14 September 2010

Record high number of international students

International students

Never before has the University of Copenhagen welcomed so many new international students. We asked a few of them on camera: "Why did you choose us"?

If you randomly pick four newly enrolled students from the University of Copenhagen and meet them for a cup of Joe at a local café, then chances are the coffee table conversation will have to be English.

International students at an event in the Ceremonial HallThe University of Copenhagen welcomed a record number of new Danish students this fall - over 6,300 so far. But, the University's popularity reaches far beyond Danish borders and according to the latest numbers from the International Office approximately 1,500 international students will start their studies this fall. It is expected that an additional 800 students will be admitted for the spring semester, bringing the total number to 2,300 - and that's not counting the approximately 300 full degree students attending the programmes in English.

More overseas students

The numbers are an increase from last year and thereby a record high for the University of Copenhagen. Approximately 60-70 percent of the international students come from Europe, but there has also been an increase in students from overseas.

"The crisis and the fact that job opportunities are down means that many students are trying to gain experience and knowledge that they don't have already. That is why we are currently seeing an increase in the number of American, Canadian and Australian students," says Director of International Affairs at the University of Copenhagen John E. Andersen.

He is also quick to point out that it isn't just the increase in the total amount of international students at the University that is important, but also where these students are from and what their goals are.

- "Every time we open our gates for someone from California, then that in turn opens up a spot for a KU student at Caltech or UC Berkeley. These types of quality students also create an international study environment in our own auditoriums, so that KU can develop internationalisation here at home," says Andersen.

Numbers have tripled

This year's increase in international students at the University of Copenhagen is nothing new. In fact, the number has tripled over the last decade. It is of course difficult to pinpoint the exact reason for the University's rising international popularity, but a greater amount of classes offered in English, the increased focus received from the international climate conference COP15 and the fact that the University of Copenhagen ranks number seven in Europe on Shanghai University's latest ranking list are all viable contributors.

- "It is now rumoured that KU is a great university, and our evaluations show that the students are very pleased with the teaching. Also, Copenhagen is a very attractive city, because as a metropolis it is safe and not too overwhelming," concludes John E. Andersen.