Student life at UCPH
Every year the University of Copenhagen attracts 5500 students from all over the world.
Find out what it is like to study at UCPH and explore the great selection of both social and academic activities.
Why choose UCPH?
There are numerous reasons why you should choose to study at UCPH. Among other things UCPH offers:
- A strong international environment with 5.500 international students out of a student body of 39.000
- Education and research at the highest international level with 5.000 academic staff and eight Nobel Prize laureates
- 54 master's degree programmes and more than 500 courses taught in English
- A university that is often ranked as one of the best universities in Europe and among the top one percent of the world's universities
- Central location in Copenhagen, a safe and cycle-friendly city with a rich cultural life - especially for young people.
The last two years at UCPH have been the best years of studying
Welcome to student life at a world class university
UCPH is the largest educational institution in Denmark and consists of six different faculties. No matter whether you wish to study medicine, law, computer science, or something else - we promise that you will have a great experience at UCPH. Get to know the university's six faculties to find the right educational match for you. Welcome to UCPH!
What is it like to study at UCPH?
Meet students; Alisa from Germany, Gus from the USA, Szonja from Hungary, and Samuel from Nigeria, as well as Associate Professors Martin G. Ehrensvärd and Britt P. Tersbøl. They will give you a taste of the academic culture and student life at UCPH.
More than 100 groups, associations and clubs at UCPH
Of course, studying is about learning. But why not enjoy life during your studies in Copenhagen? At UCPH you will find a large range of associations, societies, study groups, clubs, etc. where you can meet fellow students from Denmark and all over the world.
These are all great ways to meet fellow students, both international and Danish, and to make new friends. Whether you wish to participate in debate, hula hoop dancing, choir singing, oreven winter bathing or something else - we promise there will be something for you. No matter if you look for activities related to your field of study or go for purely social activities, there is a lot to gain. You can get a nuanced understanding of the Danes and grow your network – which is helpful, if you stay in Denmark and start your career upon graduating from UCPH. And, having fun is a great way to beat loneliness.
Studenterhuset is run by a volunteer board of students who develop and organise activities for students by students. Drop in and hang out at Studenterhuset with cheap coffee, drinks and a calendar full of events.
'Studenterrådet' (The Student Union)
The Student Union works as the voice of the students at UCPH to create a better university – socially, academically, and politically. Do you want to make a change in a political sense? Please contact 'Studenterrådet'.
Find out about events and add them to your calendar. Or check out the UCPH Friday bar guide made by Uniavisen. Friday bars take place all over the campus areas and accommodate students who talk or play games while drinking tea, coffee, beer or whatever the volunteers who run the Friday bars provide.
KSI Sports at UCPH
UCPH Student Sports (KU Studenteridræt) is a sports association that offers students the opportunity to do sports. The association offers more than 70 sports teams with levels ranging from beginners to intermediate, experienced and skilled in sports such as handball, kayak polo, stand-up paddleboard, mountain biking, show dancing, etc. with fellow students. It is a non-profit association, so prices are reasonable. In mid-August, you can sign up for the September-to-May season.
Each faculty has its own vibrant student community. Meetings and events are mostly in Danish, but you can reach out even if you don’t speak Danish – your fellow students are likely to switch into English so you can engage in their community too.
Studenterhuset has a list of organisations and mentor programmes where you can search by faculty.
Below is a general description of student life at each faculty, but please keep in mind that these things change quickly. Once you're enrolled at the University, you can find specific information on the intranet, KUnet.
Student community at the Faculty of Science (natural sciences)
Students meet at the old renovated greenhouse or at the annual party, 'Smedjefesten', at Frederiksberg Campus – or develop ideas at Science Innovation Hub on North Campus. Science on Facebook. (Once you're enrolled, you can join Facebook groups for students at North Campus and Frederiksberg Campus).
Student community at the Faculty of Law
The student organisations at Law demonstrate the faculty’s diversity: Casus Clima, Lex Loci, European Law Students’ Association (ELSA), Law Debating Club and more. ELSA is also in charge of the mentor programme for international law students.
Student community at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Students at the faculty engage in a huge variety of clubs and associations – we suggest you contact them directly in order to find out how you can participate.
Student community at the Faculty of Theology
The academic association Teologisk Forening invites students and employees to a traditional Christmas Dinner and party with a student Christmas Cabaret. In Summer, the Dean welcomes students and employees to the annual Summer Dinner Party with speeches and songs. Also, the Student Congregation (SMiK) has a range of events for all students at UCPH.
Would you like to apply your field of study in a new, innovative context? Do you have an idea for a product or service that is not on the market? Then you might want to visit the UCPH Innovation Hubs, which organise workshops, events, go-home meetings and training sessions for all students at the University. Innovation consultants run the hubs and collaborate with a number of partners from the corporate world.
The hubs also offer free office space, counselling and a network of students looking to inspire each other, partner up and develop their businesses.
Special Educational Support (SPS)
Do you suffer from a documented disability that requires special support to undertake your studies? Then you can apply for Special Educational Support (SPS).
Did you know that each year 15.000 UCPH students and staff get together for the annual Spring Festival, the "UCPH Festival"?
The UCPH Festival is by far the biggest event at the University of Copenhagen. Why not join us for a great party with famous bands and lots of "hygge"?