Going to study at Copenhagen Business School, initially for one semester, was one of the best experiences I have had that I had to extend it and stay for two semesters. The things I learned about myself and from those of another culture – ethnically similar, but so different – made it an invaluable visit. I stayed 45 minutes away from the city centre in a small town called Borup, close to Roskilde. It was an opportunity to see what real Danish life is like and by the end I was known as the Australian in town and would always be quizzed by the baker, shop clerks, and neighbours with Danish tongue-twisters and colloquial jokes. Saying rødgrød med fløde (d’s sound like a combination of the English –th and letter L) with precision to new acquaintances who ask certainly gains a level of credibility. Danes love to practice their English, are so warm-hearted and hospitable, very proud of Danish beer and smørrebrød, won’t stop filling your schnapps glass, and are extremely patriotic. They are straight forward and down-to-earth, but don’t get offended or oversensitive as they like to ‘have a go’ and test one’s humour.

I enrolled in courses for my 3rd year Sustainable Business Management degree – Scandinavians are at the forefront of this field. Classes are discussion-based where from an early age students are encouraged to express themselves clearly and be opinionated but not self-righteous. 100% oral exams for most classes at the end of semesters were new to me; useful and relevant in real-world situations. Even though I answered all questions correctly for one, I received an average grade for hesitating and lacking confidence in my answers. Be confident, articulate, and steer the conversation in a direction you would like. Some classes had mostly Danish students; others were almost all Exchange students.

Denmark is known to be expensive but in general, everything was cheaper than Australia! Public transport is very expensive, so definitely buy a bike or live close to campus. Danish food is amazing, healthy, and quite cheap.

  • Watch a soccer game and take a party bus through Copenhagen if your team wins…or loses
  • Have lunch and ice-creams at Christiania in the summer and feel da good vibrashuns
  • See the nature and wildlife at Dyrehaven then go for a swim at the beach
  • Stay and campout at Roskilde Festival and expect the unexpected
  • See the rest of Denmark if you can, especially the northern tip Skagen

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