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Location Copenhagen, Denmark
Academic Term Autumn Semester / Academic Year
Spring Semester
Credits 20 - 25 UW credits per semester
Eligibility Junior standing or above by time of departure;
min. 3.0 GPA
Language Instruction in English
Program Manager Mike Renes | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline January 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)
May 15 (Spring Semester)
HIGHLIGHTS
General The University of Copenhagen is renowned for research of outstanding quality, and for an excellent academic environment that challenges students personally as well as intellectually. 
 

Program Description

Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the oldest university in Denmark. Today, the University has over 38,000 students and offers over 200 programs for study, teaching and research activities in eight faculties: Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science, Social Sciences and Theology. The University administration, teaching and research facilities are located in four campus areas in Copenhagen. The University of Copenhagen has a long tradition of welcoming international students from all over the world.

The University of Copenhagen offers more than 500 individual courses taught in English at both the graduate and undergraduate levels each semester. The courses are open to Danish and international students across the entire university. A high level of responsibility and active participation is expected of the student. Danish university education is not a guided tour. It is up to the individual student to get the most out of what is offered.

Students can begin their search for courses right here: University of Copenhagen course catalog

LOCATION

Copenhagen, Denmark

Site

Copenhagen – the capital of Denmark – was officially founded in 1167. The small fishing village, as it was then, prospered and developed into København – 'port of tradesmen'. Today Copenhagen is the commercial, cultural and administrative centre of Denmark, and the greater city area has a population of 1.3 million. Although busy and noisy as any large city, Copenhagen continues to captivate visitors because it has managed to maintain elements of its original charm. Copenhagen has a rich cultural life. It is home to a wide range of interesting museums and attracts international performers and artists to festivals, concerts and other events throughout the year. Copenhagen's cafés, bars and restaurants, many of them half submerged in cellars or located in picturesque historical buildings, range from traditional to trendy and serve everything from hot Thai curries to traditional Danish frikadeller (meat balls).

ACADEMICS

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Prerequisites and Language Requirements

As they offer many courses in English, the University of Copenhagen does not have any language requirements. However, students interested in taking courses in Danish may need to consult with the respective department to determine if they require documentation prior to registration. 

Credits

20 - 25 UW credits per semester

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.

FINANCES

Program Expenses

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • The Scan|Design Foundation offers scholarships to University of Washington students wishing to study in Denmark. For more information and to apply, please see the Scan|Design website.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at goglobal@uw.edu to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

Exchange students at this university are offered housing options through the University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation (UCHF). Students can select from a number of Halls of Residences or Shared Apartments. Halls of Residence are located in different residential areas throughout Copenhagen and typically include a private studio with a shared kitchen. Shared apartments typically include rooms, with bathroom and kitchen, shared among 2-5 students. Note that for both the housing options, facilities may vary depending on the place of residence. 

Students can learn more about their accommodations by visiting University of Copenhagen housing.

Visa Information

The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 

APPLICATION CONSIDERATIONS

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the University of Copenhagen Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.

University of Copenhagen Exchange.pdf


Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email studyabroad@uw.edu.