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Become an exchange student at ITU

Who can become an exchange student?

ITU welcomes exchange students from our partner universities from all over the world each year to study one or two semesters with us. To be an exchange student at ITU, your home university has to have an Erasmus or bilateral partnership agreement with us. You can see the list of ITU partner universities if yopu expand the paragraph. If your university is not listed, please contact your university, who can request to investigate cooperation opportunities with us.

Your home university needs to officially nominate you as an exchange student before you can apply to us. After being nominated, we will provide you with application forms and procedures.

Approximately 15-20 different courses on Bachelor level and 50-60 courses on Master level are offered each semester. Apart from that, exchange students can participate in the Danish language course throughout the semester. The exchange semester at ITU includes participation in introduction activities prior to the academic semester.


BSc students

You can choose courses offered to our BSc students. Furthermore, you have the possibility to do a research project. 

MSc students

You can choose courses offered to our MSc students. Furthermore, you have the possibility to do a research project (project cluster). 


Please note that few courses might be completely booked. Moreover, you have to be aware that you might need to fulfil specific prerequisites. You will find further information in the course description at our course catalogue, which is available from the middle of November for the spring semester and from the middle of May for the fall semester. You will find the course catalogue here.

If you have any questions regarding the courses and project clusters, please contact the Study and Career Guidance.




University of Technology Sydney

Queensland University of Technology


University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria


Algoma University


Beijing Jiao Tong University


Tallin University of Technology


Aalto University


EPITA École Pour l'Informatique et les Techniques Avancées
Université Montpellier 2
University of Strassbourg (ESST network)


Technical University of Munich


University of South Wales


NKUA/NTUA, Athens (ESST network)


Reykjavik University


IIT Mandi


Polytechnic University of Milan


Hanyang University
Inha University


University of Malta


Utrecht University
Maastricht University (ESST network)


University of Oslo (Erasmus & ESST network)


Victoria University of Wellington


Cape Peninsula University of Technology


Singapore Management University


Autonomous University of Madrid (ESST network)


Linköping University
Stockholm University


ETH Zürich


Mahidol University


Bahcesehir University
Yıldız Technical University


Boston University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Syracuse University


FPT University



Application Deadlines

Autumn semester

For non-EU citizens:

  • Application deadline: 1 April 

For EU/EEA citizens:

  • Application deadline: 15 April 

Spring semester

For non-EU citizens:

  • Application deadline: 1 October

For EU/EEA citizens:

  • Application deadline: 1 November

Application Step By Step

  • Your home university sends us nomination
  • We inform you about the application guidelines
  • You apply before the deadline
  • We confirm your application
  • Non-EU citizens will be provided with information regarding residence permit etc
  • We guide you in the course application

Expand the paragraph and see what you need to enclose when applying.

For information about living in Denmark and housing see here.

All international exchange/guest students and free movers must fill in the application form and enclose the following documents:

  • A personal letter of motivation (no more than 1 page describing personal and academic reasons for studying at IT University of Copenhagen)
  • Nomination letter from home university
  • Exchange/guest student application form
  • Transcript of records (including bachelor diploma if you apply within the MSc programme)
  • Documentation of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate)
  • Guest students must include an advanced approval for credit transfer to their study programme

Additional submissions for free movers:

  • Free movers applying for Bachelor courses must in addition include a copi of their upper secondary education and have the equivalent to the Danish levels:
    English at B-level. Your minimum average mark must be 6 on the Danish 7-point marking scale.
    Mathematics at B-level. Your minimum average mark must be 6 on the Danish 7-point marking scale. 

Application form

International exchange and guest students

You can scan your documents and e-mail them to Student Affairs and Programmes. E-mail: sap@itu.dk
Or you can send the application and documentation by post to:
IT University of Copenhagen
International Office
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
DK-2300 København S
If you have any questions, please contact the Study and Career Guidance at IT University on e-mail: studentadvisors@itu.dk.



Erasmus charter

Erasmus Policy Statement By The IT University Of Copenhagen

Engaging with a network of global relations in meaningful and constructive ways has a central role in the vision, mission and strategies of the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU). The vision of ITU reads as follows:
"The IT University of Copenhagen is an outstanding example of how a small university can achieve a ranking among the best in the world, both in terms of academic standards and in terms of creating value, by being innovative and globally interactive.

Following from this vision, global interaction is at the IT University considered one of the main means to achieve the University’s overall objectives. Therefore, it naturally has a central role in the overall strategy of the University, where it is described as both a means to achieving world class and a means to engage a global network into the University’s close collaboration with its Danish stakeholders.

