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- Working while studying
- The study environment at CBS
- Academic content of the programme
- Going on exchange
After graduating high school I was involved in various international development and optimization projects and found that this was what I wanted to do in the future. So I had to find a bachelor’s program that had a wide variety of courses within economics and business administration and an international scope. IB seemed like it was tailored for me, thus I applied and luckily got accepted.
Having moved to Copenhagen from the northern part of Jutland, little did I know about the culture at CBS and IB. A good social environment is important to me, so even though International Business is the bachelor program with the highest GPA entry requirement in Denmark, I really hoped that people were not only there for the academics.There is of course a strong academic competition within the program, but the social environment is possibly even stronger. The IB students are really good at meeting up outside the lecture halls. That could be at IB parties, the infamous IB gala, the legendary IB/IBP ski trip, dinners, sports tournaments or just a casual meet-up on the lawn next to campus when the weather allows for it.
IB’s motto is “work hard, play hard”. Though it may sound like a cliché, then I find that it perfectly describes what it is like to be an IB student. Being enrolled as an IB student is intense and rewarding – academically and socially.
The courses at IB are taught in quarters, which imply that you have max. 7 weeks to learn two new courses. This is rather intense for most people and can take some time to adapt to. Furthermore, it may also take some time to get used to the readings, especially if English is not your mother tongue, as you will need to learn a whole new academic vocabulary. But if you make a really good effort in the beginning, and take the time to adopt some good study techniques, then you should get a good grasp of it rather quickly and life as an IB student should not be impossible to survive at all. But it is very much up to you to facilitate your learning. Classes are lectures with all 180 students, so there is not much lecturer-student interaction. Thus you must be disciplined in order to get your readings done and prepare properly for exam. A good idea can be to form a study group, but it is your own responsibility and choice to do so.
Socially it is also quite intense as there are always plenty of events that can be attended. Thus it may sometimes seem hard to find the time to both study and attend all events. If you furthermore want to hang out with your friends, visit your family, work out, join student societies, etc., then you may quickly find yourself in need of extra time, and instead have to prioritize your time. This can be hard to accept, if it seems that everyone else have the time to both study hard and play hard.
But even though some IBs will be reluctant to admit it, we all have times where we work very hard just to keep up. So in the end it all comes down to finding the right balance that works for you. You do not have to be at every Thursdays’ bar, party, etc, but rest assured that there will always be something to do, when you need to go out and socialize. And it is a privilege that so many IBs wish to interact and spend quality time with the other IBs.
When I started IB, it was the first time that I was surrounded by so many ambitious and dedicated people with as diverse backgrounds. It has been a very rewarding experience for me and has inspired me to give my absolute best in all I do – academically as well as socially. The negative side is, that it may be hard to just let go and not feel guilty about not constantly be reading in the book, as you know that there probably is at least someone that has not left the books yet.But, if I was offered to start over, I would make the exact same choice again. IB is the perfect study program for me. After three years I have gotten so many new friends and acquaintances, inspiration for new projects, as well as knowledge, experience and memories, that will last a lifetime. The question is now, whether IB is also the perfect study program for you? I hope that you from this have gained a little more information about what it can be like to be an IB student (in one of – in my opinion – Europe’s best cities for students). I could talk for hours on end about the academic and social possibilities that are at IB and which drawbacks there could be. But I do not have space for it here. So if you have any additional questions or want an elaboration on something, then please do not hesitate to ask me or any of other mentors – we’re here for you :)
Do proper research on the bachelor programmes:
Why are you interested in studying IB? Because of the high GPA? In that case I suggest you do yourself the favor to read all about the courses that are in the program. Some have not realized how many quantitative courses there are and some thinks that there are too few. The entry GPA tells about the popularity of the course, not the difficulty level nor the course combination. At university level it is not your high school GPA that gets you well through the studies – it is dedication and hard work.
Be there for the intro weeks:
IB is a program where you will find many outgoing students, who are eager to get to know new people, but it is mainly done before the lectures start as there is not much interaction during the lectures. So be sure to be in Copenhagen and participate in the intro weeks when they start mid-August. It gets a lot easier finding a good study group, when you know people outside the lecture halls – and my years at IB had not been the same, had I not had my study group.
Challenge yourself – academically and socially.
Venture into things that may initially seem petrifying. Enjoy that you as a students have so many opportunities. Sign up for i.e. case competitions if you have just the least bit on interest in it, as the experience that you will get from it is invaluable. But don’t do it until you have settled in well with the studies. Always remember: when the years of studentship are done, you cannot redo them.