University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark

No. Students: 37,000 (5,400 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 4,400
Funding type: Public
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With over 37,000 students and more than 7,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark. The purpose of the University to quote the University Statute is to conduct research and provide further education to the highest academic level.

Approximately one hundred different institutes, departments, laboratories, centres, museums, etc., form the nucleus of the University, where professors, lecturers and other academic staff, as well as most of the technical and administrative personnel, carry out their daily work, and where teaching takes place.

These activities take place in various environments ranging from the plant world of the Botanical Gardens, through high-technology laboratories and auditoriums, to the historic buildings and lecture rooms of Frue Plads and other locations.

On 1 January 2007, the University merged with The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University and The Danish University of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The two universities are now faculties at the University of Copenhagen.


The programmes of University of Copenhagen are being accredited by national accreditation agency ACE Denmark.

Number 9 in Europe and number 43 in the world

University of Copenhagen is ranked number 9 in Europe according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2011 published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. University of Copenhagen again tops the list of Scandinavian universities.

THE-QS ranking

University of Copenhagen is number 52 on the 2011 list of the world's best universities published by QS World University Rankings. In this ranking, University of Copenhagen is the highest ranked Nordic university.

Number 135 in the World

The new Times Higher Education/Thompson Reuters list, World University Rankings, places University of Copenhagen number 135 in 2011, up more than 40 places from last year. See the top 200 list.

Number 9 on the the Scientist's list of the World's best places to work for life scientists

The Scientist's Best Places to Work Survey 2010 places University of Copenhagen number nine on a top ten list of the international research institutions that offer the best working conditions for life scientists.

Read more about the survey. See the whole list of the top ten institutions in The Scientist: Best Places to work 2010: Academia - Top 10 Academic Institutions.

Number 3 on the list of most attractive workplaces among natural science students

A recent survey by Universum Graduate Survey an annual, impartial questionnaire of Danish students career preferences -has ranked University of Copenhagen third on a list of the most desirable workplaces in the engineering/ natural science category.

Read more about rankings at the University of Copenhagen ranking page.


The University is a central part of Copenhagen the capital of Denmark. The University has four campus areas in the city: North Campus (Nørre Campus), City Campus, South Campus (Søndre Campus) and Frederiksberg Campus.

The premises range from the historic buildings and library at Frue Plads, through the plant world of the Botanical Gardens, to high-technology laboratories and auditoriums and the new eco-friendly Green Lighthouse. University of Copenhagen is working towards becoming one of Europes most eco-friendly campus areas.

* Green Campus
Sustainability initiatives at the University of Copenhagen
* Museums and gardens
The University is home to some of the city's most exiting museums and gardens
* Libraries
The University campus features several departments of the University Library