History, Affiliations and Rankings
The history and development of the University of Copenhagen, which traces back to 1479 when the University was founded, constitute a significant portion of the history of Denmark itself. One of the oldest and largest universities in Denmark, and also in Northern Europe, the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) began with 4 traditional medieval faculties - Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy. From a classical medieval university in Europe to a modern institution for education and research, the University has grown to occupy a place in the top 1% of universities worldwide. In its 600+ years of heritage, the University has produced 9 Nobel Laureates and 37 Prime Ministers. The university is affiliated with the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), the League of European Research Universities (LERU), and the European University Association (EUA). According to the QS World University Rankings, the University ranks at #79 in the world, #37 as per US News & World Report, and #96 according to the Times Higher Education for the year 2022.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The University of Copenhagen has 4 campus locations - three in Copenhagen and a campus in Frederiksberg. The 3 Copenhagen campuses, namely, the North Campus, the City Campus and the South Campus are closely connected locations well-integrated with the city of Copenhagen. From historic, medieval buildings to recently restored infrastructure containing state-of-the-art research facilities, the University of Copenhagen has it all, along with quiet zones for studying and open green stretches. The North Campus is home to the majority of the Science and Health & Medical Sciences faculties with other sections of the City Campus. The Faculty of Social Sciences is located on the City Campus, while the Faculties of Theology, Law, and Humanities, as well as a tiny portion of the Faculty of Science, are located on the South Campus. Veterinary surgeons and agriculture professionals study at the Frederiksberg campus. Across these 6 Faculties, Bachelor's, Master’s and Doctoral degrees are offered. While the Undergraduate programs are offered in Danish, 54 Master’s courses, PhD opportunities and 40+ summer courses are taught in the English language.
Accomplishments and Alumni
In its rich heritage of 600+ years, the University of Copenhagen has emerged as a world-class research University that falls in the world’s top 1% universities. The largest university in Denmark, UCPH has significantly contributed to Denmark’s development and economy through its research and academic activities. 290+ startups are launched out of University of Copenhagen’s economy annually, producing the country’s major percentage of entrepreneurs. This is to the effect that the University contributes nearly DKK 28 billion to Denmark’s economy! 9 Nobel Laureates and 37 of Denmark’s Prime Ministers have graduated from the University of Copenhagen. Over the years, UCPH has produced a slew of outstanding graduates, including scholars famous for their contributions in Science, Philosophy, Literature and more. Some of the notable alumni are - Soren Kierkegaard (First Existentialist Philosopher), Niels Bohr (Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics), Georg Brandes (Danish Literary Scholar and Critic) and others.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Approximately 37,000 students are enrolled at the University of Copenhagen, out of which 21,300+ are undergraduates, while 15,500+ are Postgraduate students. The total student population consists of nearly 650 international students. Further, a number of international students visit the University during summer exchanges, which fosters multicultural interactions on the campus. The University of Copenhagen is integrated with the city of Copenhagen itself, to the effect that streets and cafes in the city are always bustling and vibrant with the University's students.