I can help with
- Working while studying
- Time management and workload
- Academic content of the programme
- Teaching style and exams
After my upper secondary degree (gymnasiet), I decided to move to Copenhagen to work for a year before applying to get in at a university. Therefore, I really wanted to study in Copenhagen – but I was very much in doubt in terms of which bachelor programme to apply to. I considered both political science (statskundskab), economics, and law at the University of Copenhagen. I chose IBP because it integrated two of my main academic interests into one programme: business and politics. Furthermore, I really liked the international perspective that IBP has. Another reason was that I heard that the social environment at IBP was among the best at CBS – particularly the student organization, IBP Union.
One of my biggest reservations when considering IBP was that the programme is taught in English, and I was not sure that my English skills were good enough for that. Partly because of this, I decided to move to London for five months during my gap year. However, after having studied at IBP for a year now, I know that the fact that the programme is taught in English is not an insuperable challenge – it will come along the way, and eventually you will start to forget what some things are called in your native language…
The social environment at IBP is indeed great. The IBP Union organizes cool events such as the IBP Galla and the IBP/IB ski trip, and the programme is full of engaged and smart people, which facilitates a great study environment.
However, the IBP programme is not just about fun and social activities – it is a lot about studying. I think the greatest challenge for me has been the amount of exams, and how to cope with the ongoing pressure that they put on you. The courses are difficult and demanding, and so are the exams. This requires that you are committed to your studies, but also that you make yourself reflect on the balance between studying, working and your social life, and consider how you want to prioritize these elements.
Another challenge for me has been to understand why I am studying IBP, and how the different elements of the programme are connected. However, I believe that – now on my second year – I have started to figure out the interrelations between the courses, and why it makes sense to study both business and politics. This interrelation is one of the things I have come to like the most about studying at IBP. Furthermore, the fact that the academic content varies so much from course to course, makes the many hours of studying easier, as you can vary between different types of readings and exercises – e.g. between mathematical exercises in microeconomics and very theoretical readings in political science.
All this aside, the single most important thing when deciding whether to study at the IBP programme is that you are interested in business and politics – the rest will come, as IBP is full of engaged students who will make your studies a lot of fun, and who will help you through difficult courses and exams.
Having a study group/study partner has been invaluable to me – so at least consider it.
IBP is a demanding programme, but it is important to remember to prioritize other things in your life as well.
When considering IBP, don’t be scared about the fact that the programme is taught in English – you get used to it really quickly.