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  • Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
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Program Description:

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Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the oldest and largest university as well as the largest institution of research in Denmark.  The University of Copenhagen has an approximate student body of about 37,000 students with about 2,800 international students.  It is a public university in Copenhagen, Denmark, the capital of Denmark.  A member of the International Alliance of Research Universities, it is recognized as one of ten of the world’s best research universities. 


Students at the University of Copenhagen are given the liberty of taking an independent approach to their studies.  There are six faculties, subdivided into departments and research centers, for students.  The six faculties include Health and Medical Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science, Social Sciences, and Theology.  The university has had 8 notable alumni receive Nobel Prizes and one alum receive a Turing Award.  Additionally, in 2010, the University of Copenhagen was named the best university in Denmark and received a world rank of 47th by the University Ranking by Academic Performance. 
Departments and centers

Course information
Consult the Guide to Online Course Catalogue ( to identify course options in English.

Calendar: The fall semester runs from September 1 to January 31 the following year. The spring semester runs from February 1 to June 30.

Student Life

With over 1700 international students studying at the University of Copenhagen, students studying abroad are able to add to the atmosphere of the university and are able to experience not only Danish culture, but that of other nations as well.  International students receive aid for things such as housing, student counseling, and orientation upon admission.  The University of Copenhagen offers a wide array of student associations and clubs to students such as the International Student Society of Copenhagen, the University Sports Association, participation in the student orchestra by the name of SymfUni, as well as events where students are able to socialize.  One tradition every Friday, for example, is Friday-bars, or Fredags-bar, organized by department where students and staff are able to get to know one another better.


Housing availability is limited and there is no on-campus housing at the University of Copenhagen.  Thus, students who can apply for housing through the central International Office are non-Nordic international students through exchange programs: Erasmus, bilateral exchange, or Danish Government Scholarships.  Separate housing is in place for students who are a part of the Faculty of Science. 
The housing section is closed on applications for new applicants and available rooms in residence halls and shared student apartments and students will need to wait for the university to receive an appropriate number of applications – typically April for the fall semester and November for the spring semester, though there are no exact dates.  It is difficult to find housing in the city centre. In addition, housing in the city centre is more expensive. Typical travel time for students is around 35 minutes.
Types of housing depend on location, cost, quality, and other preferences students have, but typically students either rent directly from a private person or through the international office.


Located in the capital of Denmark, the university is a central part of Copenhagen.  Copenhagen was founded in 1167 and is known for its low pollution levels and safe atmosphere.  The city has a strong infrastructure and is the cultural, economic, and governmental center of Denmark.  It has a high presence of students, with 89,000 enrolled in different educational establishments.  Breaks allow students to make visits to castles and countryside around the island of Zealand or visit Sweden, the neighboring country of Denmark.  Additionally, the many parks, the waterfront, and expansion of the Metro, gives students a lot to explore within their reach.