Study start - bachelor
After admission at a bachelor programme at CBS, you will be invited to participate in an intro programme for your specific study programme. It takes place in mid or end August. We recommend you to participate in the intro programme because it is essential for you to get a good start at CBS. During intro you will meet your fellow students and get an introduction to your programme and life at CBS and in Copenhagen. Throughout the intro you will be guided by your intro guides, who are experienced and dedicated students from your study programme.
MORE ABOUT INTRO
You will find more information about the intro activities on each study programme here as soon as it is ready (in the beginning of August at the latest):
BA in Information Management
BSc in Business Administration and Service Management
BSc in Business Administration and Sociology
BSc in Business, Asian Language and Culture - Asian Studies Programme
BSc in Business, Language and Culture
BSc in International Business
BSc in International Business and Politics
BSc in International Shipping and Trade
For more information about the intro activities on the Danish bachelor programmes - please see the Danish version of this page - STUDIESTART
CBS R.U.S.H (Really Useful Semester Handbook) is an intro book which all new CBS students receive, written by the student organisation CBS Students. It is written by current students at CBS, and it is both a welcome and a guide to starting at CBS. You will receive the CBS R.U.S.H. with the post when you have accepted your place at CBS.
When intro ends and teaching begins, your class will have one or more mentors assigned. Mentors are students on their 2nd or 3rd year of study. They will help you get a good start on your studies and student life. During the 1st year of study you will meet with your mentor in group dialogues, 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 at studentlife.cbs.dk
We recommend that you do not buy books until you have started your studies – either during the intro programme or after the first classes. Teaching materials vary from year to year, and buying the materials early may result in you spending money on the wrong materials.
You can buy the books you need in the book store at CBS, Academic Books, or on the internet. At most programmes you should expect to spend 1500 - 2500 Dkr. on average each semester on books. The price may vary from programme to programme and from semester to semester, and some students choose to buy used books in order to save money.
Before each semester or quarter begin, the class schedule will be available online. The schedule changes each semester. To access the schedule you need a CBS logon and password which you receive once you are admitted. This means that you cannot access the schedule until you are enrolled as a CBS student.
We recommend that you put off buying a computer until after you have started your studies. 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.
You cannot apply for a student grant until after being enrolled to a programme. By that time you will receive more information on SU and the application process. For more information visit the SU website
Beginning at a university is a radical change for many new students. You will meet new people and new academic challenges. At the same time you have to familiarise yourself with a new place, new it-systems, rules, regulations and procedures and a lot more.
Being a university student means taking responsibility for your own education. There is no compulsory attendance to lectures, you only get grades after examinations and you do not have homework in the traditional sense. Instead you receive a semester plan, containing a reading list with the literature and materials you are expected to prepare, and a list of recommended literature that you can read if you want. You are expected to prepare for classes and to participate actively. Your professors are not teachers, but dialogue partners with whom you can discuss academic content, ideas, get new inspiration etc. What you learn and how much you learn depends on the effort you put into it.
The programme often consists of many different courses and assignments, and the workload is hardly ever evenly distributed during the semester. The curriculum is substantially bigger than the one of your upper secondary school, and it may at times seem impossible to get an overview . The teaching styles are also very different from what you are used to, which requires you to work on your study skills.
When starting at university, you should be prepared to learn how to be a student. Besides getting to grips with the academic content, you also need to learn to work independently, to take new initiatives and responsibilities, to identify problems and find possible solutions. All in all, it means that you will have to work on your study techniques. Among other things, you need to learn to manage og prioritise your time and assignments, your courses and curriculum, in a way that gives you time for both your studies, spare time and work. You will probably also have to develop or learn new reading and note-taking techniques.
You are not expected to master it all from the first day, but to be aware of the new challenges and learn how to approach them along the way. Besides, your fellow students, mentors and student guidance counsellors can help you along.