Academic information

Learn more about what it is like to study at CBS, the different kinds of exams, and about semester dates and exam periods.

Studying at CBS

At CBS, critical thinking skills and independent thought are highly valued, and you will have both the opportunity and responsibility for making the most out of your education.

Hear international bachelor students share how they have experienced what it is like to study at CBS.

Teaching format

When studying at CBS you will most likely encounter a different academic culture than you are used to in your home country.

Guidelines for attendance

As a general rule there is no mandatory attendance for teaching activities at CBS. Class attendance is not recorded and please also be aware that class attendance does not count toward your final grade either. You grades are neither improved by class attendance, nor are your grades reflected by non-attendance. Your grades are based on your exams 100%.

Attend the teaching activities

Although attendance is not mandatory, we recommend that you participate in teaching activities. If you choose, for example, to take a holiday in a teaching or exam period, it is your responsibility to catch up on what you miss. We therefore recommend planning your holiday outside teaching periods. 

It is your responsibility to get what you want out of your programme. We recommend that you prepare for classes and that you participate actively – for your own sake, not for your lecturer’s sake.

Make use of your lecturers

Your lecturers are your sparring partners and inspirators. Many students do not make full use of their lecturers or are perhaps afraid to ask 'silly' questions. Your lecturers are committed to their field, and they would love to have active and inquisitive students. So do speak to them if there is something you do not understand or need sparring for.

Exam formats

Exam types

As a student at CBS, you can expect to have any of the following exam types:

HOME Written project/ assignment/ case    

1) Oral exam based on written assignment

2) Oral exam based on written assignment and curriculum


Written exam

1) With aids

2) Without aids


1) Based or not based on written synopsis

2) With or without preparation

3) With or without aids

Oral exams

For most international students oral exam is a new encounter. An oral exam on the basis of a written project is made up of two parts; both are taken into account when your grade is determined:

  1. A written project you have turned in before the exam. This could be a synopsis, a case project or a paper, and it can be written individually or in a group.
  2. ​An oral exam that can be a defence of the written product, a broader examination in the curriculum or a combination of both. The oral exam can be held either individually or as a group exam.
An oral exam is an examination in the curriculum. It can start out with you giving a presentation you have prepared in advance. The oral exam takes the form of a dialogue between you and the examiners and all of your curriculum can be included in the discussions.

Group work

Group work is a very important part of the Danish way of teaching. It increases social skills and prepares for jobs in the real world. Most programs at CBS include considerable amounts of project work, even some exams are presented as a group. You will therefore often have to work together with other students on assignments and written projects – sometimes even in connection with exams.
You will find that sometimes your lecturer or the programme administration place you in a group. Sometimes, you get to decide for yourself who you want to form a group with. In both cases, working in groups can be both challenging and very productive. 

Exam aids

To find out which exam aids are allowed during the exam, you check the course description the course catalog for the course in question. Depending on the exam form, students will have access to various exam aids during the exam.

The exam can be with or without exam aids. There are three different types: no aids (closed book), limited aids, all aids (open book).


You have 3 exam attempts in total to pass each course. If you do not pass your 3rd attempt you can apply for an exemption for a 4th attempt.
You will automatically be registered for all exam attempts in the courses you are registered for. If you do not pass an exam, you will automatically be registered for the next exam attempt, regardless of whether you fail to pass, you do not show up, or you withdraw due to illness.
The Danish Grading Scale

In Denmark, a 7-point grading scale is used. 12 is the highest grade, and 02 is the minimum grade for passing an exam. The Danish grading scale is compatible with the ECTS grading scale.

  • Grading on a curve is not used, as relative grading is not allowed.
  • Apart from the 7-point grading scale, pass/fail assessment may also be used.

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If the student does not attend an exam for which (s)he was registered, the transcript will show ‘Absent’.


Teaching periods and holidays

Academic calendar    

Autumn semester

September to December/January

The official start and end dates of our autumn semester are from 1 September until 31 January the following year, both dates included. But you are not expected to be present in Denmark for this exact period.

Course type / length

Teaching period

Exam period,

Exam period,
first retake
Exam period,
second retake

Q1, i.e. first quarter or first half of fall semester

Early September - Mid October

Late October - Early November

Mid December - Early January Late October - Early November
the following year

Q2, i.e. second quarter or second half of fall semester

Mid October - Mid December


Late February


the following year

Semester (if neither Q1 or Q2 is noted in the course catalog, the course is a semester course)

Early September - Late November

December - January*

February December
the following year

Spring semester

February to May/June

The official start and end dates of our spring semester are from 1 February until 30 June, both dates included. But you are not expected to be present in Denmark for this exact period.

Course type / length

Teaching period

Exam period,

Exam period,
first retake
Exam period,
second retake

Q3, i.e. third quarter or first half of spring semester

Late January - Late March

Late March - Early April

Late May - Early June Late March - Early April
the following year

Q4, i.e. fourth quarter or second half of spring semester

Mid-April - Early June

Early June - Mid-June*

Late August - Early September Early June - Mid-June
the following year

Semester (if neither Q3 or Q4 is noted in the course catalog, the course is a semester course)

Late January - Mid-May

Late April - Late June*

Early August - Early September Late April - Late June
the following year
Public Holidays

Here you can see the exact dates for the public holidays. 

New Year's Day 1 January
Maudy Thursday Thursday before Easer Sunday
Good Friday  
Easter Monday  
General Prayer Day 4th Friday after Easter
Ascension Day 39 days after Easter Sunday
Whit Monday 7th Monday after Easter
Constitution Day 5 June
Christmas Eve Day 24 December
Christmas Day 25 December
Second Day of Christmas 26 December



Sidst opdateret: Web editor - Student Communications // 13/05/2024