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University of Copenhagen


The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) (Københavns Universitet) is the oldest and second largest university and research institution in Denmark. Founded in 1479 as a studium generale, it is the second oldest institution for higher education in Scandinavia after another Adelaide partner - Uppsala University (1477). It also regularly ranks in the Top 50 universities in the world.

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The safe atmosphere, the well-developed infrastructure, the low level of pollution and the many cultural events all contribute to making Copenhagen one of the most liveable cities in the world. The waterfront and the many parks offer opportunities to relax away from the noise of city life. On weekends and during semester breaks, it is easy to get away to explore the beautiful castles and the countryside around the island of Zealand or cross Øresund to discover our neighbouring country, Sweden. Getting around the inner city as well as the rest of Copenhagen is easy. The city has a well-developed public transportation system of buses and trains but cycling is, in fact, the most popular, quickest and cheapest way to get around. There is an extensive network of cycling paths throughout Copenhagen. Many students choose to buy a cheap used bike when they arrive in Copenhagen.

Today the University of Copenhagen has a student body of more than 41,000 and maintains teaching and research activities in 6 Faculties: Health and Medical Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science, Social Sciences and Theology.

All students interested in studying at the University of Copenhagen, including Law students, should apply under the University of Copenhagen program.

Comprehensive course information can be found in the Exchange Student Course GuideLink to external website

Course Workload: Copenhagen operates within the European Union's 'European Credit Transfer System' (ECTS). Students are required to enrol in a full-time normal workload of 30 ECTS per semester.

Law: A majority of Law courses have a value of 15 ECTS with a few with the value of 7.5 ECTS (the latter is offered in a block-structure where it is only possible to select one 7.5 law courses per block). A full study load per semester consists of courses choices corresponding to 30 ECTS per semester. Exchange students are recommended to select either two 15 ECTS courses or one 15 ECTS and two 7.5 ECTS courses per semester. 7.5 ECTS courses are 28 contact hours in total, 4-5 hours per week for 6 weeks. 15 ECTS courses are 56 contact hours in total, 4-5 hours per week for 2 x 6 weeks (after 6 weeks there will be a break for 1-2 weeks followed by 6 weeks with classes). All exchange students (regardless of whether they are at undergraduate or graduate level in their home university) will be given access to all Master level courses at the Faculty of Law. Bachelor/undergraduate law courses are not offered to exchange students.

Political Science: The University of Copenhagen's requirement for admitting students to their Faculty of Political Science is that applicants must have at least academic background in all Political Science subfields - Political Theory, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Public Policy, and Political Science Methodology at both an introductory and intermediate level.

Restricted Courses:
See here for a list of restricted coursesLink to external website 
Note: Some Faculties will allow you to study Master level courses and not Bachelor level courses (e.g. Law).

Credit Approval (Post-Decision Phase): Prior to departure for exchange, it is recommended that exchange students seek credit approval, in GLAS, from their Adelaide Faculty for more courses than they intend to complete on exchange. It is likely that course offerings won’t be finalised until shortly before arrival or upon arrival at your exchange destination. Students need to have flexible back up options in the case that the courses they are wanting to undertake are not offered.

If, after initial approval in GLAS, further changes are required, these can be presented via an email to your Adelaide Faculty. Students should be aware of the implications of not having back up courses in the event their preferred courses are not available.

Due to the large number of applicants and the difficult housing situation in Copenhagen, you may receive a housing offer from Copenhagen as late as a couple of weeks before the beginning of your studies if you have applied in due time. If you choose to decline your housing offer, or you do not respond to the housing offer within the deadline stated in the offer, they will not be able to give you a second offer. All housing applicants, who have applied before the close down of the “housing window”, will be offered housing according to their period of study, which is including or excluding the pre-semester language courses. This also means that if you arrive early, you cannot expect to move into your room early. The period of study that you have applied for is binding.

The University of Copenhagen does not have on-campus accommodation. They have access to around 370 rooms in halls of residences (kollegier). The rooms assigned by University's Housing Foundation are all furnished rooms with access to kitchen, toilet and bathing facilities. The rooms offered in halls of residence are a combination of single and twin rooms. Twin rooms are shared with another student of the same gender and preferably the same age. The typical monthly rent in Copenhagen can vary but is normally between DKK 2,600 to 4,800 per person. For very cheap offers, you should expect that the housing is located on the outskirts of Copenhagen and/or is of lower quality.

More information can be found on the University of Copenhagen Guide for Exchange StudentsLink to external website

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

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and local mentor groups at the University organise social events for all international students. 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 (Universitetets Studenter-Gymnastik/USG). It is cheap compared to joining other clubs and it is a good way to socialise with Danish and other international students in an informal way. USG has approximately 4,000 members, and the programme is designed to provide you with a range of sporting opportunities.

The Student House (Studenterhuset) is located in the centre of Copenhagen, and functions as a natural place for students from all faculties to meet, study, and have a good time. Every Wednesday night during the semester is International Café night in the Student House (Studenterhuset).

UCPH Alumni is an association for students and graduates from the University of Copenhagen. Exchange students are welcome to attend their events during their studies in Copenhagen and UCPH alumni offers students ways of staying in touch with the University when they go back home.

Health Insurance: The University of Copenhagen does not have a mandatory insurance policy which students are required to take out, and students are not covered by any insurance policies taken out by the University of Copenhagen.

Cost of living. These are rough estimates of what it costs for a single person to live in Copenhagen and are provided by UCPH:

Housing DKK 2,600 – 4,800 /month
Board DKK 1,500 – 2,000 /month
Books and other study materials DKK 1,000 – 1,500 /semester
Local transportation DKK 300-600 /month
Estimated pocket money DKK 1,000 /month

Academic Calendar. The academic year begins late August and contains two semesters. In some faculties the semesters are divided into two blocks.
For more information, see the UCPH Academic CalendarLink to external website

Visa Information: Study Overseas is not legally permitted to provide advice relating to visas. For further information, contact the relevant embassy or consulate. Please do not ask Study Overseas to assist with your visa application. We recommend that you go to the Smart Traveller websiteLink to external website  for links to your appropriate Consulate or Embassy.

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What do our students say?

Disclaimer: This information is based on recently polled students who attended this particular university on exchange in 2016. Please note that this information is based on individual student opinions and does not constitute Study Overseas advice. Each student will have a unique exchange experience.

The Host

  • 100% of our students would recommend University of Copenhagen to other students
  • On average, Copenhagen's service and support is rated stars (3.75/5)
Social Life
  • 100% of our students rate the social life at Copenhagen as 'quite a lot' or 'raging'
  • Student Tip: One of our students recommends to check out the Huset Facebook page to meet locals and attend social events 
Academic Life
  • 100% of our students agreed that the quality of Copenhagen's courses compared satisfactorily to Adelaide's courses
  • Student Tip: Your workload maybe slightly lighter 
  • Student Tip: No tutorials, but lecture participation 
  • Student Tip: Final exams are sometimes oral examinations 
  • Our students stayed in a mixture of on and off campus accommodation
  • Student Tip: Budget well for your accommodation
  • Student Tip: One of our students recommends Tietgenkollegeit dormitory. 


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