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Copenhagen Business School (CBS) was established in 1917. Today CBS is one of the 8 Danish universities, with more than 21,000 students. Programmes are based on a strong and internationally renowned research base, which CBS works consistently to strengthen. CBS is committed to communicating knowledge and new ideas to tomorrow’s business leaders and society in general.

Copenhagen, Denmark


Porcelænshaven 18A, Frederiksberg, Denmark


student feedback




  • Previous students rated the university a 3.5 out of 5 

  • Previous students rated the courses difficulty to be low compared to Nova. 

  • Previous students rated the Business Project difficulty to be moderate. 

  • Filipa (Spring 2017): Interesting but very theoretical in terms of courses. The business project was very hands on, we worked very closely with the company (Jabra) and got really exposure to the business. The business case is not necessarily a cems partner at CBS.

  • Farid (Fall 2017): Sustainability challenges (holistic perspective on sustainability, awesome course very technical), International Political Economy (really interesting and gives a new perspective on IB from an economist‘s, central banker‘s, diplomat‘s point of view), mandatory cems course is okay; consulting for sustainability with Kristjan Jespersen is the best course (super practical, great guidance, hardly any lectures but mainly team work to build an own business, course where I learned the most) 

  • Luisa (Fall 2016): There's a lot of variety in which classes you can choose. Professors are very good, but careful with evaluations - very different than Nova. Majority of classes either ask for an oral exam or a final paper on a topic of your choice



  • Previous students rated the workload to be somewhat light. 

  • Filipa (Spring 2017): It required a lot of memorization for some courses but most of the work is towards the exam there are not so many group works, or midterms, quizzes… during the semester.

  • Farid (Fall 2017): A lot to achieve As (really a lot, even nowhere near EF&VC at Nova) but actually nothing to do to get a pass. 

  • Luisa (Fall 2016): Very light compared to Nova! While Nova is king for groupwork and lot of work during the semester, at CBS everything is focus on the final examination so during the semester you just need to attend classes (no participation evaluation) and enjoy the rest of the days to get to know Denmark



  • Previous students rated the city life to be good.

  • Previous students rated the nightlife to be good.

  • Filipa (Spring 2017): During winter it gets quite cold so you get to live from the famous danish concept, hygge, all cafes and houses are very cosy and nice. The city is amazing super pretty and you have really nice night life! 

  • Farid (Fall 2017): Super expensive, super rainy, opposite of Lisbon. Love the biking lifestyle though. Best Kebab is called Kebabistan. 

  • Luisa (Fall 2016): Super cool atmosphere. Get a bike to travel anywhere, everyone is super nice, plenty of things to do in the city



  • Previous students said the CEMS cohort had around 50 students. 

  • Previous students rated the CEMS community to be ok.

  • Previous students rated the CEMS Office to be good.

  • Filipa (Spring 2017): You hang on a lot with CEMS exchange students, the home university students is not so easy to get to know because most of them work and have their thesis plus business project, so they don’t have a lot of time, but they do join for some events

  • Farid (Fall 2017): Always parties, it’s ridiculous, I couldn’t take it it was too much, great bond amongst cemsies as always; we still have our WhatsApp group and people meet up. 

  • Luisa (Fall 2016): Very active. They organized plenty of activities, including trips and running dinners



  • Previous students said it was somewhat hard to find accommodation. 

  • Filipa (Spring 2017): I advise to stay at the residence, housing in Copenhagen is really hard to get. Porcelaensh is very nice one, you share a bathroom and have your own kitchen/room

  • Farid (Fall 2017): Quite difficult, I knew a lot of people there so it was OK, best is to ask old cemsies though! 

  • Luisa (Fall 2016): Most exchange cemsies stay at dorms. I was in Tietgen and loved it!


PRIce of one beer

  • Previous students said that living costs were higher compared to Lisbon. 

  • Filipa (Spring 2017): Living costs around 800 eur a month. 4 eur a beer, Nexus (CBS bar)  has happy hours where beer is half the price 

  • Farid (Fall 2017): 5€, super expensive  

  • Luisa (Fall 2016): Dont remember, but it was more expensive than Lisbon, and keep in mind that it's a different currency


Filipa (Spring 2017)

I strongly recommend it!

Farid (Fall 2017)

Luisa (Fall 2016)

A very good choice for exchange :)

CPH is a really cool town. Awesome restaurants, it’s incredible both high end and low end. Marvelous museums and a really really beautiful city especially in winter with snow . Magical atmosphere when it’s snowing. Also the danish are the happiest people on earth. They basically invented the hipster Lifestyle in Frederiksberg. The university is so so so good. Very good professors, very Good stricture, environment, curriculum and content. Excellent campus and first major FT ranked business school to offer an ESG minor, which I highly recommend. Kristjan Jespersen is the best coach, teacher, prof. 

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