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Humanities A - Z

Below you will find useful information from A to Z about the Faculty of Humanities and South Campus. All teaching at our Master's Programmes takes place at South Campus.


Academic Books
Academic Calendar
Academic English
Academic Quarter
Access to the Faculty


Bookstore (se Academic Books)


Campus (see South Campus)
Child Care (bringing your children to Copehagen)
Computer facilities (see IT Facilities)
Copenhagen Area
Course Catalogue
CPR Number
Credit System (see ECTS)
Culture Courses

Danish for university students
Department Student Counselling (see Student Guidance)
Directions (see South Campus)


Elective Courses
Emergency Medical Services (see Health Care)


Full Degree Admissions (see Student Guidance)




Health Care


ID Cards (see Student ID cards)
International Education & Grants
Intranet (see KUnet)
IT Facilities


Jobs (see Student Jobs)


KU-username (see UCPH-username)


Learning Agreements
Login to KUnet (Login problems)


Map of South Campus
Mentorprogramme (see QA Programme)
Money and Banking
My Guide to KUA (South Campus)


Newspapers (see University Post)




Print and Copy
Public Holidays (see Academic Calendar)
Public Transportation


QA Programme


Register as a resident in Denmark
Residence Permit


Self Service
Software Library
South Campus (incl. Map and Directions)
Student Cafées (see Cafées)
Student Counselling
Student Guidance
Student ID cards
Student Jobs
Study Abroad
Study Groups
SU (The Danish Students' Grants and Loan Scheme)


Teachers (see Lecturers)
Teaching Materials


University Post


Visiting the Faculty




Youth Goodwill Ambassadors



Absalon is the virtual learning platform at The University of Copenhagen. With Absalon you can find curricula, plans and other materials related to your courses, as well as participate in course rooms. Course rooms are used for communication and for uploading study materials.

Please note that you need to enrol in the course rooms related to the courses you are studying, this does not happen automatically.

Read more about Absalon

Academic Books

At South Campus you will find the academic bookshop called Academic Books. At Academic Books you can buy most of the text books required by your studies at Faculty of Humanities.

Read more about Academic Books 

Academic Calendar

The academic year is divided into two semesters:

Autumn semester: 1 September – 31 January (classes typically end in December)
Spring semester: 1 February – 30 June (classes typically end in May/early June)

Public holidays 2016

  • 1 January New Years Day
  • 24 March Maundy Thursday
  • 25 March Good Friday 
  • 28 March Easter Monday 
  • 22 April Prayer Day
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 5 May Ascension Day
  • 16 May Pentecost Monday 
  • 5 June Constitution Day Denmark 
  • 24 December Christmas Eve
  • 25 December Christmas Day 
  • 26 December Second Day of Christmas
  • 31 December New Year's Eve

Academic English

The Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use (CIP) at the faculty offers courses in Academic English at bachelor and master's level:

Academic Quarter

Although teaching may be scheduled to begin on the hour, it is common practice to add a quarter of an hour (15 minutes) to this, i.e. if a lecturer is advertised to start at 10, teaching will commence at 10.15, if nothing else is specified.

Til toppen

Access to the Faculty

The main areas of the Faculty buildings are open to the public during opening hours. After opening hours students using their ID-card and pin code can access the buidlings. You should always carry your student identity card, in case it becomes necessary for you to unlock doors or if you are asked to identify yourself as a student.


Except for Friday after 5 PM alcohol is not permitted on Campus.


Copenhagen is a bike friendly city, and most students get around the city and to and from campus by bike.

BookstoreTil toppen

 - see Academic Books.


South Campus offers a variety of different cafées:

Café Meeting Point - "Café Mødestedet"
With a cozy and modern atmosphere the café offers hot and cold beverages, light lunches and a variety of confectionery. Throughout the semester the café also arranges social and cultural events. You will find the café on the ground floor through the main entrance.

Departmental caféesTil toppen
Each department at the Faculty of Humanities has a student café, run by student volunteers from the department. The cafés offer a cosy environment where you can meet fellow students, read newspapers, play board games and buy cheap coffee and snacks. Student groups arrange study circles with guest authors, artists and intellectuals and discussions of relevant academic subjects. Furthermore the student cafés arrange Friday café nights often with different themes.


- See South CampusTil toppen


Faculty of Humanities offers a range of canteens. Every weekday you will find on offer a wide selection of food including hot dishes, vegetarian options, salad buffet, sandwiches and the Danish specialty 'Open sandwiches'. Information on opening hours and menu.

