The Copenhagen Full-time MBA

Life in Copenhagen

The Danish capital is a wonderful place to live and study. The quality of life is high, there are many green spaces and travel by bike is commonplace. Business-wise, the area is buzzing with a wide variety of companies offering exciting career opportunities.

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A Green City Where Quality of Life is High

Denmark offers one of the world's top working environments where work-life balance, employee retention and self-development are practiced and prioritized.

"I love biking everywhere, the fresh air, and the great cafe culture, especially now that the restaurants are open and all restrictions have been lifted. The lifestyle here gives you a strong feeling of independence." Click to read Kelsey's feature.

Copenhagen itself is safe and easy to get around boasting a low crime rate and good public transport infrastructure. Arts, culture, sports, leisure activities and great food and drink are all easily accessible. And the city is world-renowned for leading the sustainability agenda in transportation, energy, waste management and other aspects of its development.

Plus, all residents live within easy reach of parks and countryside. And with a pleasant, temperate climate with little in the way of freezing temperatures you will have plenty of opportunity to explore.

Your Home Away from Home: The CBS Executive Building

A former porcelain factory imaginatively converted to a first-class learning space, your home away from home is not just another campus building. Featuring panoramic windows over one of the most attractive green spaces in Copenhagen (Frederiksberg Have), bright and open spaces, a multitude of breakout rooms and an attractive roof terrace, the CBS Executive building truly is Scandinavian architecture at its best.

Come for a visit to experience our state-of-the-art learning environment for yourself.  

A Good Base for Business

Denmark offers some of the most optimal conditions for business, having been voted the easiest place in Europe to do business by the World Bank repeatedly. In fact, Denmark is a hub for some of the world's top companies in sectors as diverse as shipping, pharmaceuticals and wind energy and English is the business language in many international companies.

While Denmark, and particularly the Greater Copenhagen region, has long enjoyed a reputation for business innovation, it’s now home to a growing number of companies that are breaking new ground. The Danish Business Authority – Erhvervsstyrelsen – has identified a number of Danish Clusters of Excellence, where companies and research environments are performing at the top of their fields, and they are creating a business ecosystem that rivals the paramount status of Boston in the USA. Click here to read the Financial Times feature.

There are many online resources for foreigners who are considering a life in Denmark. Here are some websites that may help you with your decision: 

Staying on After Your MBA

Should you decide you would like to stay in Denmark after your MBA, your residence permit will generally be valid for an additional six months after you complete the programme so that you can look for employment.

Below is some information about visa options:

The Establishment Card

Denmark features one of the most transparent visa systems in the world, so if you would like to stay on and work after your MBA you can apply for an Establishment Card. This will allow you to work and / or set up your own business after finishing your MBA degree. You can read more about the Establishment Card here.

The Pay Limit scheme

After completing your MBA, you may qualify for the Pay Limit scheme if you are offered a job. There are no specific requirements with regards to education, profession, or the specific nature of the job. You can read more about the Pay Limit scheme here .

Accompanying family members

If you hold a residence and work permit in Denmark, or a residence permit as a student at a higher educational program, you can usually bring your family here as well. See more details about accompanying family members for student visa holders here and accompanying family members for residence and work permit holders here.


The page was last edited by: Full-time MBA // 05/31/2022

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