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Kobenhavns Universitet (KU)

University of Copenhagen, Fiolstræde 24, 1010 Kobenhavn, Denmark
4.10 / 5 based on 228 reviews.
Description:
The University of Copenhagen was founded as a typical latemedieval university in 1479, with the traditional four faculties: Theology, Law, Medicine and Arts. The university was organized as a part of the universal Catholic church, and the more practical details were modelled after the University of Cologne.


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Accreditations
89% of students recommend
228 reviews
Housing
4.0/5
All experiences (228)
Student life
4.5/5
5 stars (96)
Academic
4.2/5
4 stars (96)
Languages
4.5/5
3 stars (30)
Expenses
3.3/5
2 stars (6)
Overall
4.4/5
1 star (0)
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228 reviews of Kobenhavns Universitet

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HOUSING    
by Eunkyung, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, South
Economics, University Agreement
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: dormitory, but not on campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: dormitory
Why? Because it is a good environment to really get to know people.
Personal comments:
Copenhagen University needs to work on finding international students if not nice, an ok place to live. Since the whole city lacks dormitory rooms for danish/international students, the university is placing the international students at private housing and most of my fellow international students found it unsatisfactory. I was lucky enough to get a room in a dormitory but I have heard so many complaints from other international students.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by acasad, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States
Anthropology, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Two things: Vandreklub and Studenterhuset. By joining Vandrekluben (the hiking club), I was able to meet other students from many institutes of higher education in Copenhagen, spend time together hiking and at some social gatherings, see many parts of Denmark, southern Sweden and even central Norway. If you like hiking a lot, I would suggest you look up Vandreklubben. Studenterhuset (the student house) is a cafe where students can come to read, meet, get a quick bite, etc. It is in the heart of downtown. Every Wednesday night is International Student night. International students from all over and a few Danish students pack the place, drink a lot, dance some, and have great conversations. I would highly recommend it! Unfortunately it is only during the academic year, so those of us who arrived during the summer for language study really had a hard time finding a place to hang out.
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ACADEMIC    
by acasad, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States
Anthropology, University Agreement
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
The various institutes and departments of KU are spread throughout the city and I confined my courses to Anthropology with some language and culture courses and one additional course from the Theology Faculty. The Danish culture course, offered every fall by the International Office, is very helpful. Professors from a variety of disciplines (e.g., history, architecture, art history, film, literature, law) present an overview of Danish history, thought and expression. It is very enjoyable, although I think the course title is somewhat misleading, or perhaps mistakes culture for haute coutre. The courses tend to be small, tend to be seminar style, so slacking on the reading it not really possible. The classroom is professional, but relaxed. The Anthropology Institute at KU is very progressive in its use of theory. This, combined with the presence of excellent visiting faculty, made my courses at KU's Anthropology Institute foundational to my anthropological education.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
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
Overall
Personal comments:
The way that the Anthropology students are graded at KU makes it easy for international students who will only be there for one year to get off a little easy, compared to US coursework. This is not to say that the material isn't rigorous enough, it certainly is. It might be nice to have some sort of final synthetic paper for those who have spent one year in the Antropology Institute, or similar departments and institutes.

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by acasad, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States
Anthropology, University Agreement
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
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: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Personal comments:
Danes speak perfect English, so trying to speak Danish with them is as frustrating to them as it is to you. Nevertheless, Danish is a fun language and Danes appreciate the interest in learning their language. As fas the bare requirements of class and administrative functions, English will suffice. And one-on-one, English will be used. But if you enter a scene with a couple of Danes, exect the Danish to flow... whether or not you understand it. I did an eight week language course during the summer and I learned the vast majority of what I needed to know to communicate with people, to find my way around, to pass myself off as a Dane rather than an American while travelling, and so forth. I did not, however, ever have to take a course in Danish, compose anything in Danish, or even get very good at reading the newspaper in Danish.
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EXPENSES    
by acasad, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States
Anthropology, University Agreement
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family
Government assistance
Friends of the International Center Scholarship
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
I travelled a lot! Lets face it, we go abroad to see things and meet people more than to learn. So, expect to spend a lot more on your travel than you do at home. I spent about the same on food, but that is because I ate very little. Food is of an excellent quality in Denmark, but expensive. Going out to eat... prohibitive! I spent more telephone services because I called my fiancee in Ireland and my family back in the US. Groenjordskollegiet was dirt cheap to live in, so I saved a ton there. I never really went out much in the US, as I was under 21. So, while in Denmark I spent much more at Studenterhuset.
Overall, Nightlife, Travel, Telephone: was more expensive than at home.
Food: was the same price as at home.
Housing: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
Cost saving tip: Open a bank account with Den Danske Bank. When you need money, just write yourself a check drawn from your American bank account and deposit it in your Danish account. It will be converted within a day, with minimal fees and is easy to use. ATM cards from Den Danske Bank are everywhere and free to use for members.
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OVERALL    
by Benedetto, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy
International Relations, Erasmus
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
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Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
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Campus life
Party / people
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I wish I had known...
Danish language Pubblichiamo il testo della Legge n. 241/1990 ("Nuove norme in materia di procedimento amministrativo e di diritto di accesso ai documenti amministrativi") coordinato ed aggiornato con le modifiche introdotte dalla Legge 11 febbraio 2005, n. 15, dal Decreto legge 14 marzo 2005, n. 35 e dalla Legge 2 aprile 2007, n. 40. Codici | Amministrativo LEGGE 7 agosto 1990, n. 241 Nuove norme in materia di procedimento amministrativo e di diritto di accesso ai documenti amministrativi (Gazzetta Ufficiale del 18 agosto 1990 n. 192) (Testo coordinato ed aggiornato con le modifiche introdotte dalla Legge 11 febbraio 2005, n. 15, dal Decreto legge 14 marzo 2005, n. 35 e dalla Legge 2 aprile 2007, n. 40) La Camera dei deputati ed il Senato della Repubblica hanno approvato; Il Presidente della Repubblica Promulga la seguente legge: Capo I Principi Articolo 1. (1) (Principi generali dell'attività amministrativa) 1. L’attività amministrativa persegue i fini determinati dalla legge ed è retta da criteri di economicità, di efficacia, di pubblicità e di trasparenza secondo le modalità previste dalla presente legge e dalle altre disposizioni che disciplinano singoli procedimenti, nonché dai princìpi dell’ordinamento comunitario. 1-bis. La pubblica amministrazione, nell’adozione di atti di natura non autoritativa, agisce secondo le norme di diritto privato salvo che la legge disponga diversamente. 1-ter. I soggetti privati preposti all’esercizio di attività amministrative assicurano il rispetto dei princìpi di cui al comma 1. 2. La pubblica amministrazione non può aggravare il procedimento se non per straordinarie e motivate esigenze imposte dallo svolgimento dell’istruttori. (1) Articolo così modificato dalla Legge 11 febbraio 2005, n. 15. Articolo 2. (1) (Conclusione del procedimento) 1. Ove il procedimento consegua obbligatoriamente ad una istanza, ovvero debba essere iniziato d'ufficio, la pubblica amministrazione ha il dovere di concluderlo mediante l'adozione di un provvedimento espresso. 2. Con uno o più regolamenti adottati ai sensi dell'articolo 17, comma 1, della legge 23 agosto 1988, n. 400, su proposta del Ministro competente, di concerto con il Ministro per la funzione pubblica, sono stabiliti i termini entro i quali i procedimenti di competenza delle amministrazioni statali devono concludersi, ove non siano direttamente previsti per legge. Gli enti pubblici nazionali stabiliscono, secondo i propri ordinamenti, i termini entro i quali devono concludersi i procedimenti di propria competenza. I termini sono modulati tenendo conto della loro sostenibilità, sotto il profilo dell'organizzazione amministrativa, e della natura degli interessi pubblici tutelati e decorrono dall'inizio di ufficio del procedimento o dal ricevimento della domanda, se il procedimento è ad iniziativa di parte. 3. Qualora non si provveda ai sensi del comma 2, il termine è di novanta giorni. 4. Nei casi in cui leggi o regolamenti prevedono per l'adozione di un provvedimento l'acquisizione di valutazioni tecniche di organi o enti appositi, i termini di cui ai commi 2 e 3 sono sospesi fino all'acquisizione delle valutazioni tecniche per un periodo massimo comunque non superiore a novanta giorni. I termini di cui ai commi 2 e 3 possono essere altresì sospesi, per una sola volta, per l'acquisizione...
In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
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:
no specific recommendation



FINAL COMMENTS

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