University of Copenhagen

Image of buildings in Copenhagen
Spend the Academic Year or Spring at Denmark's largest and oldest university.
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Language of Instruction: English
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

  • 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

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 currently ranked second in the world for 2021. Copenhagen has been declared the world’s most livable city by multiple publications.

To learn more about how to select classes at the University of Copenhagen, view the University of Copenhagen's Class Selection Guide.

For more guidance on how to navigate the University of Copenhagen Course Catalog, view the University of Kansas Guide to Selecting Classes at the University of Copenhagen (.pdf.)

For information regarding sample courses KU students can take at the University of Copenhagen please see, Copenhagen Course Equivalencies

See, University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation (UCHF) for information on housing available.

Please see University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation (UCHF) Student Dormitories for a list of properties in the area.

For reviews of University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation (UCHF) housing, check out the University Post's Student Housing Reviews. 

For information regarding housing locations see, University of Copenhagen's Housing Map

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).

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 perspective on each campus can be found in the independent student newspaper, Uniavisen

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

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.