Students milling around the main building of the University of Copenhagen on a sunny day

University Study in Copenhagen

  1. Program Details

    Study at the University of Copenhagen and integrate into Danish life on this cost-effective program.

    Location Copenhagen, Denmark
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 3.0
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About University Study in Copenhagen

    Copenhagen is a modern European capital of 1.7 million with old-world charm reflecting its medieval, fishing-village origins. The bustling city is characterized by its bike- and pedestrian-friendliness, historic buildings, and parks and gardens.

    The University of Copenhagen is Denmark’s oldest university and has a student body of over 41,000. With four campus areas scattered across the city of Copenhagen, the university maintains teaching and research activities in health and medical sciences, humanities, law, science, social sciences, and theology.

    Housing & Meals

    You will work with University of Copenhagen’s housing foundation to arrange accommodation in off-campus Danish residence halls (kollegium) or shared apartments with other university students from all over Denmark and the world. Housing options include twin or single rooms with shared or private bathrooms. Common area kitchens or in-room kitchenettes are available for meal preparation as no meals are included in the program fee.


    While there are no sponsored excursions, you have the opportunity to partner with local student-mentors who organize social events for international students. You can also join local students at the Studenterhuset in central Copenhagen, which offers a range of activities and social events for university students from all over town. Membership in sports associations is another good way to join activities for national and international students.

    Learning Outcomes

    As a student who participates in the University Study in Copenhagen program, you will:

    • Develop a stronger sense of confidence by engaging in a highly independent study abroad program
    • Learn to appreciate diverse world views, accept complexity, and embrace ambiguity
    • Experience a new culturally specific academic system and incorporate different academic perspectives
    • Develop awareness of and challenge assumptions about Danish culture, your own culture, and how your culture is viewed by others
    • Build your professional skills and network through coursework and connections with fellow students and local faculty

    Faculty & Staff

    The International Education & Grants office is your on-site staff during your time in Copenhagen. You can visit them at the UCPH Student Centre during office hours for questions about academic programs, personal problems, or practical tips. Learn from faculty at the University of Copenhagen who are among the best scholars in Europe.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study
    Program Level Various levels

    Students are required to maintain a minimum enrollment of 15 credits per semester, which is equal to 30 ECTS at the University of Copenhagen



    You will choose from English-taught courses among the six different faculties (departments): health and medical sciences, humanities, law, science, social sciences, and theology.

    Undergraduate courses at the University of Copenhagen are offered at the 100–300 level. Check the prerequisites of each course to make sure you have the adequate preparation. 300 level courses are generally master's level courses, though they are occasionally open to undergraduates who have sufficient preparation in the subject area.

    Each course at the University of Copenhagen is typically worth 7.5-15 ECTS credits, or 3.75-7.5 US semester credits. A typical courseload is 2-4 classes. You take a total of 30 ECTS credits, or 15 US semester credits, each semester. 

    You may attend an optional, free pre-semester course in Danish for two weeks prior to the start of each semester. To participate in this option, you must pay for housing and meals.

    Grade & Credit Conversion Scale 

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  4. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Spring Semester 2020 Early February—late June Sep 15, 2019
    Fall Semester 2020 Early September—mid-December Apr 1, 2020
    Academic Year 2020-2021 Early September—late June Apr 1, 2020

    If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials by the following business day.

    Late applications are accepted on a case-by-case basis. To inquire about applying late, contact Vanessa Walton.

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Spring 2018 TBD TBD
  5. Fees for University Study in Copenhagen

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

    Fall 2019 Track I

    Fall 2019 Track I + Pre-session

    Fall 2019 Track II

    Fall 2019 Track II Plus Pre-session

    Academic Year Track I 2019-20

    Academic Year Track I + Pre-session 2019-20

    Academic Year Track II 2019-20

    Academic Year Track II + Pre-session 2019-20

    Spring 2020 Track I

    Spring 2020 Track I + Pre-session 2020

    Spring 2020 Track II

    Spring 2020 Track II + Pre-session 2020

    Track I includes faculty of Humanities (except Audiologopedics, Film & Media Studies, Information Science and Cultural Comm, IT & Cognition), Social Science, Theology. Track II includes Humanities courses listed above, Sciences, Law, Health & Medical. You can take course from multiple faculties, but tuition fees are determined by the most expensive category where you choose to take a course.

    If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. The average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

    Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  6. Prepare

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.
    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Program Dates for term options
    Program Name University Study in Copenhagen
    Track Name University of Copenhagen
    Country Denmark


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.


    Once you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    • Proof of Financial Support (bank statement, grant info, student loans; monthly amount of DKK 6015, multiply by the length of your program)
    • Application Essay (one page; discuss your academic experience and intended coursework at UCPH)
    • Academic Recommendation (1)
    • Passport Copy

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    Application Review Process

    Once your application checklist is complete, our program team will review your application. We will notify you of the nomination decision by email. If nominated, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad Application System and submit a cancelation request.

    Once nominated by the LAC, you will email application materials in PDF format to the University of Copenhagen. Once the materials are recieved and approved by UCPH, they will send you an email to their online application form. UCPH makes the final decision on admission upon review of your UCPH online application.

  7. All US passport holders on semester or academic year programs in Denmark must apply for a residence permit. All students must to travel to Chicago (or their nearest convenient processing center) to submit their materials, and to have biometric readings taken. You cannot start this process until you are officially accepted by the University of Copenhagen and have your acceptance letter. Below are the instructions, tips, and things to keep in mind for the application process.

    If you are not a US passport holder, contact a Danish Embassy or Consulate and ask about your specific requirements.

    Direct all questions about the residence permit application process to a consulate. 

  8. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Roslyn Udairam or call at 612.625.0475.