The Canteen
Building 23, Ground Floor

Pit-Stop Café

In the Faculty Atrium
Building 13, Ground Floor

Café Mødestedet
Located to the left of the main entrance


A compendium is a collection of academic articles and other teaching materials and typically contains the core material required for a course. Your teacher will tell you which compendium to buy for your course, either through the E-learning system, Absalon, or during your first course sessions. You can buy the compendiums at Publi©Kom in building 10 or find them on the webshop.

Computer facilitiesTil toppen

see IT facilities.

Copenhagen Area

Copenhagen is a relatively small metropolis, but there are still many things to do and areas to see. Use the following guide to learn more about the city, and its respective areas. This can be useful when deciding where you want to live or to figure out the best place to relax when not on campus. From the ethnic shops of Nørrebro, to harbor bathing at Islands Brygge, each area has a distinct flavor and character.

Read about them all in this guide to Copenhagen published in the University Post.

Course Catalogue

In the course catalogue you will find all Non-Danish taught courses at the Faculty Til toppenoffered to Exchange and Guest students.

If you are studying a full programme at the Faculty (full degree student) please consult the Student guidance counsellors at the Department offering the study programme. You will find a complete list of all courses offered at UCPH at


When you have arrived in Copenhagen, you are required to register with the International Citizen Service. You must have obtained your residence permit and a permanent address in Denmark to be able to register. The citizen service registration office will provide you with a personal identity number, called a CPR-number, as well as a Health Insurance Card. You will find more information about how and where to register at the UCPH website.

Once you have obtained your Danish cpr number then please send a scan of your health card to Full Degree Admissions

Credit SystemTil toppen

- see ECTS.

Culture Courses

Each Semester the Faculty offers a number of Danish Culture Courses (BA) for international Exchange and guest students. The courses offers a unique combination of lectures and excursions, which provides a wide understanding of issues related to Denmark.

Visit the Danish Culture Course website. Til toppen


The curriculum is the set of regulations and academic requirements related to your study programme. Knowing the details of your curriculum will increase your ability to navigate in the Danish educational system.

The curriculum describes the different courses and modules associated with each Til toppenspecific degree.

You can use your curriculum to see which courses you are expected to take when, and what the courses are about. You can also see the exams associated with specific modules in your curriculum.

The curriculum is identified by the name of a degree programme and the year in which the curriculum is drawn up (e.g. MA in English Studies 2013).

Danish for university students

A Danish language course specifically designed for university students. 
Danish for University Students is a Danish course offered free of charge to international full degree students.

Designed in accordance with The Act on Danish for Adult Foreigners, it is perfect for students who wish to learn Danish to improve their chances of employment in Denmark. The course develops general language skills as well as study and work-related language skills. 
The courses are offered by the Centre for Internationalisation and Parallel Language Use and you can read more about the courses their web site.

Til toppen

It is also possible to take Danish language classes at a number of language schools across the city. Some of them are approved by the municipality and you might be eligible for free Danish classes at these language centres.

You can

Department Student CounsellingTil toppen

- See Student Guidance.


See South Campus.


The University of Copenhagen use the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
A full study load for one year amounts to 60 ECTS credits. The number of credits awarded for each bachelor and master level course varies depending on the workload.

Elective CoursesTil toppen

Most full degree programmes offer the possibility for students to take courses outside of their programme. Please contact the departmental guidance counsellors for more information.


All students receive a personal e-mail address (alumni mail) prior to their studies at the University of Copenhagen. The Faculty use this e-mail to contact the students, so it is important that you check your alumni email regularly before and during your studies.

You access your alumni e-mail at KUnet ( Til toppen .


The Faculty uses to different types of exams; oral and written. Oral exams are held in January (winter) and in June (summer). Written exams may have deadline in December/early January (winter) and in May/early June (Summer)

All students are personally responsible for their exam registration and are not allowed to sit for exams unless they have registered for the exam.

For more information consult your study site at KUnet listed below:Til toppen

Study site at KUnet about exams for full degree students:

Child Care (Bringing your children to Copenhagen)

Some students bring their children to Copenhagen after being admitted to a full degree master programme. For information on child care, please contact the Child Care Agency (Pladsanvisning og INFOteam)

FacebookTil toppen

Join the Faculty on Facebook.
The Faculty offer two groups for international students on Facebook:

Full Degree Admissions

See Student Guidance.


