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Carina’s first impression of Denmark

photo by Carina Reiter

About one month ago my adventure in Denmark started. It is the first time I travel alone. I took the airplane from Vienna to Billund (with one stopover in Brussels). After one and a half hour in the bus I arrived at my final destination Haderslev – a small and charming city in South Denmark with approximately 22 000 inhabitants.

I live in an apartment with seven other students from all over the world. We share the kitchen but I have my own cosy bedroom and bathroom. It’s very interesting to live with students from other cultures and we often discuss about food, lifestyle etc. The only bad thing is that we have to walk 30 minutes to get to the university and the centre of Haderslev.

The University College Syddanmark (short UCSyd) is offering a well-organized ERASMUS+ programme for teacher education called Living and Learning together. Due to the fact that Haderslev has a very small campus (about 1 400 students) the atmosphere is very familiar. The teachers know our names and take care of us. They ask us several times if everything is alright, and if we have any problem they will find a solution. Furthermore, all the Danish people are always willing to help you and devote time to help you at the ticket automat or show you the shortest way.

The lessons at the UCSyd are totally different then in Austria. The focus is on group work and creating a “hygge” atmosphere where every student feels happy. In the course “Education and Culture in Europe” we talked about our Education systems at home and the Danish system, created our Dream school, discussed about philosophical topics based on the book “Momo” and hold a narrative interview with our parents about Globalization and High-speed-society. We already had one morning in a Danish “Folkeskole” where they explained us the Danish system, showed us around and we got the opportunity to observe our first Danish lesson. There is a lot of freedom for pupils and teachers, they rarely have tests and the first time they are graded is in the 8th class. The Danish philosophy is that pupils do what they love to do. The school will provide the room for finding what they really love.

Greetings from Denmark

Carina

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