Nicholas - Copenhagen Business School

B Business Management
Semester 1, 2016

Academic Experience

The courses I studied at CBS were International Relations in Asia, Foreign Policy of the EU, Danish - Integrated Skills and Introduction to Sustainable Business. Courses at CBS are very different from UQ. The timetable changes from week to week and there is usually only one 3 hour (with a few breaks) lecture every week. Some courses also have tutorials, but a shorter lecture. It's also important to note that there is no Lectopia equivalent.

The length of courses can differ at CBS. Some courses are full semesters, but there are also courses that only continue for half of a semester. In addition, there's no specific exam period. This means that your courses can end at any time and the exams can be at any time. This can be a good thing because your exams can be spread out from half way through the semester all the way through to the official end of the semester.

Exams at CBS can be four hour written exams, take home assignments or oral presentations. The oral presentations are very different from what they are like at UQ. They are essentially 20 minute conversations with your professor about the topic, so it pays to be well versed on the course material.

Personal Experience

The friendships you gain from exchange are what really makes the experience (and part of the reason I'd recommend staying at a CBS residence). You make friends from all over the world and learn about so many different cultures. Travelling to countries, like Lithuania, was an eye opening experience and gives you perspective about how young Australia really is.

I learnt Danish during the semester. It's not necessary as everyone speak English, but it'll give your Danish friends a kick. I would say that if you do plan on learning Danish, you will have to go out of your way to make a lot of progress, but it will definitely be worth the effort.

Accommodation

I lived at Katherine Kollegiet for my semester at CBS. KK is one of the housing options that CBS provides. It's very hard to secure a spot at one of these residences, so you'll have to be ready the moment CBS sends you an email regarding the housing.

I would highly recommend Katherine Kollegiet, Porcelænshaven or Holger Danskes Vej if you do choose to stay at residence. Although there are no Danes staying at these residences, it is a great way to meet people and they are all situated close to CBS's campuses, metro stations and grocery stores. As for the facilities, KK did not have a communal area like other residences had and it is not very modern at all. However, there are private bathrooms and kitchenettes in every room.

Budget

Copenhagen can be quite expensive, but there are a few ways you can keep down costs to make it more affordable:

  • Buy a bike. Biking is easy in Copenhagen, as it is very flat and the cycling infrastructure is extensive. You can get a secondhand bike from between $100-200.
  • Find your nearest discount grocery store (Lidl, Fakta, Netto). Eating at restaurant costs a minimum of $20, so cooking at home is a great option and these supermarkets are comparable in price to Woolies or Coles.
  • Depending on the residence, size of your room, if you have a roommate and if you share a bathroom the rent at CBS residences is between 4500kr-7000kr.

Professional Development & Employability 

My time abroad forced me out of my comfort zone in many ways, which I now really appreciate. I also significantly improved my time management skills. This was especially important when you had assessment due and had a trip booked! I believe this will carry through to my professional future.

Highlights

There were so many highlights of my time in Europe that it's hard to pick one. One of the best trips I went on was to Norway and travelling through the fjords. Another great memory was when about 20 CBS students and I hired cars and travelled around Denmark to Skagen, the northern most part of Denmark. This was near the beginning of the semester and was a great way to build friendships.

Top Tips

My top tips for Copenhagen:

  • Like I said before, buy a bike
  • Enrol in the Danish Crash Course and the Introduction Week packages. They're fun and good for meeting people
  • Sign up for the Buddy Program. You'll have someone to show you around when you're new to the city and you'll have your first Danish friend.
  • Spring and Summer are the best times to be in Denmark and if you can arrange your trip to be there during those times you'll always have something fun to do.
  • Ryanair and the other budget airlines have outrageously cheap airfares, but watch which airport they fly to because they're often not the main airport and far away from the city you're travelling to
  • Have an almond croissant from Democratic Coffee Bar and thank me later