The University of Copenhagen use the Danish 7-point Scale for grading.Til toppen
Your work is assessed according to the Danish 7-point scale or by Pass/Fail. 2 is the grade required for pass.

For more information on the danish 7-point scale consult the Danish Grading Scale Order

Health CareTil toppen

The Danish Health Security Act covers international students at the University of Copenhagen staying for more than 3 months. Note, however, that you are not covered until you have registered with the Borgerservice. It may take up to two weeks from the day you register until you receive your personal health insurance card. In case you need medical treatment during this period, you can still consult the doctor you are assigned when you register.

You can find general information on Health Care Serivces at the Capital Region of Denmarks website


Exchange and full time guest students are eligible to apply for housing though the University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation.

Unfortunately, at this time the University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation does not have the capacity to offer housing to full degree master students at the Faculty of Humanities. Full degree master students can read about the housing situation in Copenhagen and finding housing here.

ID CardsTil toppen

See Student ID cards

International Education & Grants

International Education & Grants offers support to exchange and guest students.

Visit International Education & Grants website.

As a full degree student studying at University of Copenhagen International Education & Grants offers a variety of different options for studying abroad. For more information please contact your departmental guidance counsellors.

InternshipsTil toppen

All study programmes at the Faculty of Humanities offers the possibility of doing an internship during your studies. For more information please contact your departmental guidance counsellors.


See KUnet.

IT facilitiesTil toppen

The Faculty offers free WIFI on Campus for all teachers and students at the Faculty.

Visit the IT Centres website for information on how to activate your SC-account.


See Student jobs.


The intranet at University of Copenhagen is called KUnet. As a student KUnet will be your main source of information about your studies. KUnet works with a personalized login system so you will get access to information about courses you are attending.

Logon to KUnet

Study websites at KUnet

Each study programme has a study site on the intranet. Find the study sites here:

KU-usernameTil toppen

See UCPH-username.


Most courses at the Faculty are taught in Danish, but the Faculty offers a wide range of courses taught in English and other languages.

Course catalogue (Non-Danish taught courses).

Learning AgreementsTil toppen

If you are an Erasmus student you often need to have your learning agreement signed. At your Department KUnet website you will find more information on who and where you can get the learning agreement signed.


Most lecturers have office hours once a week. During office hours you can reach them either by phone or in person. Please respect the limits of these office hours or contact them by email. At the department websites you will find contact information and office hours.

LibrariesTil toppen

At South Campus you will find the Faculty Library of Humanities as well as the department libraries.

As a part of the Royal Library, The Faculty Library of Humanities offers an impressive selection of offline and online materials and offers free WIFI and modern study facilities.

Visit the Royal Library website for more information.

Most departments have their own libraries which function as reference libraries with limited lending facilities specialising in the departments subjects.

For more information on the department libraries visit Copenhagen University Library Services website.

Login to KUnet (login problems)

Do you experience problems logging into KUnet or are you a first-time user to the university intranet? Please visit University IT's website for guidance.

MapTil toppen

See South Campus.

Mentor programme

See QA-programme.

Money and Banking

The Danish currency is the krone; 1 krone equals 100 øre.

It is easy to convert currencies and travellers' cheques in Denmark but it can also be quite expensive, as Danish banks charge a fee for this type of service. While well-known international credit cards are widely accepted, they may be inconvenient for you to use for everyday shopping. Therefore it may be a better option for you to open a bank account with a Danish bank and get a Visa-Dankort.The Visa-Dankort is a Danish debit card that is accepted everywhere except perhaps in very small shops that only accept cash.

Most Danish banks are able to provide you with a free bank account (Visa Electron) as long as you have a CPR number, student ID (or admission letter) and bring your passport (they will make a copy at the bank).

My Guide to KUA (South Campus)

In the booklet My Guide to KUA (e-pages) you will find a detailed list of initiatives for students at the faculty.

NewspapersTil toppen

See University Post.


Each semester, just before the semester begin, all new international students are invited to participate in the Faculty orientation programme. During the orientation programme you will be introduced to your new faculty and Department, IT systems, guidance options, clubs and association, the mentor programme and much more. All important information for you to have a great start at your studies at the Faculty.

The orientation programme lasts for two or three days and is a great way to get started and meet your fellow international students.

Further information:

Orientation for full degree students

Orientation for Exchange and Guest students


Bike: In the open areas on campus you will find numerous bike racks or you can park your bike in the bike storage placed in the Faculty basement below building 10.

