|This page was constructed after it was revealed that some
travel agencies used alarming sales techniques in order to sell their
Secondary some cities have
chosen to prioritize language trips for student on the cost of education
material. That is why we at Center Validering have made this information
page for youth and their parents, who are thinking about a stay in a foreign
Traveling abroad in order to learn a foreign country can be a short
experience. Many traveling agents offers stays lasting about three weeks,
but longer stays are also being advertised
Also the possibility of a stay by a family a whole year exist - perhaps
as au-pair, but it has become increasing difficult due to September 11.
Some choose to attend an foreign High School as a kind of sabbatical
year. The students must remind themselves that the exam has no value in the
superior Danish educational system. People sees it as holiday - nothing
However, when it comes to higher education a stay abroad can count.
Please remember to plan very carefully and speak with the educational
consultants at the Danish universities, so the stay does not end up being a
total waste not counting in the final exam.
Some firms has a mandatory stay as a part of their internal education of
new employees. But both the youth and he or her parent should remember that
it far more difficult to resign when the workplace is abroad. The employer
has no obligation to secure a transportation back home. If a youth choose to
seek employment in a firm using such a policy, they should set aside a sum
so the youth - in the worst case scenario - can return safely back home.
The answer is Yes. No investigations show that the youth will benefit to
leave the home country - especially not considered the high standard of the
Danish educational system. A resent Norwegian research did show that the
skills of the student are equal regardless if they have been educated abroad
or not . Traveling is costly, so the cities
should be urged to invest the limited sums on teaching aids at home rather
than using money on sending students abroad.
Readjusting to the Danish society and also to a point cultural fauna
polluting can be an issue if the stay last more than 10 weeks. Parents to
smaller children should according to the Danish ministry of Education accept
that the poor quality of education abroad often result in result in a whole
year of education compared to the youth that have stay at home .
It does not have to either. By the use of new technology it is possible
to take courses over the Internet with the same results as a trip abroad .
The answer is yes, but it alls depend whether the youth can socialize and
some countries have very strict rule regarding this area. One of these
relations to alcohol consumption where young Danes have a more mature
relationship compared to youths in order countries. It means that Danish
youth often are cut off from socializing with foreign youth when they can
not act normal and according to their culture. Then the stay abroad ends up
being isolation abroad, which does not benefit the youth and can be harmful.
Not anymore. In the old days a drivers license was a possibility for
youth staying in the United States, but stricter rules have made this
impossible. making private arrangements instead of using the very pricy
approved agents simply have to tough consequences (imprisonment,
deportation, being banned from enter the country in the future).
No. Many families have cases in the justice system. However, most cases
are never brought to trial to the legal cost. It is quiet understandable
that the families try to get the bad experience over with and go on in
life. Taking a case to court in Denmark is both expensive and very time
  .
Some remembers the English student
which got a conviction of 15 month for the murder of a baby in her care,
but due to juridical quibbling managed to return home to the United
Kingdom. Modern science methods have cleared her of any guilt ,
but in fact it was a judgmental view of her European way of living that
secured the conviction in the first place.
American student is held by the authorities in Italy solely based on
the way she lived her life rather than based on real evidence. She can
spend up to an year in jail without being charged.
As a stranger in a foreign country the outcome of the court is often
decided in advance if the difference in culture and economy can prevent
that the accused from presenting his or her defense.
A stay abroad are not considered a plus by many employers. In fact most
firms sees a stay abroad a holiday rather than studying. The reason for
that is that the Danish educational system is far superior than most
countries - often considered second-to-none 
. They have reasonable doubt about a stay
covering over a sabbatical year, which is total in opposition to the goals
the Danish government has set for Danish youth regarding being introduced
as fast as possible to the Danish workplace.
The same rules when using boarding schools
apply. If homesickness is experienced from the very start one of the
parents should go to the child or the entire stay should be terminated
within 14 days in order to avoid long-term effects like
Sometimes it is the host-family that causes the trouble. Numbers as high
as 20% percent are mentioned .
If that is the case stop consulting issues with the host-family or the
local staff member from the traveling agency, which can not help anyhow. The
family should arrange transportation at once without stating the reason for
this decision so they stand better in court once the youth return to home,
if they want to proceed with a case in court.
Returning home before time is not a defeat
When a youth decide to terminate the trip it is not a defeat. The error
is such cases was to try a stay in a foreign country at all. People have
to remember that the brain of young people are not as developed as it is
the case by adult. They simply lack some skills when it comes to determine
the longtime effect of a given action. The only part to blame is the
parents that have overestimated the abilities by the child and if they
want to leave their child unharmed they should realize their error fast.
Most children take all to many things for granted. That is not an error
because their parents have not learned them anything else. In the United
States they use
wilderness therapy against children where the parents have lacked to
teach this important lesson. The children return home broken when they are
starved to learn how much their family means to them.
A young person who are being broken down by a combination of culture
shock and a minor depression should both be helped home and be praised for
valuing his or her social circle of acquaintance regardless of the
economical consequences of their wrongly faith in own skillsmay turn out to
Possible results if homesickness is ignored
Based on the experiences a Danish host-family has experiences ,
a possibility of establishing false images in the mind of the youth can
exist. The human mind is designed to spare one from experiences, which can
not be handled at the present time. Then when the body reacts some 7 years
after a specific incident has taken place none are in the position to
decide what is wrong and what is true.
