Master of Business (Marketing)
Master of Business (Marketing)

I was enrolled in the Master of Business (Marketing) program when I went on exchange, and it was my final semester. Because it was my last semester when I decided to go on exchange, and as I hadn’t originally planned to do so, I was worried I would struggle with my study plan. Luckily, Copenhagen Business School had a lot of courses that were similar to those offered at UQ.

I found the CBS academic system quite similar to that at UQ – the main difference I noticed was that Danish students were much more likely to engage in open class discussions during lectures, and also had no qualms about challenging the viewpoints of the lecturers. This made class very interesting!

The absolute highlight of my exchange was the people I met. I stayed at the Holger Danskes Vej residence, with around 70 other international students. It was fantastic! In all honesty I didn’t make many friends through my university classes, I met them all in the dorm. I would recommend staying in a student residence rather than private housing, as it really does help with meeting people. Holger Danskes Vej is particularly good because you share a kitchen with around 17 people, and there is also a courtyard outside where everybody can gather. It’s in a great location, close to both CBS and the city.

I participated in the Danish Language Crash Course promoted by CBS, and learnt a small (and I do mean small) amount of Danish. It’s an extremely challenging language and used only in Denmark, which is why I didn’t persevere with it. Not to mention everybody speaks near perfect English, so you don’t actually need any Danish to get by (although I do think they appreciate it/find it cute when they hear you try).

Denmark is expensive. Know this in advance, and be prepared! The cheapest supermarkets were Netto/Fakta, but be warned that they are nothing like Coles or Woolworths. For a more familiar shopping environment, try Superbest/Irma/Kvickly. They’re more expensive, but worth it if you’re looking for something particular or just a standardised and organised shop-floor (you’ll know exactly what I mean by this after you experience your first Netto).

Copenhagen is a beautiful, safe, and exciting city, and I’m so glad I chose it for my exchange.

Tips:

  • CBS is split across four campus buildings in different parts of the city, so don’t expect a big, sprawling campus like UQ. The facilities are modern and stylish, BUT the university accepts more students than it has space for – expect queues outside the library during peak study periods, over-crowded classes, etc., especially in the Fall Semester (Semester 2) when it’s busiest.
  • If you love flat whites and don’t mind paying $9.00 for them (which you’ll soon get used to doing), Coffee Collective knows what they are and will make them! There’s a really great café culture in Copenhagen, so if you like that sort of thing then you’ll be very happy there.
  • Get a bicycle! And then learn the road rules! If you don’t signal correctly/stay in the right part of your lane, you’ll know about it very quickly. Know all the rules yourself so that you too can verbally abuse or ring your bell at people.

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