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Elias Peters

About My Study Abroad Program

Major/Minor: Psychology, Neuroscience
Program: University of Copenhagen
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Term: Fall 2019


Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you select your program?
I really wanted to live in another country while being a student, and I'd always wanted to go to Scandinavia. I chose Copenhagen specifically because of the biking culture and quality of the university there.


What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that I am much more capable of making friends than my experience at UNC had made me think. It gave me a lot of hope for my future because I gained more confidence in my personality and social abilities. However, I also learned that I really need to find a solution to my issues with focus and time management.


What is one of your favorite memories from your program?
Feeling so happy with my friends at our Christmas party when our gift exchange game got really intense in a lighthearted and fun way.


What advice do you have for future study abroad students?
Be as sociable as you can in the first few weeks because everyone else is as eager (and as nervous) to make friends as you are. Also, be sure to not just surround yourself with other Americans. Meet people from other countries and walks of life!


Would you do it again?


How did your study abroad experience prepare you for your future career?
By helping me become more certain of my fascination and passion for cognitive neuroscience.


How were your classes abroad different than if you would have taken them at UNC?
They were much more self-guided. There weren't regular tests, quizzes, or assignments. There were only readings and an essay as our final exam.