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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

BCP LogoCopenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is one of the largest business schools in Europe with 20,000 full- and part time students. CBS teaches traditional courses in Economics, Management and Business Administration but is also well known for cross-disciplinary research and teaching, and students can combine business with subjects such as philosophy, political science, psychology, and/or communication.
For additional information, visit the Copenhagen Business School website
The City of Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark and its most populous city, with an urban population of nearly 1.2 million. The official language of the city is Danish, but a large majority (approximately 86%) of the population speaks English as a second language.

Did you know…?

The Danish flag is the oldest state flag still in use by an independent nation, having been in use since 1219.



The program at Copenhagen Business School is for Wharton students only.

There are a limited number of spots for Penn students at CBS.  All candidates should identify a second choice program.  Priority will be given to juniors and first semester seniors.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: No previous language study required. 


Language of Instruction



A full course load at Copenhagen Business School consists of a minimum of 30 ETCS per semester. Penn students studying at CBS will take one semester-long Danish language course worth 7.5 ETCS and approximately 3 additional courses.  Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

CBS Academic Calendar
CBS Course Catalog for Incoming Exchange Students

Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Grades are given on a Danish scale of -03 to 12 points and converted to Penn grades by the home school advisor according to standard Danish-U.S. grade equivalencies (below).
Danish Point Value Penn Equivalent
12 A
10 A
7 B+
4 B
2 C
0 D
-3 F

Special Features

BCP Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by Copenhagen Business School prior to the start of each semester. 
The Introduction Week is mandatory and takes place the week after the Danish Crash Course (see below).  The Intro Week will introduce students to Danish culture, provides an academic overview, and takes students on IT, Library, and Campus tours. Introduction Week also includes evening social/cultural activities.  The evening activities are optional; the fee for participation is to be covered by the student.

Language Courses

For Penn students, the semester at CBS begins with the mandatory Danish Crash Course, an intensive language course consisting of 20 hours of language over a 5 day period. The cost of the Crash Course is covered by Penn. The course is supplemented with social/cultural evening activities. The evening activities are optional; the fee for participation is to be covered by the student.

BCP Special FeaturesBuddy Program

Exchange students will be assigned a "buddy" to help them navigate the first few weeks in Copenhagen and CBS. "Buddies" are CBS students who have volunteered to help one or more exchange students.

Throughout the semester various activities are planned for the exchange students and their CBS buddies.
Student Associations

Penn students studying at Copenhagen Business School have access to a wide range of student activities and associations. More information can be found here.


BCP Campus
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

Student housing is limited in Copenhagen; while students can apply to live in one of the nine student residence halls, demand is greater than availability (especially in the fall semester) and therefore, CBS housing is not guaranteed.  Students may be required to find their own accommodation in Copenhagen.

For students studying at CBS for the fall, CBS operates a Private Housing service.  The Service’s mission is to help students find different housing options and guide them through the process of searching for a landlord and signing a lease.

CBS Housing Department

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets


Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Copenhagen, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.