i quali esercitarmi ha influito molto anche sulla mia motivazione. Inoltre, non ho intenzione di continuare a vivere in Danimarca dopo gli studi, per varie ragioni che spiegherò in un post futuro.

Imparare il danese: consigli e informazioni


Innanzitutto, vorrei dirti che la lingua danese non è facile da apprendere, non perché i vocaboli sono difficili da ricordare o la grammatica è complicata, ma perché la lingua scritta e parlata sono come due poli opposti di una calamita, non si possono incontrare 😊. Le parole vengono scritte in un modo e pronunciate in un modo diverso, e ogni persona le pronuncia a modo suo. Conosco anche altre lingue e ho notato che ci sono moltissime somiglianze con altre lingue europee, come per esempio l’inglese il tedesco e anche l’italiano. Strano ma vero anche i danesi utilizzano la parola ‘influenza’ allo stesso modo che in italiano, e sorprendentemente si scrive allo stesso modo. 

Tornando a parlare della scuola di danese, tengo a menzionare nuovamente che non è più gratuita e si deve pagare un deposito di 1250kr, che verrà restituito una volta completati i moduli. I moduli da completare sono 6 e ci si impiegano circa 3 anni per fare ciò. Al termine dei 3 anni si ha una conoscenza buona del danese, ovviamente dipende da quanto decidi di impegnarti e da quanto usi la lingua.

I corsi sono serali, solimante dalle 17 alle 19 due volte alla settimana oppure il sabato dalle 9 fino alle 13.30. All’inizio si fanno più ore e in seguito l’orario giornaliero si riduce di un’ora. 
I docenti e il loro metodo d'insegnamento influenzano molto il tuo percorso, se per esempio non sanno coinvolgerti non ti sentirai mai attratto da questa lingua e ti semprerà complicata. Solo il mio primo docente era a mio parere dedicato, gli altri ci davano esercizi dal libro oppure puntavano solo sulla grammatica e niente vocaboli. 
Devi capire che frequentare un corso di lingua richiede impegno e costanza, il danese non è una lingua facile e ti dovrai armare di pazienza e volontà.

Personalmente ti consiglio di vedere i tuoi obiettivi futuri, e se desideri vivere in Danimarca e lavorarci, il danese è indispensabile, anche se ci sono anche lavori che non ne richiedono la conoscenza. Il danese ti servirà per comprendere meglio le leggi, comunicazioni che ricevi per posta e tante altre cose. Se invece vuoi solo completare gli studi universitari e andartene sta a te decidere se vuoi apprendere una nuova lingua o meno. Segui con attenzione le tue priorità e non accumulare troppi impegni altrimenti non riuscirai a compiere i tuoi obbiettivi al meglio.


Il mio consiglio è quello di aspettare un semestre, nel quale di sicuro avrai conosciuto di più il paese e avrai capito se vorrai restare per un periodo più lungo in Danimarca. Non prendere mai decisioni affrettate, potresti pentirtene più tardi 😊
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Oggi vorrei raccontarti ciò che è accaduto nei miei primi giorni all’università in Danimarca 😊.  Vorrei dirti che io ho un grande difetto: l’ansia. Quest’emozione mi travolge sempre qualsiasi cosa io faccia e non riesco a reprimerla. Non sapevo come sarebbero stati i professori oppure i nuovi compagni di classe e ovviamente avevo paura di isolarmi e non comunicare con nessuno. Tutto ciò che sapevo, era che i primi giorni erano introduttivi e avevamo un mentore che ci avrebbe accompagnato durante questi giorni e durante il semestre.


Nella prima parte della giornata eravamo tutti riuniti nella palestra dove i vari docenti si presentavano e ci introducevano il programma e ci davano altre informazioni utili. Sono passati 2 anni da quei giorni e non ho tantissimi ricordi. In seguito, il nostro mentore ci portava in un’aula e facevamo delle attività e giochi per conoscerci meglio. Non ho fatto subito amicizia con le persone, dato che sono sia amichevole ma anche riservata.

La cosa che mi ha sorpreso e che non solo abbiamo ricevuto la carta universitaria il primo giorno ma anche i documenti necessari per richiedere la residenza e la Yellow card. Dopo qualche settimana, il rappresentante del comune sarebbe venuto all’università per ritirare i documenti. Avere tutti i documenti necessari dura circa 7 settimane e in questo tempo non si può cercare lavoro o fare un conto in banca, ma di questo parlerò in un post futuro.

