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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As a student at the University of Copenhagen you are enrolled in an academic institution which dates back to 1479 when the University was founded. Since then, it has developed into an internationally well-reputed institution which has fostered no less than 8 Nobel Prize winners in Physics and Medicine. Today, the University of Copenhagen has around 39,000 students and more than 7,000 employees, and is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark.

Education at the University of Copenhagen is designed to promote creativity, innovation, analytical and critical thinking. It combines traditional lectures and tutorials with teaching and assignments that will help you develop a critical approach, strong problem solving skills and collaborative skills. The learning environment is friendly and relaxed with students and teachers debating and exchanging their views in class. Students are expected to make active contributions in class to generate the most simulating learning environment at the University and to prepare themselves for their future professional careers.

Study Structure

The University of Copenhagen holds as a central principle that teaching and research should continually interact. Research is a necessary prerequisite for qualified teaching and as such provides the basis for teaching offered at the University. The degrees offered by the University of Copenhagen typically follows a 3 (BA) + 2 (Master's) + 3 (PhD) structure with a number of exam types to complete the individual courses. The academic year is divided into semesters or blocks.

Copenhagen and the 4 Campus Areas

Copenhagen is the commercial, cultural and administrative centre of Denmark, and the greater city area has a population of 1.2 million. Although busy and noisy as any large city, Copenhagen continues to captivate visitors because it has managed to maintain some of its original charm. Internationally, the city continues to rank amongst the cleanest, safest and most livable cities in the world. The University has four campus areas in 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

Student life

The University of Copenhagen offers a rich and varied student life. There are a wide range of activites on offer at our campuses, and activities and places associated with the University where you can meet and socialise with fellow students.

Associations and ClubsStudents at the University of Copenhagen have access to a range of extra-curricular activities through university clubs and assosiations and places affiliated with the university. This is some of what is offered.


If you are interested in doing sports while you are studying at the University of Copenhagen, we encourage you to make use of the University's Sports Association called USG. It is cheap compared to joining other clubs and it is a good way to socialise with other students in an informal way.

Cultural and Social Associations

During the semester, student associations like the International Student Society of Copenhagen (ISSC) and ESN-Copenhagen arrange events for international students as well as Danish students at the University of Copenhagen with the aim of promoting cultural exchange among students in Copenhagen.

The Student House

The Student House (Studenterhuset) is located in the centre of Copenhagen, and functions as a natural place for students from different faculties to meet, study and have a good time. During the week the Student House puts on a range of activities. The atmosphere is friendly and open, and it is a great place for Danish and international students to meet, have a drink and debate and joke in numerous languages.


Many students form bands and choirs on an informal basis. If you are playing a classical instrument, you may join an orchestra like SymfUni which was established by a group of students and is open for everyone looking for a way to play classical music together with fellow students, and at the same time create friendships across the faculties of the university.


If you want to experience Danish student-life, the "Fredags-bar" is a must. They take place at departments or faculties at the university on Friday afternoons and offer a great opportunity to socialise with fellow students in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Short Courses at University of Copenhagen

International Summer Programme

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