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The is a research-led university which provides research and education of the highest international standards.

With over 40,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is one of the largest institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries. According to QS World University Tops® 2016, UCPH is the highest ranked university in the Nordic region and number 20 in Europe.

The University of Copenhagen is a member of globally leading international research alliances such as (International Alliance of Research Universities) and (League of European Research Universities).

The university has companies such as for example GlaxoSmithKline, Microsoft, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes and VELUX. Talented researchers collaborate to bring scientific discoveries from the laboratory to society. In addition, UCPH signs approx. 800 collaboration agreements every year with both public and private companies.

Competitive research funds make up 40% of the total research budget, and UCPH is among the top 5 universities in Europe in attracting grants from the European Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

International full-degree students make up 10% of the total student population and, UCPH welcomes approximately 2,000 international exchange students every year. UCPH partners with world class institutions around the world to attract talented students and researchers, and the university’s international study environment is supported by an increasing number of international researchers and academic staff.

UCPH is located in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark's capital. It is the geographic centre of Greater Copenhagen – Northern Europe’s Hub for Science and Innovation with a high number of research institutions and a flourishing start-up environment.

The university was founded in 1479 and is one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. It has , each with its unique atmosphere and environment. The campus structures range from historic buildings in the city centre to high-technology laboratories and auditoriums.

The university is comprised of with more than and .


Education at the University of Copenhagen

UCPH offers , as well as , and all taught in English. The bachelor’s degree programmes are taught in Danish.

UCPH is a research intensive university where teaching and research go hand-in-hand.

Education at the University of Copenhagen is designed to promote creativity, innovation as well as analytical and critical thinking. It combines traditional lectures and tutorials with teaching and assignments that help students develop a critical approach, strong problem solving skills and collaborative skills.


Copenhagen: the capital of Denmark

In addition to being a vibrant, efficient and sustainable city with a population of 1.2 million, Copenhagen captivates visitors and residents alike with its historical charm.

Internationally, the city continues to rank amongst the cleanest, safest and most livable cities in the world. It is easy to get around on a bicycle or by public transportation. Watch Living in Copenhagen three short films with international UCPH students.

Programs available

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Theology

University Highlights

Total students - 31,177


International students - 3,869


Total faculty staff - 7,290


Total students - 31,177


International students - 3,869


Total faculty staff - 7,290


Undergraduate Program

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Postgraduate Program

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English language requirements

This institution accepts IELTS!
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Please check the specific English language requirements for your chosen course with the university.

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