University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) was founded in 1479 and has a student population of around 39,000, making it the largest and oldest institution of research and education in Denmark. It hosts more than 5000 international students every year.

Academic highlights

UCPH has six faculties - Health and Medical Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science, Social Sciences and Theology. It is considered among the best universities in Europe.

Location

UCPH is located in Copenhagen, the metropolitan capital of Denmark, and is located across four campus areas. It encompasses approximately 100 different institutes, departments, laboratories and centres, as well as museums and Botanical Gardens.

Did you know?

The University of Copenhagen has produced eight Nobel Prize winners.

Language requirements

A varied program of courses taught in English is available at undergraduate and Master’s level each semester.

Disciplines available

Ancient cultures

Anthropology

Biological sciences

Biomedical sciences

Business law and taxation

Chemistry

Chinese languages & culture studies

Communications and media studies

Criminology

Earth, atmosphere and environmental sciences

Economics

English as an international language

Film and screen studies

French languages & culture studies

German languages & culture studies

History

Human geography

Indigenous studies

Information technology

Italian languages & culture studies

Japanese languages & culture studies

Literary studies

Mathematical sciences

Law

Legal studies

Music performance and composition

Philosophy

Physics and astronomy

Politics and international relations

Psychological sciences

Public health and preventive medicine

Religious studies

Science

Spanish and Latin American languages & culture studies

Sociology

Theatre and performance

Translation studies

  • The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
  • Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus

See UCHP's unit catalogue here.

Please note that courses offered in English are not announced in the unit catalogue until 2-3 months prior to semester start. You may have to refer to the previous year’s units to gauge what would be on offer during your semester abroad.

If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.

Full time equivalents

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard 22.5 ECTS 30 ECTS 45 ECTS 60 ECTS

Exchange program terms

University of Copenhagen ‘Spring’ Semester (Monash semester 1): February to June
University of Copenhagen ‘Autumn’ Semester (Monash semester 2): September to January

See UCPH's Academic Calendar here.

Accommodation

The independent UCPH Housing Foundation can assist in providing accommodation for international students in halls of residence and shared apartments. Places are limited.

UCPH offers advice on accommodation here.

Visa

To stay in Denmark for more than 90 days, you’ll need to apply for a student visa (ST1 Residence and Work Permit for Tertiary Students) from the Danish Consulate General in your home country. Once you’re accepted by your host University, you’ll receive an endorsed form that you can use to apply for your visa.

For more information on visas, please refer to the Embassy of Denmark here.

Health and insurance

After receiving your visa you must apply for a Danish Personal Registration Number (CPR-number) to receive health benefits and be covered by the Danish health insurance system.

When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.

Orientation and extra-curricular 

The orientation program is mandatory. It is organised at a faculty level, so you’ll need to attend the program hosted by the faculty you have been admitted to. More information can be found here.

The University of Copenhagen offers Danish language courses to all non-Scandinavian students.

The University of Copenhagen also offers a Mentoring System for exchange students.

Tuition

Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

As per Danish residence visa requirements, you will need to budget for at least approx. AUD $1200 per month of your stay.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

Cassandra Tremblay
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Commerce,
Semester 1 2017

Study Experience

The University of Copenhagen offered a lot of courses about Danish culture and society which I was really interested in taking advantage of since it can help you to understand the way that the locals you meet think and interact with each other and with incoming exchange students.

Culture

A rather obvious difference between living in Copenhagen and Melbourne is, of course, the preferred mode of transport: biking is a central part of Danish culture and makes you feel like somewhat of a local pretty quickly. This can help as the Danes are pretty reserved when you first meet them and they form a really close-knit community built on a lot of trust, so it might be hard to connect with individuals initially. Another clear difference is the weather; however, the colder climate in Denmark made sunnier days all the more appreciated - on these days, it felt like the population literally doubled with the amount of people that come outside to spend time in parks, on terraces, etc.

Benefits of going on exchange

Going to a different university, let alone one in an entirely different country and education system, meant that I had to adapt to different expectations and methods of teaching. So not only did I learn more about Danish society just by studying there, but I also broadened my skill set regarding ways of learning.

Career Benefits

Leaving your network of friends and family to enter an environment where you know no-one forces you to learn to interact with people that you don't know too well and to solve problems more independently.

Money and Budgeting

First, take advantage of any financial aid that you can and gather more money than you think you'll need. In Copenhagen, specifically, things can be pretty expensive, but you can save by doing as the locals do; many of them buy food/drinks at supermarkets and share with a group of friends in a park or at someone's place. There are also a number of community-style dinners where you can volunteer or pay a reasonable amount for a sizeable meal - my favourite is Kafa X every Tuesday, but there is also the Bolsjefabrikken cultural centre.

Top Tips

  • Forget everything that you think exchange is going to be like.
  • Talk to everyone and anyone - you don't know who your friends will be by the end.
  • It might be harder, but make the effort to get to know some locals as well.

University of Copenhagen

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location:
    • City
    • North 
    • South 
    • Frederiksberg
    • Taastrup
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

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