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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: GW applicants only
  • Cost Estimate: Summer
Program Description:

Denmark: "International Summer University

Program" Short-term Exchange with

Copenhagen Business School

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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.

Financial Times Rankings: 

  • 51st in Europe according to the Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking 2017
  • 38th worldwide according to the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2018
  • 4th worldwide according to Corporate Knights Best Business Schools for Social Impact Ranking 2017
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).

2019 is a special year for ISUP as they will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the program. ISUP is now one of Europe’s largest and oldest summer programs, attracting over 2,000 participants from more than 50 countries and offering over 50 exciting courses taught by brilliant faculty as well as the amazing spirit of wonderful Copenhagen. The faculty is comprised of professors from CBS, as well as professors from top universities internationally. Active involvement of international senior executives from Danish and multinational companies will be an integral part in selected 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 2018 course listing (Graduate level courses for 2019 will be published in late December). 



This program is only open to degree-seeking graduate students at the School of Business. Students must fulfill the course pre-requisites, if applicable (please consult the course descriptions for pre-requisites).

Academic Credit

Either 3 or 6 credits are awarded for successful completion of this program, depending on how many courses students choose.

GWSB graduate students must earn at least a B equivalent in order to receive credit for the courses taken at CBS.  Scores 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.


Short-term exchange programs follow a two-step application process. Students first apply through Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) and then apply through the partner university hosting the program. After a student is admitted by G&EE to a short-term exchange program and we receive their confirmation of participation through the deposit, 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 their application. From this point forward, the decision to accept you as a participant in the program rests with the exchange partner institution and they will contact you directly regarding your application.
Round 1 Application Deadline*:
Friday, January 25, 2019
Students who submit their applications by January 25 will have access to the full list of courses.  
Students who are admitted and commit to the program through a deposit must fill out CBS’ application between noon February 12 and 11:59 pm February 19, 2019 (Danish time). Application instructions will be sent by CBS.

Round 2 Application Deadline*:
Friday, February 1, 2019

Students who submit their applications after January 25 and by February 1 will only have access to the courses that are not fully booked. For access to all courses, please apply by the Round 1 Application deadline of Friday, January 25, 2019 (see above).
Students who are admitted and commit to the program through a deposit must fill out CBS’ application between noon March 26 and 11:59 pm April 2, 2019 (Danish time). Application instructions will be sent by CBS.

*Students may only apply to one of the two options (“Ordinary Courses” or “Short Courses”) of this program. Students should express which option they are applying to in the application essay.

On campus Dates: None*
*Students will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation lead by G&EE prior to this program’s overseas dates. 

Overseas Dates:
Ordinary Courses
Course period: June 25, 2019 – July 25, 2019

Exam period:   
  • Home assignments/mini projects: June 25/26 – July, 29, 2019
  • 4 hour written exams: July 30 – August 2, 2019

*There is a Welcome Day for international students on Saturday June 22, 2019, so students should arrive in Copenhagen on Friday June 21, 2019.
Short Courses
3 graduate-level courses that are 3 weeks in length will be held on the following dates:
  • 24 April - 15 May 2019* This course includes travel dates that may conflict with other courses offered during the spring semester.
  • 25 June -12 July 2019
  • 8 - 26 July 2019
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).
Please note that the course list and dates are tentative so please keep an eye on for updates!

Cost Estimate

Students will be charged 3 - 6 credits of GW tuition for this short-term exchange program.

Click HERE for program cost estimates.

To secure their place in the program, accepted students will be required to submit a non-refundable $500 program deposit within 5 business days of receiving their admit email. 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 Session

View a live recording of the information session HERE


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 (ie. AirBnB, etc).

Additional Information

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. The 2019 Social and Arrival Program information will be available in spring 2019, on this website:

2019 Program Brochure: ISUP flyer 2019_ordinary_courses.pdf


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

Feel free to contact us at 202.994.0767 or with your questions and visit the CBS website.

Helpful Links

Eligibility & Payment (GWSB Graduate)
Cancellation Policy for Short-Term Abroad
Health Insurance for Short-Term Abroad
Non-Participant Accompaniment
Pre-Departure, Health & Safety Orientation for Short -Term Abroad
Withdrawal & Refund Policy (GWSB Graduate)
Global and Experiential Education Scholarships

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