I can help with
- Being active in student organisations
- Being new in Denmark
- Academic content of the programme
- Teaching style and exams
- Advice on housing and living expenses
It was a tricky part when I had to look for a study that relates to International relations in Copenhagen in English. But, ultimately, all I wanted was to live in Copenhagen, Denmark. It sure is a great place for education, for partying, you name it.
I crossed my heart and put IBP as my first priority, knowing that it’s a business school, my passion for development/ humanitarian sector would be limited. Despite all the uncertainty I had, I naturally overcame it through the thoughts of moving into a completely different continent, society and culture. I was thrilled. Some could even say it was overwhelming at one point, having to absorb so many things in such little time. But hey, you got to love the feelings outside that comfort zone.
After months of adaptations, cycling to school, burdening my schedule with readings, learning Danish, being engaged in so many activities (sports and student organizations) and trying to find a decent student-job, I finally had time to breathe. It was a tough beginning, but we’re survivors, we just keep going. If being in a higher education abroad was easy, and then everyone else would do it.
IBP was definitely something I was expecting. It was a balance of international business and politics that covers activities that looked into several actors namely the European nations, the US, LDCs and emerging countries.
Though the majority of your class will be Danish, they are extremely internationalized. Most of them took gap years to work and travel the world; they are extremely knowledgeable about the world and have great personal interest in business and politics. Average age of a freshie is 21 (I was the youngster in my class).
Noticeable from other courses, IBP is socially, ethically and politically aware about our actions. We’re mainly critical realists, but we are all one happy class.
Inevitably, there will be a lot of readings and self-learning. Professors can be contacted via e-mails, but at most, you will rely on your own ability to learn or interact with your peers.
The final grades are determined by the final examinations which can be quite harsh (24-hours no sleeping) and scatter all over your holidays, so organization of your timing will be crucial.
On school admission process: Public service, including institutions like CBS, can be time-consuming. It’s very bureaucratic and restricted into their time constraints. Opening hours and time difference is a nightmare, so get in contact with the administrations as soon as possible. Though, keep in mind that everything operates in general rules of bureaucracy, if you get the requirements right (documentation and financial wise), you’ll be just alright.
Don’t leave things in the last minute, pressures aren’t fun.
On student jobs: You’re allowed to work 60 hours a month. Great income while studying. There are limited jobs available out there in CPH for non-Danish speakers. Service/ hospitality, student-help jobs, etc. It’s not going to be easy. But, keep yourself engaged in student organizations for connections. It will take time to fit into the labor market, look out for opportunities.