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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science

Take courses taught in English in a wide variety of fields at one of Europe’s leading universities! In class alongside Danish and international students, you can pursue your major in an academically stimulating environment. Classes at the University of Copenhagen are small and many courses include practical projects and experiences, including research and field work.

Unique study opportunities

  • Gain a uniquely Danish perspective in your major through special courses for international students.
  • Explore Danish culture, urban design, cinema, or mythology to complement your primary coursework.
  • Meet and interact with students visiting from many countries around the world.
  • Participate in research with a Danish faculty member.​

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Danish Language Study: Required during the intensive language program and optional during the academic term.

This program starts with an intensive language program (ILP) which will introduce you to Danish language and culture. During the ILP you’ll meet students from all over the world who have come to study in Copenhagen. The ILP course is mandatory and lasts for three weeks before the semester begins.

During the semester, you have the option to continue Danish language study, though it is not required. Danish language courses are available at beginning to advanced levels.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study:
    • One course during the mandatory ILP for 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units.
    • Two to four courses during the academic term for a total of 18-24 quarter/12-16 semester UC units.
  • If you are enrolled in two or three courses, you may take one course for pass/no pass credit.
  • If you are enrolled in four courses you may take two courses for pass/no pass credit.
  • Most courses are at the upper-division undergraduate level.
  • With the appropriate background and prerequisites, you can take courses at the masters level within your major. These courses count at UC as upper-division undergraduate credit.

Current Program Courses

Particular strengths at the University of Copenhagen include economics, political science, biological sciences, environmental studies, and psychology. Courses are also available in math and physical sciences, arts and humanities, and much more. In addition, the University of Copenhagen offers a range of interdisciplinary courses for international students​. These courses cover Danish culture, Danish cinema, Danish architecture and urban design, Danish welfare, Nordic mythology, and a range of other topics. UCEAP returnees have reported that it was rewarding to take a course of study that provides a uniquely Danish perspective in areas such as international relations and social policy. These courses are open to all exchange students regardless of the department you have been accepted into. ​

The fall semester runs into the month of January. If you are studying during the fall only, you may need to make special arrangements to complete exams by late December. 

Research and Independent Study

There are numerous opportunities to participate in research within the university, particularly in biological and environmental sciences. If you are interested in doing research in a particular field, contact the faculty after you’re accepted by the university to see what opportunities are available. You can also secure research opportunities once you arrive in Copenhagen.​

Course Restrictions

Due to the intensity of the courses in the following departments, it is recommended that you enroll in one major-specific course per semester or block.

  • Economics
  • Public Health/Global Health
  • Biology (in particular, courses in the field of Genetics require a strong background in chemistry. If you enroll in a biology course that has chemistry as a prerequisite, it may be very challenging.)

Catalogs and resources

  • University of Copenhagen course search: To use this catalog, select English in the Language drop-down menu to search for all courses taught in English. In the Block drop-down menu, the courses in Autumn, Block 1, and Block 2 are taught in the fall. Courses in Spring, Block 3 and Block 4 are taught in the spring.
  • Danish culture courses: Browse the University of Copenhagen’s interdisciplinary courses for international students.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

You will register for classes directly with the University of Copenhagen prior to departure with assistance from the UC Study Center in Copenhagen and UCEAP. 

The learning environment at the University of Copenhagen is friendly and relaxed with students and teachers debating openly during class and lectures.

Traditional lectures and tutorials are combined with project-based teaching methods, which help you develop strong problem-solving skills. Open debate and problem-based learning methods will encourage you to express yourself, pursue experiment, and work collaboratively with others.

The greatest academic challenge UCEAP students face at the University of Copenhagen is being self-disciplined. There are few or no assignments during the semester and few hours in class per week. This has led some students to underestimate the vast independent work required to succeed in classes and perform well on projects and papers. The final exam is often a major individual paper or project. If you are highly self-motivated, you will do well in the Danish university system.

At the University of Copenhagen, assessment is usually done through one final exam. Most courses require extensive independent reading and research papers in addition to final exams. Exams usually concentrate on material covered in the reading rather than the lectures.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework.

Grades for the fall semester are typically available by late February and grades for the spring semester are typically available by late August.