University of Southern Denmark, Odense campus

Odense, Denmark

No. Students: 24,000 (1,500 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 1,400
Funding type: Public
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*: Approximate

When you undertake a Masters degree programme at SDU you become part of an inspiring and informal study environment, where closeness and approachability between students and staff is the norm. You will work on innovative, real-life projects in project teams and in modern study facilities.

Our study programmes encourage students to take on an active role in their education. All study programmes are based on people working together: teamwork and project work. Students choose their project work topic and decide how to explore the subject. You solve academic and professional tasks in collaboration with your fellow students. Project works allows students to develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

You are free to choose how you want to combine the building blocks of your Masters degree programme. Passing your exams requires living up to certain academic standards, but it is up to you to decide how you want to manage your time and resources. We call it freedom, individuality and responsibility. You might just call it cool.


Having developed international programmes for over thirty years, the University enjoys a vibrant, multicultural environment and a worldwide network of businesses, institutions and researches. Teaching staff have extensive research expertise, ensuring students receive an education of the highest quality.

With international degree programmes across five faculties, the University of Southern Denmark offers many study possibilities. Bachelor programmes involve three years of undergraduate study, while master programme involve two years of graduate study. If you want to study abroad for just a part of your degree, you can become an exchange or guest student for a semester or an academic year. Exchange and guest students can choose courses from all international degree programmes and additional English-taught courses.

You have high-tech facilities and the Universitys international network of businesses, institutions and researchers at your disposal. Whether you want to gain work experience or conduct research, the University can help you get in touch with the right people.

Course workload is measured according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which ensures your education is more easily recognised across Europe. One semester equals 30 ECTS credits. Master courses often count as 10-15 ECTS credits, i.e. a third to a half of one semester.

Student life

At the multi-campus university you choose which location suits you best. The largest campus is located in Odense, birthplace of world-renowned story-teller Hans Christian Andersen. The remaining four campuses with international students lie in Kolding, Esbjerg, Sønderborg and Slagelse.

Make New Friends. Each year an increasing number of international students choose the University, so you will be part of a growing and active community. E-learning and state-of-the-art laboratories offer you a vibrant learning environment where innovation and tradition go hand in hand. Researchers and students work directly with industry and business thanks to the Universitys extensive regional, national and international network. The University has several centres of excellence, chosen for pioneering research on a national and international platform.

By getting involved in the University of Southern Denmarks many extracurricular activities, you will enrich your experience abroad, settle in quickly and make friendships that last a lifetime.

Ask our international students: 87 per cent desribed their entire stay as very good or good. 87 per cent described the University as internationally orientated. 78 per cent described the study environment as good or very good.

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