Who says there are only conventional universities in your future?

Discover the practice-oriented approach of Danish Schools of Applied Sciences from the students’ point of view.

It’s your final year of high school. Have you chosen where you’ll go to university yet? Or would you rather focus on a more practical future? A path based on practice-oriented learning that also gives you the opportunity to travel the world and meet new people from other countries.

In Denmark there is a consortium of the three largest Schools of Applied Sciences in Denmark: Business Academy Aarhus, Copenhagen Business Academy, and Copenhagen School of Design and Technology.

With a large international community, Danish Schools of Applied Sciences combine a theoretical and practical approach, providing a well-rounded education.

Get to know the three schools through the students who chose to attend them.

Andrea Breschi, student of the top-up Bachelor in International Hospitality Management talks about Copenhagen Business Academy

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: Hello everybody! I’m Andrea, I’m 25 years old and I’m from Florence. I started travelling shortly after I turned 18 and realised that every time I returned to Florence that reality became smaller. This led me to live in Greece, England and at last in Denmark, in Copenhagen. All my work experience has been in restaurants. I love food and the art of service in restaurants. Personally I have always been interested in fine-dining or MICHELIN starred restaurants. Now I am a student at Cphbusiness and I have a part-time job as manager of a restaurant in the city centre.

Q: What does your daily schedule look like?

A: I wake up at 8.00 a.m. to attend classes, which due to COVID-19 are exclusively online at the moment. The classes last until lunchtime and in the early afternoon, I almost always have work to do with my study group. In the evenings it depends on whether I’m busy at the restaurant where I work. If I am not, I usually hang out with my friends. There are a lot of places to discover in Copenhagen, unfortunately, many of them are closed right now.

Q: How is the experience of studying for you?

A: Absolutely fantastic. Here at Cphbusiness the lecturers have a very personal approach. The classes are max 30/35 students, you are always called by name and it is nice to be respected and to have an almost equal relationship with your lecturers. Lessons are more like a debate on the topics given to study at home, which keeps the students’ interest alive. Everything is based on working groups: we are never alone writing projects or working on cases. Personally, it’s an approach that I really appreciate, it has stimulated me to be more motivated and to fulfil my commitments and it has also helped me a lot from a personal growth point of view, you learn to work with people and to manage situations under stress.

Q: How do you think this program can help you shape a better future?

A: The theoretical part I am learning now is complementary to the practice part I do at work. In my opinion, experience in the field is not enough to be a professional, but the theoretical part is useful to give structure to choices and foresight. 

We analyse a lot of real-life cases that we will have to face in our work and this Bachelor will make us ready!

Giulia Marchetti talks about her experience at Business Academy Aarhus, in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: I’m Giulia, I’m from San Cesareo near Rome (Italy) and I’m 21 years old. I’ve been living abroad since I was 16, but for the last 3 years I have lived in Denmark, wandering from city to city. I am a girl who has always been open-minded and likes to call herself a “citizen of the world”. I love making new friends and getting to know new cultures, and studying abroad has made me get to know myself even better.

Q: What does your daily schedule look like?

A: Before Covid-19, I used to wake up every day at 6 a.m. and then take the car to go to university. Classes lasted either until noon or 3 pm. When I got home I would go shopping and then get ready for work (I am a waitress in an Italian restaurant). The days went by like that. If I wasn’t studying I was at work, with my friends or taking courses I was interested in. Now, unfortunately, my day is very different. I consider myself lucky because I have always had something to do, for example, I have just finished my internship and dissertation.

Q: How is the experience of studying for you?

A: For me studying abroad is the best choice I could have made for myself. I opened my eyes to different kinds of worlds and also to myself.

Q: How do you think this program can help you shape a better future?A: The Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme has definitely made me discover passions from which I have learned a lot, and I have understood what I want to do in life. It’s an industry that will never die, quite the contrary. If you are good, you can always find a job. I would 100% recommend it. At the moment, for example, I am working with other students on ideas and we will soon open our own company. Besides that I would like to do a Master’s degree in Copenhagen and open more companies in the future. 

Denmark really encourages all young people to invest in their dreams, and you can feel that as soon as you start studying.

Fernando Gesto Moreno is a student of Design and Business at KEA – Copenhagen School of Design and Technology and he talks about his experience.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: My name is Fernando, and I am 22 years old.  I was born in Northern Spain, and after turning 16 I moved to the UK where I studied high school. I have always been very interested in things such as fashion, art, interiors or any other visual way of communication as well as most creative expressions. I work in Denmark as a graphic designer, and I have spent almost the last 5 years of my life studying and working here in Copenhagen.

Q: What does your daily schedule look like?

A: My schedule is pretty hectic. Most of the time I start with a cappuccino from one of the lovely cafes in Copenhagen. Now I work full-time as a graphic designer while finishing my last exam for my Bachelor. This means that I am either doing something for work or preparing for my exam. Coronavirus has limited my social life, but on top of all my duties I try to go for a walk or enjoy some time outdoors to keep myself sane. Danish work life balance is magnificent, so for the people coming from other cultures it is easy to fit a lot of stuff in one day.

Q: How is the experience of studying remotely working for you?

A: I was very lucky that this whole situation happened towards the end of my studies. I had several exams that were individual, meaning that lockdown did not really affect my learning. 

Q: How do you think this program can help you shape a better future?

A: Every education can help shape a better future, I believe I have spent the last four years of my life doing an exercise of self-refinement and

I have learned skills that will be useful in my future job as well as my everyday life.

Also, it has helped me identify what I find interesting and what is my calling. I believe that the learning process is not ending just because I am graduating soon. Compared to other institutions and other teaching methods, 

I think this pragmatic and case-oriented system has made me a lot more ready for the working environment.

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