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For Parents 

We know it is a major decision for a student to go abroad to undertake part of their studies or a full degree. 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

The University

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is located in the capital of Denmark. Today we have a student body of 39,000 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 practice, 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 International Education & Grants. 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 web site

Accommodation and Living Costs

When applying for admission, exchange students can apply for accommodation through International Education & Grants. Please read our accommodation information carefully to learn about what we offer and the terms that apply. Accommodation costs 5,000-10,000 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.

Please notice that contracts for residence halls might start prior to the semester start. Please find more information in the booking manual.

Other estimated living costs are available at our Welcome International Students website.

Mentor and Arrival

International guest and exchange 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.

Advisory Services

International Education & Grants 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 (with a population of 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.

Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, and Police contact details are available from our Welcome International Students site.

Welcome International Students

We look forward to welcoming your son or daughter to the University of Copenhagen. In addition to the information on this exchange and guest student site, you can also find much information on our Welcome International Students site.

Feel free to contact International Education & Grants if you have any questions. Click here for contact details.