The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) was established in the late 1470s and is considered the second-oldest university in Scandinavia and Denmark's oldest university. Located in the heart of Copenhagen, UCPH has been central to the city's development and the history of Denmark. It a publicly-funded research university with six faculties, 36 departments, and over 100 research centres. The university campus also houses ten museums and research gardens, such as the Botanical Garden, the Medical Museion, the Oresund Aquarium, and the Zoological Museum. The university's mission is to encourage "independence of research and research-based education at the highest level" and provide a "framework for critical thinking, insights and a quest for truth for the benefit of society." Each year the UCPH contributes about DKK 28 billion to the Danish economy.
Moreover, the University of Copenhagen aims to become one of the world's greenest campus areas by reducing environmental and climate footprint as much as possible. UCPH also facilitates cross-organisation collaboration and has liaisons with the businesses to help students find relevant programmes and projects in the field of sustainability. With 51 percent of full-time and 5 percent of part-time academic staff, the university is known to have one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios among Danish universities.
- Courses Offered
- Eligibility & Documents Required
- Application & Tuition Fees
- Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Admission Process
- Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
- Part Time Work While Studying
- Campuses & Accommodation
- University Contact Information
What all courses are available to international students?
UCPH offers 77 full-time undergraduate programmes taught in Danish only, 116 postgraduate programmes, and six PhD programmes across major fields of study. Over 50 master's programmes are taught in English, and the rest are taught in Danish.
To know more about courses offered by the University of Copenhagen, check the e-catalogue here.
Eligibility & Documents Required
What are the eligibility requirements?
For undergraduate programmes, the general admission requirement includes a grade point average in Grade 12 which is equivalent to the Danish 6.0 (except Theology and Musicology). Specific score requirements will vary as per programme. As all full-time UG programmes are taught in Danish, Danish language proficiency is required. Credits may be offered for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other internationally recognised exams. Check the respective course/programme website for more details.
For master's programmes, a relevant bachelor's degree equivalent in level and content to a Danish bachelor's degree is required. However, specific score requirements will vary as per programme. Courses taught in Danish require Danish language proficiency, while courses taught in English require any one of the following scores:
English Proficiency Tests
Minimum: Total score of 83 or above
Minimum: Overall 6.5 or above
Cambridge English CAE/CPE
Passed level C1 or C2
Note: Check the respective course/programme website for more details.
What all documents are needed for application?
All documents submitted during the application process need to be original drafts and in English or translated into English. Students should also get their documents evaluated by trusted credential evaluators.
For UG aspirants, the following documents are required:
- Academic transcripts
- Danish language proficiency document
- AP score report
- Letters of Recommendation (LORs)
- Supplement essays
- Additional supplements such as audio recordings, videos, or portfolios
- Financial documents
- Fee waiver form, if any
For PG students:
- Academic transcripts
- English or Danish language proficiency document
- Standardised score report
- Essays or SOP, as per course requirement
- Two to three LORs, as per course requirement
- Additional or optional supplements, as per course requirement
- Financial documents
- Fee waiver form, if any
Application & Tuition Fees
Is there any application fees?
The application is free for undergraduate programmes. For master's programmes, a non-refundable amount of DKK 750 is charged from international students. However, if the application is successful, the application fee will be deducted from the first tuition fee payment.
What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?
Some courses and labs have rates that may increase or decrease the total tuition. Tuition and other fees are subject to revision, and the details provided below is an official fee quote. Check the university website for the exact fee structure. The table below is an estimation of the tuition fee for international students:
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?
The university does not provide any scholarships or loans to international students. However, international students can avail of scholarships or awards offered by private institutions like the Shivdasani Foundation, Tata Foundation, OPEC Fund, Rotary Foundation, and so on.
When do the admissions start?
UCPH offers undergraduate programmes in the Autumn/Fall Intake and master's programmes in Autumn/Fall and Spring Intake. Generally, the UG deadline is in March, while the PG deadlines differ as per intake:
Note: Check the official website exact dates and deadlines.
How to apply to UG courses?
You can apply for UCPH undergraduate courses through the Optagelse website. It is a common application portal for Danish schools and undergraduate programmes in Danish universities. Also, you can choose to submit your application under one of the two types of quota. Under quota 1, your chances of admission depend solely on the Grade 12 scores. Even if you apply for admission in quota 2, your application will be processed in quota 1 by default if you are eligible for admission in quota 1. The quota 2 application procedure for 2020 is currently under process. Updated information will be made available on the university website.
Optagelse portal link: www.optagelse.dk/admission/index.html
How to apply to PG courses?
You can apply to master's programmes at UCPH through the common application portal for all Danish universities. At a time, you can submit up to three applications for UCPH. You can check the online application guide to apply through the common portal here: studies.ku.dk/masters/application-and-admission/online-application/userguide/
Common application portal link: dans.stads.dk/SelfUserRegistration/faces/WelcomePage.jspx
When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?
UCPH reverts on undergraduate applications by July, and for master's programmes, it reverts after three months from the course deadline.
Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
What are the chances to get into this university?
The University of Copenhagen's acceptance rate is usually between 40 and 50 percent, making it one of the most challenging universities in terms of securing admission. Even though it admits about 37,500 students each year, UCPH is quite selective in accepting students from across the world. Thus, just meeting the eligibility requirements will not ensure admission. Aspirants need to have competitive scores in their Grade 12 or bachelors along with complete documents, including teacher/professor recommendations, test scores, and application documents.
How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?
UCPH focuses on gender equality and sees diversity as a strength. Thus, presently, it is home to 5,500 international students, out of a student body of 39,000. In 2020, it admitted over 7,800 students under a particular undergraduate programme, which is a close to seven percent increase since 2019 and the highest number of students ever admitted. In 2019, it enrolled 37,493 students across its six faculties, out of which 1,556 were international students.
Part Time Work While Studying
Can I work while studying here?
UCPH has no specific limitation on part-time work for international students. The usual visa rules will apply. All international students are eligible to work part-time on campus up to 20 hours per week while the university is in session. During breaks and vacations, students can work full-time up to 40 hours. Check the official website for more information on working within the campus and research opportunities for international students.
Campuses & Accommodation
How many colleges and campuses does the university have?
UCPH has six major faculties with 36 departments and 200 research centres. It has four campuses in Copenhagen (North Campus, City Campus, South Campus, and Frederiksberg Campus) and another in Taastrup.
Is on-campus housing available?
The university does not provide on-campus housing options. Students are expected to arrange for housing on their own. However, due to the university's location, there are various student housing options available for international students. Students can choose any accommodation from dormitories, kollegiums, and student residences to private apartments and houses. The university advises students to share an apartment with fellow students to manage expenses and bond with peers. Copenhagen's central parts, such as Norrebro, Osterbro, Vesterbro, Frederiksberg, East Amager, and West Amager, are neighbourhoods with the most student population. The public transport system is well-connected, and one can always travel from a residential suburb to the university campus rather quickly.
University Contact Information
Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?
Address: University of Copenhagen, Nørregade 10, PO Box 2177, 1017 Copenhagen K
Contact No: +45-35-32-26-26
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Nørregade 10, 1165 København, Denmark
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