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University of Copenhagen

København, Denmark
  • 160 THE World University Rankings 2014-2015
  • 45 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • 45 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 150 THE World University Rankings 2013-2014
  • 69 QS World University Rankings 2015
  • 82 THE World University Rankings 2015-2016
  • 73 QS World University Rankings 2018
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Student population Large (More than 10,000)
International students Information not available
Institution type Public

About University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark, with consisting more than 37000 students and 7000 stuffs. The purpose of the University is to quote the University Statute and to conduct research and provide further education to the highest academic level. The University of Copenhagen comprises about one hundred different institutes, departments, laboratories, centres, museums and many more to formthe nucleus of the University, where professors, lecturers and other academic staff, as well as most of the technical and administrative personnel are able to carry out their daily work, and where teaching takes place.

These activities take place in many different 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.

Education at the University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is the largest educational institution in Denmark. It consists six faculties, offering over 200 programmes for study in health and medical sciences, humanities, law, science, social sciences, and theology.

The University aims to prepare students for a broad range of jobs in the private and public sectors. With this, education at the University covers specific skills and scientific methods as well as other more theoretical skills that will enable graduates to improve their qualifications. Teaching and research are closely integrated in order to achieve this, first and foremost by according them equal importance in the daily work of the academic and scientific staff and whenever possible basing the teaching on research.


The University of Copenhagen offers several degrees of education in a variety of subjects. The degree structure is divided into three levels, included three years of undergraduate studies lead to a bachelor's degree, and an additional two years lead to a master's degree. All masters degrees obtained from the University of Copenhagen can be extended with three more years of postgraduate work leading to a PhD degree.

International students

The University of Copenhagen offers a significant number of courses in English each semester. This allows exchange students to put together a comprehensive study programme, which will meet the demands of their home institutions.

Campus information

The four campus areas

In the future, the University will be concentrated at four campus areas in the capital:

  1. North Campus (the Panum Institute, Universitetsparken, etc.) will house the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, most of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science.
  2. City Campus (Centre for Health and Social Studies (CSS) at the old Municipal Hospital, Øster Voldgade etc.) will house the Faculty of Social Sciences, Central Administration and parts of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science.
  3. South Campus (KUA) will house the Faculty of Humanities and a small section of the Faculty of Science. In year 2015, the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Law will also move to South Campus.
  4. Frederiksberg Campus is home to the Faculty of Life Sciences - A campus committee has been set up for each of the University of Copenhagen’s “old” campus areas. The two new faculties, Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences, are not required to save space in the same way as the other faculties. However, the Faculties of Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ participation in, and input to, the University of Copenhagen’s campus planning will be included in campus planning activities.

About 5-minutes walk from the Islands Brygge Station.


Housing for Exchange Students

The housing department at the central International Office consists of two employees and has limited resources. Therefore, students can apply for housing through the central International Office are limited to non-Nordic international students on exchange through an exchange programme, governmental scholars, and students in the COME programmes (first year). The Faculty of Life Sciences has a separate housing service. 

Housing for Guest Students

If ones are admitted to the University of Copenhagen as a guest student, the International Office will give assistant in finding housing. Ones will not receive a specific housing offer via the International Office and you should not apply for housing in online application for admission.

Private Housing

Ones should expect a room in a private home to cost between DKK 2,600 and DKK 4,000 – most costing an average of DKK 3,000. The  location, size and quality will reflect on the cost. The International Office provides housing for international students participating in the Copenhagen Master of Excellence (COME) programmes at the University of Copenhagen.


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