University of Copenhagen
Experience Danish "hygge" in Copenhagen, consistently ranked as one of the greenest and safest cities for LGBTQ+ individuals, and located only 35 minutes from Malmö, Sweden by train.
Inaugurated in 1479, the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is among the oldest in all of Europe and is the highest ranked university in the Nordic Region (#20 in Europe, #73 in the world, QS 2018). With an assortment of historic buildings, laboratories hosting advanced technology, and expansive botanical gardens, its 40,000 students (almost 10% of which come from abroad) are well-prepared for life on and off campus. UCPH holds the title of largest Health and Life Science faculties in Scandinavia; six of its former professors have been granted Nobel Prizes in medicine and physiology, as well as physics.
Priority deadline Jan. 8, 2020
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Opens Nov. 1, 2020
Areas of Study: UCPH offers a wide variety of courses taught in English, including Anthropology, Biology (Life Sciences), Chemistry, Computer Science, Ethnology, Film Studies, Geography, Geology, Greek & Roman Studies, Health Sciences, History, Law, Math, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Political Science, Physics, Sociology and more. Additionally, the Danish Cultural Courses program offers a variety of course packages in subjects that vary each semester - past offerings have included Gender & Sexuality Studies, Nordic Mythology, Danish Cinema, Danish Architecture and Design, and Danish Philosophy.
In Europe, full-time course load is typically 30 ECTS (European credits), and exchange students at Copenhagen MUST take 30 credits per semester. 30 ECTS = 15 UCalgary Units (6 ECTS = 3 UCalgary units, or 1 half-course).
The amount of credits each course is worth corresponds to the workload/contact hours, and can vary from 1-30 ECTS per course, so please be mindful of this in your selection. You are also eligible to earn an additional 7.5 ECTS if you enroll in the Pre-semester Danish Language Course.
At Copenhagen, students must choose courses from no more than 2 different Faculties. Please list your preferred faculty(s) in the course list part of your online application.
The Transfer Credit Database contains information on previous courses which have been transferred from this institution, however students are not limited to these courses and are strongly encouraged to contact their academic advisor for any other specific transfer credit information.
The academic year is divided into 2 semesters.
- The Autumn semester runs from late August to late January. Students in some departments (such as Law) are able complete the Autumn semester in December; please contact the exchange advisor for more information.
- The Spring semester runs from late January to late June.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.
Monthly student cost estimates (based on 5 month semesters):
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Additional financial information and cost of living estimates can be found online.
Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning. Please Note: Danish visa applications may require travel to the Vancouver consulate to submit the documentation and take biometrics as needed.
Copenhagen cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.
There is a private Housing Foundation that works in conjunction with the university to provide housing to all international exchange students at UCPH. All housing is located off-campus in multiple residential areas throughout Copenhagen. Available housing is either "halls of residence", which are hallways of one- or two-person rooms with private or semiprivate bathrooms that all share a common kitchen, or "shared apartments", which are private apartments that house between two and five people with shared bathroom and kitchen. The type and location of each residence determines the cost of rent; the full range of residences span 2500-5500 DKK per month. The Housing Foundation can also provide some advice on finding your own housing privately.
Student Tips: "I lived in Nordre Fasanvej in Frederiksberg. Frederiksberg was fantastic. My building was really old but room was great because of the size, [and I had] my own kitchen and my own bathroom. Laundry was in the basement but was included in rent and so did not require extra payment. [I] highly recommend bringing bedding with you if you can so you have something to sleep on/in when you arrive and don’t accidentally drop $500 on sheets at some store when you arrive because you’re exhausted and just want to sleep. [There was also a] grocery store located directly under the building. [Also] bring good rain gear, or buy some there as there are many classic Danish brands that make excellent (though expensive) raincoats. "
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).
Do I have to speak Danish?
No prior knowledge of Danish is required to participate in this exchange. UCPH offers a wide variety of courses in English.
What's so special about Copenhagen?
UCPH has four campuses spread across Copenhagen: Frederiksberg to the East (which houses the Science faculty), North Campus (more from Science/Health Sciences), City Campus (the central campus, consisting of Social Science and some from Science & Health and Medical Science, as well as the university administration), and South Campus (Faculty of Law, Theology, and Humanities). While each campus is located in a different region of the city, they fall within a relatively short circumference and are easily accessible by bike or public transit.
The city of Copenhagen is the Danish capital and the largest in the country, and offers a huge variety of local scenes to fit every interest; as described by Lonely Planet, it's "the coolest kid on the Nordic block"! It's also one of the most LGBTQ+friendly cities in the world, and new university facilities at UCPH all offer gender-neutral bathrooms.
What resources are available for new students?
UCPH has a Mentor Programme. Incoming students must contact them to be assigned a local mentor.
Each faculty at UCPH also arranges its own orientation session for incoming international students.
The local chapter of the Erasmus Student Network, ESN Copenhagen, organizes a wide variety of events and unique travel opportunities for international students.
UCPH also has a range of student clubs, which are open to everyone and can be a great way to mingle with Danish students.
What supports and accessibility resources are available?
UCPH provides comprehensive support for students with disabilities, including support to find appropriate housing if necessary. For information on accessibility of campuses across Europe, ESN has created "MappEd!" which allows you to check the accessibility of universities and cities across Europe. For city-specific services and places in Europe, the Jaccede interactive platform (website and/or smartphone app - both Android and iOS) also provides a searchable user-built database to identify important accessibility information of public places and locations.
Study Abroad 101
Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
How to Apply
Download the application guide
This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.
Identify three programs of interest
We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.
Check requirements and deadlines
These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.
Start your application
Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!
Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.
International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.
For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.