Non-EU/EEA guest students – University of Copenhagen

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Guest students from Outside the European Union/EEA

What is a Guest Student

If you have completed at least 2 years of university studies you can apply for admission as a fee-paying guest student. If your home institution has a formal exchange agreement with the University of Copenhagen, you must ascertain that your home university allows you to apply outside the exchange agreement. If yes, we must receive a brief confirmation of this from your home university. 

Guest students are permitted to participate in courses and examinations. However, they are not allowed to complete a degree at the University of Copenhagen, nor can they convert their guest student status to that of a degree-seeking student.

Guest student status is for international students who wish to spend one or two semesters abroad at UCPH as a part of their Bachelor or Master degree at their home university. People with a permanent residence permit in Denmark should apply through the Open University at the relevant faculty or department at the University of Copenhagen.

Academic Background

To apply as a guest student, you must have completed at least two years of full-time studies by the beginning of your studies at UCPH. Your academic background will be assessed by the department(s) at which you wish to study, and they will determine if you are qualified for acceptance.

You should be particularly aware of the following:

  • Please note that you can only apply for full-time studies. Otherwise, you will not be granted a residence permit for studies in Denmark. To be a full-time student you must take on a course load of 30 ECTS credits per semester.
  • Citizens in countries that are not visa-free in relation to Denmark should begin the application procedure 6 months prior to the expected semester start. Check if your home country is visa-free here: 
  • In the online application, select subjects within which you have already completed university courses.
  • Do not select more than two subjects in the online application.
  • The tuition fee must be paid immediately upon request. It is not possible to enroll and register for courses before the tuition fee has been paid.
  • We cannot send your letter of admission and a ST1 application form for a residence permit before the tuition fee has been paid and registered by our Accounts Office.

Tuition fee

Guest students from outside the European Union or outside the EEA countries are required to pay tuition fees for short-term, non-degree studies at the University of Copenhagen.

The fee depends on the area of study. There are a number of fee categories. If you apply for courses in more than one department, the entire fee will be determined by the most expensive category. That is, if you are admitted to Humanities and Law, you will have to pay the Law tuition fee which is more expensive than Humanities.

It is only possible to get a refund of a previously paid tuition fee if the course(s) one has paid for are cancelled by the University of Copenhagen.

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Please note that due to cut-backs, the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Sociology do not accept applications from fee-paying guest students.

How to Begin your Application for Admission

To gain access to apply for admission, you must send a number of documents in pdf format by e-mail to Please remember to keep copies of the documents for upload in the online application.

Required documents:

  • Proof of citizenship: A copy of the vital pages of passport or permanent residence permit.
  • Transcript of your academic records from your home university, certified with stamp and signature by your home university.
  • If possible, a letter of recommendation from your home university, for example from your teacher, professor, or supervisor.
  • If you are a Non-native speaker of English, you are also required to provide proof of your English language proficiency. You must send a copy of the official score report. Required minimum scores: 
    • Toefl Internet-based: 80
    • Toefl Computer-based: 213
    • Toefl Paper-based: 550
    • IELTS (preferable IELTS Academic): 6.0
    • Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): B
    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C

          Please note that we do not accept institutional TOEFL tests (ITP).

  • If your home university has an exchange agreement with the University of Copenhagen: A confirmation that your home university allows you to apply outside the agreement.

Online Application

When we have received and approved the documents above, International Education & Grants will send you an e-mail with a link to our online application form. Remember to check your spam folder as the invitation e-mails sometimes get caught there. When you are invited to apply online for admission, you will be asked to give a description of the proposed study programme at the University of Copenhagen, as well as a description of your previous academic studies. These are essential for the relevant board of study to decide whether you are qualified and whether the University can offer you the appropriate courses.

Application Deadlines

Applications may be submitted throughout the year. However, closing dates for applications are:

1 May for entry in September (autumn semester)

1 October for entry in February (spring semester)

Please note that the processing time can be up to three months.