We asked Fatima Dhaif, admissions manager for the Copenhagen MBA, to give us her views on the MBA and to outline what students can expect from their year in the city…
While it’s difficult to narrow down what makes studying here so attractive, there are three things that must be on the list. Firstly, we have a small cohort. There are typically between 40 and 50 students in a class and this makes for a very intimate, constructive learning experience. You’ll create valuable business relationships and have many opportunities to debate, discuss and really get to grips with the issues that matter.
Secondly, sustainability is part of our DNA; we really do live and breathe it here in Denmark. As a world-recognised leader in this arena, you’ll be able to get a real sense of the challenges and opportunities and will receive the tools you need to set the agenda in your own organisation.
Thirdly, Denmark’s international visa scheme is very desirable. Graduates of our MBA are valued and as such, they are able to apply for an extended visa and can live in the country for two years once their studies have ended.
Our unique experience
Aside from all this, it has to be said that we offer a truly unique learning experience. The Danish system is quite different and you’ll learn by doing; the professors will challenge you through critical thinking and you’ll be encouraged to use certain tools to reach the desired outcomes. A lot of your exams will be open book.
That’s certainly not to say studying with us is an easy ride. Far from it. The course is intense and combines theoretical and hands-on work. You’ll be studying with a very diverse, international group of students from all sorts of professional backgrounds and we work hard to make the experience as collaborative as possible. In addition, you’ll meet various leaders from the Copenhagen business community and will spend three months acting as consultants for a company, helping to put everything you have learned into practice.
As far as your suitability is concerned, you must have a bachelor’s degree, and a strong profile, i.e. be able to demonstrate relevant work experience with some career progression. Perhaps most importantly, you must be a good fit to the Copenhagen MBA. The application itself is straightforward – you can complete it online – and we’ll be in touch with you to discuss your long term goals and to see if you’re a good fit for the course (and vice versa). A lot of people come along for a day visit and you’re very welcome to have lunch with the students and ask them about the MBA or studying in the city.
Living and learning in Copenhagen
Talking of which, we offer on-campus housing (although some of our students, particularly those with families, choose to live off-campus) and there are plenty of resources available to enable you to get acquainted with your new home. Within days you’ll be on a bike and riding the streets of Copenhagen like a local.
I may be biased but I think you’ll like it. It’s a quiet, safe, nice place to live. And it’s an even better place to study in.