Tina – Copenhagen Business School – Denmark
Semester 1, 2023
Bachelor of Business
Hi there, I’m Tina and I am a 3rd-year student studying Bachelor in Business – International
majoring in Marketing. Embarking on a year of study abroad at Copenhagen Business School
(CBS) in Denmark was a life-changing decision that pushed me beyond my comfort zone and
into a world of cultural exploration and personal growth. As an Australian student, the
prospect of immersing myself in the Danish culture and academic landscape both excited
and intimidated me. However, the experience turned out to be a profound journey, one that
I will forever cherish. In this blog, I will recount my transformative year in Copenhagen,
touching on topics such as preparing to depart Australia, my first impressions of the city and
university, unexpected surprises, cultural challenges, and the differences between life in
Denmark and Australia.
Preparing to Depart Australia:
Preparing for a year of study abroad required meticulous planning and a keen sense of
adventure. From visa applications and accommodation arrangements to ensuring I had the
necessary finances, the process demanded attention to detail. I found that seeking advice
from fellow students who had previously studied abroad and attending pre-departure
sessions offered invaluable insights and helped calm any pre-travel jitters.
First Impressions of Copenhagen, Accommodation, and University:
Stepping foot in Copenhagen for the first time was an enchanting experience. After the first
24 hours, I completely fell in love with the city! The city’s blend of historic charm and
contemporary architecture was captivating. I was delighted to find that my student
accommodation was conveniently located, allowing easy access to both the university and
the vibrant city centre. Settling into my cosy dorm room, I eagerly anticipated the upcoming
CBS welcomed me with open arms, and the campus buzzed with a lively atmosphere. The
university’s commitment to fostering an inclusive and innovative learning environment was
evident from day one. The modern facilities, interactive classrooms, and vibrant student
community all contributed to a warm and welcoming ambiance. The CBS exchange program
was very hands-on from the beginning, and they had tons of activities/events planned out
for all the exchange students for the entire semester. This was the perfect opportunity to
meet other exchange students from around the world.
Unexpected Surprises and Unforeseen Challenges:
Living in a new country inevitably brings with it delightful surprises and unforeseen
challenges. Denmark’s emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendly practices impressed me
greatly. Witnessing the widespread use of bicycles as the primary mode of transport was not
only environmentally conscious but also a pleasant surprise.
However, I did face certain cultural challenges, primarily stemming from the language
barrier and differences in social norms. While most Danes spoke impeccable English, I
occasionally encountered situations where the lack of fluency in Danish created minor
communication hurdles. Moreover, understanding the nuances of Danish social etiquette
and humour took time, but I learned to adapt with an open mind and a willingness to learn.
Life in Denmark vs. Australia and Settling In:
Compared to life in Australia, Denmark’s collective focus on work-life balance and social
welfare was refreshing. The slower pace of life and emphasis on relaxation and leisure
provided a stark contrast to the sometimes frenetic pace of Australian cities. I gradually
adapted to the Danish lifestyle, savouring the joy of “hygge” gatherings with friends,
exploring the city’s cultural attractions, and relishing the delectable Danish cuisine.
Managing to settle in involved actively engaging with the university community and
participating in various student clubs and events. Building with both Danish and
international students was instrumental in fostering a sense of belonging. Additionally,
exploring the city’s neighbourhoods, attending local festivals, and embracing Danish
traditions all contributed to a seamless integration into Danish life.
My Experience at Copenhagen Business School:
The academic experience at CBS surpassed all my expectations. The teaching style was
dynamic and interactive, encouraging critical thinking and stimulating discussions.
Professors were approachable and invested in each student’s success, fostering a sense of
collaboration and academic camaraderie.
Exams and assignments were designed to challenge and inspire students, with a focus on
practical applications that prepared us for real-world scenarios. Group projects provided an
opportunity to work with diverse teams, allowing us to gain insights from various
Advice for Aspiring Travelers:
For students preparing to travel to Copenhagen or any foreign destination, my advice would
be to approach the experience with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the
unknown. Immerse yourself in the local culture, make connections with fellow students, and
actively engage in university and community events. Learn basic phrases of the local
language and be patient with yourself as you navigate the inevitable challenges that come
with living abroad. Above all, cherish every moment of this enriching journey, for it will
undoubtedly shape your perspective and leave an everlasting impact.
Studying abroad at Copenhagen Business School was an unforgettable adventure that
broadened my horizons and enriched my life in countless ways. Embracing Danish culture,
navigating cultural differences, and meeting so many people from around the world all
contributed to a transformative experience. This year of study abroad not only deepened
my understanding of the world but also helped me discover facets of myself I had yet to
explore. In summary, my year in Copenhagen was a tapestry of growth, discovery, and
cherished memories that will forever hold a special place in my heart.
Find out how you can apply for exchange via the QUT Student Exchange website.