Upon concluding my upper secondary degree, I knew three things:
1) I wanted to study in English
2) I wanted to study something with a large international scope
3) I wanted to study alongside likeminded ambitious people from all over the world
From what I had heard, IB fulfilled all of the above criteria, and so I put this as my #1 priority.
Being a very down to earth person living in a small village with around 300 people, I was very concerned about being a part of the social life on IB, as I expected a large part of the students to be from the Copenhagen area. I soon came to realize that we are all new to the university life and being social is just the same here as anywhere else.
The IB program is quarter structured. This means that the teaching is very intense and in no way the same as what I had previously experienced. For some, adapting to this takes time, but it is important to remember that we are all in the same boat.
The fact that the teachers come from all around the world really emphasizes the international aspect of the program. So far, the lecturers have been from Germany, Italy, Belgium, Argentina, India, Sweden, Iceland, and of course Denmark. They have all had their own unique way of implementing their very different professional backgrounds into their teaching.
Despite the somewhat lower amount of lectures in the IB program compared to some other programs, the syllabus is by no means any shorter, thus requiring a large degree of self-discipline in reading and preparing for courses.
Participate in the intro program and engage in as many activities as possible. The purpose of the intro weeks is to aid in developing social ties within the course and getting to know the people who you will be spending the next 3 years with. (Also, it is GREAT fun)
Study smart, not hard. There are many different study techniques, but a “one size fits all” simply doesn’t exist. Find whatever works for you. This is not necessarily the same for all courses.
Structure your day. There is a lot of spare time on IB. Make sure to make the most of it, both academically and socially.
Talk to your fellow students. You are all alike. One of them might know the answer to something that you do not, and another could become a close friend. Do not hesitate, this goes for people in your year as well as the years above.
Hear the students' reflections on choosing their study programme and being a student on IB. Feel free to contact them with your questions.