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The Faculty of Humanities A - Z

Below you will find useful information about your studies at the Faculty of Humanities and the facilities at South Campus. 

Absalon

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 textbooks required as part of 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)

For more information on the academic calendar and public holidays, please refer to →Academic Calendar at the University of Copenhagen

Canteens and cafes on campus

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

South Campus offers a variety of different cafes:

Cafe; 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 cafées

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.

Compendium

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 in →the Faculty of Humanities' webshop.

ECTS

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.

E-mail

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 (intranet.ku.dk)  

Childcare in 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)

Grading

The University of Copenhagen use the Danish 7-point Scale for grading.

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

IT facilities

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

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

KUnet

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 

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

Learning agreements

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.

Libraries

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.

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).

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©Kom

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 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.

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.

SC-profile

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

For more information visit the University IT service website.

Software options

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  website.

South Campus

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.

Sports activities

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

For information on what sport activities are offered and membership fees, please refer to:

→Visit USG's website 

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.

For more information and opening hours, please refer to:

Student Counselling Services

Student guidance

The University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Humanities offers guidance for prospective and current students. All guidance units at the University of Copenhagen give independent guidance and all talks are confidential.

For contact information, please refer to:

International Admissions

→Department Student Guidance Centres

Student House

The Student House (in Danish, "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 should pick up your student ID card at International Education and Grants' Student Centre.

Full degree and guest students: At the start of your studies, you can pick up your student ID card at Reception in building 13.

Note: If you have lost your student ID, please consult the university's ID card 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 job search portals (such as Workindenmark.dk) you'll find vacant positions with Danish companies.

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

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.

Teaching

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 bachelors students than for masters 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's publication service →Publi©Kom.

Visiting the Faculty of Humanities

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 programme, you are welcome to book an appointment with International Admissions.

→Contact International Admissions

WiFI

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's print system.

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