Bachelor of Science/Business Management
Bachelor of Science/Business Management

I can safely say that my exchange to CBS was one of the best experiences in my life and I could put no dollar value on how valuable it was, although I'm sure my bank account could. Yes, Denmark is expensive but it's worth every extra cent you spend. Also it's not as expensive as Norway and Switzerland so it could be worse! I cannot sing the praises of Copenhagen enough. I loved every minute of it and if you are thinking of going on exchange you need to seriously consider it. From the people to the food to the university to the culture, I can say only positive things.

CBS, although totally different to UQ in that there are 4 small and modern campuses, was great. Their classes were far more interactive than at UQ so don't sit in the corner on Facebook pretending to listen as the lecturer will try to embarrass you in front of the class. Don't find that out the hard way like me (especially if you do financial management). Make sure you are prepared for 100% assessment pieces for each subject. This makes travel very easy to plan but also makes the couple of days leading up to assessment very stressful! Also don't be surprised if the lecturers are a bit more abrupt and less politically correct than at UQ. They all seem to say it like it is and after the first few weeks, it will stop surprising you - for the most part.

Now if you are considering going to CBS or really Copenhagen in General here are a few hints that probably have already been mentioned by other people but I still think they are important.

1. Save yourself some money

To get your residency permit you now have to fly to Sydney or Melbourne to get biometric data done which not only costs you flights but also an extra $300 for the privilege. Don't do it. You have 90 days upon arrival to Europe to get this done if you are an Australian citizen. It's as easy as paying a small fee online (around $80-$100) and taking the receipt of your payment, a photocopy of your passport and your ST1 form to the citizens centre (located at the metro stop "Islands brygge"). Be sure to check their opening hours as the government offices in Denmark have notoriously short opening hours and are closed most days. Obviously you should check that you can still do this as things change and you don't want to be sent back home!

2. Bike stuff

I'm not going to tell you to get a bike but get a bike. Also you should get a bike. I guarantee your experience will be better off with one not to mention it'll save you A LOT of money. You can buy them relatively cheaply off the Facebook group, "Buy a bike Copenhagen" but make sure you don't buy a lemon (make sure you give it a test ride). Expect to pay between 500kr-900kr ($100-$180) for a bike but at the end of your exchange you should be able to get at least 60% of this cost back. Make sure you have lights as well as you don't want a fine from the police!

If you do encounter technical trouble, there is a very nice bike mechanic at the Flintholm metro station (directly above the Flintholm CBS campus). He offers very reasonable prices and if it's only a small problem, he will likely fix it for free. He also offers great conversation about Australia for free as he grew up in Adelaide.

3. Where to stay

Obviously this is a very personal choice but honestly I would recommend only three of the residences and maybe one other, depending on what you are after. Porcelænshaven (PH), Kathrine Kollegiet (KK) and Holger Danske Vej are the three major residences and you should probably stay at one of these if you are interested in a real dormitory feel. Not only are they all close to CBS campuses, you will meet many other students and you are sure to never have a dull moment.

PH is located at one of the campuses and is probably the most convenient for classes and also has very good facilities compared to the others.

I stayed at KK and had a great time although it is very expensive and the facilities are not the best. It is a run-down building and could do with a renovation although everyone has individual kitchens and bathrooms. It is very close to both the metro, CBS and the S train and is probably in the best location out of all the residences. Plus you might get to stay in my old room, which I promise I left cleaner than it was when I arrived.

Holger is further away than the other two although has good facilities and have the best parties out of all of the residences. If you have a bike it is very easy to get everywhere from Holger though. All three residences are full of exchange students and I am sure by the end you will have friends from all around the world!

The fourth option is Tietgen, which is out of this world. It is ultra modern, has amazing facilities and is full of Danish students. Words cannot describe how amazing it is but it is a good 20 minutes away from CBS by metro and 30 minutes by bike. Also there are not many CBS students there so it makes it harder to meet people from CBS although easier to make Danish friends. Even if you don't end up living at Tietgen, make sure you go and visit it! It's a Copenhagen landmark in itself.

4. Get a rejsakort

The "go card" of Denmark is very convenient to have and you can buy one for 80kr ($16) from a machine at the metro or you can order one online with a picture of yourself on it for free. Your buddy can help you do this! It'll be invaluable when you want to take any public transport but just remember if you want to transfer, tap on again when getting on your new transport but don't tap off until your entire trip is over. It isn't the same as our go card in this regard! Otherwise you pay double or triple each trip and you spend $100 on public transport in 9 days like me!

5. Explore Denmark

Copenhagen is awesome and easily one of my favourite cities in the world but there is more to see than just that! Go for day trips to Roskilde, Odense, Frederiksborg castle and Helsingor! Visit Aarhus (the second biggest city) by bus for about $60 return or rent a car and visit Skagen (the northern tip of Denmark). There is no shortage of things to do and for such a small country; it is surprising how much there is to see!

I hope this helps you in your choice and that I've helped to clarify a few things but no matter where you go on exchange, I'm sure it'll be amazing. But going to CBS is obviously the best experience you can have. It was for me!


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