Master of Business
Master of Business

My study abroad in Copenhagen was fantastic. I completed my final semester of a Master of Business at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), majoring in Sustainability. Classes at CBS encouraged student involvement and an integration of theory with practical skill development. For instance in one of my courses we provided consultancy services to help grow a local social enterprise – Impact HUB Copenhagen. While standards were reasonably high, the 100% finals for each subject meant traveling throughout semester was viable.

I lived at an international student dorm in Frederiksberg near campus, which offered plenty of social opportunities. If you prefer peace and quiet or want a more authentic Danish-living experience, private housing may be for you.Image of student with bike

The combination of friendly people, vibrant scenery and intuitive transportation made living in Copenhagen a breeze. There is also no shortage of cultural and natural attractions. The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and David Collection are a must for museum buffs, and Frederiksberg have (garden) is stunning year round. Grød in Nørrebro is amazing for breakfast porridge and Union bar near Kongens Nytorv for classy cocktails. Finally, if you can, I would highly recommend being in Copenhagen for New Years. The whole city erupts in celebration, with champagne and fireworks taken to the streets.

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Top tips:

  • Be cautious of pickpockets: Copenhagen is extremely safe. However as with any city, petty theft can be a problem. I know several international students who had their phones or wallets stolen in nightclubs. Then there is my friend who was approached by two ‘kindly’ gentlemen one warm afternoon in Nørrebro. They complemented his shoes, offered him a beer and became instant friends. This exchange culminated in what he describes as a farewell ‘leg-hug’, with the two gentlemen setting off down the street to a music festival… Moments later my friend realised that this was no ordinary leg-hug and his phone was missing. Moral of the story, be forever vigilant.
  • Arrive early: Getting there a few weeks before classes start gives you time to get familiar with the city and meet people. Introductory social packages or the Danish language course are great ways to make friends and learn about the Danish culture.
  • Buy a bike ASAP: It’s no secret - Copenhagen is a cycling city. To hit the ground rolling you will want to get a bike soon after you arrive. I would recommend buying a used bike (rather than renting) as you can sell it and recoup your money when you leave. Once you have your ride, it is important to know and adhere to the road rules and hand signals. The locals often soar past like Viking longboats en route to a raid; they will not be pleased if you cut them off with incorrect signalling.
  • Get a sim card with data: Now that you have your bike, it’s time to explore! Having data and GPS on your phone makes all the difference when you are still getting your bearings. Safe in the knowledge that your phone can guide you home, exploring the less-travelled areas of Copenhagen becomes more enjoyable.

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