Matilda - Copenhagen Business School

B Laws/ B Business Management
Semester 2, 2016

Academic experience 

At CBS I studied Global People Management, Business Strategy, EU Internal Market Business Strategy and International Business Negotiation, which I'd highly recommend if you get the chance. The education system is substantially different from Australia as all classes were very interactive and several of my courses lasted only half a semester. Whilst the more intensive hours and 100% final assessment might be daunting at first, the engaging lecturers and practical course content more than made up for it and towards the end I actually found myself preferring the Danish system. There's also less emphasis on mandatory attendance, which is great you want to fit in a bit of travelling during the semester.

Personal experience 

Exchange clichés aside, the months I spent in Copenhagen were without a doubt some of the best few of my life- Denmark definitely fulfilled its reputation as the happiest country in the world! I met so many students from all around the world who soon became my family away from home and had the best time exploring Copenhagen and Europe with them. We went on quite a few weekend trips during the semester and I also travelled around Europe for two months afterwards, however, Copenhagen has firmly cemented its spot as my favourite place. I couldn't recommend it more to future exchange students particularly those who want to experience a different culture without too much of a language barrier, with most Danes being fluent in English.


I was lucky enough to live in the Danish student residence Tietgenkollegiet, which was such an awesome experience! Although living apart from the other exchange students was a bit challenging at first, I wouldn't swap it for anything - I met some amazing people and got to experience some of the slightly quirky Danish culture and 'hygge'. The architecture is pretty incredible and Tietgen is a tourist destination in itself so even if you end up at a different college try to drop by anyway! I'd also recommend applying to Porcelænshaven and Kathrine Kollegiet, where most of the other exchange students lived.


Whilst Copenhagen is one of the more expensive exchange options, don't let that put you off from applying! It takes a little while to get used to paying $8 for coffee but apart from eating out and public transport, prices are actually quite similar to Australia, with cheaper alcohol and occasionally groceries.

Professional development and employability 

Living independently in a foreign environment really does force you out of your comfort zone and I've definitely become more independent and adaptable as a result. As one of the top business universities in the world, CBS is also highly regarded by employers and provides an opportunity to make countless international connections.


The highlight of studying abroad would have to be the diverse group of people I've met, many of whom I know will be life long friends. It's pretty impossible for me to pick just one moment but some of my favourite memories include hot air ballooning in Turkey and visiting Lake Bled in Slovenia. I also went on a weekend road trip around Denmark, which was great to experience parts of the country other than Copenhagen, especially Aarhus. Some of my favourite spots around Copenhagen include the Christianshavn Canals, Botanical Gardens, Amager beach and Lousiana Gallery of Modern Art.

Top tips 

It's probably been said a million times but definitely buy a bike-it's by far the best way to get around the city and such a huge part of the Danish culture. I was a bit hesitant at first but you'll be surprised by how quickly you adapt to the busy bike lanes in any weather or any time of the day! You can easily find a good bike for under 800 dkk (~$150) and regain most of it by selling it at the end of your exchange. Have a look at second-hand bike shops or a number of Facebook groups (ESN: Buy & Sell, CBS Exchange Group). Public transport is also really efficient but quite expensive, so it's worth getting a Rejsekort (Danish 'go-card') or a monthly pass.

Student housing is super competitive and the application process is a bit of a mess so I'd recommend looking for private accommodation as a backup well in advance. I heard so many stories of exchange students living in hostels and caravan parks or even commuting from Sweden so it pays off to be prepared!

Getting involved in all the introductory events organised by CBS, including the Buddy Program and the pre-semester Danish Language course, is the best way to meet other students.

Try to escape the 'exchange bubble' and meet some locals- despite their tough reputation for being very reserved, Danes are some of the best people I've met.

It might sound like forever but really consider applying for a year exchange, four months will speed by and it's impossible to extend once you've started the semester, you'll definitely want to!

Matilda - Copenhagen Business School