International Business

Student life

Study environment

As the majority of the students at IBS are non-Danish, we all have a great interest in coming to know each other and in finding study mates. The wide range of different backgrounds facilitates a creative and highly interactive environment, which is further supported by extensive group and project work in the programme. The students in this programme are dedicated to their studies and are very open towards fellow students of different nationalities, cultures and educational backgrounds. This provides opportunities for learning more about other cultures and ways of doing business.

What to consider?

The international study environment is sometimes challenging, but it also allows you to learn from others with a different background. Studying IBS, therefore, prepares you for positions in international companies. 

The extensive use of cases to prepare before class can make the preparations a bit challenging, in particular for students who are less flexible in their study life (eg. students with a student job).

People with no academic background within statistic/quantitative courses often find these courses challenging, but experience tells us that hard work make it tangible – and worth the hard work.


As teachers as well as students are of  different nationalities, you will also be exposed  to very different teaching styles. Moreover, teachers coming from different regions of the world bring in different perspectives. Group presentations, case studies (also the Harvard way), and group work, including two-way communication, are common teaching styles int the IBS programme.


At CBS each course is concluded with an examination. This means that you will have examinations after each semester in December/January and May/June respectively.

A two-week group project is part of the programme, but you will also be doing  48 hours take-home exams and more traditional 4 hours written exams.

Akademisk tilgang/argumentation – kun på engelsksprogede – mangler

Work, life, study balance

As the number of  classes  is not that high, students find the concentration to be quite flexible for also having a student job. However, the workload is still full time, so prioritising and managing your time will be essential to be able to cover the curriculum in time for exams.

Studying in English

Before studying a programme taught in English you might want to consider the following:

  • All literature, lectures, exams, projects and group work are in English
  • Academic English differs from the English used in everyday language – so it might be a challenge even if you are used to speaking English in other situations.
  • You may have to spend more time on reading and understanding the material in English
  • You may find it challenging to express yourself with the same ease as you would in your mother tongue.
  • Some will feel uncomfortable and shy when speaking English – especially when in a crowd or among native speakers.

Practice makes perfect
There is a big difference between reading and understanding texts and expressing yourself in English both orally and in writing. This is a challenge for some students. Even if you are used to reading English texts on your bachelor programme, it is still a good idea to practice your English. Try to speak it on a regular basis, watch the news, movies and TV series in English. You should also read books and newspapers in English, as this will help you read faster and increase your vocabulary. A good command of English is essential for getting the maximum learning outcome of your programme.

Sidst opdateret: Web editor - Student Communications // 30/08/2022