UNC versus CBS: University Life

Since moving to UNC, I’ve noticed a lot of differences in American student life compared to what I’ve been used to back home in Denmark, so I thought I’d share some of my experiences so far:

  1. Everyone- and I mean everyone- wears backpacks at UNC, which is so different to the shoulder bag trend in CBS.

  2. Students at UNC will always refer to their classes by its number, not the name. If you’re enrolled in BUSI 505: Entrepreneurial Consulting, you better be calling it 505, because most students here won’t otherwise know what class you’re talking about.

  3. At CBS the general dress code is business casual/professional, mostly because students will have a part-time job to tend to before/after classes. In UNC, you will only wear business dress when you have a formal meeting or presentation- on any other day you’ll be wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

  4. UNC professors actually know your name! All business students are given name cards at the beginning of the semester and professors will make an effort to get to know you.

  5. Chapel Hill is UNC, and UNC is Chapel Hill- you cannot separate the two. Being in a city where it is simply an extension of the campus is very strange to us from CBS, but we love it!

  6. Expect weekly homeworks, midterm examinations, group projects, quizzes and a final exam for pretty much every cour