Copenhagen Business School, or CBS as it is commonly referred to as, is Denmark's leading school in the fields of business and economics. CBS was established in 1917. Today, with 20,000 students, it is one of the largest business schools in Europe. CBS is Denmark's most internationally-oriented institution of higher education. It is a richly stimulating international and multicultural environment in which to study. CBS aims to contribute to the creation of value in society and in enterprises and to develop research-based knowledge in partnership with the business community.
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and what a million Danes call home. This friendly city is big enough to be a metropolis with shopping, culture and nightlife par excellence, yet still small enough to be intimate, safe and easy to navigate. Overlooking the Øresund strait with Sweden just minutes away, it is a cultural and geographic link between mainland Europe and Scandinavia.
Denmark ranks first for quality of life and the the easiest place to do business in Europe. Foreign companies benefit from an easy "plug 'n play" registration system when setting up a business in Denmark. Apart from the ease of setting up and running a business, Denmark offers a flexible labor market, a highly qualified and motivated talent pool, lucrative market access, and high quality of life. Freeman students at CBS have the opportunity to learn from Denmark's success as a leader in business.
Students at CBS have few opportunities to be board. At CBS students can engage in organizations run by students, dive into the most recent research in the popular CBS Library or take a well earned break in one of the CBS student cafés. If you feel like reflecting on the day's lecture or just enjoying the sun, you can use one of the many green areas surrounding CBS. If you are interested in expanding you knowledge of international business, you can participate in free guest lectures with speakers from all over the world.
At CBS it is very easy to engage in activities and clubs outside your teaching. Whether you do sports, want to improve your skills in finance or sing in a choir -- CBS has a student organisation where you can practice your hobbies with other students -- from all of CBS' programs. CBS also offers a buddy program that pairs incoming exchange students with local students. Buddies help with cultural adaptation, airport pick up, National Registry registration, and other cultural and practical matters.
The fall semester at CBS runs from August/September - December/January. A Danish language crash course takes place in August and regular semester classes start in September. Exams take place December/January. Typically exams for courses taught in English take place before Christmas, but a few are held in January.
The spring semester at CBS runs from January - June. A Danish language crash course takes place in mid-January and regular semester classes typically start later in the month. Exams take place in May/June.
CBS follows a system similar to that of a quarter system, but some classes are semester-long.
Ranking and Rigor
#13 in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
#45 in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Past participants report that courses at CBS are generally more challenging than courses at Tulane.
On this exchange program, students take the same courses undertaken by CBS students who are studying for their degrees. All courses are taught by CBS faculty. Classes generally only meet once a week for almost three hours at a time.
At CBS, students enroll in four courses per semester. Five courses may be possible, with special permission.
For a list of sample course offerings at CBS and their Tulane equivalents, please see the list of Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, please see the CBS course catalog.
Generally, fall semester courses are announced during April, whereas spring semester courses are announced during October. Until then, you may be inspired by the course offerings from the previous corresponding spring or fall semester. There are always a few changes in the CBS course offerings from one year to the next, but the majority of the courses are usually repeated. Due to potential course cancellations because of undersubscription, schedule clashes, and limitations of room sizes because of oversubscription, CBS requires students to provide valid alternatives to each of their course choices. Students are advised to identify as many courses as possible for credit-transfer (at least 10 courses).
Note: CBS typically limits course enrollment to four classes per semester.
Incoming exchange participants also have the option to study Danish language through a crash course before the start of classes or to take a Danish language course during the semester. The study of Danish is not mandatory and is non-credit-bearing. The Danish crash course is not included in the price of tuition (additional cost approximately 1500 DKK / 250 USD).
Registration takes place online. Students receive the registration link via email a few days before registration takes place. Fall registration typically takes place in late April. Spring registration typically takes place in late October or early November. CBS has a short add/drop period -- just one week into the start of the semester.
The methods of teaching depends on the courses you choose, but in general CBS embraces a style of learning referred to as Problem-Based Learning (PBL). PBL is student-driven learning. Instructors serve as facilitators rather than disseminators, emphasize learning as opposed to recall, promote groupwork, and encourage students to become self-directed learners. Students are given the freedom to study those topics that interest them and to determine how they want to study them. There are typically fewer homework assignments and students are expected to be self-disciplined and self-directed. As one CBS alum shared, "It's important to learn good time-management skills and stay on top of the assigned readings throughout the semester." Since there are few homework assignments, some students may have the perception that less is required to succeed at CBS. In fact, at CBS more is required in the sense that a student is responsible for his/her own learning. Watch the video below for more information about the teaching and learning experience at CBS.
One final examination at the end of the course is a common form of student learning assessment at CBS. Exams may be oral. Oral examinations are generally limited to very few questions. Students are expected to synthesize course materials. Exam dates are released the first day of courses. Students can login to their MyCBS account to get exam dates. If exams overlap the student needs to contact the CBS international office immediately to make arrangements.
CBS follows the Danish grading scale. More information on the Danish grading scale can be found online at http://www.cbs.dk/files/cbs.dk/danish_grading_scale.pdf. A 02 is required for a passing grade. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion. Below please find the conversions for grades earned at CBS.
General Eligibility Requirements
Students must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing and earn a 3.0 GPA two semesters prior to studying abroad. Students must complete their 3010s prior to their semester abroad.
Students who have been found guilty or who have pleaded guilty to an Honor Code violation within one year prior to submitting an application to study abroad may not study abroad on a Freeman program. Students who are on disciplinary probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Freeman study abroad program. Approvals will be revoked for students who are placed on disciplinary probation or found guilty of an Honor Code violation after being approved to study abroad.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Goldring advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see the CBS Factsheet for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Housing in Copenhagen is very difficult to find and can be expensive. This is particularly the case in the fall semester when the demand for housing far outstrips supply. The CBS housing department has access to eight student residences or dorms (please see list under "Student Residences"). You can apply for these using the CBS Housing on-line application process. An email containing a link to the application and allocation process is sent to your CBS email address. The date on which the link will be sent will be published on this website beforehand. No other notification will be given. The application process is on a first come, first served basis. Students must queue online for housing the day of housing registration. Housing is typically booked within 60 minutes of the registration system opening. In the fall semester some exchange students at CBS will have to live in private housing since space in CBS residence halls is limited.
Past participants recommend the dorms at CBS. One student said, "I would strongly recommend this housing because it is a social environment that allows students to engage with other exchange students from all over the world." Another student recommends the dorms, specifically the Katherine Kollegiet dormitory. "The building most closely resembles Sharp or Monroe," she shared. "This setting allowed me to meet other exchange students as easily as I made friends in Monroe freshman year."
For more information on housing options at CBS please visit the school's Housing Website.
NOTE: Dates are approximate. Fall 2018 academic calendar to be confirmed. Introduction Week (mandatory) will take place in late August. Classes start in early September. Ordinary exams take place in December - January (only a few exams in January). Retakes take place in January/February.