Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is the largest city in Scandinavia and the commercial and cultural center of Denmark. Copenhagen is noted for its beautiful squares, picturesque canals, innovative architecture and cozy cafes. It retains much of the original charm, even with a population of 1.7 million.
The safe atmosphere, the low level of pollution, and the many cultural events all contribute to making Copenhagen one of the most livable cities in the world. The most popular form of transportation in the city is a bicycle. Most student use bicycles to get around campus and the city.
The University of Copenhagen, established in 1479, was the first university founded in Denmark. It boasts more than 37,000 students who attend classes at four campuses in the capital. Each year 1,800 exchange students study at the Copenhagen. The language of instruction is primarily Danish with a significant number of courses given in English each semester.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
Course offerings in English are accessible at https://studies.ku.dk/visiting/overseas/course-information/
Please be aware that a normal course load in Copenhagen is the equivalent of 15 UM
Pre-semester course on the history of Copenhagen (including an introduction to Danish)
University of Copenhagen offers international students a pre-semester course, which is an exciting and comprehensive introduction to the history of Copenhagen and to the Danish language. This course is a perfect introduction for students who wish to gain a solid understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social history of the Danish capital. The course consists of a series of lectures taught at the University, supplemented with excursions out in the streets of Copenhagen.
The course is typically about 3 weeks long and is 7.5 ECTS. Please note that the course can be taken in addition to the maximum of 35 ECTS per semester. For more information on the course, please see here: https://danishculturecourses.ku.dk/pre-semester-course/
The academic structure of this program is much different than what you expect at UM. Students typically take one class at a time and have fewer assessments throughout. Oral exams are common.
Copenhagen Mark UM Grade
12 = A
10 = A-
7 = B+
4 = B-
02 = C
00 = F
-3 = F
2 ECTS= 1 UM credit
Minimum 3.0 GPA.
Room and Board:
The International Office assists exchange students in finding housing in Copenhagen. Students who meet the housing application deadline are generally offered a place in university-provided housing, but they may also rent rooms in private homes or share flats with other students.
The rooms assigned by the International Office are all furnished rooms with access to kitchen, toilet and bathing facilities. The rooms offered in halls of residence or in shared student apartments are a combination of single rooms and twin rooms. Twin rooms are shared with another student of the same gender and preferably the same age.
Students are typically required to pay upfront for three months of rent (first, last, and deposit), and must budget accordingly.
Fall: September 1 to mid-December (exams may extend into late January)
Spring: February 1 to mid- May (exams may extend into late June)
A note about the UM application:
UM students may submit an unofficial transcript accessible through CaneLink in place of an official transcript. The unofficial transcript can be saved as a PDF and emailed to the study abroad advisor.
Study in Denmark video
Student Fact Sheet 2018-19.pdf
The University of Copenhagen Study Abroad Guide
has practical information about arriving in Copenhagen, course registration, and much more.
The University of Copenhagen International Office can be found by visiting the University's Student Center at Fiolstræde 1 DK-1165.
Contact a former participant who will gladly answer your questions.