From application to study start for citizens of a country outside of the EU, EEA or Switzerland

Here's our handy timeline showing the MSc programme application procedure from preparing your application to starting your studies. Two things especially to keep in mind during this process:

  • Once you've submitted your application, we'll contact you using the application portal. When we send you new information, you'll receive an e-mail notification saying there's a message waiting for you in the portal.
  • Make sure you have access to the e-mail address you're registered with in the application portal through the entire admission process. We wouldn't want you to miss anything.
  • Prepare and submit your application Prepare and submit your application in the application portal.

    Here's our user guide on how to use the application portal
  • Application deadline Your application deadline. We do not accept applications after this deadline.
  • Anything missing? We assess whether your application is complete by looking at the required documentation. If anything's missing, we will send you a message in the application portal and you will receive an e-mail notifying you that a message has arrived. Your deadline for uploading any missing documents will be 1 week from the time we contact you. Make sure you check your e-mail every day. If you do not submit all required documentation your application may be rejected.
  • Academic assessment We assess whether you meet the academic admission requirements.
  • Offer of admission If you meet the admission requirements and there's a place for you in the programme, we'll send you an offer of admission in the application portal. Your offer will only be for the highest of your priorities on which we can offer you admission. If you are not qualified, or if we can't offer you a place, we'll also let you know during this period.

    If you've been selected for one of our few available scholarships, we'll notify you in the offer. All non-EU applicants are considered for the scholarships, so you will not have to apply for this separately.

    Your admission offer may be conditional and include a list of conditions you must meet prior to admission, usually a language test and/or a certified diploma copy. We will list the deadline(s) and procedures for sending us documentation for meeting these conditions in the offer.

    You have 5 days from when you receive our offer of admission to accept the admission offer. You accept (or reject) the offer through the application portal. If we do not hear from you in time, we'll offer your place to someone else.
  • Pay your tuition fee Your deadline for paying the 1st semester tuition fee is 2 weeks after you have received your invoice by e-mail, unless you have been selected for a scholarship. There'll be information on how to make the payment in your offer of admission. If we do not receive your payment, our admission offer is void.
  • Letter of admission If you have paid your tuition fee or received a scholarship, you will receive an official letter of admission from us in the application portal. Your letter of admission may be conditional, most likely on a language test and/or a certified diploma copy. We will list the deadline(s) and procedures for sending us documentation for meeting these conditions in the letter.
  • Apply for visa We will start your visa process as soon as we have received all the required documents from you. Once we have your documents, we'll let you know how you should proceed. The visa process can take up to 3 months, so the sooner we get your papers and can get started, the better.
  • Activate your UCPH user name You will receive your UCPH user name by mail (the one you register in the application portal) with instructions on how to activate it. Do this as soon as possible. With your user name you can log onto KUnet, the UCPH intranet. (If you've previously been admitted to UCPH, e.g. as an exchange student, you are not sent a KU user name: You'll keep your old one. The KUnet login page has help options available if you're unsure about your user name or password.
  • Apply for housing As an international student, you will receive an invitation to the University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation housing database where you can apply for housing in Copenhagen. We are regrettably not able to guarantee housing for all students, so you may also want to start looking into alternative housing options around this time.
  • Consult your study start web site To make sure you're off to a great start, we're preparing a site for you introducing you to your MSc programme and student life at UCPH. Take time to explore this website thoroughly and make it your first priority to find out what courses to register for in your 1st semester. We'll send you a link to your study start web site in the application portal.
  • Register for courses You must register for courses in your 1st semester (block 1 and 2). Registration takes place by using the self service system on KUnet (requires login). It is absolutely vital that you register for courses during this period, or you may end up without a place on the courses you are planning to take in your first semester. Registration is compulsory for all types of courses (even those that are compulsory in your programme). We will, of course, extend the deadline for students who are enrolled later than 1 June.
  • Language test score deadline Your deadline for sending us your language test score.
  • Arrival in Copenhagen If possible, we recommend that you arrive in Copenhagen a few days early, but make sure your visa is in order and you have a place to stay before booking your plane tickets. If you're not able to make it by then, make sure you're here before your first day of classes at the latest.
  • Introduction programme Participate in our introduction programme to get to know your MSc programme, your new place of study, your fellow students and UCPH. During this time you'll also be able to register with the authorities, get your student ID and deal with other administrative matters. More information about the programme will be available on your study start web site.
  • First day of classes First day of classes on your new MSc programme.