If you’re looking for a vibrant, accepting and modern city for your exchange, then look no further than Copenhagen. Just over two weeks ago I arrived here at CBS and I LOVE it. It is big enough to have an awesome public transport system, great flight connections to Europe, and a good nightlife, but small enough that you can bike everywhere, eat authentic food and feel like a local. (Plus everyone here looks like a model which is a bonus).
We’ve all heard that Denmark is expensive, and I think I was a little naïve to think that everyone was exaggerating – TIP, they’re not. On my first morning here, I thought I would go and get myself a coffee – this ended up costing me 50DKK, and I’ll let you do the maths. Not everything requires you to sell body parts though. If you shop in supermarkets like Lidl or Netto, you can easily do a grocery shop that is on par with Sydney prices. And to transport these groceries home? You MUST get a bike. It is quintessential to being a Dane and is something I have quickly grown to love (tip – research the biking rules to stop Danes yelling at you). My recommendation is to get a Swapfiets bike; It is super cheap, the bikes are brand new and they will deliver it to you usually within the same day if you’re lucky. Having a bike will also make your life at CBS a whole lot easier. Like UTS, CBS has a city campus but is a bit more dispersed, meaning some of your classes could be a 20-minute walk from each other, or instead a 5-minute bike ride.
Some classes at CBS are quite different to UTS. All of my ‘lectures’ have only 30-40 people in them, making them feel more like a tutorial. They are also very interactive, and the Danes I’ve met in class are usually pretty welcoming of exchange students, even if this isn’t standard outside the classroom (tip – to get a Dane to open up to you, buy them a beer). Possibly the best thing is that attendance isn’t compulsory, leaving plenty of time to travel. But my advice though is not to travel too much, because you want to experience the life of a Copenhagen local. To help this feeling of being a local – CBS ran the Danish Crash Course two weeks before class started (1500DKK). I would highly recommend doing it because it was a great way to meet new people and taught you enough Danish to have somewhat of a conversation with a McDonalds worker at 3am. This was accompanied by the ‘Crash Course Week Social Package’ at night (375 DKK), and included a week of social events where you could meet the other exchange students arriving at CBS. For those of you scared of getting homesick, don’t worry! CBS have an awesome social program which will see you hardly in your room for the first two weeks before class. On top of this, they offer a Denmark tour and a Berlin trip so there is plenty to keep you busy. Housing is also a great place to meet people and most of the dorms are very social (Tip – demand far outweighs supply so make sure you apply as soon as applications open).
Overall I cannot recommend CBS enough to anyone looking to go on exchange in a city out of the ordinary, study at a top-ranking business school, and live in a place where you most likely won’t know anyone. If my time so far is anything to go off, I think I’m in for a great exchange.
If you need more advice or want to know more about exchange life in Copenhagen feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Bachelor of Business
Copenhagen Business School
For more information about the UTS Global Exchange program please visit: www.global-exchange.uts.edu.au