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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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.

Minimum academic requirements

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

All undergraduate students must have completed 2 years of tertiary study before commencing studies at UCPH as the majority of courses offered in English are at postgraduate level.

Find courses

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. 

Search the UCPH course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

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

Course restrictions

The University of Copenhagen does not offer the following programs:

  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Engineering
  • Design
  • Architecture.

The following areas of study are not open for exchange students:

  • Cognition and Communication
  • Global Development
  • Security Risk Management

Additional academic information

UCPH has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 the Student Exchange Program 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 UQ Abroad 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 UQ Abroad 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, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.