Sometimes, you’ve gotta go with the flow on exchange

Yasmine E
Bachelor of Business
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

 

“You will love Copenhagen”
“Copenhagen is such a great city”
“Everyone in Copenhagen is so good looking”
“You will bike ride everywhere”

These are just a few of the lines I heard over and over again when I told people I was going to Copenhagen on exchange. Of course, this made me overwhelmingly excited! I mean who wouldn’t be right? But there was still this voice in my head saying “how could everyone love one place?” “Can everyone be that good looking” “I never ride a bike at home, I can’t see myself doing it every day there” Boy was I so wrong, so very wrong.

Yeah, so I did end up riding a bike… a lot.

But it wasn’t all roses at the start. Let’s go back to the beginning. I arrive into Copenhagen from travelling around Scotland and England for close to two weeks. I touch down and am instantly blown away by the amount of ridiculously good looking people, I mean everyone everywhere is drop dead gorgeous.

So I continue on in my sheer awe grab my luggage… which I am still feeling smug about getting an extra 7 kgs on for free (winning already) and catch up with my buddy that my uni Copenhagen Business School (CBS) had organised we get chatting and make our way to the Metro, this is by far the most efficient Metro system I have ever seen, there are only 2 lines and they run every 2.5 minutes. So there is no waiting and very little crowding.

We arrive at our stop and walk to the bus located in Copenhagen’s main district Norreport. It is at this point I feel an overload of new information, it is freezing cold, I am looking out for not only cars but pedestrians and now bikes too.

We cross the road and make our way to the bus, which unlike the metro is very busy and only arrives every 15 minutes. We shuffle on with try to find a decent place for all of my luggage without annoying any other commuters. I am in awe of all the buildings. The bus comes to a screeching halt and naturally I fall over all of my luggage, I am shuffling around trying to pick myself up while repeating profusely “undskyld” (pardon me) it is at this point I pull my handbag back to the front of my body and find my zipper open and my wallet was gone… sneaky bugger got me!

Instantly I was devastated and did all the right things like cancelling my cards and going to the police station to report the incident (which was not on the top of my ‘to visit’ list). It took me a few days to settle into Copenhagen after this but once the welcome week festivities began it was like nothing had gone wrong.

Even though it was a rough start, and sometimes things do go wrong, you are going to have the time of your life, trust me!

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An international degree at Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School is known for its business programs. I studied International Business Strategy, Business Strategy and Leadership Communication. I studied International Business Strategy, Business Strategy and Leadership Communication. Luckily for me all of my classes at CBS were taught in English, as they were subjects aimed for international students. Therefore most of the students in my class were international students and all lectures/tutorials were taught in English. Danes are extremely proficient in speaking English. Everyone in Copenhagen was able to speak English and most cafes/restaurants had an English menu available or someone that would happily translate. Therefore my experience was really easy as Danish people are very willing to speak English.

The academic intensity was definitely lower than QUT. There is only one assessment item due per subject and this can be in various forms. I had one four-hour closed book computer exam, one open book four hour computer exam and two 72 hour take home exams. The computer exams were quite intense as you have to sit in front of a computer for 4 hours in exam conditions and its quite stressful. The 72 hour exams were not too bad you are given an assignment and you have to complete it during that time frame. The great thing about CBS is they give you 3 attempts to pass the exam making is pretty unlikely that you can fail a subject.

Copenhagen “Assistens” Cemetery in winter

Copenhagen “Assistens” Cemetery in winter

 

I HIGHLY recommend going on exchange. It truly is a life changing opportunity, and a once in a lifetime chance. It is something that I would recommend to any student. It gives you a chance to study overseas whilst getting credit towards your university degree. I now have friends from all over the world and memories that are irreplaceable. It does take a lot of work to organise, so be prepared but it is more than worth it. Do not hesitate, just do it!

 

Incredible facilities at CBS

Copenhagen Business School had great lecture auditoriums. The main library was the best I have ever seen. It was so quiet and easy to study and this is partly due to the CBS system. You actually have to book a seat in the library in order to study there. Therefore, everyone that is in the library is very serious about studying and there is virtually no noise. There are computer rooms in all of the campuses. The point of difference I found that CBS had over QUT was the Student Hub services where students could go with any questions/queries about anything related to study/student life. The four different campuses gave the university a whole new dimension and I loved the cafeterias that were on campus. There was also a really great university bar where there were all sorts of events hosted.

