Scott - Copenhagen Business School

Bachelor of Business Management/Journalism
Semester 1, 2018

Academic experience

While at CBS I studied 4 subjects: Intercultural Organisations, Communicating Across Cultures, and Emerging Markets: Societies in Transition. 

The classes were significantly smaller, and none required attendance. The main difference between CBS and UQ is that the courses at CBS are broken down into 4 quarters, 2 in each semester. Which means that some will run from January to March, other April to June and some lasted the full semester. This allowed for the workload to be very manageable over the semester. 

The assessment was also significantly different from UQ as there was only one piece of assessment per subject which was weighted 100%. This seemed daunting at first but it was actually extremely manageable.

Personal experience

Going on exchange was an extremely eye opening experience, I learned a lot about myself while also being immersed in another culture. The most Important thing I have taken from my experiences in Denmark are the friendships that I have made. With friends in every corner of the globe I now feel like a far greater global citizen.

The fantastic thing about studying in Denmark is that you get a truly European experience without having to worry about any language barriers, as almost all the Danes speak english. However, despite not needing to learn the language for day to day use I recommend taking the Danish Crash Course that CBS offers as it is a great way to meet other international students who you may not have crossed paths with otherwise.

Accommodation

When in Copenhagen I lived in the Nimbusparken residence, or Nimbus as we affectionately called it. This is the perfect place to live if you want to socialise, with other exchange students. The building housed roughly 120 international students and have a very communal atmosphere, thanks to the shared kitchens on each floor. In addition to this all rooms had their own bathroom so you could retreat if you wanted to escape from the hustle and bustle of your kitchen. I would highly recommend living in Nimbus if you are looking for an extremely social environment which aids in making friends!

Costs

Things in Denmark are expensive. That is something you'll have to come to terms with early on. Almost everything in Denmark is more expensive than it is in Australia, however groceries are roughly of an equal price and beverages are significantly cheaper. 

This meant that I had to adjust my lifestyle, buying coffees was off the cards after I discovered that the going rate for a latte was roughly 45kr ($9). This meant that socialising happened inside our residence as it was too expensive to regularly meet friends at cafes or bars.

Transportation was an easy fix in Copenhagen as the entire city is perfectly designed for bike riding. I picked up my bike for 400kr ($80), this was on the cheaper side of things as I bought it second hand without working brakes, but even with getting the brakes fixed and the bike serviced it still only cost me 600kr ($120). In addition to this the metro runs 24/7 and is reasonably priced.

Rent was my main expense while in Copenhagen and it was certainly a shock compared to Australia. I paid roughly $8000 Australian for rent over the semester, including a $1000 deposit that I thankfully received back when I got back home. 

Despite the costs of living in Denmark do not let that turn you off this truly magnificent country. You can easily budget your way through your time there.

Professional Development

The biggest skill that I gained while in Copenhagen was my ability to network and make new friends. This skill is something that I am sure I will use throughout my life.

Highlight

My highlights during my time abroad was definitely all of the additional travel I was able to do around Europe with my flat mates. Seeing Portugal with native Portuguese speakers, or being toured around Paris by Parisians, these are experiences that I will never forget.

Top tips

I would highly recommend choosing to live in CBS housing as this will help you make new friends and will make the entire process significantly less daunting. And honestly my biggest tip is just to keep an open mind, and if an opportunity for a quality experience presents itself then just say yes!