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Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Technical University of Denmark, Building 101 A, 2800 Lyngby, DENMARK
3.74 / 5 based on 888 reviews.
The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), founded in 1829, is currently Denmark's leading centre for engineering education and research. DTU's campus is located in a suburb 10km north of the Copenhagen city centre.

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by Lauren, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Engineering, Erasmus
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: With a family
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why? Living with a family feels imposing to both parties involved. I felt that you could do as you pleased in case it caused offence and part of studying abroad is to learning to be self-sufficient as well as meeting like minded people.
Personal comments:
There was no provision for on campus accomodation for international students at DTU which is very unfair considering all exchange students arriving in the UK are allocated these sometimes before they are offered to UK Students. My accomodation was superb but many students were not as lucky as i was and i feel that if more of us had been living on campus then i would have gotten to know more people. There was however opposion from danish students to allow us to stay in their halls and i would suggest a purpose built accomodation block for international students.
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by César, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Engineering, Chemical, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Personal comments:
First of all, on campus there were lots of funs moments, as it has Campus Village, Cellar Bar on tuesdays, Red House parties every month and Kampsax student residence parties on thursdays. In Copenhagen, The Moose bar is very good to have some beers and chat with friends, Kulor Bar on fridays was very cheap (perfect for students, as Copenhagen is expensive), Copenhagen Business School parties on thursdays were very cool, and finally LA Bar, a disco-pub, not large, but near The Moose. For sightseeing, I recommend to visit Vor Frelsers Kirke church, near Christiania, and to go up to its highest point, were you can have a good view of Copenhagen. Also, Carlsberg museum is quite good, were you can taste 2 beers for 5€ (in 2006). Don't forget to visit Tivoli in Christmas!!!
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by michael, Politechnika Warszawska, Warsaw, Poland
Computer Science/IT, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
I would recommend to apply as soon as possible to courses since the cool ones can get pretty fast overbooked. As for the subjects I chose, I took three subjects which were far from what I was taking in my home country. They were not about numbers and calculations niether programming.But still they had something in common with the IT world. All three subjects I highly recommend for people who would like to have a rest from programming and mathematics for a while and have some more time to see more of the country. Standardization in Telecommunication: It is about standards in our everyday life. Intranet in the Virtual organization: also interesting subject about communication between people using the intranet. Strategy and Planning: this is a good subject if you are planning to manage a company some day. As for the rest of the programs I chose Real Time Systems. Noe here there is a little more of thinking but it is a very interesting subject about automatas. Embedded Systems: This is a subject I would prefer not to have. Lectures are boring however the labs are interesting but still a lot of electronics and cables which is not for me

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:
I'm very satisfied with all the things right here. But if I would have had to stay more than 6 monthes here then I would have prefered to pay some more money and get a better place to live in. You know with some higher standard Microwave,TV,a better looking toilet.

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by Brian, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, Australia
International Relations, University Agreement
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Personal comments:
I was really keen to learn Danish (I still don't know why). I did some study before arriving in Denmark and then took advantage of the free courses offered by the government (and co-ordinated with DTU to make it really easy to get involved). I reckon I studied Danish harder than my university subjects and it paid off. After studying at DTU I took 7 months work experience in Aalborg where I met a lot of Danes and I found they were much more friendly if you at least *try* to speak Danish. By the end I passed the government exam (Almenproeve 2) and it just helped me feel a lot more at home in the country. I remember one time when I simply said "Tak" to a waitress and she gave me a big smile--they love it if you just make a little effort to speak the language. The courses offered by the government were great. Completely free and very helpful although you still need to do private study and practise as much as possible. Some people I know have had bad experiences mostly through having a bad teacher but I was very fortunate.
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by Brian, University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney, Australia
International Relations, University Agreement
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
A private grant
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits:
Denmark is more expensive than Australia although mobile phone costs are pretty cheap (in Australian money, my contract was $10 a month, and about 5c per SMS. Call costs were also cheap but not for international calls, it's much better to buy a phone card and use a public phone. DTU has some public phones on campus.) Meat is also expensive, especially because they don't have real sausages! Travel is more expensive but you can usually ride your bike to uni so it's free (unless you get a flat, or forget your bike lights!). Travel into Copenhagen by train or bus is reasonable. Beer can be expensive, but it's pretty reasonable at the student bars and the Moose during happy hour.
Food, Telephone, Overall, Housing, Nightlife, Travel: was more expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
I have a St. George bank account in Australia and to withdraw money directly from that account (via VISA) cost about $4 per withdrawal. If you have a lot of money it's cheaper to open a Danish bank account and transfer it there. But transfer it all at once if possible as I got charged service fees by St. George, Nordea and Danske Bank meaning it cost about $30 for the transaction. If you expect to make more than 2 or 3 long train trips (e.g. outside Copenhagen to Jutland or Roskilde etc.) then buy a DSB Wildcard at the start of your trip. It gives you a big discount. Also, if you know if advance you are travelling by train try and get a DSB Orange ticket. They are a lot cheaper. If you're travelling around Europe don't forget to check Ryanair, EasyJet, Virgin, etc. There are always some bargains. We were all surprised how much money we spent on beer! Think twice before shouting! On our trip around Sweden and Norway we just camped and ate rice. So cheap and so good. You probably won't be eligible for a Dankort so you'll need to take cash with you nearly everywhere (most supermarkets don't take credit cards). Can be a bit annoying when you're in the supermarket queue and you suddenly realise you have no cash!
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by Bartek_B, Politechnika Lódzka, Lodz, Poland
Biotechnology, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
I don't think so.
In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
This is a university where the courses are of a very high standard. A perfect place for those who want to benefit from the academic point of view. For those who want to earn money it is also a good place. If you want to have fun, Spain is cheaper and better


When you are buying a telephone card please be aware that the amount of time you have on your card theoretically is very often much smaller in practice. Traveling in Denmark is extremely expensive, so I woud suggest buying a second- hand bike immediatelly upn arrival. There are police auctions in Copenhagen where you can buy a bike for a reasonable price
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