Strategy, Organisation and Leadership
SOL has an international student profile which makes team, group and project work interesting. You feel you are a part of an international study environment and an international network without leaving Denmark.
What to consider?
Students who don’t expect a theoretical approach, and who don’t have the patience to explore abstract theories often find SOL tough. You have to be prepared to take responsibility for your own learning and learning process, and accept to be confused while looking for answers.
Particularly useful skills are the ability to analyse theoretically, to be open-minded, curious and critical, while not losing sight of the need for creative and focused practical action. Students with an interest in what is going on in the world, and therefore know about the practical challenges and dilemmas, often find it much easier to understand and apply theories to practical management.
Students find it particulary interesting to apply theory in practice and thereby getting a deep understanding of how leadership , organisation and strategy work and interact.
The teaching is not only lecturing, but also interactive and dialoged based, and this interaction makes it more interesting for the students. Some courses have team-teaching where two teachers interact in the same session. In other classes teachers may use case studies, games and other exercises to improve the learning experience and make the best possible connection between theory and practice. We believe that you learn by talking and being active.
At CBS each course is concluded with an examination. This means that you will have examinations after each semester in December/January and April/June respectively.
Several exams are based on a written group project and based on studies carried out by the groups in actual companies in the Copenhagen area. As a SOL student you will learn to articulate complex issues, orally and in writing. This is important both in preparation for your career and for your studies.
Some exams combine two courses to improve interdisciplinary learning and to prepare you for complex problem solving as in real life. Some of the written exams will be followed by an individual oral exam, and some of the individual written exams could be projects, essays and scientific papers.
As the number of lectures in periods is not that high, students find the concentration to be quite flexible for combining a student job with their studies. However, the workload is still full time, so prioritising and managing your time will be essential to be able 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.
SOL Alumni Association (mentor programme)
There are also a number of associations and organisations for students at CBS.