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Laurel from USA, Business Administration


Subject: BSc in Business Administration, one semester + summer period
Age: 20
Country: USA
Scholarship: None, but part of direct exchange programme

Why did you choose to study in Denmark?

I was studying at Boston University and wanted to go abroad to meet new people. Most students in the US go abroad to other English speaking countries, but I wanted to try something different. I didn't know anything about Denmark, but my university had a direct exchange agreement with CBS in Denmark. So I applied and got a student place.

What do you like the most about studying in Denmark - academically?

The system is very rigid in the States and students get measured in a lot of different ways. It is not necessarily easier here, but the Danish system leaves it more up to you to learn instead of forcing it on to you. I find that very positive, it makes people more independent and you get to choose to write essays on themes of your interest.

What do you like the most about studying in Denmark - socially?

It is a very international environment. There are people from all over the world, and I have had a very good time with some of the international students. I have also got a job at the International Office at CBS, where I organise trips for the international students and arrange social events. This has been great because I got to meet a lot of different people – both Danish and from abroad.

What don't you like about studying in Denmark?

The only thing I have found a bit disappointing is that I don't get to meet so many Danish people. I have met some through work, but otherwise I mostly spend time with the other international students.

What do you like the most about Denmark?

I like to be in a country, where people respect each other and their country. They don't cheat and they take care of the environment. I also like the cycling – that you can get around easily. Then, Denmark it is a great place for travelling, because it is centrally situated in Europe and flight prices are cheap. During the 6 months that I have spent here, I have already been to London, Berlin, Stockholm, Oslo and Turkey. I have travelled with some of the other international students from my course.

What surprised you most about Denmark?

People are very likeminded in Denmark. This is seen in the way people dress, shop, eat, decorate their houses, transport them selves and interact with each other in different situations. People treat each other in very much the same way. This is completely different in Boston, where people differ more from each other.

What don't you like about Denmark?

There isn't really anything that I don't like except that it is a bit expensive to live here.

What‘s your impression of the Danes?

They are kind of alike. People are very independent. They have goals and know how to fulfil them. They are always on a mission – this can be a bit intimidating for other people. It takes an effort to get to know the Danes, but once you do people are really nice.

Where do you live?

I live in a house close to Nørrebro station with 50 other international students. It is a very nice place, where everybody has their own kitchen and bathroom. There is also a roof terrace, where we eat together and have parties.

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