Denmark is located in northern Europe between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen, is situated on the island of Zealand. The mother tongue of Denmark is Danish, which is closely related to both Swedish and Norwegian; however, most Danes speak English very well, and German and French are also widely spoken. Denmark has a population of 5.3 million.
From its origin as a humble fishing village, to its heyday as the glittering capital of the Danish Empire, to its current position as one of the world's premier design capitals and Scandinavia's preeminent city, the stories and characters of Copenhagen's history are evident in its palaces, copper-roofed town houses and atmospheric cobbled squares.
Copenhagen Business School
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is one of Denmark's largest universities, as well as the second largest business school in Europe. The institution, with an overall student population of 14,000, boasts over 1000 exchange students per year from nearly 50 countries. Built in 1917 by the Danish Society for the advancement of Business Education (FUHU), CBS was integrated into the national system of higher education in 1965.
Academics and Courses
CBS offers portion of its curriculum in English and is focused primarily on business, with a smaller number of courses offered in arts and sciences. Courses are worth four credits. CBS is known for its academically rigorous courses.
Accommodations and Meals
CBS offers several different housing options, but they cannot guarantee housing for all exchange students, especially in the fall semester. As a student at CBS you can apply to live in an international residence hall or a private apartment. Residences and apartments are located within easy access to the Metro, to CBS, and the center of Copenhagen. Students who do not get a housing assignment via CBS will look for apartments individually. Students will be responsible to buy and prepare their own food in their kitchens, but there is a pub on campus where students purchase buy meals, salads, sandwiches, and snacks.
The primary mode of public transportation around Copenhagen is bus and metro, which includes an expansive system providing access to all parts of the city. Students can purchase discounted monthly passes to use for regular travel. Bikes are also popular, though if students opt to buy or rent a bicycle it is important to be vigilant about taking safety precautions.
Special Program Features
Buddy Network: CBS offers a "buddy network" where each exchange student will be assigned a Danish buddy for help in getting through the first few weeks in the new surroundings of Copenhagen. Buddies typically help with those first necessary things that need to be done right away: being picked up in the airport, help with course registration and registration at the National Registry, advice on shopping, and other practical matters.
Danish Crash Course: Students are encouraged to enroll in an introductory Danish language course, included in the tuition fee, to provide basic knowledge of common vocabulary and pronunciation. In addition to academics, the course includes fun social activities.