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

Here is 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 have submitted your application, we will contact you using the application portal. When we send you new information, you will receive an e-mail notification saying there is a message waiting for you in the portal.
  • Make sure you have access to the e-mail address you are registered with in the application portal through the entire admission process. We would not want you to miss anything.
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    Prepare and submit your application

    15 November - 15 January

    Prepare and submit your application in the application portal.

    Here is our user guide on how to use the application portal

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    Application deadline

    15 January

    Your application deadline. We do not accept applications after this deadline.

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    Anything missing

    1 January - 15 February

    > We assess whether your application is complete by looking at the required documentation. If anything is 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.

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    Academic assessment

    15 February - 15 May

    We assess whether you meet the academic admission requirements.

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    Offer of admission

    March - 10 June

    > If you meet the admission requirements and there is a place for you in the programme, we will 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 cannot offer you a place, we will also let you know during this period.

    If you have been selected for one of our few available scholarships, we will 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 will offer your place to someone else.

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    Pay your tuition fee

    April - June

    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. Once you have have accepted the offer of admission, we will send you information on how to pay the tuition fee for the 1st semester. If we do not receive your payment, our admission offer will be cancelled.

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    Letter of admission

    Late April - June

    When 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.

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    Apply for visa

    Mid May - End August

    We will start your visa process as soon as we have received all the required documents from you. Once we have your documents, we will 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.

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    Activate your UCPH user name

    May - June

    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 have previously been admitted to UCPH, e.g. as an exchange student, you are not sent a KU user name: You will keep your old one. The KUnet login page has help options available if you are unsure about your user name or password.

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    Apply for housing

    Late June

    All international students 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.

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    Consult your study start website

    1 May - 1 September

    To make sure you are off to a great start, we have prepared 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 will send you a link to your study start web site in the application portal.

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    Register for courses

    15 May - 1 June

    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.

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    Arrival in Copenhagen

    Late August

    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 are not able to make it by then, make sure you are here before your first day of classes at the latest.

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    Introduction programme

    30 August - 3 September

    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 will 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.

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    First day of classes

    6 September

    First day of classes on your new MSc programme.

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    Study start test

    13 September

    You will get a link for your study start test at your KUmail.