Car: You can park your car at the guest parking lot on Ørestads Boulevard. Til toppen
View map.

Print and Copy

Students can use the Faculty print/copy system, which gives access to print and copy facilities at the Faculty using your SC-profile.

For more information on how to use the print system and payment visit the Faculty IT-services website.

Publi©KomTil toppen

The Faculty of Humanities publication service Publi@Kom offers a range of different services, such as compendiums, special prints, binding etc and manages the Faculty print/Copy system.

Publi@Kom is situated in building 10, ground floor.

Public Holidays

See Academic Year.Til toppen

Public Transportation

The public transportation system in Copenhagen is well developed with trains, S-trains, busses and the Metro.

For information on tickets and prices visit Danish Railways (DSB) website. Til toppen

South Campus is situated close to downtown Copenhagen and is only a five minute trip by Metro to South Campus (Line 1 towards 'Vestamager' - stop at 'Islands Brygge' Station), and a 10-minute trip by bus line 12 and 33 stops on Campus.

Plan your journey in Denmark at the journey planner website.

QA Programme

The QA Programme is a volunteer run social organisation, by students for students, with the aim to help international students at the Faculty arrive well in Copenhagen, get settled in and be off to a great start for their time at the University.

For more information and to sign up visit the QA Programme website. Til toppen


If you have any questions on the academic issues please contact the department student counsellors.

If you have any questions on admission application for English taught full degree programmes at the Faculty please contact the Faculty full degree Admissions.

If you are lost on campus or have any practical questions please contact the reception.

ReceptionTil toppen

At the Faculty Reception you can get help with practical questions and/or directions to classrooms, departments, facilities etc.

You will find the Faculty Reception in the middle of the Faculty Atrium through the main entrance.

Register as a resident in Denmark

As an international students studying at University of Copenhagen you will have to register with the Danish authorities. If you are from a non-Nordic country you also need a residence permit.

Visit International Education and Grants' website for further information.Til toppen

Residence Permit

Depending on your nationality you need a residence permit for living and studying in Denmark.

Visit International Education and Grants' website for information on what kind of residence permit you need and practicalities.

SC-profileTil toppen

In order to use the print/copy system at South Campus you need to activate your SC-profile.

For more information visit the Facultys IT servicess website.


Each year the Faculty offers a limited number of scholarships (tuition fee waivers) to international students. All non-EU/EEA applicants are automatically assessed for the scholarship when applying for the Master's programmes, and the scholarships are given to the best qualified applicants, cf. published criteria on programme website.

Self Service

By using the Self Service at KUnet, students are able to get information on classes and Exams, IT-support for the University IT-systems and register for courses and exams.

You will find more information on the University ITs website. Til toppen


Smoking (incl E-cigarettes) is prohibitted inside alle Campus buildings, outside the Faculty Main entrance, in the Faculty Atrium yards as well as at the rooftop terraces. Ashtrays are provided at all exits.

Software Library

As a student at University of Copenhagen you are able to download and install certain software in accordance with University of Copenhagen generel licence agreements.

For more information and access to the Software Library visit the University IT's Til toppen website.

South Campus (incl. Map and directions)

Faculty of Humanities is situated at South Campus, placed on the island of Amager in the northern part of Ørestad. South Campus is within walking distance of downtown Copenhagen. The Campus offers new and modern study and teaching facilities.


At USG (the Universitys own Student Sport- and Gymnastics association) students can participate in more than 80 different types of sports.

Visit USG's website for information on what sport activities are offered and prices.

Student caféesTil toppen

See Cafées.

Student Counselling

The Student Counselling Service staffed by psychologists and social workers offers free professional help for you in relations to personal matters that affect your capability to focus on your studies.

Visit the Student Counselling Services website for more information and opening hours.

Student Guidance

The University of Copenhagen has a wide range of guidance options available for prospective and current students. All guidance units at the University of Copenhagen give independent guidance and all talks are confidential.

More information on the options available:


The Student House (Studenterhuset) is located in the centre of Copenhagen, and functions as a natural place for students from different faculties to meet, study and have a good time. During the week the Student House puts on a range of activities. The atmosphere is friendly and open, and it is a great place for Danish and international students to meet, have a drink and debate and joke in numerous languages.

Visit the Student House website.

Student ID Cards

To access the Faculty buildings after opening hours and the departmental libraries as well as getting your student discount at the Academic bookstore you need to use your student ID card. When admitted to the University of Copenhagen you are requested to order a Student ID-card.