The youth owes it both to one self and to the host-family to terminate
the stay prematurely because a try to ignore the problems can mean
unpleasant consequences for both parties.
It is only in Denmark, where background checks of the host families are
done. A 16 year old Danish student was molested by a member of the host
He was sentenced to 36 months probation and a fine of 1,500 dollars.
It is all about planning. Use at least 18 months. Please observe these
four issues carefully:
- Visa and passport-rules
The result of improper paperwork can be arrest, wearing both handcuffs and
leg irons following by an unpleasant deportation. Even later visits can
result in the same experience if it is discovered later. .
Research this area very carefully and use the very over-priced licensed
agents. There are almost no competition in this area, so: Yes - it is
The worst case scenario is culture shock. Sometime people are hit by this
phenomena in the arrival hall and then there is only path to take - home,
before the youth are traumatized for the rest of his or her life.
To a degree it can be avoid with good preparation. Read some literature
about the country - before the stay! Expect to be challenged on the very
basis of your ethnical and morale values. Compromise can be the answer to
a successful stay. If you are not prepared to do that, maybe the best
thing would be to stay home.
Try to use psychology .
A book to read is Storti’s The Art of Crossing Cultures,
(Intercultural Press Inc., 2001) ISBN 0-933662-85-8
If Danish youth for a minute try to think about how difficult many
foreigner find it to live in Denmark, they should give it a thought that
when they leave Denmark, the tables are turned. Suddenly it is them, who
is odd and interesting. It is not always pleasant.
- Are the school accredited?
Even well known and acknowledged High schools are not what they seem. Academy at Ivy
Ridge in New York had to pay a huge fine for issuing High School
exam papers, which was worth nothing.
Check with the Danish department of Education. Some of the schools of low
standard have strict rules about leaving classrooms during classes. They
have also in some case poor environment surrounding the school with no
parties and no alcohol. Even night curfews have been see. Do not attend
them. It is not prisons people would travel abroad to live in. Social
isolation can be harmful.
- Have an exit-plan ready
Buy a plane ticket, which is not dated so a quick return home is possible.
Even the best precautions can be proven useless, if the basis on which the
trip was purchased are revealed to false and it is often the case.
Remember that the rules regarding the use of boarding schools does also
apply here. Terminate the stay if things are not fixed within a short
time. 14 days are the time limit.
It is quiet common to have trouble during a stay. One third choose to
move to a new host family or terminate the stay. .
Plan the trip home as a finished and strategically answer to problems.
Then it would not be felt as a defeat.
This page focuses on short term language courses. If you think about
living abroad these websites may help.
| Exchange Student Info
International Kultur Formidling
||Future Exchange students. The webpage has been cited by
Danes Studying Abroad
|| C. Ekskildsen Forskningscenteret
||Young adult thinking about taking one semester or their entire
||Danish Emigration Institute
||People thinking a job-related period abroad.
||Language trip with
unlawful bait, by MORTEN ZAHLE, forbrugerliv.dk, March 12, 2008
(Article in Danish)
Abroad or home - what is best?, Cirius, 30. March 30, 2006 (Article
||Education of Danish
children abroad - The ministry of Education in Denmark 2005 (See
chapter: "Practical advice once having returned to Denmark")
(Article in Danish)
||Stay home -
take a course, Center for journalistisk
kompetenceudvikling (UPDATE), 19. april 2005 (Article in Danish)
Language trip ended in nightmare, by TEA KROGH SØRENSEN, forbrugerliv.dk, January
9, 2008 (Article in Danish)
Children on language trip let down, by Ivar Juel Nordentoft Og Maria Slej-Hasselstrøm, Fyens Stifstidende,
October 24, 2007 (Article in Danish)
A raise in the number of complaints over language trips, by Maria Slej-Hasselstrøm, Fyens
Stiftidende, October 24, 2007 (Article in Danish)
downside of studying abroad,
Chillinet, November 11, 2004 (Article in Danish)
medics clears Nanny, by Matthew Acton & Georgina Dickinson, News of
the World (Article in Danish)
Home is best - Danske unge sætter nordisk bundrekord i at rejse
ud for at studere, Søndagsavisen, uge 48/2007, side 23 (Article in
The career is wasted due to working abroad, by Mona Henriksen, TV2, November
28, 2007 (Article in Danish)
Youth on exchange abroad 2005/06, Cirius, November 28, 2006
(Article in Danish)
||DIS host family
- 14 år som DIS værtsfamilie for amerikanske studerende - Hvordan
overlever man?, privat hjemmeside (Article in Danish)
||Visa for studying
in the United States, Århus Universitet (Article in Danish)
Psychological preparation, Uddannelsesguiden.dk (Article in Danish)
exchange of youth - en antropologisk analyse af social forbundethed mellem udenlandske udvekslingsstudenter og danske
værtsfamilier - Feltarbejdssynopsis ved Mia Priskorn, 8. sem.,
juni 2003. (Article in Danish)