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16312
Students enrolled in this school.
10
Bachelor's programs offered entirely in English.
26
Master's programs offered entirely in English.

Why should I study here?

CBS was established in 1917 by the Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education (now known as FUHU), which is a private educational institution. In 1965, the business school became integrated into the Danish educational system as an institution of higher education.

What are the admissions criteria?

While each school has its own set of requirements, there are certain minimum requirements for admission. An IB diploma meets their requirements, as does one year of college credit.  US students can meet the requirement with three AP scores of 3+. 

International requirements can be found here. CBS considers the GPA of extracurricular activities and a motivational letter in the admissions decisions. Applicants also need to include a photocopy of their passport. Students from non-anglophone countries must demonstrate English proficiency through IELTS or TOEFL scores. 

The Danish application is called the Coordinated Enrollment System, or "KOT". Students can apply to up to 8 programs or apply to all the schools in the country. When you apply, you rank the schools in order of preference when you apply. If you qualify for more than one, you get your highest choice pick. You won’t be accepted at more than one. The application deadline is March 15th for non-EU students. You should hear back by June 1st.

What is student life like?

The first letter in the name of the classroom indicates which building it is in. The rooms at Dalgas begin with the letters DH. Room DH 1V.015 is located in Dalgas Have on the first floor in the west wing. The rooms at Solbjerg Plads start with the letters SP, the rooms at Kilen start with a K, the rooms at Rvarebygningen start with PHR, and PH indicates that the room is located at Porcelnshaven. There are classrooms at Solbjerg Plads, Kilen (The Wedge), Dalgas Have, Porcelnshaven, Rvarebygningen (the Warehouse), and Flintholm.CBS students represent and advocate for all 21,703 students at Copenhagen Business School and serve as the main interface between the students and the CBS faculty/administration. Through our social, political, and academic initiatives, we strive to create a rewarding and fun experience for all students. Our volunteer-run organization is by your side from the day you join CBS until you graduate, in all aspects of student life.

Scholarships & Funding

Housing options.

CBS does not help degree-seeking international students obtain housing. There's good information on housing in Copenhagen here.

Dining information

Additional notes.

CBS is located in Frederiksberg, a really cool area of Copenhagen.  It’s technically its own municipality but feels like—and is treated like—a neighborhood of Copenhagen.  The main building of CBS is right across from Frederiksberg Shopping Center, which holds a big grocery store, a metro stop, and clothing and home goods stores.  The food choices at the mall were drastically different from American malls and included a raw food cafe, a paleo place, and a more general cafe.

Cafe Menu at CBS

Student elections were going on in the lobby of the main building and it was busy with students lobbying and another group watching a soccer game.  This area is also commonly used for networking events. CBS has a group of Danish and international companies that serve as career partners. 

Networking is just one piece of that. These partners also help students in career preparation and knowledge development.  The career partners include Deloitte, Google, Ernst & Young, McKinsey & Company, AIG, Bayer, and Danske Bank. 

Though CBS has 22,000 students, there are only 7,400 bachelor’s students.  Further, the English-conducted bachelor’s program averages around 100 students per program, which gives it a much smaller school feel.  The five buildings, which are a mix of modern and older buildings with history, are spread across Frederiksberg and within about a twenty-minute walk of each other. Classes for each program are generally based in just one of the buildings. The American CBS students I met with were proud of the prestige held by their school and were definitely driven.  Though homework and midterms are optional in most of their classes, they all completed them since they are the best way to prepare for the final (which is your entire grade for most classes).  Tests are generally taken home.  Students have anywhere from 72 hours- one week to complete it and may have to present/defend it orally as well.CBS students work hard, but they also enjoy the abundance of student activities and clubs at CBS as well as the social opportunities provided by Copenhagen.  CBS has more than 80 clubs including those related to the arts, business, networking, social events, volunteering, beer, culture and language, rowing, religion, coffee, debate, film, golf, gourmet food and drink, hunting, improv, choir, music, investments, Model UN, fitness, polo, running, whisky, wine, yoga, motorcycling, environmental issues, and more.  There is a student bar in the main building, and every Thursday the area outside of the bar is closed off for a weekly party with a DJ. CBS also offers the GLOBE program as an opportunity for their International Business bachelor’s students. This is a program run in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Students apply for the program during their first year in the program (only 18 are accepted).  If accepted, they spend the first semester of their second year studying Asian business, finance, and Chinese marketing in Hong Kong and then studying entrepreneurial ventures and startups during the second semester at UNC. GLOBE students return to CBS for their final year of study. Besides the obvious benefits that accompany the added international exposure and specialized program, the cost-benefit is incredible.  Out-of-state tuition and fees are $33,644 at UNC.  Tuition at the University of Hong Kong is $15,400 per year.  Instead, CBS students pay their tuition of $10,377 a year to study at both of these schools.

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