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