Studying in Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen

Denmark

Copenhagen at a glance

Known as Kierkegaard’s birth place and having the Little Mermaid statue as main landmark, Copenhagen was ranked high in international surveys for its quality of life and is one of the world’s most liveable cities. Uncover the secrets of the Danish people, recognised as the happiest people in the world and enjoy Copenhagen, a city literally having more bicycles than inhabitants.

The Copenhagen universities and acknowledge worldwide for being research-based, having a variety of research programmes, and for helping students gain analytical and innovative skills.

Copenhagen is the capital and most populated city of Denmark. The city stretches across parts of the island of Amager and contains the enclave of Frederiksberg.

Studying

Studying in Copenhagen

Universities from Copenhagen offer mostly courses taught in Danish, and English programmes are predominantly for postgraduate Master’s degree and PhD programmes. For Danish-taught courses, international students must pass the Danish language test before being admitted as a university student. The required Danish test is: "Studieprøven i dansk som andetsprog".

The educational offer covers Bachelor, Master and research degrees, summer programmes, MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses), MBAs and exchange programmes.

Anthropology, computer science, philosophy, linguistics, nanoscience, sociology, theatre, economy, agriculture, law, urban studies, international business are among the available fields of study for undergraduate and graduate level, and you can also find Masters of Science (M.Sc.) in engineering and technology, digital design, software development.

Several university short courses are mostly dedicated for online (distance) learning programmes in: forest management, immigrant health, environmental management, climate change, project management.

Career

Career opportunities in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of the richest cities in the world and the economic and financial centre of Denmark. Having a local powerful economy, the city’s major sectors are: the service sector, especially transport and communications, trade, finance, education and healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, tourism.

Big companies with headquarter or local offices in Copenhagen are: Novo Nordisk, Carlsberg and Novozymes, EAS, Matas, Saxo Bank, Velux, Maersk Group, IBM, Nokia, PwC, Ikea, L’Oréal.

Life

Copenhagen city life

You can never get bored in Copenhagen as you will find an interesting attraction at every corner and this city really has a little something for everyone. Nicknamed "the City of Spires", due to its horizontal skyline, representing spires and towers of its churches and castles, in Copenhagen you can admire an amazing and quite unique architecture, from Medieval buildings to Rococo mansions.

Some of the most popular attractions in Copenhagen:

  • The Børsen (The Exchange)
  • The Rundetårn (Round Tower)
  • Rosenborg Castle and Frederiksstaden
  • Tivoli Gardens
  • The Little Mermaid Statue
  • The Amalienborg
  • Frederik's Church
  • Charlottenborg Palace
  • The Tycho Brahe Planetarium
  • Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (art museum)

If you feel like seeing a play, check out the Royal Theatre or the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Go to the Botanical Gardens, Kastellet Park or have fun at the Copenhagen Zoo. If you like cycling, the city planning of Copenhagen was made in favour of cyclists and pedestrians so you're in the right place.

Sport fans can enjoy plenty of activities and events, like the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix, a race for antique cars, watch matches of football, handball, rugby.

In recent years, Copenhagen has also become a gourmet destination, as the city is home to many restaurants with Michelin stars and you surely should not miss trying Danish pastry.

In terms of nightlife, Copenhagen is quite rich in all kinds of bars and eccentric night clubs.

International atmosphere in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is home to numerous immigrants, mainly from Pakistan, Turkey, Iraq, Morocco, Sweden, Germany, Norway and UK.

As one of the world’s richest cities, with a flourishing and sustainable economy, and with a high quality of living, many multinationals and international business people have set an office or invested here.

Weather Copenhagen

In Copenhagen winters are pretty cold and summers are moderately warm. Snow can occur from late December to late April and many rainfalls are recorded from July to September. July is the warmest month with an average daytime high of 22°C (70 °F), while the average high temperatures in winter are between 1 and 3 °C (35 – 37 °F). The average hours of sunshine during winter season are between two hours and one and a half per day.

Costs

Accommodation costs in Copenhagen

The main housing options for students in Copenhagen are:

1. Halls of residence – around 400 EUR/month in a single room

2. Rent an apartment – one bedroom apartment is around 750 EUR/month

Living costs in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a high cost of living, so prepare a minimum budget of around 1,000 EUR/month for all expenses (accommodation, food bills, social activities and public transportation).

Lunch or dinner in a budget restaurant is around 20 EUR, supermarket food bills would lead to around 180 EUR/month. A bus or metro bus pass is around 50 EUR/month.

Universities in Copenhagen

Founded in 1829, DTU is one of Denmark’s foremost institutions of higher learning. Through collaboration with private and public stakeholders, DTU serves as a driving force for welfare and sustainable value creation by generating new discoveries and inventions that benefit society, protect the environment, and improve people’s lives.

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The learning environment is friendly and relaxed with students and teachers debating and exchanging their views in class. Students are expected to make active contributions in class to generate the most stimulating learning environments at the University and to prepare themselves for their future professional careers.

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