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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 is accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA.

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: 

  • 35th in Europe according to the Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking 2016
  • 36th worldwide according to the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking 2016
  • 4th worldwide according to Corporate Knights Best Business Schools for Social Impact Ranking 2016
This short-term exchange program is offered through GWSB exchange partner, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), in Copenhagen Denmark. CBS holds the "Triple Crown" accreditation (EQUIS, AMBA, and AACSB), an acknowledgement shared by only 50 business schools worldwide. The program gives international and Danish students, enrolled in Master Degree programs at universities around the world, the possibility of completing 6 credits total over the summer and have the flexibility to choose from a variety of courses. The International Summer University Program was established in 1999, and at present it draws almost 1,800 participants from 50 countries. 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. 45 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 2017 course listing.


This program is only open to degree-seeking graduate students at the School of Business.

Academic Credit

6 credits are awarded for successful participation in this program.  

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.

Students enroll in 2 courses from a list of over 20 subject areas. 


Application Deadline:
Sunday, February 4, 2018

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 (if applicable). 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.

Overseas Dates:
Course period: June 26, 2018 – July 26, 2018*

Exam period:   
  • Home assignments/mini projects: 26/27 June - 30 July 2018.
  • 4 hour written exams: 31 July - 3 August 2018

*There is a Welcome Day for international students on Saturday June 23, 2018, so students should arrive in Copenhagen on Friday June 22, 2018.

Cost Estimate

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

Click HERE for program cost estimates.

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.

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 2018 Social and Arrival Program information is not yet available, however click HERE for 2017 information.

2018 Program Brochure: ISUP_flyer_2018.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