Copenhagen is the largest city in Scandinavia with a population of over 1.5 million, and is the capital of Denmark. While the city has a rich history, Copenhagen is much morethan an ancient port. Today Copenhagen is the commercial, cultural and administrative center of Denmark. Although busy and noisy as any large city, Copenhagen still captivates visitors because it has managed to maintain some of its original charm. Compared to many other cosmopolitan cities, it is also considered a very safe city. With its many pedestrian streets, beautiful squares and narrow lanes, the inner city invites one to wander around and enjoy the atmosphere. Copenhagen is home to some of the most interesting artistic and archaeological museums in Europe. It is also a city of festivals: theatre, modern dance and ballet, classical, rock and jazz music, and sports - the city attracts international performers and participants for festivals throughout the year.
CBS, Copenhagen Business School is - due to it's 14.000 students and 770 in permanent staff - the largest business school in northern Europe. Built in 1917 by the Danish Society for the advancement of Business Education as a privately financed institution, CBS strives to be among the best institutions of higher education in Europe. Most departments are located in or in close proximity to the future campus area in Frederiksberg and close to the center of Copenhagen. CBS offers a "Buddy System" arrangement where each exchange student is assigned to a Danish "buddy" for help in getting through the first few weeks in Denmark. Throughout the semester various activities are planned for the international students and their buddies.
The academic calendar at CBS runs from early September - December for fall semester and early February - June for spring semester. Students should plan to arrive 1-2 weeks prior to the start of classes for orientation. Courses can be offered for half semesters or full semesters. Classes with a distinction of Q1/Q2 (for fall semester) or Q3/Q4 (for spring semester) are offered for half a semester. Students without a Q distinction are full semester.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved at CBS. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
Danish Language Courses Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Danish Crash Course available during the introduction week. The Crash Course is approximately DKK 1300 (around $190) for students from partner institutions (price in 2015). Students may also choose to continue studying Danish during the regular term for credit. Knowledge of Danish is not necessary since most Danes speak excellent English, but a basic knowledge of Danish is incredibly useful.
Internship program CBS offers an internship program in International Entrepreneurship and Business Development for students that are enrolled in a graduate program and have a minimum of two years work experience. This is a credit-earning internship program that includes an intensive 3-week class period and an internship placement. For more information, please see the Internship Brochure.
Accommodation for international students is organized through public and private housing companies. CBS also makes use of private renters, who have extra room available. CBS has a number of residence halls, mainly for international students, which are not necessarily located in the vicinity of the institutions of higher education. SeeCBS Student Accommodation for more information. Accommodation can be competitive, and students are encouraged to apply as soon as applications open.
Watch the video below for advice from other international students on finding housing:
Residence Permits Students need a residence permit in order to study in Denmark for a semester. The residence permit application will be initiated by CBS and instructions sent to students along with acceptance information. Students should complete the application as soon as possible after information is received from CBS. Please note, students will need to show proof they can financially support themselves while in Denmark. Students can review the resources below for additional information.
The fall and spring terms at Copenhagen Business School are not exactly aligned with the NC State academic calendar. Students should consult the CBS academic calendar for exact dates.
Fall Term Approximate start date | late August
Approximate end date | mid December
Spring Term Approximate start date | mid January
Approximate end date | late June
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.