Picking up your Student ID-Card

Exchange students: If you are studying at the University as an exchange student you need to pick up your student ID card during orientation or at International Education and Grants Office.

Full degree and guest students: Upon commencement of your studies at the Faculty international full degree and guest students can pick up their student ID card at the Reception (exept if you have a Danish address in which case it will be sent to you directly)Til toppen .

Note. If you have lost your student ID card or maybe it doesn't work please consult the universities ID card units website.

Student jobs

Getting a student job is often a good way for students to get hands on experience and of course the benefits of the paycheck. In Denmark it is very common that students have student jobs with academic relevance, and it is seen as a good way for students to show their abilities for possible employees and improve their resume.

At jobportals such as you'll find vacant positions with Danish Til toppencompanies.

Please note that for some residence permits there are restrictions on allowed working hours per week. 

Study Abroad

Why only study abroad once? If you have been admitted to one of the Faculty's full degree programmes you often have the possibility of studying abroad for a semester at one of the Universitys many bilateral exchange agreements.

Consult your study websites at KUnet or contact your departmental student counsellors for more information.

Study GroupsTil toppen

The Faculty strongly recommend that students form Study groups.
It is common for students in Denmark to form study groups. A study group may meet to help each other understand, analyse and discuss texts, to prepare for exams or just to talk about how their studies are going.

SU (The Danish Students' Grants and Loans Scheme)

Every Dane over the age of 18 is entitled to public support (SU) for his or her further education - regardless of social standing.

If you are not a Danish citizen, you have to meet certain criteria in order to receive SU.

You can read more about SU and the criteria for being placed on equal terms with Danish citizens here. Til toppen


See Lecturers.


Like at all other Universities, a large part of the teaching at the Faculty is held in the form of lectures. This of course mainly applies to fields of study with a large number of students and is more common for Bachelor's students than for Master's students.

Like lectures, teaching in tutorial groups is also very common. Here the teaching is often a mix of short lectures and class tutorials where different topics and texts are discussed.

Teaching Materials

All students pay for their own teaching materials. Usually lecturers create a compendium for each course containing basic teaching material. Additionally you may be required to buy, borrow or copy specific books for each course. Some lecturers also upload teaching materials at the University vitual learning platform, Absalon. You can always get access to Absalon via KUnet.

Compendiums are sold at the Faculty publication service Publi©Kom.

Tuition fee

Whether you need to pay tuition for your studies at Faculty of Humanities depends on your type of enrolment and your citizenship.

Full degree
There is no tuition fee for Nordic, EU and EEA citizens.
Non Nordic/EU/EEA citizens are required to pay tuition fee. The tuition differs from program to program. For more information consult the individual programmes website.

Exchange students do not pay tuitionTil toppen.

Guest students
If you are enrolled to the Faculty as a guest student you may be subject to tuition. Further information.


As a student at University of Copenhagen one of your main tools is the intranet KUnet. To gain access to KUnet you will need to activate your UCPH Username. Your personal username is the key to information on academic and administrative procedures during your stay at the university.

Upon enrolment you will receive an e-mail about how to activate your UCPH-username.

University post

The University of Copenhagen has it's own free newspaper, which is editorial independent from the university management. The stories and comments are related directly or indirectly to the university and to the wider campus and academic environment.

Visit the University Post's website.Til toppen

Visiting the Faculty

South Campus and the Faculty is open to the public during opening hours. If you are a student you can access the buildings outside of opening hours using your Student ID card.

Information on South Campus, directions and map.

If you are interested in studying a Master's degree at the Faculty, you are welcome to book an appointment with Full Degree Admissions, and they will show you around campus.

Contact Full Degree Admissions. Til toppen


The Faculty offers free Wifi, Eduroam, on Campus. As a student you can access Eduroam using your UCPH username and password. Using Eduroam also gives you the opportunity to use the Faculty print system.

For more information on Eduroam and how to configure it on your computer visit University IT's website.

Youth Goodwill AmbassadorsTil toppen

The Youth Goodwill Ambassador Corps (YGA) is a global network of talented international students. They brand Denmark as an attractive study destination while working to increase the job opportunities for the appointed youth ambassadors as well as international talents in Denmark.

As an international students studying at University of Copenhagen you have the opportunity to join the Youth Goodwill Ambassador Corps.

Visit YGA's website for more information on the corps and how you apply to join.