Study start - bachelor
Congratulations on your study place and welcome to CBS!
Your official date of enrolment is 1 September 2020.
Here you will find information you may need before study start.
Before you accept your study place at CBS, you should consider whether you are in fact ready to start studying.
Studying at a university can feel like a big change, and you will need to get used to many new things. You will meet many new people. You have to get to know a new place with all its new systems, rules and procedures. The curriculum will be a lot bigger than what you are used to from your upper secondary education, and you will have to get used to new ways of learning and working with knowledge. For many new students study start can be quite tough.
In our experience, the students who navigate study start with the greatest ease and grow to enjoy their programme have considered the following beforehand:
Are you ready to study?
As a university student, you are in charge of your own education. How and how much you learn, will in large part, depend on how much effort you put in. Of course, we do not expect you to master everything from day one – but we do expect you to be aware of the new challenges and put in the work to learn how to deal with them. We also expect you to take responsibility for your own learning, even when it gets tough or difficult to do so.
How is your motivation?
Do you really want to study, or have you chosen to apply because you didn’t really have any other options? If you originally planned to spend a year or two traveling or working, then studying might not necessarily be the best back-up plan.
You should know that it requires a lot to study at the university level, so you have to feel motivated as well as be prepared to spend many hours learning and studying.
What about housing, finances and all the other practical stuff?
Going to a university is a big change. As such, it is best if you have a handle on your finances, your living situation and other practical matters before you start, so that you can spend all your energy getting a great start on your new programme.
Have you been accepted for a lower priority?
Have you been offered a place on a programme you just chose as a fallback option? Do you really know what that programme is about, and what you will be studying for the next three years? Some students find out that their programme is really about something other than what they thought or expected. This is often because they didn’t spend enough time researching what It was really about beforehand.
If you have any doubts about whether a programme is right for you, you are always welcome to call and talk with a student guidance counsellor. They can help you reach some clarity on what is and isn’t right for you. Contact your student guidance counsellor
Teaching and study start autumn 2020
We expect that COVID-19 will still be a significant societal issue this autumn, and that there will still be restrictions on how many people can gather combined with continued requirements of social distancing. Therefore, we cannot conduct all classes on campus. For the majority of students this will mean that about half of their classes will be on campus and half will be online.
We know that it is very important for new students to have the opportunity to get to know their fellow students and CBS from the start. We are doing all we can to ensure that as many activities as possible will be held on campus.
You should be prepared for both the intro week and classes to be conducted in smaller groups, and that events that would normally host many students at once will be cancelled. This will allow you to get to know your own class and perhaps one other class very well. But you will not meet as many students from other years or other programmes as much in the beginning.
If you have question or doubts about anything – ask us.
You can find a lot of information online. But if you have any doubts, or there is something you just need to talk to someone about, you are always welcome to contact us. All kinds of questions are welcome.
CBS can be a very big, and sometimes confusing, place – we know. But there are also a lot of us ready to help you.
In week 34 the intro week will take place.
Here you will get to know your fellow students and get a thorough introduction to all the things you are going to spend the next 3 years doing.
We recommend that you participate in all the intro week. Experience shows that participation in introductory activities helps get students off to a better start, and has large impact on student life at CBS.
In 2021 the intro week will take place 23-29 August (i.e. all of week 34). To make sure you do not miss out on anything, you should consider not planning travels, working or other plan in that week.
You can find more information about the intro week and a detailed programme on your study programme on CBS' study start site: https://info.cbs.dk/intro
Please note: you may have to sign up beforehand.
When the intro week is over, you can still get help from your new mentor. The mentors are students from the same programme as yours so your mentor knows from experience what it is like to be a new student at CBS.
During the first year of study you will meet with your mentor, where you and your fellow students will talk about both social and academic experiences and challenges in relation to being a new student at CBS.
You can meet some of CBS' mentors and watch videos under Students by clicking on your programme at opendays.cbs.dk
You can read more about your mentors on Mentor on my.cbs.dk (CBS-login required)
You must activate your CBS user profile before you can use CBS’ IT systems and get your student ID.
Your user profile is your user name and your password. Your CBS user profile is strictly personal. You should never pass this information on to others.
How to activate your CBS profile:
- Go to https://help.student.cbs.dk
- Log on with your user name and password, which you can find in your acceptance letter.
- You must change your password immediately. Choose a password you can remember. We also recommend that you provide your personal email and your telephone number, as you will need them to reset your password.
Your CBS account is now activated and ready to use
In 24-48 hours you can log on to my.cbs.dk and CBS’ other IT platforms.
When you log on to my.cbs.dk for the first time, you must sign up for multi-factor authentication (MFA).
