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CBS introduces new intro program concept

New students at CBS will get a first-year experience, instead of a two-week intro program. (Photo: Anne M. Lykkegaard)

The new intro program concept is now turning into a “first-year experience” for the new bachelor students starting in 2020, according to CBS. The new concept will shorten the intro-week program and spread it over the course of a year, with the cabin trip moved to February to link semesters 1 and 2.

News |   27. Mar 2020

Anne M. Lykkegaard

Journalist

Study start 2020 will be very different to previous study starts. The new students of 2020 will receive a first-year experience, according to a statement at mycbs.dk.

“The transition from upper secondary school to university doesn’t happen over two weeks of intro,” writes CBS in a news article at mycbs.dk on Thursday March 26.

First of all, the new students will receive up to five days of introduction on campus before the semester begins. In previous years, new students received a two-week intro program that included a three-day cabin trip.

In the future, however, intro activities will be spread over the course of the 1st and 2nd semesters with a focus on academic and social networking.

As the article describes, the decision has been made to move the cabin trip from August to February to bridge the two semesters. In practice, the academic content of the 2nd semester will be linked to what the students have learned during the 1st semester.

“During intro camp, the new students will have the chance to meet some of their 2nd semester lecturers more informally than in class, and the lecturers will talk about their expectations of the new students and which competences the new courses will support in relation to the forthcoming semesters,” it says in the article, which continues:

“This way, the new students will have a more realistic view of what is expected from them and have new possibilities of forming new academic and social relationships in addition to the ones made at the beginning of the 1st semester.”

Additionally, the President of CBS, Nikolaj Malchow-Møller, or the Dean of Education, Gregor Halff, may also visit the students during the cabin trip.

Last year, the cabin trips in particular resulted in CBS experiencing violations of the intro rules that led to the temporary suspension of 25 intro guides and administrators. Most of the violations were connected to the consumption of alcohol or what was perceived as offensive behavior.

Now, the cabin trips will instead be organized by the intro guides and the new students, and will involve lecturers contributing academic content.

“As a result, students as well as lecturers will feel ownership of the intro camp content and have the possibility of planning fun, engaging and alcohol-free activities together with the study start coordinators,” it says at mycbs.dk.

Another new feature of the new first-year experience program is that all intro guides and administrators, also referred to as study start coordinators, will remain sober, and the cabin trips will not include any alcohol-related activities. What that covers precisely is not specified in the text at mycbs.dk.

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