Exchange Students

This category is only for students who are nominated by CBS' partner universities. Please read through the requirements for admission below before you apply

Application process

This category is only for students who are nominated by CBS’ partner universities. This means that your home university must officially nominate you to let you take ISUP courses.

It is possible to take only one course if your home university agrees to grant you an exemption to take only one course and communicates this to the ISUP secretariat.

If you are not nominated by your home university or if you need ISUP courses for other purposes (supplementary courses, etc.), please select the relevant category in the menu on your left and read more.

How to apply

  • Make sure that your home university has nominated you
  • Make sure you are applying in the right category
  • Make sure you fulfil the prerequisites stated in the course catalogue
  • Complete the online application flow (Link to application system)
    • Enter personal data
    • Select student category
    • Select courses (2 preferred and 2 alternative = 4 in total)
    • Upload documents:
      • Copy of current grade transcript (in English)
      • Copy of passport (photo page and residence permit stickers, if applicable) or EU/national identity card stating your citizenship. Please note that driver’s license is not accepted
    • Go to “print receipt” and your application is complete!

Please note that we process applications continuously as they are received. When you receive an email confirming that your application has been approved, you will no longer be able to make changes to it (Please note that this confirmation email does not mean that you have been assigned the courses you have applied for; you will receive a separate email regarding course allocation later).


The ISUP course offer is subject to student interest and enrolment. Due to unforeseen circumstances there might be changes to the course offer which can happen up until the beginning of the programme. Changes will be communicated without delay.

Further questions?

Further information about nomination for ISUP, please contact your home university.

Application rounds

First round: 12 February 2019 at 12:00 CET - 19 February 2019 at 23:59 CET
Second round: 26 March 2019 at 12:00 CET - 2 April 2019 at 23:59 CEST

Please note that second round is for seats in the courses that are not fully booked


Course prerequisites

Make sure that you fulfil the prerequisites stated in the course catalogue, for the course(s) you wish to apply for, before you apply. Please note that it is your own responsibility to make sure that you fulfil the course prerequisites.

Academic recommendations

Academic level

ISUP courses are regular university courses taught in English at either undergraduate or graduate level and therefore, it is strongly recommended that only students with good academic standing apply. It is the students' own responsibility to make sure that they are able to follow the courses and pass the exams.

Level of English Proficiency

ISUP students are not required to submit any proof of English proficiency. Since all courses are taught in English and at a high academic level, it is highly recommended to have a strong command in both oral and written English, otherwise it might be difficult to follow the courses and pass the exams. The ISUP secretariat recommends all students to have an English proficiency corresponding to any of the tests and certificates listed below;

  • IELTS academic test result of at least 7.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English passed
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English passed
  • TOEFL iBT test result of at least 91
  • TOEFL paper-based test result of at least 577
  • TOEFL ITP institutional test done at CBS with a score of at least 577


  • Bachelor students at any year of their bachelor programme are able to apply for undergraduate courses
  • Bachelor students with adequate pre-requisites are allowed to take graduate courses*
  • Master students may also apply for undergraduate courses

* Bachelor students applying in ISUP's application system will only be shown undergraduate/bachelor courses as standard. If bachelor students wish to take graduate/master courses, they should choose random undergraduate courses, write in the "Applicant notes" what graduate courses they would like to choose instead, and we will change them manually in the system.

Course selection

Selecting courses

  • Exchange students must choose two preferred courses and two alternative courses unless your home university agrees to grant you an exemption to take only one course and communicates this to the ISUP secretariat
  • Read the course descriptions in the course catalogue very carefully to make sure that you fulfil the course prerequisites
  • To make sure there are no time conflicts between your courses, please check the course and exam timetables in the section Courses and exams.
  • Students can maximum take two courses at ISUP (max 15 ECTS) since the workload per course amounts to 206 hours (the workload for two courses is more than a full time job)
  • Please note the type of exam for each course. A "home assignment/mini project" exam run in parallel with the course and will start on the first day of teaching and the research question for the home assignment/mini project must be handed in to the course instructor no later than 11 July 2019 and approved by the course instructor no later than 16 July 2019, read more under the exam section under Courses and exams. All the exams of the type "home assignment/mini project" will take place simultaneously. That means your exam submissions must be handed in on the same day and time. If you do not wish to have two simultaneous home assignments/mini projects, please choose other courses with another exam type. Neither the time nor the exam type will be changed.
  • Please note that it is not possible to switch courses once the application rounds are closed. We will overbook all courses in relation to the number of seats in each course. So even if someone else withdraws, this will not leave a seat to be filled.

Course withdrawal

Nominated Exchange Students must have a standard workload of two courses equivalent to 15 ECTS. Any deviation from the standard workload must be agreed upon in advance with your home university and the ISUP secretariat.

Fees and costs

There are no tuition fees for Exchange Students as long as the student has been officially nominated by a CBS partner university

For a budget example over costs during ISUP, please check under budget/expected expenses in the fees and costs section of Application and fees.


Sidst opdateret: ISUP Secretariat // 18/10/2018