Just follow the instructions that are shown when you attempt to sign in to my.cbs.dk.
Did something go wrong?
If you for some reason are unable to activate your profile, you can send an email to the IT Support: email@example.com
Before each semester or quarter begin, you will get an individual timetable, which shows the classes for the courses you are registered for. The timetable changes each semester.
To access your personal timetable you will need your CBS user profile and log on log on to CBS Calendar. This means that you cannot access the schedule until you are enrolled as a CBS student and have activated your CBS user profile.
You can expect the timetable to be ready in the beginning of August.
My.cbs.dk is your student intranet. It is your entry to all you need to know as a student at CBS. So make sure to check it regularly.
You can log on to my.cbs.dk when you have your CBS user profile.
On the front page you will find news about study start which we recommend that you read.
On my.cbs.dk you will also find information about:
- Your study programme
- News and events
- Study techniques and exam preparation
- Rules, deadlines and procedures
- Student life
- CBS Library
- Study seats and group rooms
- Easy access and guides for IT systems and IT support
- Contact information
As a student you will often get especially good offers on computers and calculators.
There might also be certain demands on calculators and computers. If so, you will receive further information on this, when you have started your studies.
Read more on my.cbs.dk > Courses and exams > Books and Curriculum (CBS-login required)
You can apply for SU from 1 August – however not until the day after you have accepted your study place at CBS.
You apply for SU at “minSU” at www.su.dk
Read more about SU on my.cbs.dk > Student life > SU > Apply for SU – Danish citizen (CBS-login required) or www.su.dk
SU for international students
If you are a foreign citizen, there are certain conditions you have to meet. You must also follow a special application process before you can receive any SU.
Read more about SU on my.cbs.dk > Student life > SU > Apply for SU – foreign citizen (CBS-login required) or www.su.dk
Please note that processing time may take up to 4 months.
It can be difficult to find a place to live in Copenhagen. Unfortunately, CBS cannot provide accommodation for students.
If you are looking for housing in Copenhagen, you can find more information and register for residence halls, rental and youth apartments here:
You can also find many private residence halls in Copenhagen. The easiest way to find them is to google: “kollegium København” or “residence hall Copenhagen”
Another option is to rent a room in a private apartment. On CBS Campus and on Facebook pages for CBS students, you can find people looking for students who want to rent a room.
You can also find various webpages where you can get in contact with people who are renting out rooms or apartments.
Are you an international student you can find other international students' tips, tricks and stories about how they found a place to live on the International Students Ambassadors’ blog
Beware of scam!
You should always watch out, when you are looking for accommodation, since there are many scammers who will try to rent a room or apartment to you which they do not own or does not exist.
The police offers good advice on how to make yourself more secure in your hunt for housing and avoid scam.
Make sure to:
- check that the person in fact owns the room or apartment in question
- pay to a Danish bank account – if possible
- always use your common sense
- never let yourself be pressured by an eager letter or landlord
You can find the police’s good advice on the Police's webpage on Undgå svindel med lejeboliger (only in Danish)
Entry into Denmark
If you are an international student, you should be aware of the rules for entry into Denmark.
Follow the updates from the Danish National Police about entry into Denmark here
Make sure to bring your acceptance letter and be ready to show it to the border control when entering Denmark.
You acceptance letter confirms:
- that CBS is open and not closed down due to COVID-19
- that you are a student at Copenhagen Business School
- that your physical attendance is required from 24 August
- that we strongly recommend that our students are present in Denmark from 1 August to settle in
Moving to another country to study can be quite challenging, but help is available.
Find info for international students on my.cbs.dk
Read much more about what CBS has to offer international students at my.cbs.dk > Student life > International Students (CBS-login required)
Get help from CBS' International Student Ambassadors
You can also get help from CBS’ International Student Ambassadors, ISA. ISA are around 25 CBS students who helps new international students to get settled at CBS and in Copenhagen.
Find ISA at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CBSISA/
How to register in Denmark
You must register with the Danish Civil Register (CPR).
You can read all about how to register at my.cbs.dk > Student life > Registration in Denmark
Survival guide to life in Denmark
You can find tips, insights and information on how to get the best possible student life in Denmark in the International Students’ Survival Guide to Life in Denmark.
If you have a function impairment, which prevents you from completing your programme at the same conditions as other students, you can apply for special support and aids, the so-called Special Education Support (SPS).
Read more at my.cbs.dk > Student Life > Special Educational Support (SPS) (CBS-login required)
If you have questions about your starting your studie, study programmes at CBS or anything else, you are more than welcome to contact your student guidance counsellor or Student Hub.