Summer schools

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.

Application deadlines

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








The Faculty of Humanities is offering the following summer school courses in Summer 2023 as part of the UCPH International Summer Programme.

  • Dressing the World, Theory and Practice through 2000 Years
    Bachelor and Master
    Credits: 15 ECTS
    Dates: 14 August - 25 August 2023 
    Textiles and fashion are essential aspects of the human condition. We dress, appear and communicate through fabrics and other kinds of bodily adornments. Over the course of time, we have changed our practices for the production, mediation and the use of textiles and fashion, as well as theories through which we conceive and perceive them. Dressing the World summer school provides a survey of the history of textile and fashion from prehistoric times to the present day in the geographical areas of Scandinavia, Europe and globally. The course focuses on different historic and cultural theories, with an emphasis on critical and analytical approaches to the field and, in the wider context, and explores the entanglement of textile and fashion in characterising cultures and societies.

  • CANCELLED - Names and Naming Practices
    Level: Bachelor and Master   
    Credits: 7,5 ECTS

    Dates: 07 August - 17 August 2023 
    During this summer school students will learn about names and naming from a comparative, multidisciplinary perspective. Names constitute an essential part of cultural heritage. They are closely intertwined with the respective culture and reveal a great deal about the name-giving society. Names are primarily used to identify, they single out certain people, places or objects. However, consciously or unconsciously, names also contain a wide range of social connotations. Thus name choices directly reflect attitudes of language users towards the named entity. Despite their central position in language and communication, names rarely constitute an integral part of language studies. The summer school seeks to fill this gap. The course is open to Danish as well as international students and will be taught in English. It will be composed of lectures, workshops, and field trips in the Copenhagen area.

  • FULLY BOOKED - Ways of Living: Danish Architecture & Urban Design (Copenhagen’s Walking Classroom, Summer 2023) 
    Level: Bachelor   
    Credits: 7.5 ECTS

    Dates: 31 July – 9 August 2023 (including weekends)
    In this two-week intensive summer course, the city of Copenhagen will be our primary classroom, with walking-lectures, sidewalk-seminars, independent field studies, and collegial debates being unfolded across a diversity of places within the metropolis. First-hand experiences, place-based interpretative discourses, on-site analyses, and critical readings will be entwined to support grounded ways of questioning and understanding the historical and contemporary Danish architecture and urban design cases at-hand. ‘Ways of living’, in this course, encompasses and addresses a diversity of human and nonhuman relationalities, and acknowledges that architecture and urban design are never stand-alone but are always parts of something both bigger and smaller than themselves. 

  • History of Copenhagen w/Danish Language (Pre-semester course)
    Level: Bachelor    
    Credits: 7.5 ECTS

    Dates: 7 August – 27 August 2023 
    This course offers all international students at the University of Copenhagen an exciting and comprehensive introduction to the history of Copenhagen and to the Danish language. Over the course of three weeks, students will learn about the city’s history from its foundation in the early Middle Ages, when Copenhagen was just a fishing village, and through a millennium of history up to modern Copenhagen, often ranked as one of the best cities in the world when measured by quality of life. As well as covering the rich history of Copenhagen, the course also includes a number of lessons in Danish for beginners, where you will be introduced to the basics of the Danish language including conversation, grammar and pronunciation.

  • Scandinavian Manuscript Studies
    Level: Master and Ph.D.
    Credits: 7.5 ECTS for Master students and 5 ECTS for Ph.D.

    Dates: 14 August - 23 August 2023
    The summer school in Scandinavian Manuscript Studies is a collaboration between the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen, the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies at the University of Iceland and the National and University Library of Iceland. It affords students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with manuscripts under the guidance of researchers from these three institutions. Consisting of lectures, workshops, excursions and special presentations, the summer school offers its participants basic training in palaeography, codicology and transcription of manuscripts, as well as in-depth workshops on editorial technique and textual criticism. 










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 3,750 DKK 7,500
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss applicants DKK 9,375 DKK 18,750
Non-EU/EEA/Switzerland applicants with a permanent Danish residence permit * DKK 3,750 DKK 7,500
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 3,750 DKK 7,500

*or with a temporary residence permit with a view to permanent residency in Denmark.

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.