Fleur in Odense

Field of study in Wageningen: Nutrition and Health (BSc)
Study period exchange: 01/09/2023 – 20/12/2023
Country (exchange): Denmark
City (exchange): Odense
University (exchange): University of Southern Denmark
Faculty (exchange): Health Sciences

2. Motivation for exchange

Why did you choose to go on study exchange?

My main motivation was to explore a new country and a new culture. Furthermore, I wanted to challenge myself by moving into new surroundings, communicating in another language and becoming friends with international people. I just wanted to take the chance and see what happens.

What is the reason you chose for this country/university?

I had never been to Scandinavia yet and I was really curious to live in a Northern country. I chose the University of Denmark in particular for its courses in sports science and psychology.

3. Accessibility to reach destination

Do you have any tips to reach your exchange destination?

The city of Odense is very easy to reach by train or Flixbus!

4. University and studying

Could you provide some general information about the followed courses? What is it like to study there?

I would say the workload was lower than I was used to. Nevertheless, the quality of the education is equally high and teachers have high command of the English language. The courses I took primarily consisted of lectures. For Biological Psychology, there is made use of a book which I was able to download online.

What is the culture of the university?

The contact with our teacher for Ageing, Physical Activity and Health actually surprised me. This is a so-called intensive course of three weeks at the university, in which we started behaving as a class and the teacher got to know us very well. We did sports activities together and a farewell drink was also organized by the teacher. For Biological Psychology, the student-teacher contact was comparable to the WUR. Luckily, the Danish students themselves were very welcoming. They did not hesitate to help us with e.g. getting to know software and even invited us to party’s!

What does the university offer the student additionally?

There is a very nice gym in the university building. Furthermore, the SDU had a Friday bar where you can drink from 14-2 on Fridays! Many events are organized there too. There are multiple canteens where you can buy a variety of foods too.

5. Housing-travelling-living

What are the possibilities for housing?

The university guarantees an accommodation for exchange students! I got to live in a dorm in the city centre with 8 people in total. Rent was relatively low.

What is the culture of the country like?

The culture is relatively similar to the Netherlands. People are generally a bit more introverted but very kind. It is usual to address teachers by their first name and classes start a quarter later than scheduled.

Could you give some information about public transport infrastructure?

A tramline runs through the city. Trams usually depart every 8 minutes which is very convenient! There is a tram stop at the university so going there by tram is easy. Odense is also very bike-friendly with a lot of bike lanes. I rented a Swapfiets during my exchange period. Furthermore, there is a train station in the city centre and there is a Flixbus stop in Odense.

6. Expenses

Can you give an indication of your expenses for/during your exchange?

Ticket there: about 75 euro by train
Housing costs per month & type of housing/accommodation: 375 per month for a room in a shared house
Groceries: more expensive than in the Netherlands
Public transport: cheaper than in the Netherlands
Restaurant/going out for dinner: more expensive than in the Netherlands
Daytrips/sight-seeing: more expensive than in the Netherlands

7. Free time

What are must-sees in the area? 

Copenhagen, Arhus and Skagen are definitely worth a visit! Furthermore, we planned a cool trip to Sweden and Norway during the autumn break!

What does not appear in the travel guide, but is worth a visit?

Bodegaen, a bar where a lot of international students get together on Tuesdays. Also, the Monday Cafe and Studenterhus are quite underrated.

Do you have general tips and tricks about leisure time?

It is definitely worth it to visit a match of the Odense Bulldogs ice hockey team. Furthermore, Storms Pakhus is a great indoor food market where a lot of events are organised too. Lastly, you can make your own jewellery at the smykbar and your own pottery at the creative space.

7. Challenges & best moment abroad

What was a challenge you have experienced?

I struggled a bit with the stormy and grey weather during the autumn season. I overcame this challenge by meeting up with a lot of people and staying active.

What was your best memory abroad?

The Danish Christmas dinner we had with our Danish and international friends altogether!

8. Contact Details

Would you like to ask Fleur more questions about her exchange?
Send her a mail: fleur.vanaubel@wur.nl