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Copenhagen University

Copenhagen University
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Copenhagen is the center of Denmark.

It is the crossroad for Danish business, politics and education. A major European capital as Copenhagen just has to have a more than a decent university, and so it does.

The university was realized to serve for one main purpose, “to conduct research and provide further education to the highest academic level” (as the University Statute states).

No doubt, it’s one of the best universities in Scandinavia. It has had a long history and has shaped its identity by being influenced in different periods. The recent reforms made it a truly democratic institution, but the spirit of its greatness is always present.


University of Copenhagen
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“Times” magazine has rated Copenhagen University the 66th in their review of educational institutions in the whole world. It has more advantages when compared with European universities only, taking the 20th place in the list.

Another appreciation list mentions the faculty of Humanities in the 18th place in the world. The faculty of Social Studies is also doing quite well. It’s considered one of the best 50 European faculties in Europe.


The university is a real educational center, it’s equipped with around 100 competent institutes, faculties, laboratories, educational centers, and even museums. By the way, it’s the biggest research center in entire Denmark.

The university currently employs 7000 professionals, over 37.000 people are enrolled here.


IT department of Copenhagen University
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Denmark is committed to preserving its historical heritage. This is the reason why there are so many historical buildings, cities and traditions.

Copenhagen University is not an exception in this matter. It has a history of not less than 525 years and is considered one of the oldest universities of Northern Europe.

The official start of university’s history is marked on June 1, 1479. This became possible with the permission of Pope Siksta IV, which was acquired by Danish king Christian I.

However, medieval universities worked with quite different principles as today. A university was a separate state, with its own Constitution as the Statute, it’s own grounds and even punishments. This was very typical of Catholic educational institutions at that time.

The modern model of Copenhagen University, the way we see it today, started to develop only in 1771 and was finished by 1960s.

Until 2004 the university was governed by a rector. Some important changes took place in the structure of the university, leaving the main governing responsibility to the special Board of Governors.

In 1788 the University’s teaching staff included approximately 20 constant teachers and 1000 students. By 1900 the number of teachers and students at the University was, accordingly, already 60 and 4000.


Faculty of Natural Sciences
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At the time of establishment, there were only four faculties. These were:

  • The faculty of Divinity
  • The faculty of Law
  • The faculty of Medicine
  • The faculty of Philosophy

Some changes have been made to the list over the time. There are currently 3 new faculties:

  • The faculty of Social Studies
  • The faculty of Humanity
  • The faculty of Natural Sciences

Faculties are only the first phase of division. They are later divided into museums, gardens, clubs and so on. For example, one of the best faculties of natural sciences includes its own botanical garden, geological museum, and many more institutions that can somehow be interesting to their students.

Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees are available at Copenhagen University, but, of course, conditions, prices, and the duration differ in the faculty of medicine.

International Students

Copenhagen University campus
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Denmark is very attractive for international students, mainly because it’s so easy to get along with Danes and to quickly integrate into their society.

Secondly, Denmark is a country of quality, in almost all spheres, including education.

If you plan to stay in Denmark for a long time and maybe conduct some serious work here, Danish would be a necessity. However, you don’t have to learn that difficult language if you are merely doing your bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Courses are available in English, and you most probably won’t have difficulties with English books.


Copenhagen University has chosen four priority areas of research for 2003-2007. These areas were particularly under stress when it came to research and different projects. We can conclude from this that the below mentioned spheres are quite developed here and will make a good specialist out of you.


Copenhagen University dorms
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Bio-technologies, ethics, culture and public behavior in the field of biotechnology and bio-medicine. As you see, everything is bio here. You might even have to be a Bio-student to take the course.

In any case, the main emphasizes on this sphere concern researches. It is a new area of study and not fully discovered yet. Students can have numerous opportunities to build their future career.

Body and Mind

Humans are incredible creatures. Everything they have ever done, do, and are still capable of doing is controlled by a small piece called brain or mind.

This area of researches includes studying the interrelation between functions of a brain and conscious cerebration. This will also be interesting for students that have a background in psychology or are planning to get one.

Religion of 21st century

Student president
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The 21st century is definitely not an era of religion. Globalization and communication have gone so far that many religions started to interact with each other, as a result of which new and hybrid ideologies rose up.

Researches are carried out to find out how religion influences a society and separate people these days.

Europe in a transition period

One of the key players of world factors is Europe. It’s a desirable word for many countries, and there is a reason for it. It has definitely gone through many times, joyful and troubling.

It has seen a lot and has made the conclusions too. Studies about political, economic, legislative, and cultural changes in Europe are conducted here in Copenhagen University.


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