Copenhagen: Biker's Paradise, Perspective Broadening, Exchange Students, Christiana, Party Past Review

By (Business, University of Southern California) for

Copenhagen Business School: Copenhagen - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My perspective was broadened. I met people from a variety of backgrounds. I partied a lot. I traveled to 13 countries. I rode my bike every single day, sometimes for 8 hours at a time. I went to Christiana, where there are no laws. I saw how other cultures live. I realized what other cultures value. I learned to appreciate what I have and how fortunate I am.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

European universities are cheaper for a reason - they cannot be said in the same breath as American universities. The quality of professors, technology used, material, and grading was super subpar as compared to American universities.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Poorly organized. Poor communication. Poor response time. Classes overlapped and admins did not tell us about this. It was up to us to see if they overlapped and then change our schedules accordingly.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Katerine Kollegiet. It was in a nice suburb that was super safe and super quiet. All exchange students from 20+ countries. Great diversity led to great perspective enhancement during the exchange. Undergrads to MBAs were represented. The housing office was TERRIBLE. I still have not received my deposit reimbursement 4 months after the program ended.

* Food:

Food is super expensive in Copenhagen. No food provided by the school, although their dining facility is wonderful.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Best part was riding around the city. Exploring backroads and neighborhoods was the best way to see the culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

You can walk around Copenhagen at any time of the day, in any state of mind, any gender, and be fine. Safest city I have ever been to - even safer than Orange County suburbs. My wallet was lost at a club one evening. The next day, someone knocked on my door and returned it - with all cash accounted for.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Live in student housing, but DON'T have a roommate. Get a bike and use it every day. Go out as much as possible (nightlife) Interact with your dorm residents

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Instruction Language: English
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Credit Transfer Issues: No
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Course Department:
Instructor: Troelson
Instruction Language: English
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Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

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Course Department:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Terrible. Not helpful. Total textbook.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
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Course Department:
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not very useful. Information overload.
Credit Transfer Issues: No