Student: Julia Mollica
Course: Bachelor Arts/Law
Destination: Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark
Elective Unit: Various elective units as part of a year abroad

For the past 12 months I have been living in Copenhagen, completing a variety of electives as part of my exchange program. Initially I was meant to be there for one semester, however as December approached and the semester came to a close I simply couldn’t tear myself away from this city I now called home and Deakin were kind enough to allow me to extend my exchange for another semester. I chose to study in Copenhagen as it is my eventual goal to move to Europe and work in European Business Law. Through my studies at the CBS I was able to immerse myself in European Business Law, understanding how each country governs and protects its own interests whilst abiding my overruling EU legislation. Furthermore, living in Copenhagen allowed me to immerse myself in a new culture and a new (and very strange) language, pushing me right out of my comfort zone.

In my time at CBS I was able to expand my studies in both Arts and Law whist also delving into business and economics. I studied International Business Law through units such as Foreign Policy of the EU and Understanding Emerging Markets, all of which will assist me in my studies and in an increasingly competitive job market. CBS, as one of the leading business schools in Europe also provided students with the opportunity to attend talks from various industry leaders such as Kasper Basse, cofounder of Joe and the Juice and prominent members of Copenhagen society and government such as Princess Mary.

As I’m sure you have heard, exchange is an extremely social experience, this is just a taste of some of the social aspects of exchange at CBS.

  • A 2 week long social program of cultural experiences and partying.
  • The Tour of Denmark – 3 days, 4 cities and all of Denmark’s most important attractions including LEGOLAND.
  • Distortion music festival – 4 days of free street parties in Copenhagen – we were fortunate to have one of the parties in our street.
  • Roskilde Music Festival – Denmark’s very own Glastonbury.
  • Living in a dorm with 30 of your best friends and having endless fun.

From trying Smorrebrod to attempting to speak Danish when ordering meals, I found immersing myself in all aspects of Danish life extremely entertaining and rewarding. Step 1 of fitting in in Denmark; buy a bike and ride it everywhere – rain hail or snow – and everything else will flow from there. Jul day sees Carlsberg release their Christmas beer and the Danes flock to every pub with the intention of drinking the pub out of all the Christmas beer before moving on to the next bar.

My Recommendations
Exchange is all about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Don’t be one of those people who spend the whole of exchange in their room – don’t worry, Danish Netflix is terrible – so it wont be that tempting. Eliminate the word “no” from your vocabulary and experience everything you can in your chosen destination. Copenhagen is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to experience life in a big city that is on the forefront of technological and environmental developments. Furthermore, it is the perfect opportunity to make friends from all over the world. My year abroad in Copenhagen was the best year of my life and I highly recommend the experience to anyone who is considering it.