Rosenborg Park

Rosenborg Park

The main strength of CBS is definitely the support systems in place for students. There is always someone who can help with any problems and being an exchange student it was so amazing having someone that was always willing to help/assist with any questions especially in the initial stages of exchange. I loved that the campuses were in the middle of the city and it was so easy getting around between the buildings. Therefore a big strength is definitely the location/layout of the university. It is so credible. CBS is highly regarded as one of the best business universities in Denmark. I also had very knowledgeable tutors and lecturers and learned a lot whilst on exchange academically.

Student dorms in Denmark

I stayed in a student dorm whilst on exchange. This is organised through CBS and they have a big list of dorms that you can choose from. My advice is to do your research on each dorm as you have to put an order of 1-7 on accommodation and it is very competitive so ensure that you are confident in your top 3 choices. I stayed in Svenevej, which I absolutely loved, but there are a few things to be aware of. The Svanevej photos shown on CBS are NOT what the rooms actually looked like. The photos that are used are from the permanent residents that live in the accommodation and the student rooms are a lot more basic and not furnished in this way so do not make your decision based on this. I paid extra for a bigger dorm room and I HIGHLY recommend doing this. In the scheme of things you do not pay that much extra and it is so nice having the extra space.

Enjoying drinks and food on our Svanevej rooftop

Enjoying drinks and food on our Svanevej rooftop

My dorm room was so much bigger then the smaller ones and I absolutely loved it. It was like having a small studio apartment with my own little kitchen and bathroom. There are only 2 big rooms in Svanevej so be quick with requesting them. My room was 113 and was in the corner of the dorm so I had no noise from the street or the staircase.

Svanevej is in the Norrebro neighbourhood, which is an up and coming neighbourhood of Copenhagen. My favourite area of norrebro is just 5-10mins walking distance from Svanevej. Be aware that this is a very multicultural neighbourhood. I always felt 100% safe day and night, but a lot of people in Copenhagen say it is very “dodgy.” I was very nervous about this initially but I loved the area. So many young people live around Norrebro and Jaegesborgade is an amazing street that is right nearby. There are supermarkets right next to the dorm as well as a bus and train line within a 5 minute walk. I absolutely loved the dorm, we had our own common room and shared kitchen although everyone had their own kitchenettes anyway. This is a much smaller dorm than the others listed so it is not much of a “party” dorm, which I preferred. We also had a huge rooftop terrace which was great for BBQs and drinks.

Copenhagen – the happiest city in the world

The Amazing Botanical Garden

The Amazing Botanical Garden

Copenhagen was voted the happiest city in the world. And once you visit there it all becomes clear as to why. Copenhagen is an amazing city full of life and colour, and the Danes are arguably the most beautiful people in the world. Everyone in Copenhagen rides a bike rain, hail or shine. I arrived in winter and I believed that the city was equally as beautiful in the snow, however you definitely don’t get the full experience of Copenhagen until the sun comes out.

Everyone is relaxed and easy going in Copenhagen. And I loved just reading a book in the park or having a cider by the lineup of colourful boats in Nyhavn. (It is legal to drink in public in Denmark). I did not get to explore much further then Copenhagen but I did hear wonderful things about the country. However, arguably Copenhagen is the best city in Denmark so definitely try and do your exchange here.

A lot of people say that Copenhagen is a very expensive city. I believe that it was very relative to Australia. Expect to pay anywhere between $15-$30 when you eat out and more for drinks. The only thing I noticed that was way more expensive was coffee. A cup of coffee will cost anywhere between $6-$8. People that were on exchange from cities in Europe that have lower costs were very shocked about the price of things, I really didn’t notice any difference from the price of items in Brisbane.

Copenhagen Business School? Simply amazing!

CBS Fredericksburg Campus

CBS Fredericksburg Campus

 

 I chose Copenhagen Business School for exchange as a previous exchange student recommended it to me. I was originally looking at universities in the UK and America, but I was told that I just had to apply for CBS as my first choice. I am so glad that I did and I cannot imagine having done exchange anywhere else, it was the best experience of my life!

 My first impression of CBS was utterly amazed. The university is split over four modern buildings, each features amazing architectures and all with their own cafeterias, lecture rooms and class rooms. All of the campuses are within walking distance which made going to university extremely convenient. The main campus at Solbjerg Plads is incredible and features a beautiful library and 2 huge cafeterias. My impression of CBS only got better as the exchange went on. From their supportive buddy program, to the exchange office, there is always someone to help you settle in. There exchange activities during the first 2 weeks were so great and helped in making the transition a lot easier. CBS is renowned for being one of the best universities in Denmark, and it far exceeded any of my expectations.