Bachelor of Commerce/Economics
Bachelor of Commerce/Economics

Exchange, the one lingering word that numerous friends have mentioned to me repeatedly. I thought to myself there is definitely no better way to finish my Commerce and Economics degree than a semester abroad. To this date, I strongly believe that choosing to study abroad at Copenhagen Business School was the best decision I have ever made in my life so far.

Most people think that the biggest benefits of doing an exchange semester is being able to travel and make life-long friends worldwide. That is certainly true and a part of exchange that I absolutely loved, as I was lucky enough to travel to 25 countries in 6 months. However, I personally believe, the biggest benefit of exchange was how the experiences transformed me into a better and more complete person.

Denmark is the happiest country in the world even though it is not the wealthiest and has relatively high taxes. Based on my experiences, Danes have a ‘you did your best’ attitude with realistic views on life. Their attitude is more based towards being content with lower expectations. I found that their happiness is more dependent on intangible things like relationships with family and friends. This in turn relates to a special Danish word ‘hygge’, which has no direct translation into English but roughly means the coziness, warmth and happiness felt when surrounded by family and friends. This concept made me appreciate the value of my family and friends even more whilst also becoming the foundation of my own definition of happiness.

In terms of studying, CBS is completely different to UQ. There is no one single campus, but rather the university comprises of several different buildings spread out closely in the suburb of Frederiksberg. You will often find yourself biking 5 to 10 minutes to your next class in a different building through the lively and at times, busy streets of Copenhagen. The lectures themselves have a very collaborative learning environment with lots of small group activities being organised. Each of my 4 subjects have 40 to 50 students and also have mandatory group oral presentations, which does not count to your final grade! As you can see, the university is really pushing to have a collaborative study environment to enhance students' communication, team work and problem solving skills, which I enjoyed!

I was lucky enough to live in the most centrally located student dorm, Porcelaenshaven. We liked to call it either Porcey or PH, where it also comprised a library and CBS class rooms. Due to its location advantages, it was one of the most expensive dorms to stay at. However, the location, friendships and the great social atmosphere were worth every cent! My dorm housed about 100 exchange students and I felt privileged to have met some of the most diverse and legendary people worldwide!

To wrap up, don’t hesitate and just do it! Copenhagen is an amazing city and will always be my home away from home. Enjoy exchange and let its magic transform you into an improved person too!

 

TOP TIPS:

  • Get a bike ASAP! There are Facebook groups that are dedicated to buying/selling bikes or you can try one of the bike shops on Nørrebrogade.
  • Go to the Q-Fakta near Fitness DK on Falkoner Alle, they can often have great half priced deals on all kinds of meat.
  • Be open and take the initiative. Don’t limit yourself to just exchange students. Join some clubs and societies, great way to meet more Danes. They’re very friendly once you get to know them.
  • Get a Tivoli year pass, saves you money if you plan to visit 3 or more times.
  • Visit Christiania, it’s a unique place and could be a highlight of your Copenhagen experience.

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