Copenhagen Business School: Copenhagen

Undergraduate Global Immersion in Denmark

Program Dates: 

The academic calendar at CBS will differ from the University of Minnesota and all exchange students are expected to be at their host campus on the first day of orientation and through the last day of final exams.

Fall Semester 2015:

Danish Crash Course: 17 - 21 August

Introduction Program: 24 - 28 August

Fall Semester starts: 1 September

Exams: Decemeber/January

Spring Semester 2016:

Danish Crash Course: 18 - 22 January

Introduction Program: 25- 29 January

Spring Semester starts" 1 February

Exams: May/June

Copenhagen, Denmark Slideshow

School Library

Copenhagen Library

view of denmark

View of Denmark

exchange event at copenhagen

Exchange Event

View of Denmark Roundtower

View of Denmark

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. First-come first-served basis. 
  • Costs vary across options. 
  • Private housing is also available if CBS housing fills or you do not want to live in University Housing. 

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.


  • No host country language skills required
  • UMN student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • Preference is given to Carlson School of Management students
  • Preferred minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply
  • 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

Visa and Passport

  • All Carlson students are responsible for obtaining a passport before they participate on a study abroad program
  • All students participating on an exchange program will be responsible for obtaining a visa or residence permit if requried by their host country.  The Carlson Global Institute does not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs
  • The Carlson Global Institute and the host university will provide resources for visa and residence permit applications if necessary, but students will need to work with the consulate and/or visa processing company directly as well
  • Visa and passport requirements are always subject to change by the host country and students are expected to check with the consulate for up-to-date information

What is a Business Exchange Program?

  • Exchange students are enrolled at a partner university in their host country and take business courses in English
  • Exchange students take courses with students from the host university as well as other exchange students from around the world
  • Exchange students attend their host university according to their term dates which differ from the University of Minnesota
  • 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.
  • Semester exchange programs are best suited for a student who would like to be fully immersed in another city, educational, and country culture.
  • Exchange programs are small and only a few Carlson students will study at each partner university each semester.
  • There are no Carlson staff members on-site at the partner universities

Application and Admissions

To apply for an exchange program you must first apply through the Carlson Global Institute on the Apply page. 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 2016 and Spring 2017 is February 1, 2016. Applications for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 will open on September 8th, 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.  Once accepted into an exchange program, you will also complete an application to the host university.  

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please visit "Financial Aid" and "Scholarships" for more information.

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 host country consulate.

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2015
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7,029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2,500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1,200
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization)$300
Books & Materials$500
Room and/or Board $7,300
Essential Daily Living Expenses $2,000
Miscellaneous $500
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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