Roskilde University

Location

Roskilde, Denmark 

Website

ruc.dk

Availability

Available university-wide


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    Located in a beautiful landscape close to the town of Roskilde and just around 20 minutes by train from central Copenhagen, RUC offers an international study and learning environment.  
     
    Since its foundation in 1972, the university has focused on new ways of learning based on high-quality academic research and interdisciplinary bachelor’s and master’s programmes. RUC is in the lead among European universities in this field of education and has in many ways broken with traditional educational thinking and practice to develop a unique model for teaching principles.  Education at Roskilde University is based on the following principles: Interdisciplinary and problem- orientation, project work, team work and close interrelation between research and education.  
     
    At RUC about 13 % of the students have another nationality other than Danish and they come from more than 90 different countries.  
     
    There is also a buddy program where you are paired with a local student to help you navigate the campus and adjust to life in Denmark.  

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    Roskilde, the 10th largest city in Denmark is located 30 km west of the country’s capital Copenhagen. The city has a long history dating back to the Viking era, and is well known for its UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedrals. The Viking Ship Museum, which contains the well-preserved remains of five 11th-century ships, attract more than 100,000 visitors annually.

    The city is home to an annual week-long music festival, Roskilde Festival. The festival, which is referred to as Denmark’s answer to Glastonbury is the largest music festival in northern Europe.

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    • Roskilde Domkirke 
    • Ragnarock 
    • Museum for Samtidskunst 
    • Sankt Laurentius 
    • Lützhøfts Købmandsgård & Håndværksm 
    • Sankt Jørgensbjerg Kirke 
    • Insp!  
    • Roskilde Museum 
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    Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country located in Northern Europe. This southernmost country in Scandinavia includes an archipelago of 443 named islands as well as the autonomous terrority of Greenland. Denmark lies south of Sweden and Norway, and shares its southern border with Germany. Denmark has a population of 5.8 million people, with 1.9 million living in and around the capital city Copenhagen.

    Nearly 90% of Denmark's population is of Danish descent, with the remaining coming from across Europe and the Middle East. Danish is the predominant language, with Greenlandic and Faroese also being spoken, particularly by the ethnic groups of those respective areas. Most people in Denmark will also have familiarity with German and English, making it easy for you to get around.

    Denmark boasts an impressive array of museums, art galleries, castles, and ancient sites for those interested in learning more about Scandinavian culture and history. Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city, ranks in many 'top European destination' lists, with vibrant nightlife and some of Denmark's best universities. Denmark is a country renowned for the ease of cycling – it is incredibly flat and has infrastructure for cyclists which makes it amazingly easy for you to explore the country! Aarhus is a top destination for architecture connoisseurs with stunning modern architecture to see. Visit this country and you will be spoilt for things to do and see, such as visiting beautiful old towns in the heart of modern cities, visiting some of Europe's best carnivals and music festivals, exploring up-and-coming fashion houses, and going to the beach in summer!

    Did you know?

    The concept of 'hygge' which can be roughly translated to being cosy or feeling well in the presence of your loved ones in a homely environment, has long been considered part of the Danish national character. Denmark is consistently ranked among the top 10 happiest countries in the world.

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Roskilde University Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Fall Semester (SP5)
September to January

Winter Semester (SP2)
February to June


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    Undergraduate

    • Business Administration 
    • Business Studies 
    • Chemistry 
    • Communication Studies 
    • Computer Science 
    • Cultural Encounters 
    • Environmental Biology 
    • Global Humanities 
    • International Studies 
    • Mathematics 
    • Molecular Biology 
    • Physics 
    • Social Psychology in Everyday Life

     
     

    Postgraduate

    • Chemistry 
    • Communication Studies 
    • Computer Science 
    • Cultural Encounters 
    • Economics and Business Administration 
    • Environmental Biology 
    • Environmental Risk 
    • Global Studies 
    • Informatics (Only in Spring semester) 
    • International Public Administration and Politics 
    • International Development Studies 
    • Mathematics 
    • Molecular Biology 
    • Nordic Urban Planning Studies 
    • Physics 
    • Social Entrepreneurship and Management 
    • Spatial Designs and Society 
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    All students must meet standard exchange selection criteria and any host institution restrictions.
     
    Exchange students should mainly choose their courses within the agreed field of study. Eligibility to take courses within other fields depends on your academic background and course availability. 

