Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2024-25
    September 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025
  • Spring 2025
    February 3, 2025 to June 30, 2025


Brianna Brown

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

University of Copenhagen


Early spring application deadline.

This program accepts by rolling admission and may fill prior to Cornell’s deadline.

Opportunity Description

With over 40,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is one of the largest institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries, and is ranked as one of the best institutions in Europe.

What is unique about this program?

The University of Copenhagen is a Cornell Global Hub partner university. Global Hubs are Cornell's collaborative centers of engagement around the world. Hubs will give students exciting opportunities for semester-long and short-term study abroad, field experience, participation in faculty-led research, curricular pathways through majors, internships, and more.

The University of Copenhagen (KU) offers many courses in English in a variety of subject areas, therefore prior knowledge of the Danish language is not required for Cornell students to study here.  Coursework for undergraduate students consists of a mix of lectures and tutorials. Students at the University of Copenhagen have access to a range of extra-curricular activities through university clubs and associations and places affiliated with the university.  Examples include sports, music programs, and cultural and social associations.

The University of Copenhagen has four campus areas throughout the city (City Campus, North Campus, South Campus, and Frederiksberg Campus). As distances in Copenhagen are relatively small, it is easy to get from one campus to the other either by bicycle or public transportation.  The fall semester teaching period ends in December, but examinations can go into January and could potentially conflict with Cornell's spring semester start dates. University of Copenhagen faculty will do their best to offer early examinations for study abroad students in December, but this cannot be guaranteed.  In spring, students are enrolled from early-February through late-June.

What is unique about Copenhagen?

KU's campus areas are integrated into the city of Copenhagen and students use the facilities available in the city, adding a lively buzz to the streets and cafés of Copenhagen.  While the local language of Copenhagen is Danish, you will find that most people speak English very well.  The city center is full of restaurants and there are several pedestrian friendly shopping areas.  In fact, the city is actually built to accommodate pedestrians over vehicle traffic.  Most local citizens of Copenhagen choose to commute via bicycle.  However, there is an excellent bus and train system available that make commuting easy.

How do I get more information about KU?

Things to Consider Before Applying

  • Review the information on the Education Abroad Office’s Get Started page for important considerations on academics and finances, and a guide to next steps.
  • Find answers on the Education Abroad FAQ and resource pages for Cornell study abroad policy, health, and safety updates. 
  • Still have questions?  Visit the Get Advice page and learn how to connect with an Education Abroad Advisors.
  • Want to keep up to date with Cornellians Abroad? Follow Education Abroad on social media, @cornelliansabroad@CornellEducationAbroad

How do I apply?

Applying to study on an exchange program is a two-step process. The Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit your nomination to the exchange partner.  Exchanges may have limited spaces, so early applications are encouraged. If you are applying to an exchange program, it must be your first choice.  Exchange programs cannot be a "back-up" to another program.

  1. For Cornell approval and nomination, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by your college and the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page, or earlier, if the program fills.
  2. Once nominated by Cornell, complete the external application required for exchange students You will receive an email invitation to apply from the program.  Nominated exchange students are typically admitted by partners, but you must complete the application process for them to review your application and offer you a place.