Applicants with citizenship from countries outside of the EU/EEA or Non-Nordic Countries must pay tuition fees. Applicants with a permanent residence permit in Denmark – or permit with a possibility of permanent residence in Denmark – are exempted from this rule.
The University of Copenhagen uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The ECTS system defines a full study load for one year as 60 ECTS. Tuition fees are in the range of EUR 10,000 to 17,000 per 60 ECTS/academic year, depending on the programme.
Fees are paid either annually for 60 ECTS or biannually for 30 ECTS depending on the programme. Along with an offer of admission, students will receive information on how and when to pay tuition, as well as term of payment. For September admission, the first rate is due in April-May.
The master programmes last two years and are made up of 120 ECTS. Students must always pay for 120 ECTS/four semesters, even if you take longer – or finish faster. The tuition fee covers up to three attempts to pass each course.
Please consult the specific Master’s degree programme for further information about its tuition fees.
Exemptions from payment of tuition fee
Please note that you are exempted from paying the tuition fee if you:
- hold a permanent residence permit in Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands).
- hold a temporary residence permit “with a view to” or “with the possibility of” permanent residency in Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands) and your permit states: “mhp. varigt ophold” or “mmf. varigt ophold”.
- hold a permanent residence permit in one of the other Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland), cf. Article 1 of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Order No 54 of 17 June 1999 between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden regarding access to further education, provided you maintain your official residence in that country while enrolled at the University of Copenhagen.
- have become an EU citizen or enjoy equality of treatment with an EU citizen pursuant to the Executive Order on Residence in Denmark for Aliens Falling within the Rules of the European Union (EU Residence Order).
- have been granted a temporary residence permit cf. section 7 and section 8(1) or 8(2) of the Danish Aliens Act.
- have been granted a temporary residence permit on the grounds of family reunification, cf. section 9(1) or 9C(1) of the Danish Aliens Act as a consequence of a familial relationship to a foreigner with a residence permit pursuant to section 7 or section 8(1) or (2).
- have been granted a temporary residence permit cf. section 9B(1) of the Danish Aliens Act.
- have been granted a residence permit pursuant to Section 9M (previously 9C) of the Danish Aliens Act as a consequence of your parents having been granted residence permits pursuant to Section 9A of the Danish Aliens Act.
- have been granted a residence permit under the Danish Act on Temporary Residence Permit for Persons who Have Assisted Danish Authorities, etc. in Afghanistan, cf. Danish Ministerial Order no. 1957 of 15 October 2021 as amended by Danish Ministerial Order no. 2141 of 24 November 2021.
- hold dual citizenship (EU/EEA + non-EU/EEA) and decide to enter Denmark as an EU/EEA citizen.
- have been granted a residence permit under the Danish Act on Temporary Residence Permit for Displaced Persons from Ukraine; cf. Danish Act no. 324 of 16 March 2022.
Applicants with a temporary work permit in Denmark (e.g. Green Card) have to pay the tuition fee.
If you are unsure whether you must pay the tuition fee, please contact the Master’s degree programme before the application deadline.