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.
  • The University of Copenhagen ranks among the top 1 percent of the World's universities.

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.


  • The University of Copenhagen is the largest educational institution in Denmark. Together, the six faculties offer over 200 programmes for study in health and medical sciences, humanities, law, science, social sciences, and theology.
  • The University aims to prepare students for a broad range of jobsThe University aims to prepare students for a broad range of jobs in the private and public sectors. 
  • 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. The dissemination of knowledge and findings to other research environments and the general public is a natural element of the University's research efforts.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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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
84 17
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 wide range of guidance options available for prospective and current students.
  • If you feel you may be suffering from fear, anxiety or depression, have problems with your family, suffer grief or experience problems working together with other students, financial difficulties or other matters which seriously affect your studies, the Student Counselling Service is staffed by psychologists and social workers who are ready to help.

Housing services

The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation (UCPH Housing Foundation) is an independent entity which assists international students and researchers in finding accommodation 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. The agreements and the software you have access to depend on your faculty affiliation.

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 centre 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.

Some examples of sports are:

  • Indoors: badminton, basket, yoga, pilates, various dance genres, gymnastics, handball and football. 
  • Outdoors: running, mountain bike, tennis, hiking, beach volley and parkour.
  • Water: kayak, swimming (both indoor swimming pool and open water), and SUP/stand-up paddleboard.

Student Reviews

It's alright
Provided by ESN rated 4 out of 5 stars

The University of Copenhagen is an alright university, it lacks money for sure, but is generally speaking pretty good. It's hard to say though, since I have not gone to any other university.

Excited!A student from a developing country learns about the developing world from the perspective of developed countries
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It's totally different to study at Denmark, from the language, culture background,perspective, to the way we think of things in China. It's hard but rebuilt me. I've learned a lot that I even noticed before about the Global South and Global North. The development and problems from the developing countries should be considered for us, and I realised that now. So I will try...

Personality development is crucial at this stage.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The quality of studies were up to the expectations but social interactions and improving a person in personality wise was not much effective

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