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Become an exchange student at ITU

Who can become an exchange student?

The IT University 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 the IT University, your home university has to have an Erasmus+ or bilateral partnership agreement with us. You can see the list of IT University partner universities if you expand the paragraph below. If your university is not listed, please contact your university regarding cooperation opportunities with us. Moreover it is a possibility to become a free mover at the IT University. 

To become an exchange student your home university needs to officially nominate you 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.

Academic Calendar

At the IT University the academic semester starts in week 5 (spring semester) and in week 35 (autumn semester). The teaching runs for 14 weeks and the ordinary exams will be held in May/June (spring semester) and December/January (autumn 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. 


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 descriptions. The courses open for exchange students in the spring semester 2018 are listed below.

In generel the course catalogue is available from around 1 November for the spring semester and from around 1 May for the autumn semester. If the course catalogue for a specific semester is not yet released, you can find inspiration for the offer of courses in general in the course catalogue for the last autumn or spring semester. Please note that some courses are not open for exchange students. You will find the course catalogue here.

Please note that there will be used both Danish and international cases and examples in classes, and non-curricular events at the university can be in Danish.

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




University of Technology Sydney

Queensland University of Technology
Swinburne Brisbane


University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria


Algoma University


Beijing Jiao Tong University
City University of Hong Kong


Tallin University of Technology


Aalto University
Tampere University


Ecole d'ingenieurs, ECE Paris, Graduate school of engineering
EPITA École Pour l'Informatique et les Techniques Avancées
Université de Technologie de Troyes
Université Montpellier 2


Technical University of Munich


University of West England, Bristol




Reykjavik University


Polytechnic University of Milan


Kyoto University, Graduate School of Informatics
Future University Hakodate


Hanyang University
Inha University


University of Malta


Utrecht University


Victoria University of Wellington


University Nova Lisboa


Cape Peninsula University of Technology


Singapore Management University


Autonomous University of Madrid
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya


Linköping University


ETH Zürich


Mahidol University


Bahcesehir University
Koc University


Boston University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Syracuse University


FPT University





Application Deadlines

Autumn semester

  • Nomination deadline: 15 April
  • Application deadline: 1 May

Spring semester

  • Nomination deadline: 15 October
  • Application deadline: 1 November

Application Step By Step

  • Your home university sends us your nomination
  • We inform you about the application guidelines
  • You apply within the deadline
  • We confirm your application
  • You receive a letter of acceptance, if you are admitted
  • Non-EU citizens will be provided with information regarding residence permit etc.
  • We guide you in the course application and registration

Application Form and Documents

To apply for an exchange semester at the IT University you have to fill in the exchange application form along with following documents: 

  • Exchange application form 
  • Nomination letter from home university
  • A personal letter of motivation (no more than 1 page describing personal and academic reasons for studying at IT University)
  • Transcript of records (including bachelor diploma if you apply within the MSc programme)
  • An advanced approval from your home university for credit transfer to your study programme (Learning Agreement for Erasmus+ students, for other students a signed letter of approval from home university)
  • Copy of passport (photo page)
  • Application for housing

You can scan the documents and email them to Student Affairs and Programmes at: sap@itu.dk

Or you can send the application and documentation by post to:
IT University of Copenhagen
Student Affairs and Programmes
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
DK-2300 København S

If you have any questions, please contact the Study and Career Guidance at the IT University by email: studentadvisors@itu.dk.

For information about living in Denmark and housing see here.

Courses at MSc level

Spring 2018 - Courses from MSc in Digital Innovation & Management:

Spring 2018 - Courses from MSc in Games:

Free Mover

Become a free mover at ITU

Autumn semester

If your home university does not have an Erasmus+ or bilateral partnership agreement with the IT University, you can become a free mover at ITU. As a free mover you have to submit the following documentation when applying:

Free movers applying for bachelor courses must enclose:

  • An advanced approval from your home university for credit transfer to your study programme
  • Transcript of records for your current studies
  • Documentation of English proficiency (TOEFL: min. 600 (PBT)/100 (iBT), IELTS: min. 7.0 or Cambridge Certificate: CPE: passed, CAE: min. 67)
  • A copy of your upper secondary certificate and have the equivalent to the Danish levels and grades:
    Mathematics at A-level (for courses at Data Science) or at B-level (for courses at Global Business Informatics) with a minimum average mark at 6.0 on the Danish 7-point marking scale

Free movers applying for master courses must enclose:

  • An advanced approval from your home university for credit transfer to your study programme
  • Transcript of records for your current studies
  • Bachelor diploma
  • Documentation of English proficiency (TOEFL: min. 550 (PBT)/80 (iBT), IELTS: min. 6.0 or Cambridge Certificate: CPE/CAE: passed)

Apply for admission 

As a free mover, you have to pay tuition fee for the courses at the IT University. You apply for admission via the application portal for ‘Single subjects’, though you have to fulfil the admission requirements for free movers. You will find the prices, deadlines and the link to the application portal here. In the application system, you have to choose ‘Student Place Vacancy’ as the type of education.

If you have any questions, please contact the Study and Career Guidance at the IT University by email: 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)