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FAQs – CBS Applicant Edition

Are you thinking about applying to CBS for your Master or Bachelor degree? The application deadline for the Master programs is just around the corner, the one for the Bachelor programs will soon follow. We thought you might have some last-minute questions about the application process and studying in Denmark. Therefore, we collected some of the most popular questions at the International Applicant Days. Keep reading for our newest FAQs – applicant edition and hopefully most of your questions about admission, academic life, student life and housing in Copenhagen will be answered.


Academic Life
How does an average week at Uni look? How many days do you have class, work etc.?

It is difficult to describe a specific week at CBS. The number of classes can vary greatly between the programs and also between weeks during the semester. In general, the number of classes per week is relatively small, but each class needs individual preparation time.

Regarding working hours: Many students have a job on the side and generally work between 10 and 20 hours per week.


What happens if I work but not in Copenhagen. Does it for example have any impact on my studies if I have to go away for a week?

Normally attendance is not compulsory for classes at CBS. Therefore, it is usually possible to miss a week if you feel confident that you are able to catch up.


Is it possible to rearrange my exams?

You cannot choose the exam dates yourselves. However, for every exam there is a retake exam scheduled. If you cannot attempt the first try you are automatically registered for the retake exam which is usually between 1 or 2 months later.



Is it possible to find any scholarships for studying in Denmark? 

There is a number of scholarships available to different candidates. Some options are mentioned here.

Furthermore, as an EU citizen you can apply for a SU grant, which is a public support. In order to be granted SU you need to work a minimum of 10 to 12 hours per week (unless you are a Danish citizen). Here you can read more about SU and the application process.


What should I write in my motivational letter?

In your motivational letter you should write why you are specifically interested in the program you are applying for. There is not one right way of writing it. However, it is certainly a good idea to mention why specifically this program is perfect for you and why you would be the perfect student for the program. You can also state why you would like to study at CBS in particular.


Student Life

Are there sport activities offered at CBS?

There are many sport activities offered at CBS which are organized by different student societies. Through CBS Sports you can do a number of sports from Soccer to Lacrosse. Furthermore, there are student societies like CBS Dance, CBS Surf, CBS Running and many more. So, don’t worry, you will certainly be able to stay fit at CBS. 🙂


How much should you expect on spending on a night out for drinks?

Copenhagen is definitely not the cheapest city. On average you may pay around DKK40 for a beer and DKK100 for a cocktail in regular bars in Copenhagen. It is therefore often a good idea to have pre-drinks with some friends at home before going out.


Do you organize a “buddy programme” for new international students? Some kind of social Program in the first semester?

At the moment there is no such thing as a “buddy program” for full degree students at CBS. However, there are always many social activities happening at CBS. During the intro period you will have the chance to meet your fellow students. Every year there is a fun program planned. If you are able to make it you should definitely not miss it!

Furthermore, there are other social activities at CBS like board game nights or the legendary Thursday Night at Nexus. It is a great place to meet many international students as well as Danes!

We at ISA also organize different events. One example is our monthly Quiz Nights, if you end up studying at CBS you should surely stop by!


Have you been able to find friends among Danes?

The answer is a clear yes! Although the rumor is that Danes tend to be a bit more reserved, they are very open-minded, friendly and excited to meet you. Just be sincere and approach them with a smile.



How is living at a dorm? If you live at a dorm, do you have to share your bedroom or just the kitchen/bathroom?

There are a number of different dormitory options in Copenhagen. In general, living in a dorm is a great experience. Especially in Denmark there are many dorms that are known for the great social atmosphere. It is furthermore a great way to get to know the Danish culture, as there are normally a lot of Danes living at the Dorms.

Usually, you have your own bedroom. Depending on the dorm you share your bathroom and kitchen with 10-20 other students. Sometimes you have a private bathroom or even a small kitchen niche in your room.


How many people do you live with when you live in a dorm?

