The Danish Government scholarships under the Cultural Agreements and the Novo Nordisk International Talent Program are aimed at exchange and guest students applying to UCPH.
Please note that UCPH does not offer any other scholarship programmes for exchange or guest students.
Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements
The Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements are aimed at highly qualified exchange students wishing to immerse themselves in studies of the Danish language and culture or other fields of study related to Denmark. The exchange programme covers a specific list of countries. Denmark has entered a Cultural Agreements Programme with the following countries:
Applicants must be enrolled at an institution of higher education in one of the countries above. Long term scholarships under the Cultural Agreements programme can only be offered for non-degree studies. Students accepted for a Master degree programme or a PhD programme at the University of Copenhagen are not eligible for Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements.
Scholarships are only available to Master and PhD-level students. However, Bachelor students wishing to study Danish language and literature can also apply if they have studied the Danish language for two years.
Bachelor and Master students:
- Please note that students at Bachelor and Master level are required to take 30 ECTS credits per semester and are not eligible to do research without ECTS.
- Students at Bachelor and Master level will have the status as exchange students while studying at the University of Copenhagen.
- Students at Bachelor and Master level should not contact a lecturer to get an invitation to study at the University of Copenhagen.
- Please note that some areas of study require proof of English proficiency.
- Admission is contingent on the applicants meeting the academic requirements of the University of Copenhagen.
- PhD students must have received an invitation from a lecturer to conduct research at the University of Copenhagen. Find a researcher here.
- PhD students will be required to sign a Visiting PhD-student Agreement.
- PhD students will be able to take PhD courses if there are available spots on the course.
- PhD students will not have access to courses at Bachelor and Master level.
You can read more about the application proces and deadline on this website.
The scholarship include free tuition and a monthly stipend of DKK 6,500.
Danish Government Scholarships can be used as a contribution to cover travel, visa fees, accommodation, food, and other living expenses. The scholarships are for one person only. Additional amounts for accompanying family members are not available.
PhD students applying for a scholarship at the University of Copenhagen must be able to document that they have sufficient funds to cover the amount which exceeds the scholarship amount of 6,500 DKK per month. This means that international PhD students must have sufficent funds throughout the enrolment period (currently a total of DKK 12,332 per month).
For information regarding summer language courses under the Cultural Agreements Programme, please refer to the web site of the Agency of Science and Higher Education.
Novo Nordisk International Talent Program
The University of Copenhagen and Novo Nordisk are currently renewing the Novo Nordisk International Talent Program agreement. Please check this site regularly for any updates regarding a continuation of the talent programme and available scholarships in 2020.
Novo Nordisk International Talent Program is a scholarship programme set up to assist students from the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) and Harvard University in a range of selected academic fields seeking to study abroad at the University of Copenhagen.
To be eligible to apply, you must:
- Be enrolled in a degree programme at a IARU university or Harvard University
- Apply for admission at UCPH as an exchange or guest student
- Meet a GPA requirement of minimum 3
- Be engaged in study activities pertaining to metabolism, insulin, haemoglobin, obesity, big data or digitalisation
- Study at third year Bachelor's level or Master’s level while at UCPH in one of the following programmes:
Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biology, Biology-Biotechnology, Computer Science, Food Innovation and Health, Global Health, Health Informatics, Chemistry, Human Biology, Human Physiology, Human Nutrition, Immunology and Inflammation, Medicinal Chemistry, Medicine and Technology, Medicine, Molecular Biomedicine, Nanoscience, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Public Health. Students coming out of other fields of study can apply with projects pertaining to metabolism, insulin, haemoglobin, obesity, big data or digitalisation.
There are two application deadlines per year:
- October 25th for studying at UCPH in the following semester.
- April 1st for studying at UCPH in the follwoing semester or for summer schools (not available at the moment).
We will open for submission of applications one month prior to the application deadline.
The scholarship may be spent towards the cost of tuition fees, travel costs, insurance, and other expenses incurred in connection with studying abroad at UCPH.
The scholarship will typically amount to approximately €1200 a month. Depending on the costs and length of the study abroad at UCPH, it may increase up to €26000 in total.
Scholarships are awarded for up to one academic year. The programme gives priority to applicants who display a strong academic background and have submitted an ambitious study plan for their stay at the University of Copenhagen.
For students of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Students enrolled in programmes of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, are considered to be Healthcare professionals and are subject to The Promotion Code for Danish Healthcare Professionals, describing the regulation of promotion activities between the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare professionals.
As a consequence NNITP scholarships for these students will amount to documented expenses incurred in connection with studying abroad for: travel expenses (for flight tickets economy class only), house rent, insurance and if relevant UCPH tuition fee.
To submit an application, you will be required to prepare following documents:
- Application form containing a motivated study plan and a list courses you plan to attend during your study abroad - download here
- Transcript of records in English from your Bachelor's programme and Master's degree programme (if applicable)
Please fill in the form electronically and attach all documents as PDF files. Please do not attach recommendations.
You will be requested to submit your GPA, including both Bachelor's and Master's grades (if you have Master's grades). Please use this GPA calculator.
If you are applying from the National University of Singapore, the NUS CAP wil be converted to GPA by multiplying the NUS CAP with 0,80.
You may expect to hear about the outcome of your application 4-8 weeks after the application deadline.
If you have any questions about the application or the Novo Nordisk International Talent Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org