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The University of Copenhagen's International Summer Programme offers a wide range of courses to both international and Danish students and professionals.

The International Summer Programme at the Faculty of Humanities combines academic, practical and cultural approaches to learning. Students can expect to engage in lectures, group work, field trips and seminars both on and off campus.

The application deadlines are as follows:

First round applications:      1 April
Second round applications:  1 June (after availability)

Courses available in 2018

The Faculty of Humanities will offer four summer school courses in Summer 2018 as part of the UCPH International Summer Programme

  • Urban Culture in Theory and Action 
    Level: Master    Credits: 7.5 ECTS
    6 August - 17 August 2018
    This course presents students with a unique opportunity to experience urban culture in theory and action in Copenhagen. Focusing on cultural entrepreneurship and social innovation in the city, the school is tied together with a music festival and a creative community.

  • New Urban Life Across the Globe: Activism and Change in a World of Cities
    Level: Master    Credits: 7.5 ECTS
    23 July - 3 August 2018
    During this summer school, students will immerse in critical urban theory and practical approaches to urban ethnography, drawing from a broad range of excellent research at three faculties of the University of Copenhagen. The course is part of the IARU Global Summer Programme.

  • Textile and Fashion in Theory and Practice through 3000 years 
    Level: Bachelor and Master    Credits: 15 ECTS
    2 July - 13 July 2018
    This course focuses on different historic and cultural theories from prehistoric times to the present day in the geographical areas of Scandinavia, Europe and the Middle East, with an emphasis on critical and analytical approaches to the field and, in the wider context, an explores the entanglement of textile and fashion in characterising cultures and societies.
  • Danish Language Course 
    Level: Bachelor    Credits: 7.5 ECTS
    6 August - 28 August 2018
    The Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics offers three-week intensive Danish language courses at four different proficiency levels in August. The courses consist of classes in the morning and an optional cultural activities programme in the afternoon.

Application procedure

The application procedure is outlined below.

1. Choose your course

Identify the course(s) you wish to apply for from the list of summer school courses available in 2018.   

Applicants can apply for more than one course as part of the International Summer Programme. Please check the course dates in order to ensure that your selections do not overlap.

2. Gather the required documentation

Applicants are required to include documentation in their application.

All applicants are required to include proof of citizenship and certified academic records in order to apply for the International Summer Programme. Some courses require submission of a motivation letter. 

Please refer to the individual course websites for the specific admission requirements and documents required for application.

3. Submit your application

Your application and required documents are submitted electronically to UCPH-Faculty of Humanities.

The application forms are accessible on the individual summer school course websites. Applicants submit one application per course.   

4. Await the admission decision

All applicants are subject to an individual assessment, whereby they are required to fulfill the academic requirements for admission to each individual course.

Applicants can expect the admission decision no later than three weeks after the application deadline.

5. Accept/decline the admission offer and initiate payment

If you have been granted admission as a fee-paying summer school student, you will be required to pay tuition fees corresponding to the number of enrolled ECTS credits.

Information about payment is forwarded along with the offer of admission to all applicants by e-mail.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee is calculated according to academic area, credits (ECTS points) and citizenship.

Applicant status

Tuition fees

for 7.5 ECTS 

Tuition fees

for 15 ECTS

EU/EEA/Swiss applicants DKK 1,875 DKK 3,750
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss applicants DKK 9,375 DKK 18,750
Non-EU/EEA/Switzerland applicants with a permanent Danish residence permit * DKK 1,875 DKK 3,750
Students nominated as exchange student through the home university's exchange agreement with the University of Copenhagen No tuition fees
(subject to availability, contact your home university)
No tuition fees 
(subject to availability, contact your home university)
Students enrolled at the University of Copenhagen or other Danish universities No tuition fee
(requires a pre-approval from your home university**)
No tuition fee 
(requires a pre-approval from your home university**)
Danish applicants not enrolled at a university  DKK 1,875 DKK 3,750

*or with a temporary residence permit with a view to permanent residency in Denmark.
**Students enrolled in a degree programme at the Faculty of Humanities do not need a pre-approval if they apply for the summer school as part of their bachelor- or master electives.

The tuition fee covers one-time participation in classes and lectures as well as three examination attempts (one ordinary examination and two resits). The tuition fee does not cover travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course.

Payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance.  

Payment terms
UCPH Faculty of Humanities accepts international bank transfers for payment of tuition fees. The University accepts bank transfers only, preferably in Danish kroner (DKK) or euros (EUR).

Payment is binding. It is not possible to switch courses after payment has been credited to UCPH Finance.

The payment deadline is fourteen days after the invoice and offer of admission is sent. If payment is not received by the deadline stipulated in the admission letter, the University can rescind the offer of admission and offer the admission place to another applicant.

Refund and cancellation policy
Applicants can formally request to cancel their enrolment and receive a refund of the tuition fees up to two months prior to the beginning of the course.

Requests for cancellation and reimbursement are formally submitted via e-mail to International Admissions.

Practical information


Summer school participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.  Students can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

For additional information, please refer to: Housing for international summer school students

Visa information

If you wish to visit Denmark to participate in a summer school course and you are a citizen of a country with a visa requirement, you must have a visa.

For the comprehensive list of countries requiring a visa in order to entire Denmark for a short-term stay, please refer to: List of countries with a visa requirement

For information on how to apply for a short-term visa, please refer to: Danish Immigration Service - Apply for a short-term visa for a cultural visit 

Please note that the fees and documentation requirements are set by each diplomatic mission.

Summer school participants from countries requiring a visa will be provided with a visa invitation from the UCPH-Faculty of Humanities once the tuition fees have been paid in full.


Copenhagen has an international airport, and the city centre can be reached within 30 minutes. For additional information, please refer to: Arriving in Copenhagen

Contact information

For questions regarding course content, please contact the summer school course coordinator. Contact information is found on the summer school course websites.

For questions concerning tuition fee payment, housing, visa invitations and other practical matters, please contact International Admissions at the Faculty of Humanities:
Phone: +45 40 47 11 97