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Welcome to University of Copenhagen: 5 important dates to remember

Beginning of the semester — 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 just 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.

July 31: Remember to accept the offer of admittance!

Firstly, it is obviously very important that you formally accept the offer of admittance or standby spot from the university. When the offer is extended to you, you will have to confirm before you are officially enrolled at the university. If that comes as a surprise to you, you should probably read the letter of acceptance again.

READ MORE: Acceptance, rejection, standby: What to do when you receive a reply on your application

You only have six days to make up your mind, so if you’re sure that you’re going to accept the offer, be sure to confirm your spot as soon as possible via myKU. The deadline is July 31.

August 15: 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.

On Thursday August 15, the Student Council is hosting their annual intro event where incoming students from across the university are invited to participate in fun games organized by tutors, mingling, and addresses by among others the prorector of the university, Bente Stallknecht. The event kicks off at 5 p.m.

READ MORE: Meet the tutors preparing to welcome new students

Starting at 8 p.m. there will be djs playing music, cold beer and soda on tap and if you’re up for it, you are also invited to the after party at Studenterhuset in the heart of Copenhagen where you and your new friends can party all night long.

August 30: Come meet the rector

University of Copenhagen hosts an official welcoming ceremony on Frue Plads in Copenhagen on Friday August 30, site of the annual enrollment tradition. Here you can meet and shake hands with the rector of the university, Henrik Wegener, who will be appearing in his official robe. Pro tip: this is a popular tradition, so get in line early.

At the enrollment ceremony there will be music and they usually offer a little (free!) drink as well

But before that there’s an official enrollment ceremony (no, this isn’t Hogwarts) where the rector will address the new students and the all-male choir Studentersangerne will perform “Hellige Flamme” (I know, but we’re still in the real world and not a Harry Potter-book). At the enrollment ceremony there will be music and they usually offer a little (free!) drink as well.

After meeting the rector, you can once again head over to Studenterhuset for a long night of partying. You can check out the schedule for the day and find out more about your ticket to the event here.

September 2: 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. On Monday September 2 the summer and the intro parties are over and it’s time to bury your head in your texts books 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.

However, not all students will start the semester on September 2, and there may not be any lectures planned on that day, either. Check the course catalogue: Find you courses and get the details by clinking on ‘se skema’ on the right-hand side.

September 30: Remember to apply for the Educational Grant

As a new student at the university you may be entitled to receive the state’s educational grant starting in September. But the money won’t just magically appear in your bank account come September. You have to apply for it yourself. You can apply for the grant one month prior to the month you are first entitled to the grant at the earliest. That means you can apply for the grant on August 1 if you want to ensure that you will receive it in September.

READ MORE: SU for international students – how to apply

If you want to make sure that you don’t miss out on the money that you are entitled to receive in September, you have to apply no later than September 30. You can apply via MinSU.

… and then of course there are all the dates specific to your individual programme. Intro week, parties, and lots of other events are detailed on the University of Copenhagen’s website under your faculty and programme.

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