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Experience the rich history and culture of Denmark while studying at the University of Copenhagen, the largest and oldest university in Denmark. Students interested in enrolling directly in a foreign university will find this exchange program an excellent opportunity to take courses in English while learning Danish culture and language. If you have proficiency in Danish, you will be able to take advantage of the university's wide array of regular courses and subjects.
The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen (Kobenhavn) is also the largest city in Scandinavia with a population of over 1.5 million. Officially founded in 1167 as a small fishing village, the city's name signifies "port of tradesmen" and aptly describes the bustling port city. Today, Copenhagen is the commercial and cultural center of Denmark.
Copenhagen - the capital of Denmark - was officially founded in 1167. The small fishing village, as it was then, prospered and developed into Kobenhavn - 'port of tradesmen'. Today Copenhagen is the commercial, cultural and administrative center of Denmark, and the greater city area has a population of 1.7 million. Although busy and noisy as any large city, Copenhagen continues to captivate visitors because it has managed to maintain some of its original charm. Compared to many other cosmopolitan cities, it is considered a safe city.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Copenhagen but are given guidelines for arrival dates and times.
A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. Students must also obtain a Student Permit before departure from the US. Because the student permit includes biometrics (fingerprinting), you are requested to apply in person at the Consulate General in New York. IAP will provide you with residence permit information to assist you in the application process.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
You may participate in an optional three week Danish language course taught in August (for the fall semester) or January (for the spring semester) to help prepare you for your semester in Denmark.
The University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation assists you in finding off-campus accommodation. Most students are offered a room in a shared flat or private home where the landlord/landlady usually lives as well. All rooms are furnished and have access to kitchen and bathroom facilities.
You could also choose to find your own accommodations, but should be aware that housing in Copenhagen is difficult to find.
Excursions and Activities
Copenhagen's many students make it a young and bustling city with a rich and varied cultural and social life. You can enjoy impressive sights such as the National Museum and the Christiansborg Palace while taking advantage of cultural opportunities such as drama productions and international jazz and rock festivals. You can also explore Stroget - the world's longest pedestrian street - with scores of shops, boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and department stores.
The International Office regularly publishes information on cultural and social activities, and also organizes a mentor program where a Danish student serves as a mentor for an international student. The International Office also offers an orientation program and social events such as guided tours of Copenhagen, a picnic, and a trip to a museum.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
After completing your registration with the civil authorities in Denmark, you will also receive the same medical coverage that is received by all Danish citizens.
Staff from the University of Copenhagen International Office.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Copenhagen Denmark Program Handbook
(Fall - 2013-14)Copenhagen Denmark Program Handbook
(Year - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
Check out student profiles to learn more about their experience abroad.
"This semester abroad was exactly what I needed. I loved becoming comfortably foreign and living as a Dane. I loved meeting new people and forming friendships from all over the world. The program also provided ample opportunities to travel to new places and try new things! Every day was exciting."
"I loved the teaching environment, the people and the city. The pre-semester Danish course was also exteremely helpful and one of the most fun parts about the program."
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Exchange programs may require you to apply directly to the exchange partner either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP.
After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the form instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the exchange partner.
Copenhagen Grad materials
ScanDesign Scholarship Application (OPTIONAL)
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The exchange university will make the final admissions decision.
The university offers a variety of courses in English, many of which are open to Danish students as well. You may take courses in the faculties of social sciences, humanities, science, health, pharmaceutical sciences, life sciences, theology, and law. You may also choose from a selection of "Danish Culture courses" that are centered on special topics related to Danish cultural and historical issues such as cinema, philosophy, mythology, architecture, and environment. These courses are specifically geared towards international students.
This program is also a good fit for CALS students, as the Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE) is one of Europe's leading university environments in the areas of veterinary medicine, food, health, plants, biotechnology, natural resources, the environment and related academic areas.
As a social welfare state, Denmark also offers you the opportunity to delve into comparative studies of government, social policy and law.
You are highly encouraged to pursue Danish language study as one of the best ways to integrate into Danish society. You can participate in a three-week Danish language course prior to the start of the semester and may pursue Danish language study during the semester as well.
Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen (Kobenhavns Universitet) was the first university in Denmark and is currently the country's largest research and education institution. The university has a student enrollment of over 37,000 in eight faculties spread across three campuses, all located a short distance from the heart of Copenhagen.
University of Copenhagen
Program Web Page(s)
UC International Office
UC Course catalog
Danish Culture Courses
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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