Durante questi giorni ci siamo divertiti e abbiamo appreso che il mentore ci avrebbe accompagnato per tutto il semestre ed essendo esso stesso uno studente del terzo semestre ci avrebbe guidato e appoggiato durante il semestre. Ovviamente erano preparati per le nostre domande e organizzavano degli incontri regolari durante il semestre.



Spoiler alert!! Gli studenti del terzo semestre possono diventare mentori e vengono pagati circa 16 ore. Non conosco tutti i dettagli perché ho dimenticato di inviare la domanda per diventarne uno entro la scadenza 😊
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In Danimarca il trasporto pubblico è efficace e puntuale. La puntualità è la principale caratteristica che mi ha sorpreso, i treni sono nel 90% dei casi in orario. In Italia vivevo in Lombardia e Trenord è sempre stata una delusione, treni in ritardo di 5/10 minuti a tutte le ore, oppure cancellati. Per 5 anni ho preso il pullman per andare al liceo e non c’è stato un giorno nel quale il pullman ritardi, invece in Danimarca i ritardi sono sporadici.

Spesso il problema non sono solo i mezzi stessi ma anche comprare il biglietto, infatti se il bar o la stazione erano chiuse oppure la macchinetta dei biglietti era rotta si doveva viaggiare senza biglietto, cercando il controllore o comprare il biglietto dall’autista stesso. In Danimarca invece, i biglietti si possono acquistare tramite applicazioni che si possono scaricare sul proprio smartphone. 
Il pagamento si può fare tramite carta oppure mobilepay. I biglietti per il pullman si possono acquistare direttamente sul mezzo senza alcun sovrapprezzo.  Nel caso in cui devi fare un abbonamento mensile, cerca di documentarti il più possibile sui vari siti per cercare l’opzione più conveniente.

Di seguito troverai i link alle applicazioni più comuni per trovare informazioni su treni e pullman:
DSB -  sul loro sito e sull’applicazione potrai trovare informazioni su orari e prezzi dei biglietti dei treni in Danimarca.
Midttrafik e Rejseplanen – puoi utilizzare queste due applicazioni per organizzare il tuo viaggio in pullman. I biglietti si possono acquistare su midttrafik.

Ora vorrei parlarti dei metodi per risparmiare sui biglietti dei treni e pullman.  Ad essere sincera non utilizzo quasi mai i mezzi pubblici, solo in rari casi e tutte le informazioni che trovi in questo post sono basate sulla mia esperienza personale e su quello che hanno sperimentato i miei amici.
Per quanto riguarda gli sconti per i biglietti dei pullman so che si può richiedere una carta dei viaggi chiamata Rejsekort, che garantisce degli sconti. Personalmente non ne ho mai fatto uso e ti consiglio di cercare più informazioni sul loro sito.

Fortunatamente ho viaggiato di più con i treni e ti posso dare qualche consiglio in più. Innanzitutto, i giovani dai 19 ai 25 anni usufruiscono di uno sconto del 25% sui biglietti dei treni. Se abiti sulla penisola e vuoi andare a Copenaghen senza spendere una fortuna ti conviene acquistare il biglietto Orange sull’applicazione DSB. In realtà non bisogna cercarlo, se è disponibile comparirà come opzione di acquisto, se invece non è disponibile sarà visualizzato il biglietto normale.

Nota bene!! Per poter usufruire di alcuni di questi servizi potrai avere bisogno della yellow card 😊

Per quanto riguarda i viaggi in aereo tutto dipende da quando tempo prima prenoti il volo e quindi non ti posso aiutare molto. Ti posso dare qualche consiglio su come muoverti verso gli aeroporti. Per esempio, raggiungere la capitale e anche l’aeroporto è costoso e se non si trovano i biglietti Orange il prezzo del biglietto di sola andata è molto alto. Le alternative sono Gomore oppure Flixbus. 

Ovviamente ci sono anche gli aeroporti sulla penisola come per esempio Billund. Purtroppo, Ryanair, che fa voli diretti verso l'Italia, ha deciso di non effettuare voli verso l’Italia da ottobre fino a marzo.

Se ti devi muovere dentro la città puoi tranquillamente usare la bicicletta, le piste ciclabili sono ovunque 😊.


Spero che i miei consigli ti siano stati utili 😊
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