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, for EU-students 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 guide you in the application process.

Each semester a number of courses are open for exchange students at our BSc and MSc programmes. Apart from that, exchange students can participate in the Danish language course throughout the semester. 

Academic calendar

At the IT University the academic semester starts in week 5 in the spring semester and in week 35 in the autumn semester. The Intro Day for exchange students takes place Friday the week prior to the academic semester. The teaching runs for 14 weeks and the exams are held in May/June in the spring semester and December/January in the autumn semester. The re-exams are held in July/August for the spring semester and February/March for the autumn semester. Find the schedule of lectures and exam for a specific course in the course overview below.

For the spring semester 2021 the Intro Day takes place Thursday January 28 and the teaching starts in the following week. 


BSc students

You can choose between the courses offered to our BSc students listed in the exchange course overview below. See the course description for each course for possible formal prerequisites.

MSc students

You can choose between the courses offered to our MSc students listed in the exchange course overview below. See the course description for each course for possible formal prerequisites.

Reseach project

Both BSc and MSc students can choose to do a research project at either 7.5 or 15 ECTS. You define and work with the project by yourself with assistance from a supervisor. In the end of the semester you submit a written report and defend the project at an oral exam.

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

Course catalogue

You will find our course catalogue here. Please note, this is the full course catalogue with all of the courses offered at ITU. Unfortunately, as an exchange student you can register for courses open for exchange students (guest students) only. You will find this information in the course catalogue and also listed in the exchange course overview below. 


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


TalTech University (formerly 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


Mahidol University


Bahcesehir University
Koc University


Boston University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Syracuse University


FPT University





Application deadlines

Autumn semester (August to January) 

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

Spring semester (January to June)

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

Application form and documents

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

  • Exchange and housing application form
  • Transcript of records (including bachelor diploma if you apply within the MSc programme)
  • Documentation for English language proficiency 
  • Pre-approval of credit transfer from your home university (Learning Agreement for Erasmus+ students, for other students a signed pre-approval of credit transfer from your home university)
  • Scan of passport (photo page)

You can scan the documents and email them to Student Affairs and Programmes at:

If you have any questions for the application process, please contact Study and Career Guidance by email:

For information about housing, residence permit and living in Denmark see here.

Application step by step

  • Your home university sends us your nomination per email
  • We inform you about the application guidelines
  • You apply within the application deadline
  • We confirm your application
  • You receive a Letter of Acceptance including information about the Introduction Day, course registration, housing and residence permit (for non EU-citizens)
  • We inform you about result of your course selection
  • You receive a welcoming email with information about your study start
  • Finally we welcome you on the Introduction Day at ITU

English language proficiency requirement

There are 5 ways to meet the English language proficiency requirement:

  • You hold an upper secondary school certificate or a BSc degree that has been fully taught in English from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Great Britain or Ireland
  • You are enrolled in BSc or MSc degree taught in English
  • You are a native speaker of English
  • For ERASMUS students only: You have achieved the minimum result of B2 in the Online Linguistic Support (OLS)
  • You have achieved the minimum result in one of the following English language proficiency tests: 

IELTS Academic Test: minimum result of 6.5

TOEFL iBT: minimum result of 88

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): passed

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): passed

Exchange courses at BSc level

Spring 2020 - Courses from BSc in Software Development:

Spring 2020 - Courses from BSc in Data Science:



Exchange courses at MSc level

Fall 2020 - Courses from MSc in Computer Science:

Fall 2020 - Courses from MSc in Software Design:

Spring 2020 - Courses from MSc in Computer Science:

Spring 2020 - Courses from MSc in Software Design:



Free Mover

Become a free mover at ITU

If you are an EU/EEA citizen and 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 pay tuition fee for the courses at the IT University. 

Please note, it is not possible to become a free mover if you are a non-EU/EEA student. 

Apply for admission 

You apply for admission via the application portal for ‘Single subjects’. 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 Professional Education at the IT University by email:

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)