University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen
Denmark

Language of instruction

English
Danish

Since its foundation in 1479, the University of Copenhagen has developed into an internationally well-reputed institution which has fostered no less than 9 Nobel Prize winners. Today, the University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in the Nordic countries and is ranked within the Top 150 universities in the world.

The University has four campus areas integrated into the city of Copenhagen, and include historic buildings in the medieval city centre, premises throughout the Botanical Gardens, and high-tech laboratories and auditoriums.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 (Spring) February–June
Semester 2 Semester 1 (Autumn) September–January

View the UCPH academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

UCPH has resources to help get the most out of your exchange:

Campuses

UCPH has multiple campuses, all located around Copenhagen:

  • City campus
  • North campus
  • Frederiksberg campus
  • South campus

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at UCPH is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Host university requirements

GPA
You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UCPH.

Study Options
Not applicable to this university. However, you will usually be expected to take the majority of courses (60%) within a single faculty. 

Other Requirements
UndergraduateAll undergraduate students must have completed 2 years (28 units) of tertiary study before commencing studies at UCPH as the majority of courses offered in English are at the postgraduate level.

Note: Host university eligibility criteria are at the discretion of the host and may change without notice. 

Find courses

Search the courses offered in English in past semesters. A confirmed list of courses offered in English will be announced 2-3 months prior to the semester.

Also, search the full UCPH course catalogue

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 
You must still check the host university course catalogue to see if courses from the Credit Precedent Database are still on offer and in the correct semester of your exchange.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Agriculture
Animal studies
Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemistry and biochemistry
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer science
Development
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
English
English literature
Environmental studies
Exercise science
Film, TV and media
Food science
History and ancient history
International relations
Law
Mathematics and statistics
Microbiology
Nutrition science
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Public policy
Regional and town planning
Religion
Sociology
Writing
Postgraduate
Agriculture
Animal studies
Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemistry and biochemistry
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer science
Development
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
English
English literature
Environmental studies
Exercise science
Film, TV and media
Food science
History and ancient history
International relations
Law
Mathematics and statistics
Microbiology
Nutrition science
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Public policy
Regional and town planning
Religion
Sociology
Writing

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Accommodation

The UCPH Housing Foundation is an independent entity which assists international students coming to UCPH in finding accommodation while in Copenhagen. Students who complete their online application for the University of Copenhagen and tick housing in the online application will receive an invitation to apply online for housing from the UCPH Housing Foundation. 

Cost of living

Living in Denmark can be quite expensive and your budget will depend on your personal living expenses. UCPH provides practical information and budgeting and the cost of living in Copenhagen to help students plan for their exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

The Crown Princess Mary Scholarship is awarded annually to two outstanding exchange students among our 19 Australian partner institutions. Each Australian partner university may nominate one of their exchange students to Copenhagen for the scholarship. The DKK 10,000 scholarships are intended as financial help for the recipients’ stay in Denmark. The university has more information about Royal Scholarships awarded to Australians.

Insurance

Students approved to participate in a Semester-based Exchange are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

The University of Copenhagen does not have a mandatory insurance policy which students are required to take out. UCPH has information available regarding their insurance and health insurance policies.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the Danish Immigration Service for visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, experiences to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice, and sign up to receive updates for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Exchange deadlines

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 1:
Open: 17 May (for Semester 1 of the following year)
Close: 22 June (for Semester 1 of the following year)

Application for Exchange in UQ Semester 2:
Open: 18 October (for Semester 2 of the following year)
Close: 23 November (for Semester 2 of the following year)