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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: GW applicants only
  • Cost Estimate: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

UPDATED - Denmark: "International Summer University Program" Short-term Exchange with Copenhagen Business School

Important: Program Changes due to COVID-19

As a result of the University's decision to restrict nonessential travel due to COVID-19, this short-term exchange program has been cancelled. We realize this will be a disappointment and want to assure everyone that student health and safety is the university’s top priority in making this difficult decision.

About our partner university:

CBS Summer

The Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is one of the largest business schools in Europe. Founded by the Copenhagen business community in 1917, CBS offers coursework in a broad range of academic areas and is particularly known for its cross-disciplinary research and teaching with expertise in social responsibility, financial risk management, and open innovation. It is one of the first 100 schools to become a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRIME) and is among the most engaged participants. CBS holds the "Triple Crown" accreditation (EQUIS, AMBA, and AACSB), an acknowledgement shared by only 50 business schools worldwide.

CBS is located throughout the city of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, which is considered one of the happiest countries in the world. The city serves as a cultural and geographical link between mainland Europe and Scandinavia.

To learn more about CBS check out this video!

  • 27th in Europe according to the Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking 2019
  • 45th worldwide according to the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2018
  • 15th worldwide according to Corporate Knights Best Business Schools for Social Impact Ranking 2019

Is this program for me?

This short-term exchange program is offered through GWSB exchange partner, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), in Copenhagen Denmark. The program gives international and Danish students, enrolled in Master Degree programs at universities around the world, the possibility of completing either 3 or 6 credits total over the summer and have the flexibility to choose from a variety of courses. Students may choose to attend the “Ordinary Courses” session (approx. 5 weeks of class time) or the “Short Courses” session (approx. 3 weeks of class time). For the “Ordinary Courses” option, students enroll in 1 or 2 courses (at 3 credits each) from a list of over 20 subject areas. 
For the “Short Courses” option, students enroll in 1 course (at 3 credits). Exam assignments (home assignments/mini projects) must be submitted online approximately one week after the last day of classes. Courses are intensive, therefore students can only take one of these courses, and they cannot be taken together with “Ordinary Courses” (the 5-week long courses).

ISUP offers approx. 50 courses taught in English at undergraduate and graduate levels. They cover a wide range of classic business courses as well as more diverse, innovative and entrepreneurial courses, which draw on other academic disciplines.

Past courses were offered in the following areas:
  • Marketing
  • Communication
  • Business, Ethics, Value Based Management & CSR
  • Finance
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Organization
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
  • Management
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Globalization, International Business, Markets and Studies
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Economics, Macro Economics and Managerial Economics etc.
  • Statistics and Mathematics
  • Information Systems
  • Business Psychology
  • Political Leadership, Public Management and International Politics
Click here for the 2020 course listing.


This program is only open to degree-seeking graduate students at the School of Business.
As there are limited spots available for this program, students will be nominated on a competitive basis. Applicants must have an established academic record at GW and be in good academic standing with the university (GPA of 3.0 or above). 

Academic Credit:

Either 3 or 6credits are awarded for successful completion of this program.

GWSB graduate students must earn at least a B equivalent in order to receive credit for the courses taken at CBS. Grades earned through a GWSB short-term exchange will not count towards a student's GW GPA.
This program fulfills general elective credit for Master's and MBA programs. Students may petition to have study away courses count towards Graduate School of Business Certificates or other Master's degree requirements by speaking with their academic advisor.


Application Deadline EXTENDED*:

Friday, January 31, 2020
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 9am

*Short-term exchange programs follow a two-step application process. Students must first apply through Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) and after a student is admitted and committed to a short-term exchange program, G&EE will forward the student’s name with our endorsement to the partner university. The student will be contacted by the partner university with instructions on next steps and how to complete any forms required by the partner university, if applicable. 

On campus Dates*: None*

*Students are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session facilitated by G&EE prior to the program’s overseas dates.

Overseas Dates:

Ordinary Courses:
Course period: June 23, 2020 – July 23, 2020*
Exam period:   
Home assignments/mini projects: June 23/24 – July, 24, 2020
4 hour written exams: July 27 – 31, 2020

*There is a Welcome Day for international students on Saturday, June 20, 2020, so students should arrive in Copenhagen on Friday, June 19, 2020.

Cost Estimate:

For this short-term exchange program, students will be charged GW tuition for 3 OR 6 credits as well as a program fee due to CBS upon acceptance to the program. Click HERE for program cost estimates

Please note that application decisions will be shared with students on February 12th. Those applicants who are admitted to their program of choice will be required to make a $500 deposit by the deadline date. If a deposit is not received by the deadline, students will forfeit their spot on the program.

To secure their place in the program, accepted students will be required to submit a non-refundable $500 program deposit. The deposit will be posted to the students' account for the summer semester and credited towards tuition or the program fee for the course.   
Scholarships are available to GW School of Business graduate students. For more details, click HERE.

Information Sessions:

Joint Information Session for Short-term Study Away Programs (STAPs) 
January 15, 2020
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Funger Hall 108
Reception to follow

View a recording of the Information Session HERE.

Additional Program Information:

Program Brochure: CBS Brochure 2020.pdf
Social and Arrival Program:

ISUP offers a Social and Arrival Program, which includes an arrival service. A location at a hotel at the airport is rented where students will receive their CBS Housing key, get assisted transport to the dormitories, and receive a warm welcome from the Summer University crew.


Accepted Summer University students will receive an email to apply for housing of various types and costs offered by CBS. Accommodation is available for international exchange students taking the “Ordinary Courses”, but is not available for students taking the “Short Courses”. Students participating in the “Short Courses” will have to explore alternate housing arrangements (e.g,. Airbnb, etc.).


This program is administered by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.

Feel free to contact us by phone (202.994.1212) or email ( with your questions.

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