Copenhagen Business School: Copenhagen

Undergraduate Global Immersion in Denmark

Autumn Semester (Fall semester): late August to late December

Spring semester: late January to late June

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

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Copenhagen Library

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View of Denmark

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Exchange Event

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View of Denmark

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English or Danish) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.
Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. YOU MUST APPLY THROUGH THE CARLSON SCHOOL TO BE ACCEPTED ON AN EXCHANGE PROGRAM. DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE HOST SCHOOL. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 is February 1, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Additional criteria may apply and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission
  • The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation

Location details

Denmark is among the global leaders in many industries, including pharmaceuticals, productions, maritime transport, information technology and communication. Danish businesses and organizations are steeped in a long tradition of cooperation that bridges public and private sectors. Innovative practices, built upon critical theoretical knowledge, are put to the test in this distinctly Scandinavian capital.

Copenhagen is known as one of the most charming cities in all of Europe and there is no shortage of ways to pass the time. You can learn more about the city and surrounding area by visiting the Copenhagen Tourism Site.

Located just minutes from Central Station and the Tivoli Gardens amusement park, Copenhagen Business School (CBS) provides you with excellent support and services as a Carlson School exchange student. CBS is the second largest business school in all of Europe and enjoys intimate ties with both the local and international business communities. As an internationally-focused university, CBS students gather from around the world to exchange ideas and impressions as they share success in putting their skills into practice.

Limited housing is typically available for students that apply to the CBS Housing Office and carefully follow given deadlines, with an effort to honor location preference and private accommodation requests. Costs vary across options. For more information on housing, visit Copenhagen Business School.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.​

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

Academics and credits

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5200) credits at the University of Minnesota during the semester they are abroad. Students will take a full course load (13-18 UMN credits per semester) at the host universitiy. Business courses taught in English are available for exchange students. Students typically take four full courses at CBS to earn 30 ECTS and meet minimum requirements.

Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.

Hundreds of courses are offered in English every semester at CBS. Finance, Strategy, and International Business are among CBS's strongest departments in addition to demonstrated excellence in the areas of Management, Human Resource Management, and Intercultural Communication & Management. With nearly 20 different academic concentrations and a distinctly strong program in Asian Studies, students find many courses of interest that suit their degrees.

CBS offers courses in both English and Danish, and exchange students select from a course catalog of offerings taught in English with the opportunity to request courses in Danish if their language skills allow. All exchange students have the option of taking a Danish language crash course during the Introduction Programme the week prior to classes.

For more information, visit Copenhagen Business School.

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2015
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1200
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization)$300
Books & Materials$500
Room and/or Board $7300
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2000
Miscellaneous $500
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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