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Guest students

You have the option of studying single courses at the Faculty of Humanities. Guest enrolment is an alternative to applying through an exchange agreement or as a degree-seeking student. 

If your home university does not have an exchange agreement with University of Copenhagen or you are interested in taking part-time studies as a professional, you can apply at the Faculty of Humanities as an international guest student.

Please note that guest students are required to pay tuition fees for short-term, non-degree-seeking studies at the University of Copenhagen.

The application deadlines for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are as follows:

  • 1 June for autumn semester courses
  • 1 December for spring semester courses

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens apply for the guest programme via the Office of International Education & Grants.  For information on how to apply, admission requirements and application deadlines, please visit  International Education and Grants' website.


The Faculty of Humanities offers a broad selection of non-Danish taught courses to international guest students. 

In The Faculty of Humanities' Course Catalogue, you will find a comprehensive list of the non-Danish taught courses offered to international guest students.

How to select courses

Applicants apply for courses for one semester at a time. 

Applicants can prioritise up to six courses at the Faculty of Humanities. Please note that it is not possible to change the prioritized list after the application deadline.

A full semester's course load is 30 ECTS.

Please note that guest students may only complete up to 90 ECTS credits of bachelor-level courses and 60 ECTS of master-level courses. It is not possible to register for a bachelor's or master's project or thesis as a guest student.

Application procedure

The application procedure is outlined below.

1. Choose your courses

Identify one or more courses you wish to apply for from the course catalogue.

→ The University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Humanities' Course Catalogue 

Applicants can prioritize up to six courses in their application.

2. Gather the required documentation

Applicants are required to include the following documents in the application:

  • Proof of citizenship: A copy of your passport

  • Certified transcript of academic records and degree certificates, including courses in progress, with stamp and signature by your home university.
    In case the original documents are not available in one of the following languages; Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English, German or French, you are required to upload a certified translation with the copy of the original document.

  • Proof of English language proficiency. Non-native English speakers are required to provide proof of their English language proficiency.

    Required minimum scores:

    • Toefl Internet-based: 80
    • Toefl Computer-based: 213
    • Toefl Paper-based: 550
    • IELTS (preferable IELTS Academic): 6.0
    • Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): B
    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C         
  • Optional: A valid Danish residence permit card (only applicable for non-EU/EEA/Swiss residents)

3. Submit your application

Access and submit your application electronically to UCPH Faculty of Humanities.

Access the application form: Apply for enrollment as a Guest Student at UCPH-Faculty of Humanities  

4. Await the admission decision

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

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

5. Accept/decline the admission offer and initiate payment

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

Information about payment and final enrolment is forwarded to admitted students by e-mail.

Tuition fees

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are required to tuition fees in connection with guest studies.

Tuition fees:

  • 5 ECTS: DKK 1,250
  • 7.5 ECTS: DKK 1,875
  • 10 ECTS: DKK 2,500
  • 15 ECTS: DKK 3,750
  • 22.5 ECTS: DKK 5,625
  • 30 ECTS: DKK 7,500

The price includes 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.

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens holding a valid Danish residence permit with a view to permanent residence may be subject to a tuition fee reduction. Please contact International Admissions for more information.

Brexit and UK citizens

Until now, UK students who come as guest students to UCPH have been charged tuition fees as pertaining to their EU citizen status. This may change when the UK leaves the EU. Students applying for admission in 2019 are advised to take note of the uncertainly of their status.

For more information, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs about the status of British citizens and the ongoing negotiations here

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 in accordance with the following deadlines:

  • 1 August for courses being held in the succeeding autumn semester
  • 1 January for courses being held in the succeeding spring semester

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

Practical information


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

The Faculty of Humanities advises all students to search for housing early in the application process.


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

International Admissions
UCPH - Faculty of Humanities
Room 14-0-46
Karen Blixens Plads 8
2300 Copenhagen S

Phone: +45 40 47 11 97