University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen

The University offers researchers and students the opportunity to develop their talent and launches ambitious interdisciplinary initiatives to support its strong academic communities. Through research-based teaching – and by involving them in research – students are equipped to address society's challenges and needs.

Top reasons to study here

  • The University of Copenhagen is the highest-ranking university in Denmark and often the highest-ranking University in the Nordic Region.
  • The University of Copenhagen has had a positive development in some rankings over the past ten years, while positions in other rankings have varied.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Law (1)



Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is not only Denmark's oldest university, but also one of the oldest in Northern Europe. Its location in the capital city makes the University's development, key people and events part of the history of Denmark. Read more about the history of The University of Copenhagen


  • The University of Copenhagen is the largest educational institution in Denmark. 
  • The University aims to prepare students for a broad range of jobs in the private and public sectors. For this reason, education at the University covers specific skills and scientific methods as well as other more theoretical skills that will enable graduates to improve their qualifications. 
  • Teaching and research are closely integrated in order to achieve this, first and foremost by according them equal importance in the daily work of the academic and scientific staff and whenever possible basing the teaching on research.


The motivational force of the University's research activities is financially and politically independent, i.e. free basic research; however, specific collaborative endeavours with other institutions and companies also have a place among the countless research activities. 


UCPH wishes to ensure continual academic development and satisfactory career pathways for individual faculty and academic staff, which includes ensuring that potential career pathways are clear for individual researchers and that there is systematic support for career management.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
33 -7
26 3
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
76 5
81 -2
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
101 15
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
32 2
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

  • The University of Copenhagen has a range of student counseling offices which provide advice with academic as well as personal issues.
  • In addition to the student advisory service available to all students at the University of Copenhagen, you will find that many departments and faculties have advisors, especially for international students. Check with your faculty or department to get further information about their services.
  • The Student Counselling Service provides advice for students who need help in relation to social, psychological and psychiatric issues. Staff includes psychologists, medical consultants and social workers. 

Housing services

  • The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation (UCPH Housing Foundation) is an independent entity which assists international students coming to University of Copenhagen in finding accommodation while in Copenhagen.

Library services

  • Copenhagen University Library services approximately 5,000 researchers and 39,000 students. We give access to millions of digital and physical journals, articles and books and top-grade environments for studying and learning.

ICT services

  • As a student or employee at University of Copenhagen you are able to download and install certain software in accordance with the University of Copenhagen generel licence agreements. 
  • Eduroam is a free, wireless network for students, researchers, and employees at universities around the world, which also applies at UCPH.

Student Life

Campus life

  • The University of Copenhagen has four campus areas. As distances in Copenhagen are relatively small, it is easy to get from one campus to the other either by bicycle or public transportation. The campus areas are integrated into the city of Copenhagen and students use the facilities available in the city, adding a lively buzz to the streets and cafés of Copenhagen.
  • The University premises range from historic buildings in the medieval city center to modern buildings being constructed today to develop the campus areas and accommodate state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities.

Sports facilities

KSI is the University’s student sports association (‘forening’), offering more than 70 sports teams with levels ranging from beginners to intermediate, experienced and skilled. The club is a non-profit association, so prices are reasonable.

Student clubs

Students at the University of Copenhagen have access to a range of extra-curricular activities through university clubs and associations and places affiliated with the university.

The following is a sample of what is offered.

  • Sports
  • Cultural and social associations
  • The Student House
  • Music
  • Friday bars

Student Reviews

Good study environment
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The study environment very good and the dynamics between the international students and national students good too, very helpful and understanding. The professors were very helpful and always available to assist.

UCPH Cares!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, studying here has been good. There are some systemic problems, and sometimes the classes miss the mark entirely, but generally it seems that the staff care and want to create the best experience for you as a student.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

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