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The University of Copenhagen

Overview

With over 40,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark. Approximately one hundred different institutes, departments, laboratories, centres, museums, etc., form the nucleus of the University, where professors, lecturers and other academic staff, as well as most of the technical and administrative personnel, carry out their daily work, and where teaching takes place.


These activities take place in various environments ranging from the plant world of the Botanical Gardens, through high-technology laboratories and auditoriums, to the historic buildings and lecture rooms of Frue Plads and other locations.


With its more than 530 years, the University of Copenhagen is one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. Being the largest institution of education and research in Denmark, the University has gone through numerous changes through the ages. The University of Copenhagen was inaugurated on June 1st 1479, after King Christian I was granted approval for its establishment by Pope Sixtus IV. Based on a German model, the university consisted of four faculties: Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy.


A number of researchers at the University have achieved such remarkable research results that they have been awarded the Nobel Prize. The University of Copenhagen is often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia. The University of Copenhagen has had 8 Nobel Prize laureates.

  • Year established
    1479
  • Registered students
    40870

Academic specialism

The University consists of 6 faculties and around 100 departments and research centres:

  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Theology
The University of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen Nørregade 10DK-1165 Copenhagen
10DK-1165
Denmark
Denmark
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Location

Copenhagen is relatively small (1.2 mill) and compact compared to other capitals, so it is easy to quickly know your way around. The University of Copenhagen has four campus areas in Copenhagen. The University premises range from historic buildings in the medieval city centre to modern buildings being constructed today to develop the campus areas and accommodate state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities.

  • City Campus: As indicated in the name, the City Campus is in the heart of Copenhagen city centre. The campus area comprises the Faculty of Theology, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences and some of the Health Sciences.
  • North Campus: The campus area is located just north of the city centre, across from Copenhagen's largest park, Fælledparken, between the high end area of Østerbro and Nørrebro. 14,000 students in the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences study at the North Campus.
  • Frederiksberg Campus: The Frederiksberg Campus hosts part of the Faculty of Science with areas of studies including natural and biosciences. It is located a few kilometres west of the city centre in beautiful green surroundings.
  • South Campus: The South campus is located just south of the city centre and has a student population of around 11,000. The campus is home to the Faculty of Humanities.