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University of Copenhagen
Spend the Academic Year or Spring at Denmark's largest and oldest university.
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Academic Year
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Semester or Academic Year
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Exchange Program
  • Robust offerings in: Anthropology, Biology, Economics, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, and classes in Danish Language and Culture
  • Students may study at the University of Copenhagen for the academic year or spring semester
  • Explore the largest city in Denmark and the rest of Europe
Program Summary: 

The University of Copenhagen is Denmark's oldest university, and with 37,000 students it is Denmark's largest.  It is located on four campuses in central Copenhagen. While many subjects taught in English are available to graduate students, robust offerings at the undergraduate level in English are limited to Anthropology, Biology, Economics, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and classes in Danish Language and Culture. A handful of classes in other departments may be available in English. Students may study at the University of Copenhagen for the academic year or spring semester. Fall semester-only placements are not available due to Copenhagen's academic calendar.



The city of Copenhagen is home to 1.2 million people, representing more than 20% of the entire population of Denmark (5.6 million). Denmark has topped the United Nation’s World Happiness Report three times in the nine years of the report, and is currenlty ranked second in the world for 2021. Copenhagen has been declared the world’s most livable city by multiple publications.


Academic Information: 

Information on housing available through the University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation (UCHF) can be found at: housingfoundation.dk. A list of UCHF properties is here.

Reviews of some UCHF housing options is available here.

A map with UCHF housing options is available here.

Due to severe student housing shortages in the Greater Copenhagen area, it is IMPERATIVE that students accepted onto the Kansas/Copenhagen exchange apply for student housing via the UCHF as soon as the UCHF sends out e-mailed invitations to apply for housing via the UCHF’s on-line system (usually in June for Academic Year applicants, and mid- to late November for Spring applicants).

Life Abroad: 

The University of Copenhagen offers incoming exchange students a Mentor Program, which pairs incoming students with a Danish student, usually studying the same subject as the KU applicant. The mentor can help newly-arrived students get settled in with practical advice for registering with the Danish authorities, shopping locations and getting familiar with the University.


The University of Copenhagen is located on four main campuses in central Copenhagen. Most KU students take courses on the City Campus (Social Sciences) or the South Campus (Humanities). A student's perspecitve on each campus can be found here in the independent student newspaper, Uniavisen. 


Students should have completed at least 60 Kansas credits prior to the start of their studies at the University of Copenhagen. Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.0. Graduate students are eligible to study at the University of Copenhagen.


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9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
18th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
28.1% of KU undergraduate students study abroad prior to graduation.
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 160 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
Study Abroad & Global Engagement and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
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