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Swarm of foreign students into the humanities

Biggest surge in humanities or life science subjects, as more international students choose Copenhagen

It is the study of the human condition, and the study of living things that is attracting more and more students to Copenhagen. This is according to a breakdown of the latest admissions statistics released to the University Post from the International Office.

The statistics confirm an upswell of students coming to Copenhagen: 2,196 students came here last year on exchange, a 15 per cent increase over the last two years. The latest figure is a 70-student up-adjustment over previously released estimates. The figures do not include full-degree students, which have also seen a surge in numbers.

When asked for the underlying cause of the increase, the International Office has previously pointed to the greater number of courses offered in English, and Copenhagen’s better standing abroad.

Human and life sciences win

It is the Humanities and Life Sciences faculties that are attracting the international talent:

734 international students came to the Faculty of Humanities in 2009-2010, a massive increase of 175 over 2007-2008.

The Life Sciences people also struck gold: 305 internationals came for 2009-2010, 30 more than in 2007-2008.

Law loses

The run down of faculty statistics also reveals the biggest loser:

The Faculty of Law has lost 44 incoming foreign students over the three year period, so that it in the latest year, had 225 incoming foreign students.

More are coming in, and more are leaving. The number of Danish, University of Copenhagen, students who leave us for a stay abroad has also increased:

More Copenhageners go abroad too

A total of 1,589 Copenhagen students took the opportunity in 2009-2010, 50 per cent than the number that did so in the period three years ago.

See the fact box to the right for more detail.

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