That varies from dorm to dorm. If you have a shared kitchen, there are usually 10-20 students sharing one kitchen.


Which are the best/most popular student accommodations?

In Copenhagen there are many good dorms. You can put your name on the list for many different dorms here. When registering yourself for the waiting list you will also see what the average waiting times for dorm spots in each of the dorms are.

Other popular dormitories are for example Tietgen and Egmont which are known for being especially social. For these dormitories you have to apply with a motivational letter.


Is it possible to sublet your dorm spot while being on exchange?

For many dorms it is possible to sublet your room while being on exchange.


When should I start applying for student housing?

Since finding accommodation in Copenhagen isn’t easy, you should start looking and applying for housing as soon as you know that you would like to move to Copenhagen. It is often possible to apply and then hand in the proof of enrollment later.


Is it allowed to share a room in a student home with your boyfriend/girlfriend? If yes, do you have to pay more?

Many dorms offer rooms that are especially made for couples. They are usually a bit more expensive than single rooms but divided by two it is usually an affordable option.


Did you have to move many times before finding a more permanent place to live?

Is it not unlikely that you might have to move a couple of times before you find a permanent place to live. However, you can also be lucky and find a permanent place right from the start. Many students rent out their apartments/rooms while they are on exchange for a semester. Often, you can therefore find rooms for 6 months which gives you more time to look for something permanent.


Living/Working in Copenhagen

In what order should you apply for CPR card, SU grant NemID etc.?

First you should register at the International House to receive a Residence Certificate (EU-citizen) or Residence Permit. With this you can apply for a CPR number which will also automatically give you the Yellow Card. Then you should apply for a NemID and a NemKonto. Finally, you can apply for the SU grant if you fulfill the requirements.


What is the process for getting SU and how long does it take?

If you are not a Danish resident you need to work 10-12 hours a week and be a resident of the European Union in order to be granted SU. In order to receive SU you need to have your CPR number and NemID. You need to apply online under minSU, where you will be asked to provide some information about your job and for example show your work contract. More information on how to apply here.

After submitting your application it usually takes 1-2 months until it is processed.


 Are you entitled to health insurance as an international student?

After you registered for a CPR in Denmark you receive a Yellow Card which entitles you to medical treatment in Denmark. You are assigned to a doctor who is the first person you can contact when you are ill and who will plan further treatment. However, not everything is covered by the Health Insurance Card. Dental care, for example, is not covered. You may therefore consider to get additional insurance.


What if you need to visit a doctor? Do you need to register at a specific doctor’s office?

When receiving your Yellow card you are assigned to a specific doctor. Your assigned doctor will be the first person you contact when you are ill and can then refer you to other medical institutions.


Do you need to speak Danish?

Most Danes are very proficient in English. Therefore, you can easily get around by only speaking English. That being said, it is always nice to know the local language at least a little bit. We would therefore recommend learning at least some Danish basics. Danes will surely be excited when you are able to say some words in their native language!


Should you take classes or learn it on the go?

This depends on the way you learn best. If you speak a Scandinavian language, Dutch or German it is certainly easier for you to pick up Danish as there are many similarities. However, going to a language school is a good help to quickly get a good basis of the Danish language.


Is there a minimum wage in Denmark, e.g. for waitressing?

Legally there is no minimum wage in Denmark. Nevertheless, one can expect an average minimum wage of DKK110 per hour.


What are the best places/websites to look for a job for International students (non-Danish speaking)?

A good place to start is CBS CareerGate. You will be able to find different job offers. In the job description you can see whether Danish is a prerequisite.

Furthermore, there are many cafés and clothing stores which don’t require you to speak Danish. It is always a good idea to stop by and just ask if they are looking for employees.


Good luck with your application! Please feel free to contact us on our Facebook messenger or per mail ( if there are any questions you would like to have answered. We would be more than excited to see you as a new student at CBS in September!


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