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CBS

Exchange Semester (Fall/Spring): Fall

Academic Year: 2016/2017

 

Chosen Electives

The mandatory from CEMS, Global Strategic Management. Classes are ok, you have a block of 3 hours once a week. This year, the class was given by two professors and we had several guest lecturers, which was really cool. We had to do a small groupwork for the course but it doesnt count for evaluation. Basically your group is assigned two case studies: the first one you have to develop in your team and make two small presentations over the course of the semester; and the second one you have to develop questions to ask during the presentations of the group that has that case. Evaluation is a home assignment, a 15 pages paper (in the first 10 you have to develop a strategy for a multinational company of your choosing; and the last 5 pages are a learning diary of the course).

My other courses were:

International Logistics Management - I didn't like the Professor very much but the course was ok. We had several guest speakers, which was the best thing about the course. Classes given by the professor were mainly youtube videos about the subjects, and he does way too many breaks for one class, so sometimes it is hard to follow. The evaluation is an oral exam, where for 20 minutes he asks you several questions related with the course. Another thing that I didnt like was that on the beginning of the first day he asked the very easy questions, and as he went through the day the questions got harder.

Neuroscience of Branding - This is a very intersting course and the content is really good, and I really enjoyed all classes. On the other side the organization of the course was a mess. The Professor that organized the course and defined the exam and goals was not able to teach the course, so we had another professor, which basically told us that he didnt agree with the way the evaluation was structured, so he told us a bunch of things that we could do in the exam and how he wanted things and how he was going to correct the exams, and in the end after the course finished we received an email saying that that professor could not correct the exams so an assistant that no one knew was going to do it. The evaluation was divided into a midterm (5 pages talking about the benefits of using neuroscience and applying it to a company case), and a final exam (10 pages on how we would appy neuroscience to that case).

Sport Management and Marketing -  This is an open elective but it was an excelent course. We covered a lot of topics and almost every week we had a guest speaker with relevant experience to talk to us about that topic. For example, we had the CEO of the Danish Football Association and the Head of Marketing of Puma. The Professor is really laid back and very nice, the only thing is that most of his examples are related to football, and I would like to hear about other sports as well. The evaluation is a 15 page paper on a topic of our choosing.

 

Main differences compared to Nova SBE teaching methods

Workload is very light! Specially compared to Nova. During the semester the only thing you have to do is attend classes and read papers to prepare for them. There is no groupwork, no participation evaluation, and all courses are mainly theoretic, so dont expect to have to do much. Grades are the only bad thing about CBS. The evaluation to most courses is a 15 page paper, and at CBS they have a very specific way of writing them, and no one bothers to tell that to the exchange students. They basically say that you can choose the topic/company, and write about anything you want, dont give you any guidelines and when you ask for some they send you a file on how to write references :/ This means that while we think that we are writing things in a good way, they think that our writing is very disorganized. Unfortunately, Luis (the other nova student that went to CBS) and I only understood this at the end of the semester when we had delivered most of our papers and didnt get great grades. Basically a paper where at Nova you could easily get an 18, will get you a C at CBS. So, advise: talk with the CBS students and talk with them on how they are structuring their work, because that will help. At CBS it is all about theory and for you to build your own methodology and then apply it. 

Also evaluation at CBS is from 12 to -3. 12 is A, 10 is B, 7 is C, 4 is D, 2 is E, 0 and -3 is F. 2 is the lowest passing grade, and there is no grade 11, 9, 8, 6... which is very weird for us that have grades from 0 to 20

 

Is the local CEMS Club active?

Yes. The CEMS club organizes a lot of events and you get to know really well all Year 2 CEMS students. Some of us rented some cars in the beginning of the semester and travelled through Denmark

 

Accommodation

Available options for accommodation and suggestions

Try to get a room with the university. They have limited rooms and it is done through a link in first come, first serve. I got a room at the best residence (in my opinion), and the cheapest (which is weird to me because it is the most recent one and with the best conditions). It is called TietgenKollegiet, and my room was huge, just for me, bathroom included (check some pictures and you will be amazed). The only downside is that it is the farthest residence from the university, but on the other side it is the closest to the city center as the uni is in a suburb of Copenhagen called Frederiksberg.

You can also try and get a room by yourself, but it is very difficult. There are very few offers to the demand, specially in the first semester. The minimum price per month is 5000 DKK and you always have to give a deposit of one to three months. My monthly rent was 5121 DKK, and then I had to pay 800 dkk for electricity, internet, gas, etc, so it was basically 6000 DKK, which is basically 800€.

 

Approximate cost of accommodation

Above

 

Total cost of living (per month)

Denmark is much more expensive than Portugal. Your monthly budget will be around 800-1000€. Also they have a different currency so check with your bank if you pay taxes by paying with your credit card. If you do, I advise you to open a bank account there. There are no costs, but the initial process takes some time because you need to have your residence permit and a CPR number, so take care of these things as quick as possible. Also, almost no one uses actual money there. Everyone pays with their card (even if it is just a coffee) or with an app called mobile pay (basically your phone is associated with your bank card, and you pay through your phone - super easy and everyone uses it!)

 

Transportation cost

I advise you to get a bike as soon as possible, everyone cycles there, and it is the best way to go everywhere. They really respect bikes there, so as long as you make the right signs and respect the traffic rules you will be fine. I don’t know how much a monthly pass cost, probably around 50€, but it depends on the area that you will live. On the bright side, transports are open 24 hours, but for me bike is better. You can park anywhere, anytime, and you don’t have to wait. There are some facebook pages where you can buy 2nd hand bikes. In the beginning of the semester everyone wants to buy bikes, but it is still pretty affordable. At the end of the semester I was able to sell mine and get my money back.

 

Meal cost

Coffee is pretty expensive, especially if you want an expresso. I don’t really remember meal costs, at uni you have sandwiches, juices, buffet (you pay by Kg – I think a plate was around 30-50 dkk). At uni the food is pretty good though. Also, you have many supermarkets in Copenhagen, and all of them have a lot of fresh veggies and fruits. Try to see every week the promotions for the following week, because you can get pretty good discounts.

 

Experience

Overall I really enjoyed living in Copenhagen, I just wished someone had explained to us about the papers. If you go there be prepared to have a totally different experience from Nova. Everything else was great ;)

 


 

Exchange Semester (Fall/Spring): Fall

Academic Year: 2016/2017

 

Chosen Electives (name)

Strategy Execution

 

Main differences compared to Nova SBE teaching methods

Very academic and theoretical approach

 

Is the local CEMS Club active?

Yes, on average 1-2 events per week

 

Accommodation

Most CEMS exchange students live in the Porcelænshaven dorm. Own kitchen, but shared bathroom with one

other person. Usually cems students live next to another cems student.

 

Approximate cost of accommodation

Around 6,000 DKK ( ~ 800 EUR). Some local students pay around 4,000 DKK(~530 EUR) for a private

room in a shared apartment. But it’s very difficult to find a room, especially for one semester. Demand is

much higher than supply.

 

Total cost of living (per month)

Cost of accomodation + 400 EUR to 600 EUR

 

Transportation cost

I’d recommend everyone to buy a used bike for 80-120 EUR and to sell it in the end

 

Meal cost

CBS canteen 4-6 EUR for lunch

 

Experience

Quite depressive from January to March due to rainy weather, but from March/April onwards very

beautiful ;)