Studying at UCPH – University of Copenhagen

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Studying at the University of Copenhagen

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.

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.

You can also read more about the Student Life in relation to the specific programme, you want to study.