Furthermore, the IT University’s overall strategy has a focus on developing a network which is truly global, i.e. it must not be limited to the parts of the world that have hitherto set the agenda for IT teaching and research.

Managing the University’s changing network of global relations in a constructive way and ensuring that IT University research and study programmes are attuned to the globalised context of which they are a part, are also key success factors in the IT University’s research and education programmes and the related strategies.

In terms of education strategy, the IT University focuses on providing our students with the relevant competences for global society and a globalised labour market. It varies from study programme to study programme to which extent relevant global competence development is achieved from local courses at ITU - onsite or online - or is derived from using exchange agreements relevant for that particular programme. Most often it will be through a mix of these measures.

Working with international partners in a multitude of ways is essential in order to achieve this objective, and thus participating in the Erasmus Programme is a central part of the IT University’s overall international strategy.

Choosing partners: When choosing partners for research as well as education collaboration, the IT University focuses on various criteria, depending on the type and objective of the collaboration. When choosing Erasmus partners, the main selection criterion is the academic match in subject matter as well as quality. Given the IT University’s interdisciplinary approach to IT education and research, it has a high priority to find partners who either share this interdisciplinary approach or who have specific complementary qualities relative to the IT University’s study programmes. Furthermore, the IT University pays special attention to developing a number of strategic partnerships with select Universities, with whom the IT University collaborates closely in a range of areas within research as well as education and exchange.

Geographical areas: At the IT University there is strategic focus on developing a truly global network of partners. The University is thus continuously developing new and maintaining already existing partnerships within the EU and other Western countries, but there is also a high focus on developing stronger relations with key partners in the BRIC countries and other regions outside North American and Westerns Europe that are perceived to be of key importance to the research and education conducted at the IT University.

The most important objectives and target groups of our mobility activities: The most important objectives of the IT University’s mobility activities are:
To further build the IT University’s portfolio of academically relevant, high quality exchange partners, with the objective of having an academically relevant and geographically diverse selection of exchange possibilities for each of our study programmes.

To offer high quality support and counseling for incoming and outgoing exchange students with the objective of ensuring the best possible student experience, academically as well as socially, for both incoming and outgoing students.
The most important target groups for the IT University’s mobility activities are the B.Sc. and M.Sc. students of the University, as quite some effort is needed to achieve increased mobility for these target groups and ensure academically relevant exchange possibilities for them. In terms of 3rd cycle, the ITU PhD programme is inherently international, both with regards to student body, programme content and focus, and mobility of the PhD students. It is thus an expected part of any ITU PhD degree that the PhD student has a research stay abroad – either with an EU partner or with relevant partners outside the EU. PhDs also regularly participate in international conferences and seminars.

It is an overall strategic focus for the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) to maintain high attainment levels. The IT University has started a number of new bachelor programmes in the previous years, and it is the plan to continue increasing the number of students admitted and graduated as these programmes reach full capacity. Furthermore, the IT University has a PhD programme, which is one of the largest in DK within the field of IT.

The vision of the IT University is to be an outstanding example of how a small university can achieve a ranking among the best in the world, both in terms of academic standards and in terms of creating value, by being innovative and globally interactive. The overall mission of the IT University is to provide internationally leading teaching and research which will enable Denmark to become exceptionally good at creating value with IT. Focusing on high quality education and research, and the absolute necessity to collaborate with the appropriate international partners to achieve this quality, is thus at the core of the ITU vision and mission and is embedded in all the University’s strategies. At the IT University, working with mobility of faculty and students as well as with other and more encompassing types of cross-border cooperation is thus considered a natural and necessary means to achieve many of the university’s strategic objectives, both within research and education. Therefore, the IT University plans to continue to support existing and develop new cooperation with partners in the EU and non-EU countries, including partnerships which focus on joint teaching/education activities. The IT University also plans to continue to promote and support student and staff mobility and recognize and communicate the importance of the internationally related activities of both students and staff.

A core strategic focus for the IT University is to deliver research which is addressing societal challenges and solutions that can lead to new insight and ways of applying the use of IT. This in effect means that most of the research projects at the university are conducted in collaboration with external partners – be it private, public or NGOs - and thus have a direct or indirect influence on regional development. At the IT University there is also a strategic focus on improving the external funding of the university in the years to come. This includes EU funding as well as other external funding.

Download the ERASMUS Charter 2014-2020

You can also download the Code of Conduct (UK)

You can also download the Code of Conduct (DK)