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Welcome to the University of Copenhagen! Five important dates to remember

New student 2021 — Here are five important dates to remember to ensure that your new life as a university student is off to a good start.

Congratulations! You have been accepted at the largest university in Denmark. Before starting your new life as a university student it’s important that you take note of the following dates.

26 August: The Student Council’s intro event

If you just can’t wait to get started on your new life as a student and meet all your fellow students, don’t worry, the Student Council has you covered. This year, their event will take place on 26 August from 14.00 until late in the evening.

Everyone meets up at Karen Blixens Plads on South Campus. Keep an eye out for the sign with the name of your study programme. Find more details about the day here.

27 August: Matriculation Ceremony

The Matriculation Ceremony is the university’s official welcoming event for new students.

This year, Danish TV celebrity Sofie Østergaard is hosting the fun, the UCPH rector Henrik C. Wegener will give a speech, and Danish rapper Lord Siva a concert. It is all in English for the international audience and takes place on Friday 27 August at 17:00-18:00 on Frederiksberg Campus, Grønnegårdsvej 8.

This year, there is limited access due to Covid-19 restrictions. You need to register for the matriculation to be able to join in person. New students have been given a registration link in connection with their notification of admission at the end of July. You can also follow it via Facebook or via


31 August: The semester kicks off

Over the course of August your new tutors will do everything in their power to prepare you for what lies ahead and ensure that you get a great start at the university. In week 36, which begins on 6 September, the intro parties are over and it’s time to bury your head in your texts and enjoy the quiet, contemplative atmosphere of the study hall (until the first Friday bar that is). Your first semester at University of Copenhagen kicks off.

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Not everyone has their first class session in week 36, and it is of course not certain you will have class on Mondays. Check the university’s course catalogue: Find your course and get details about the time and place of the course with the link under ‘see form’ on the right-hand side.


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17 September: A festival at your uni

Pat yourself on the back. You are a real insider, now, of the University of Copenhagen. UCPH is so ‘street’ that it has its own festival. This year, the festival will be on 17 September, and there is plenty to look forward to, with free concerts that include Danish star acts like Barselona, Marvelous Mosell and Lydmor.

There are usually about 16,000 participating students and staff, so tick off your calendar now and look forward to partying with the other faculties to lots of concerts and events across the entire university.

See the full programme here.

30 September: Remember to apply for SU

As a full degree EU student in Denmark you can get SU, the famed Danish study grant, which is one of the most generous in the world. But the rules are complicated, and non-Danes need to have a paying part-time job before you can apply. You can do this no earlier than one month before the month in which you are entitled to receive it. This means that you can apply for SU from 1 August to secure your SU from September.

If you don’t want to be cheated out of it for the month of September, you need to apply for SU no later than 30 September. Whip out your Danish NemID app and apply via MinSU here.

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… And then there are all the dates on your own study programme that vary from course to course. Including intro days, parties and so much else. You can find the dates that are relevant to you, on the programme pages on the University of Copenhagen website.

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