Cindy - University of Copenhagen

B Business Management/Arts
Semester 1, 2018
This exchange was one of the most enlightening and amazing adventures of my life.

Academic experience

At CBS I studied Corporate Finance, Intercultural Organisation, Negotiation Skills and Conflict Management and Global Supply Chain Management. The thing I found most difficult is, unlike at UQ, the only assignment for each course is one exam at the end of the semester worth one hundred percent. As I am not an exam person, rather I excel at home assignments such as report writing or essays, it was a difficult challenge to overcome.
The enrolment process was pretty straight forward, all the necessary information was sent to me via my CBS student email which I received upon being accepted to study at this university.

Personal experience

I gain many valuable experiences from my time in Denmark. I explored much of Copenhagen and surrounding countries. Whilst I did try to learn Danish, I will not lie and say I picked up more than a few words here and there as the language is an extremely difficult one. Interpersonal communication was definitely improved upon as I spent all my time with friends who's native language was not english. My best friend was Polish and my romantic partner was Romanian, so I did learn a lot about eastern European culture (something I had not expected to learn about upon coming to Denmark). Whilst I only made a few Danish, I made friends with people from all over Europe and America.

Accommodation

I lived off campus. Housing is very difficult to find in Copenhagen, and I only managed to find my room a week before arriving to Cph. I used many different facebook sites where people advertise rooms for rent (such fb pages as Copenhagen Swap and Sell). I would recommend anyone who is coming to study at Copenhagen and does not want to live on campus to start searching for accommodation a few months before arriving. And also to be aware of any scams, always search the address being offered and if possible, video chat with the person whom is renting you the room.

Also, budget a lot for the deposit as they usually ask for 3 months deposit which adds up to a lot of money upfront. As I decided to find accommodation off campus, I did not receive nor ask for any assistance from the university. However, they do offer accommodation, you must simply apply asap as it's on a first serve first come basis.

Costs

Denmark is an expensive place to live! Depending on how you want to live, eat and travel, I would recommend to budget at least twice as much as you would spend in Australia. Possibly the cheapest way to get around is on a bike and to eat basic foods. Only thing that's cheaper in Copenhagen is the beer from Bilka.

Challenge

My biggest challenge would have had to be the weather. I have never lived in such a cold and dark environment for an extended period of time. And I feel as though I did come unprepared. I arrived in January so it's peak winter. There is only limited sunlight between approx 10am-4pm and it is usually bleak (there was snow!) and windy. I overcame it by just getting used to life in a Scandinavian winter. There are no regrets, but it just took a few weeks to get used to, especially coming straight from Australian summer!

Professional Development

I developed cultural sensitivity. I became very aware of cultural barriers, even among my own generation. Every country is different, and therefore people from different cultures are used to different ways of conveying their messages. I also learnt how to fill in the gaps when non-native English speakers would forget words. It is an invaluable skill to learn.

Highlight

The highlight was the friends I made, and the places I had the opportunity to explore.

Top tips

My advice would be to do it. Don't consider it, just go. It is an experience you simply cannot get when you are no longer a student, and we only live once, so take a chance and go have fun.