Testimonials - MSc in Biochemistry – University of Copenhagen

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The students really take an interest in class

Vaida, 23, Lithuania, is in her first year of her biochemistry master.

Do it! Come to Copenhagen right away! The teaching at the University of Copenhagen is great, and the Danes are a hospitable nation. Copenhagen is a safe place. Crime rates are very low. I have never felt scared in the Danish capital. No matter what time I go home at night. Being in Copenhagen is cool. I have found what I was looking for.

I fell for Copenhagen and decided to read biochemistry at master level there because I had spent a year in Norway on an Erasmus scholarship while I was doing my bachelor's degree. It gave me a taste for the Scandinavian way of life, and when I graduated in biochemistry in Lithuania I decided to try another Scandinavian country. My mother had been to Denmark, too, and she was really enthusiastic about it when she got home.

So I chose the University of Copenhagen, and I haven't been disappointed. The students on my course are really into their subject. The Danes and foreign students. They don't just concentrate on completing their studies. They really take an interest in class. And I like the way students can criticise the teaching and the subject. We can ask questions and be active in our classes, which are in English, a language the Danes are all good at.

Right now I am on practical experience at BRIC, a biotechnology research and innovation centre that works with the University of Copenhagen. I'm spending a year there to get laboratory experience. It's a good way of combining theory and practice. Actually I like it so much that I often don't want to go home at the end of the day. The surroundings are nice and the people I work with are really lovely. Half of them are Danish, and the rest come from abroad.

In general there is plenty of international atmosphere about the University and the city. I have made lots of friends and have a Danish boyfriend. And I meet other people from Lithuania I didn't know back home. Lina is one of them. She is doing maths and economics at the University of Copenhagen. We're best friends now and we share a terraced house with two other foreign students and a really nice Danish landlady. The house is 15 minutes from a beach a kilometre long with white sand and all kinds of modern facilities.

Copenhagen is a lovely city in every way. I like cities but Copenhagen is small enough for you to bike around in. The atmosphere is really laid back and there are loads of green spaces, parks, lakes and canals. And although Denmark is an expensive place to live there are plenty of things you can do that are cheap or free. As for the Danes, well, the sexes are very equal. I like that as regards career opportunities but I do miss men opening the door for you as a woman. In that respect I am probably more into the old-fashioned kind of behaviour between men and women that I am used to back home. But all in all I am really enjoying my stay in Copenhagen. So don't hesitate to come to Copenhagen to study at the University. But you need to be active right from day one. Talk to the people around you. It will pay off in the long term.