Every year, a select number of Dalhousie’s second-year MBA students travel overseas to attend a unique semester at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS). The opportunity to experience the culture of another school and country is highly valued and recommended by students who have attended in previous years.
Among last year’s attending students were recent 2018 graduates Michèle Megannety and Mike Doane.
“One reason I chose to do the exchange with CBS was its reputation in Europe and the diverse range of courses the university offers,” says Michèle. “The exchange allowed me to specialize in an area I am passionate about and learn more about maritime business and the shipping industry.”
The ability to travel throughout Europe was another reason the program structure was so appreciated. “I love to travel and experience other cultures,” explains Mike. “I knew that it was cheap to travel in Europe once you’re there and this would allow me to visit some places that I haven’t previously been to.” Originally from Halifax, Mike was surprised by how much Copenhagen reminded him of home. “Right down to the weather! Copenhagen is bigger than Halifax but still has a small-town vibe around it which I love.”
While being in a different country away from family and friends can be challenging, both Michèle and Mike felt the experience helped with their personal growth. Reflecting on the challenge of travelling on her own for the first time, Michèle says, “It really allowed me to immerse myself deeper into other cultures, self-reflect, and learn more about myself.”
Mike adds, “It can be pretty intimidating. But I was able to make a bunch of really close friends from all over the world that I will always be able to contact.”
When asked what advice they would share for future students travelling to Copenhagen, Michèle and Mike were very enthusiastic:
“Travel as much as possible,” begins Mike, “Say yes to any opportunity that presents itself (you won’t regret it), and make sure you know what type of exam you’re getting into when you pick your courses.”
Michèle agrees, “Just enjoy every moment and experience as many things as you can. The four months fly by so fast so make sure you take every opportunity to explore.”
Interested in learning more about the Copenhagen exchange? Check out the previous year’s reflection in the student blog post A Whole New World, or find more details on Graduate student exchanges at dal.ca.