Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Denmark at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), one of Europe’s leading universities. You can take courses in English in a wide variety of fields alongside Danish and international students. The University offers a selection of courses designed especially for international students on the Danish welfare model, Scandinavian politics, the European Union, and migration and globalization.
The University of Copenhagen is a large research-oriented university located across four campus areas in central Copenhagen. Many of the buildings are as old as the more than 530 year-old university itself, with extensive surrounding gardens and museums. Classes are small and many courses include practical projects and experiences, including opportunities for research and field work.
Outside the classroom, you’ll have access to Copenhagen’s full range of cultural activities, popular music venues, coffeehouses, clubs, and restaurants. Offering charming town squares and modern trendsetting, it’s no wonder that Copenhagen is rated one of the most livable cities in the world!
If you would like to get first-hand information from previous participants, contact a University of Copenhagen returnee!
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
Although the primary language at the University of Copenhagen is Danish, many courses are offered in English.
The program begins with a mandatory Danish Intensive Language Program (ILP). You are encouraged to continue to study the Danish language in addition to your regular coursework during the semester.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
early August to early January (students may finish exams by late December)
early January to late June
early August to late June
Housing arrangements are made by the University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation. You can apply to live in one of the kollegiums
(dormitories), which are located throughout the city. Your commute to school will vary depending on where your housing is located. Students in Copenhagen normally ride their bikes or take public transportation, which is very accessible, efficient, and inexpensive. More Information on Housing
The international student organization Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is active at University of Copenhagen and offers a variety of excursions and social events throughout the year. Visit the ESN website
for more information. There are hundreds of museums and galleries in Copenhagen. Many have free admission at least one day of the week (most often on Wednesdays) and student discounts on the other days. All about Copenhagen
is a good online resource for information about cultural events and local activities.
All students enrolled at the University of Copenhagen are automatically members of Studenterhuset, one of the main student meeting places at the university. The university student card serves as an admittance card to Studenterhuset, and entitles students to beverage discounts in the bar and admission discounts at concerts.
You can participate in the sporting life at the University of Copenhagen by joining the University’s Sports Association (USG
). The USG is an organization for all students in Copenhagen and has about 6,000 members. It is designed to provide students with a wide variety of sporting opportunities including, but not limited to, water polo, ballet, basketball, soccer, handball, fencing, squash, climbing, and yoga. These activities are located all around Copenhagen to accommodate students who live in different parts of the city. The price is about $120 for one academic year.
UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local UCEAP staff in Copenhagen will help you integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
You can also request a mentor. Mentors are volunteer students from the University of Copenhagen who assist UCEAP students upon arrival. They can even meet you at the airport and take you to your housing accommodations.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
The University of Copenhagen offers courses taught in English in most UC academic majors. Particular strengths at the University of Copenhagen include economics, political science, biological sciences, environmental studies, psychology, and health sciences. Courses are also available in math and physical sciences, arts and humanities, and much more. Most courses are at the upper-division undergraduate level.
Every semester, the University of Copenhagen offers a range of Danish Culture Courses
for international students such as Danish Culture, Danish Cinema, Danish Architecture and Urban Design, and Nordic Mythology. UCEAP returnees have reported that it was rewarding to take courses providing a unique understanding of local history and culture.
Courses at the first year Masters level at the University of Copenhagen are open to UCEAP undergraduates with the appropriate academic background and are considered to be equivalent to 4th year undergraduate level work at the UC. When searching for courses in the University of Copenhagen course catalog be sure to look at both Bachelors and first year Masters level courses.
This program is an ideal location for Film Studies majors. The city of Copenhagen is one of Europe’s media capitals for English-language film and television production. The University of Copenhagen Film Department offers a large array of both production and studies courses taught in English and is housed in a new building with state of the art production and computer facilities. Internship opportunities for credit are also available within the media industry in Copenhagen. Sample courses offered in the past year include: Film production and communication; Danish Television Drama; and Scandinavian Film and Television.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
ILP: 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units required; one course
Term: 18-24 quarter/12-16 semester UC units required per semester; usually two-four courses
Research and Independent Study
Research projects and independent study are possible on this program. There are numerous opportunities to participate in research within the university, particularly in the Biological and Environmental Sciences. If you are interested in doing research in a particular field, you should contact the faculty after your acceptance by the University of Copenhagen to see what opportunities are available. Research opportunities can also be secured once you are onsite in Copenhagen.
University of Copenhagen
The University of Copenhagen
is arranged by Faculties which are listed in detail below. The academic year is divided into two semesters: autumn and spring. Most courses at the University of Copenhagen are taught as semester-long courses. Each semester within the Faculty of Science is separated into two blocks. Block 1+2 are autumn semester and block 3+4 are spring semester. Therefore courses in the Faculty of Science are shorter and more intense in their structure.
The Faculty of Science
Includes the departments of Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Food and Resource Economics; Food Science; Geoscience and Natural Resource Management; Mathematical Sciences; Nutrition, Exercise, and Sports; Plant and Environmental Sciences; Science Education; and The Natural History Museum of Denmark
The Faculty of Social Science
Includes the departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology
The Faculty of Humanities
Includes the departments of Arts and Cultural Studies; Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies; English, Germanic, and Romance Studies; Media, Cognition and Communication; Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics; and SAXO-Institute of Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin
The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Includes the departments of Biomedical Sciences; Cellular and Molecular Medicine; Clinical Medicine; Drug Design and Pharmacology; Forensic Medicine; International Health, Immunology, and Microbiology; Large Animal Sciences; Neuroscience and Pharmacology; Public Health; and Veterinary Disease Biology
The Faculty of Theology
Includes the departments of Theology and African Studies
Copenhagen Business School
CBS is a separate institution from the University of Copenhagen, however you can enroll in courses at CBS if you are a Business major and have received advance permission from the UCEAP Study Center
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
Please note- Current internship offerings may vary, you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- Pre-departure preparation may be necessary for some internships
- Internships are typically secured once you are on-site
- Staff in Copenhagen are available for advice on internships
"It has been a valuable and enjoyable experience working at a film production company, mainly due to the small office size. In this way, I have been able to spend time with company members, and ask any questions I may have. It has also allowed me to meet some prominent figures in the Danish film industry. Besides providing potential contacts, my working there has greatly expanded my knowledge of how a production company functions, in Denmark in particular." -Omer Sami, UCLA, Internship with a Film Production Company
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- Pre-Departure expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Tuition at the University of Copenhagen
- On-site orientation
- Intensive language program
- Room and board
- Program activities
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by University of Copenhagen.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: