At the heart of Scandinavia lies Copenhagen (København), the capital of Denmark. This is a modern and cosmopolitan city that literally has it all. University students love it here because of the extensive infrastructure, plentiful opportunities for pursuing studies in a range of areas, and the array of leisure activities available in the city and surrounding regions. In addition to the flat terrain allowing for students to easily get around the city on bicycle, the city also has an extensive transportation system to jet everyone from area to another. Continue reading to learn more about student life in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Copenhagen is located on the coastal island of Amager and Zealand, in Denmark’s East. It is close to southern Sweden, being linked to Malmö via the Öresund Bridge. The city is surrounded by water and has lush green areas throughout. The population in the city proper currently stands at just under 600,000, but that swells to more than 1.2 million when considering the larger metropolitan area. Because of its high quality of life and low levels of crime and pollution, the environment is ideal to study in Denmark.
On top of all the many restaurants, bars, and nightclubs that make this city popular with students, Copenhagen has a great deal to offer in terms of historical landmarks. There is an amusement park, Tivoli Gardens, which is more than 100 years old and still going strong. Another popular landmark and spectacular photo opportunity is found at the Langelinie pier: the Little Mermaid statue, inspired by the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen - which also spawned the famous Disney movie of the same name. This is one of the most famous attractions in Copenhagen for visitors and residents alike, although it frequently suffers from vandalism. Going back even further in time, students love to tour the Kronborg Castle located in Elsinore (Helsingør). Built back in 1574, it today is one of the best-preserved and maintained castles from the Renaissance era in all of Northern Europe.
Students at the University of Copenhagen have long enjoyed being a part of one of the most highly ranked institutions of higher learning in the world. With 40,000 enrolled students, it is the largest university in Denmark. It currently offers more than 60 English-taught study programmes across all disciplines.
For a more specialised education, there are also the Copenhagen Business School, one of the world’s best MBA schools, and the Technical University of Denmark. Both offer an exceptional education in a city that is well known for its high quality of living and student-friendly environment.
For those seeking a world-class education in arts, architecture or design, the prestigious Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts may be worth a look. Today educating around 2,000 students, it looks back at more than 250 years of tradition.
Other options for more practice-oriented education in Copenhagen include the Metropolitan University College, the UCC and the IT University of Copenhagen.
All of these opportunities combine to create an academic environment that is conducive to producing some of the brightest minds in the world. When not studying, evenings will see many students congregating in the countless bars, coffee shops, and restaurants lining the waterfront. With dedicated bicycle lanes, those on a budget can easily get around with the need for a car. Yet for those looking to take a break from urban life, it is also remarkably easy to get out of town. Combine this with the mild weather and the city’s convenient location within Scandinavia and Europe, it is easy to see why young people from around the world choose to study in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen has been frequently ranked the world’s bike-friendliest city - so much so that the most prominent such ranking was even called “The Copenhagenize Index”. Thanks to this, bikes are the most widespread mode of transport. But when weather or distance won’t allow for a bike ride, the city also offers a dense network of public transport options, including trains, metro trains and buses.
Copenhagen Airport, opened in 1925, is the largest airport in all of Scandinavia and one of Europe’s busiest hubs. It offers direct flight connections to more than a hundred destinations worldwide.