Studying at UCPH as a refugee

Information for Ukrainian refugees – updated on 2 May 2022

On this site, you will find information aimed at Ukrainian refugees in Denmark who wish to study at UCPH. If you are a refugee but not from Ukraine - please continue reading at the bottom of this page.

The following rules for admission to UCPH and the Danish state education grant (known as “SU”) apply from 25 April 2022:
Are you a Ukrainian citizen and have a residence permit in Denmark under the law on temporary residence permits for displaced persons from Ukraine (the Special Act)? In some situations, you will then be able to be equated with Danish citizens in relation to tuition fees and the right to the Danish state education grant (SU). SU is a monthly grant that students receive from the Danish state to cover the cost of living. Only students who have been admitted to an entire bachelor’s or master’s degree programme can receive SU. Guest students cannot receive state educational grants (SU). Find more information about SU here

Are you a refugee and do you wish to work at UCPH?

You can apply for admission to UCPH in the following 3 ways:

Rules for admission to UCPH as a guest student from Ukraine 

(i.e., for 1 or 2 semesters)

  • As a Ukrainian citizen with a residence permit in Denmark under the law on temporary residence permits for displaced persons from Ukraine, you can, on an equal footing with Danish and other EU citizens, pay to follow courses at the University of Copenhagen. You can find information about applying and the tuition fees here: https://studies.ku.dk/visiting/guest/
  • If you are enrolled as a guest student, you are not eligible for SU.
  • As a student, you can apply for housing through, for example, Housing Foundation Copenhagen.

Application deadlines for admission to UCPH (guest students)

Although the application deadlines for admission to UCPH’s guest student programme are 1 May and 1 October, UCPH’s faculties will show flexibility, which in principle allows admission outside the two deadlines. However, this does not apply to courses that do not have any study places available. UCPH is also working to establish an agreement with Ukrainian institutions on the possibility of exchange agreements through the Erasmus programme.

Contact UCPH regarding admission as a guest student

Contact us by e-mail if you are considering applying for admission as a guest student at UCPH (i.e., for 1 or 2 semesters). We will then help you find out what your options are.

We usually respond within 5 days.

Rules for admission to UCPH’s master’s degree programmes

A master's degree programme in Denmark takes 2 years

If you, as a Ukrainian citizen, are admitted to an entire master’s degree programme (2 years) in accordance with the law on temporary residence permits for displaced persons from Ukraine, you are equated with Danish citizens. Therefore, the following rules apply:

  • If you are a Ukrainian refugee and enrolled on an entire master’s degree programme (2 years), you do not have to pay for your education.
  • As a Ukrainian refugee and applicant, you must, in the same way as other students, live up to the qualification requirements for the English language and the specific entry requirements for the education you are applying for. However, some master’s degree programmes are only available in Danish

Flexibility can be shown in relation to the form of documentation that you would normally need to be able to present.

Application deadlines for admission to UCPH's master's degree programmes

Although the application deadline for autumn admission to the master’s degree programmes was 15 January for non-EU citizens, and 1 March for EU citizens, UCPH’s faculties will show flexibility towards Ukrainian citizens. This means that as a Ukrainian refugee, you potentially have the opportunity to be admitted to a master’s degree programme outside the application deadline if study places are available on the programme that you would like to start.

Contact UCPH regarding admission to a master’s degree programme for Ukrainian citizens

Are you a refugee and do you wish to enroll in a master's programme at UCPH? Find the right faculty below. 

We will then help you clarify your options regarding admission to UCPH (We cannot answer questions regarding SU, free tuition, and housing).

We usually respond within 5 days.

Rules for admission to UCPH’s bachelor’s degree programmes for Ukrainian citizens

A bachelor's degree programme in Denmark takes 3 years

If you, as a Ukrainian citizen, are admitted to an entire bachelor’s degree programme (3 years) in accordance with the law on temporary residence permits for displaced persons from Ukraine, you are equated with Danish citizens.

Therefore, the following rules apply:

  • As a Ukrainian refugee, you do not have to pay for your bachelor’s degree education.
  • You must have passed the quota 2 test on 24 April. (Find out what “quota 2” is)
  • As an applicant, you must live up to the qualification requirements for the Danish language and the specific entry requirements for the education you are applying for. The possibility of admission to a bachelor’s degree programme in 2022 closes for Ukrainian applicants on April 24.

Contact UCPH regarding admission to a bachelor’s degree programme

Contact us by e-mail if you are considering applying for admission to one of UCPH’s bachelor’s degree programmes. We will then help you clarify your options regarding admission to UCPH (We cannot answer questions regarding SU, free tuition, and housing).

We usually respond within 5 days.

SU and housing

If you, as a Ukrainian student, are enrolled on an entire master’s degree programme or an entire bachelor's degree programme, you are entitled to SUIf you are enrolled as a guest student, you are not entitled to SU.

As a student, you can, for example, apply for housing through Housing Denmark Copenhagen.
Find out more about how to find an apartment in Copenhagen.

Information for refugees - other than Ukrainians 

The University of Copenhagen aims to attract international talents from all over the world. International talents strengthen the diversity of our campuses and classrooms.

We believe that refugees constitute a significant resource and that education and quick entry to the labour market is the best way to integration for refugees. The University is committed to this objective and is in dialogue with the Danish government, local authorities, and private companies on how to ease access to education and help refugees into Danish society.

On the following page you can find information on how to apply for a study program at the University of Copenhagen

Who can apply?

If you have not yet been granted asylum in Denmark (i.e. you are an asylum seeker), you cannot apply to a study program or for a vacant position at the University of Copenhagen.

To learn more about the different types of asylum, please visit the official portal for foreigners in Denmark, newtodenmark.dk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admission to UCPH’s bachelor’s degree programmes

All bachelor's programmes at the University of Copenhagen are taught in Danish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admission to UCPH’s master’s degree programmes

The University of Copenhagen offers a wide range of Master's degree programmes taught in English. See the full list of programmes.

 

 

 

I'm a student - not a refugee!

Nada Alkis, master's student at UCPH
Refugee at UCPH

Nada Alkis was living a normal life as a student in Damascus when the civil war forced her and her family to fee in 2012. 3 years later, she is a student once again. This time at UCPH, where she studies Pharmaceutical Sciences. Read about Nada's life as a student.

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Guide to studying in Denmark

Do you think that the Danish higher education system is a jungle? Student Refugees is a student-driven project guiding potential students with refugee status to navigate within the higher education programs in Denmark. You can also visit Student Refugees at their Facebook-site.

Student Refugees is a joint project between Studenterhuset and Danske Studerendes Fællesråd.