International students > For Parents
We know it is a major decision for a student to go abroad to do a full degree or do part of their studies. We are also aware that parents, of course, wish to have as much information as possible about the country and the university their son or daughter may go to, to assist them in making an informed decision. This site is intended to assist parents. If you have any further questions you are always welcome to contact our admissions officers at email@example.com.
The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is located in the capital of Denmark. Today we have a student body of 37,000 including 3,600 international students studying for a full degree. We also welcome around 2,000 exchange and guest students annually.
The University of Copenhagen offers quality research-based education. We focus on making our graduates capable of having a curious, critical and analytical approach. We enable them to apply theory in practise, work individually as well as in teams, and prepare them for their future careers.
The University of Copenhagen has six faculties offering individual bachelor’s and master’s level courses taught in English as well as full degree programmes. The degree programmes taught in English are at master’s level.
• Exchange and guest students are admitted through the International Office. Students apply online and are able to monitor the process online.
• Students applying for admission to a full bachelor’s degree programme apply through the central admission office, while students applying for admission to a full master’s degree programme apply through the relevant faculty. For admission criteria to degree programmes, please refer to the relevant department.
Accommodation and Living Costs
When applying for admission, exchange students can apply for accommodation through the International Office. Please read our accommodation information carefully to learn about what we offer and the terms that apply. Accommodation costs 2,500-4,500 DKK/month depending on the quality and distance from the city centre. Please note that a room in a hall of residence via the University of Copenhagen is most often paid in advance per semester and not on a monthly basis.
Mentor and Arrival
International students have the option of being assigned a mentor at the University of Copenhagen. A mentor is not an academic supervisor but a fellow student who can show your son or daughter around the city and the University and assist with practical issues. It may also be possible to organize an airport/train station pick up with the mentor. It is important to remember that the mentors work on a voluntary basis.
The International Office gives advice to international students on academic, practical and personal issues. If we cannot help, we advise the students on where to go. The faculties and departments also have student advisors and many of them have designated international advisors. In addition to that, students can seek advice and support from the Student Counselling Service and Student Chaplains.
Health and Insurance
The Danish Health Security Act covers students staying for more than three months, and upon registering with the Danish authorities, students will be assigned a doctor (general practitioner). Note, however, that the Danish Health Security does not cover the costs of medical evacuation back to your home country, emergency repatriation and personal liability. For this reason we encourage students to purchase general insurance as well.
Copenhagen (population 1.2 million in the greater city area) is considered a safe European capital. We advise students to exercise the same caution as they would in other major cities. If students do experience or become victims of a crime, we urge them to contact the police. Students are also welcome to contact university staff for advice and support.
We look forward to welcoming your son or daughter to the University of Copenhagen. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.