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    • UniSA academic transcript
    • Passport 
    • Evidence of English proficiency (if applicable) 
    • Roskilde Learning Agreement – must be approved and signed by you and your home university. 
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    Credits are measured by the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and the following applies: 

    • 18 units = 30 ECTS 
    • 13.5 units = 22.5 ECTS 

    It can sometimes be difficult to make up exactly 22.5 units (not all courses will be worth exactly 7.5 ECTS), but you should be able to get very close. Make sure you check with your Program Director if you don’t have exactly 22.5 ECTS.

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    • All students intending to take courses taught in English must provide proof of their English language proficiency. The accepted tests and required scores can be found here: https://ruc.dk/en/admission-exchange.
    • Applicants whose native language is English or applicants whose first university degree was obtained at a university where all lectures were in English do not need to provide proof of their English proficiency. 
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Roskilde University Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Weather
Autumn/Winter: -2°c to 10°c
Spring/Summer: 17°c to 21°c

Currency
Kr. Danish Krone (DKK) 

Local language/s
Danish


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    Roskilde University does not offer airport pick up. Students will need to make their own way to the campus from Copenhagen Airport Kastrup (CPH). 
     
    All passengers on international flights arrive at Terminal 3 in Copenhagen Airport Kastrup (CPH) - regardless of the airline. The entrance to the railway station is in Terminal 3. Here you will find trains to Copenhagen Central Station. 
     
    At Copenhagen Central Station several connections for Roskilde stopping at Trekroner Station/Roskilde University leave every hour. 
     
    NB: The Metro does not stop at Copenhagen Central Station, so we advise you to take the train. A single ticket ('all zones') for the train between the Airport and Trekroner Station via Copenhagen Central Station costs about DKK 92. The train ride from the airport to the city is 15 minutes, while the ride from the Central Station to Trekroner Station takes approximately 30 minutes. 
     
    More information on how to get to the campus can be found here

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    On-campus accommodation at Roskilde is limited and is allocated on “first come, first served” basis. If you express interest in staying at on-campus accommodation in your Roskilde application form, you will be sent an e-mail with further information and application procedure when you are accepted as an exchange student at Roskilde University. On-campus emails can be expected in June for autumn semester and in November for spring semester. Although on campus accommodation is not guaranteed, historically Roskilde has been able to accommodate their exchange students on-campus.  
     
    For the dorms on campus, you will need to put down a deposit of DKK 11000 when applying and pay rent of DKK 3300-4100 per calendar month depending on the room/dorm. 
     
    More information on accommodation can be found here

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    As an exchange partner with the University of South Australia, you do not have to pay tuition fees to Roskilde University, instead you will pay tuition as you would normally at UniSA. Travel and living expenses are at your own cost. The table below gives an indication of costs you will incur: 

    Items Approximate Cost (AUD)
    Return flights from Adelaide $2100
    Accommodation (not including deposit of $2400)  $717 to $890 per month 
    Meals/Groceries $400 to $600 per month 
    Transportation $80 to $100 per month  
    Entertainment and incidentals including phone, laundry etc. $500 to $800 per month  

    More information can be found here.

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    UniSA offers a generous travel grant of up to $2500 for a full semester exchange. You may also be eligible to receive an OS-HELP loan of up to $8000. For more information please see funding and scholarships website

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    UniSA offers travel insurance as part of your exchange for up to 270 days (can be extended up to 365 days). For more information please see travel insurance website 

    Please click hereto read the travel insurance policy. 

    A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. 

    If you have any further questions about travel insurance, please contact the UniSA Insurance Office on 08 8302 1678. 

Roskilde University Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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Visa information

It is your responsibility to apply for your visa for your overseas study experience. You can refer to the relevant consulate regarding a specific countries visa requirement. UniSA is legally unable to provide visa advise. Please see below links for more information.  

Australian Government DFAT brief on Denmark is available here
 
Denmark embassy website can be found here
 
Roskilde University student visa FAQ is available here

Register your travel

To participate in an exchange experience, you must register your travel with International SOS (iSOS). We will provide instructions on how to do this throughout the process. 
 
UniSA has partnered with iSOS to offer our students medical, safety and security advice, referrals, emotional support and routine and emergency assistance when travelling or living abroad. 
 
For more information please visit the Travel Health and Safety Webpage
 
Before your departure, we strongly encourage you to visit the Smartraveller website. 
 
The website contains important information you need to know about travel documents, up to date travel advisories on destinations you may be travelling to on behalf of the University, travel tips and more. 

Roskilde University Factsheet

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UniSA exchange deadline

August 1st to go on exchange in SP2

January 11th to go on exchange in SP5

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How to apply

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No available summer/winter school

Roskilde University is not an exchange partner for Summer/Winter School. To see other current short-term opportunities, please click here

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