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BMGT Exchange: Copenhagen Business School (CBS) (Denmark)

Copenhagen, Denmark
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is a private educational institution established in 1917 by the Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education. CBS has around 19,000 students and an annual intake of around 1,000 exchange students. With this number of students as well as around 400 full-time researchers and around 500 administrative employees, CBS is one of the three largest business schools in Northern Europe. CBS is international accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA: the “triple-crown” accreditation. The CBS campus is an urban campus located in Frederiksberg, an integrated part of Copenhagen. The buildings are modern with stat-of-the-art facilities. The campus is connected to downtown Copenhagen and the airport with three on-campus Metro stops.

Host City
Widely regarded as the one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world, Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark (itself often ranked as the happiest country in the world) and its most populous city. The Tivoli Gardens are a must see; it’s the second oldest amusement park in the world and also functions as an open-air concert venue. Copenhagen hosts the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum, which showcases impressionist and post-impressionist works from Monet to van Gogh as well as the Danish Golden Age painters. The streets of Copenhagen, especially Nytorv and Hojbro Plads, are full of street performers and musicians in the late afternoon and evening, so be sure to visit!

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be a BMGT major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
As an exchange student, you are required to obtain a residence permit. The residence permit form will be sent with students' acceptance information.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), and may include requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript. If a letter of recommendation and/or official transcript are required, it will be listed in MyEA once you start an application for this program. 
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program. Nominated students must complete the host university application in accordance with the host university’s stated deadlines and instructions.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


Students can choose from any classes available to take during their time abroad. However, undergraduate students may not take graduate courses and vice versa. CBS offers a large selection of business courses taught in English. Courses approved for transfer include those in: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Economics, and electives. Note that UMD cannot guarantee that a particular course will be offered in any given semester at CBS.

Many classes are taught in English. Prior to the start of the semester, exchange students can participate in a “crash course” designed to orient them to the culture and language in Denmark.


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at CBS will be converted as follows:


CBS Credit UMD Credit
0.533 ECTS Credit 1 UMD Credit
7.5 ECTS Credits 4 UMD Credits

The credit conversion listed above was approved by the UMD Study Abroad Transfer Credit Committee on March 27, 2014. 


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

CBS Grade UMD Grade
4 C -

Students can choose from dorm-style accommodations where they live with other students or make arrangements on their own for a private apartment or flat. Private apartments range from $850 - $1400 (estimate, and depends on availability). Please note that campus accommodation is limited so studetns are encouraged to be flexible in their housing selection.

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Students participating in a BMGT or ENGR exchange program are not charged differential tuition. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) offers a variety of student societies and organizations designed to appeal to different student interests.  Whether it be a club for networking, meditation, hunting, or enjoying coffee, there’s something for everyone.

International Welcome/Orientation
CBS provides comprehensive support to help exchange students transition into life abroad. The semester at CBS begins with a mandatory Introduction Week to familiarize exchange students with the university and Copenhagen as a whole. Students can also opt into taking a Danish Crash Course as a part of the week, as well as being assigned a Danish buddy for the semester through a Buddy Program.

Counseling & Health Services
International students are welcome to seek out CBS’ Student Counselling Service for all issues relating to mental health. There is also CBS Student Guidance on campus, an office that specializes in more general study and personal guidance.

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities*

Resource Guide for LGBTQ+ Identities*

*These resource guides provide general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023 08/18/2023 12/31/2023
Spring 2024 10/01/2023 10/11/2023