UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Semester Study Abroad Programs

Denmark: Copenhagen Business School

Student Life
  • Overview

    Kenan-Flagler Global Programs (KFBS semester exchanges, KFBS summer programs, and KFBS short-term immersions) are ONLY open to students who have been admitted to the major or minor Undergraduate Business Program. Pre-business students and non-business majors and minors are not eligible to apply to Kenan-Flagler Global Programs. Admission status to the Undergraduate Business Program will be verified for all applicants.

    Copenhagen Business School was established in 1917 and has 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, including over 1000 international exchange students each year. CBS focuses on research and consultancy and brings an interdisciplinary approach to business education. CBS offers majors that combine disciplines such as business, economics, foreign languages, law, politics, policy, and information technology.

    *All courses are taught in English. Students may opt to take a language course in Danish, and are encouraged to do so.

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    Application checklist


    • GPA Requirement: 3.00 
    • Language Prerequisite: None
    • Class during program (min): Junior
    • Language of Instruction: English/Danish
    • Non-UNC may apply? No 

    Exchange Options
    • Undergraduate Exchange: Yes Exchange Only 
    • Graduate Exchange: No

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  • Program Terms and Dates

    This program is offered during the following terms: Fall, Spring

    Program dates are generally as follows:
    Fall - Mid August to Mid December

    Fall 2017 dates are August 27 - mid December

    ​Spring​ - Mid January to Late June

    Spring 2018 dates are January 21, 2018 - June 14, 2018

    Application Dates

    Fall 2019 Program:

    • ​​Application opens: November 1, 2018
    • Application deadline for Fall 2018: February 21, 2019
    • Notification begins: March 8, 2019
    Spring 2020 Program:
    • Application cycle opens: March 1, 2019
    • Round 1 application deadline for Spring 2019: April 11, 2019
    • Round 1 notifications begin: April 26, 2019
    • Round 2 application deadline for Spring 2019: September 5, 2019
    • Round 2 notifications begin: September 13, 2019

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  • Academics

    Credit information for KFBS students

    UNC students take four courses at CBS for 30 ECTS and transfer a total of 18 UNC credit hours. Business core and elective courses are available.

    All courses are taught in English, and there is no language requirement to study at CBS. CBS offers a one week Danish Crash Course at the beginning of the term, which provides an excellent opportunity to meet other international exchange students and have an introduction to Danish culture and language. The Danish Crash Course is available for an additional fee, paid directly to CBS.

    Courses taken at the Copenhagen Business School will transfer back to UNC Pass/Fail. Achieving a grade of 4 (out of 12) or above will transfer back to UNC as a pass course, which will not affect UNC GPA. Students who receive any grade under 4 will fail the course and an F grade will transfer back to UNC, which will affect their UNC GPA. Though transfer credit for this program is Pass/Fail, future employers and graduate schools may also look at the CBS transcript, so grades are important.

    Students participating on this program will transfer back 4.5 UNC credits for every 7.5 ECTS credit course (for each course, 3 credits can count for BUSI credit and 1.5 credits will transfer as general hours towards graduation) - students are expected to take four courses worth 7.5 ECTS credits each during the semester. A student who earns at least a 4 in all courses will receive a total of 18 UNC credits for their semester abroad.

    This program also fulfills Experiential Education and you will earn points towards the Kenan-Flagler Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative. Full-time enrollment on this program is defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours.« PrevNext »
  • Housing

    CBS provides housing for visiting international students in dormitories around Copenhagen. A wide variety of options are available including single and double rooms, traditional residence halls and apartments, and larger and smaller buildings. Housing in Copenhagen is expensive and room rates vary according to the type of accommodation chosen.

    Students wishing to apply for housing must make it a priority to apply as soon as the applications open, for space is provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and is not guaranteed.

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  • Student Life

    Students are integrated fully into campus life at CBS and enjoy making connections with Danish and other international students. CBS offers a buddy program, which pairs a local student with an exchange student to assist with integration at the beginning of the semester. Due to the large number of international students at CBS, students are easily able to find traveling companions and take advantage of the many social activities offered in Copenhagen.

    Copenhagen is a vibrant city of around 1.2 million inhabitants and impresses visitors for its distinctive architecture, rich cultural heritage, and friendly, English-speaking people. Danes are considered the happiest people on Earth and enjoy a high quality of life. Copenhagen is an eco-friendly city and is known for its urban planning and development. The city is well served by its transportation system, and students may also choose to purchase a bicycle for the semester.

    Copenhagen is a major capital in Scandinavia with important business, shipping, media and intellectual industries. The city boasts many museums, a state-of-the-art opera house, Tivoli Gardens (one of the oldest amusement parks in the world), and several ice hockey and soccer teams.

    The weather is relatively warm for Scandinavia with temperatures raised for much of the year by the Atlantic Gulf Stream. Winter temperatures are usually about 10 degrees colder than Chapel Hill and summer temperatures around 68 degrees.

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  • Budget

    Here, you will find a list and links to costs related to this program.
    Last cost update: December 2018

    We suggest you create your study abroad budget using this worksheet to help you think about your costs on this program:

    • Populate the figures from the tables below into the left side costs of attendance
    • Input your financial resources on the right

    Your customized budget sheet can help determine your current financial status, and help you understand what additional funding you may need to help make this an affordable program option.

    Cashier Billed Expenses*:

    UNC Tuition and Fees
    Take the amount on the Tuition and Fees line and divide by 2 to get your semester tuition and fees cost

    Fee UG Business major/minor
    Based on major/minor enrollment
      Study Abroad Fee $700

    GeoBlue International Medical Insurance

    *Cashier Billed Expenses are those charges billed directly to your UNC ConnectCarolina account.


    Out of Pocket Estimates**:

    International Airfare

      Meals $3,000
      Immigration Visa/Residence Permit

    Passport Application Renewal
      Course Materials $200
      International Cell Phone Plan $350
      Personal Expenses
                Travel Insurance $400
                Local Transportation $200
                Personal Travel $1,500
                Incidentals (ex. Laundry) $600
                Shopping/Souvenirs $150
                Other Personal Expenses***  
      Total Estimated Expenses: In-State  $19,285
      Total Estimated Expenses: Out-of-State $32,299

    **Out of Pocket Estimates are based on the cost of the program, which is determined by combining the average costs our previous students have spent in each of these categories, along with the costs our partner provides to us as their averages. These estimates are subject to change based on exchange rate fluctuations, bank fees, and individual variances in costs of living.
    ***Other Expenses: the budget worksheet also has a place for you to input other expenses outside of the out-of-pocket estimates that you may incur, such as attending concerts or sporting events.

    Funding your study abroad program

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  • Accessibility

    Please make an appointment with a Kenan-Flagler Global Programs Advisor via the Intranet if you would like to discuss this program. We work with students who are registered with the Accessibility Office or who may require certain accommodations for study abroad.

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