Copenhagen University - my experience (a bit of Maastricht too)


Ana Pais
Hey guys,

so, I took a one year master in Maastricht and currently i am doing a two year master in Copenhagen.

I am so extremely disapointed that I thought I could share my experience about studying in KU.

Pros:
- It is free
- It kind of lets you choose your curriculum
- It is in a very nice city/country.
- You are entitled to Danish Lessons and SU state grant if you enrol.

Cons:
- Terrible facilities. Now, the faculty is suposely getting a new building a bit more out of town, but I only know this through hear say. The rooms we are in right now are clearly not made for a school setting. There are no plugs in the room, no coffe machine in any corner, no canteen.
- Obligation to do Civil Procedure Law. The course is in Danish, so you are allowed to do a paper at home. You will still get all the emails of the class you are not attending, in Danish. Also, there are basically no materials for DANISH civil procedure law in English, so you are going to write a useless huge paper, in a class you dont wanna take, where everyone involved knows there is only so much you can not with no materials avaiable.
- The library is very tiny, and it only has ONE version of each of the required books. Meaning you either buy them, or choose to not have them.
- No possibility to do internships in Denmark as a part of the studies. Denmark is filled with amazing nice international organizations, consultancy firms, companies, ngo's. They will all offer internships 1 to 2 times a year. But the Law faculty will only give you ECTs (or even sign any paper that allows you to do an internship) if you do it out of the country.
- Terrible administration, to a very Extreme point. A couple of weeks they send me an email to say they had no information if I was enroled, and which classes I was taking. But there is more: I signed up for an elective in another University, and it took 4 months and me calling, emailing and showing up in person for the KU to answer my request (with one of the ladies saying the deadline was November the year before, when I hadn't even applied for University at that point)
- In addition, you should know that you are in a Scandinavian country. There is a lot you can say about Scandinavians, but as most of your colleagues will be either from Denmark, other Scandinavian countries or exchange students that are only here for 6 months, expect to not have a lot of student interaction. Scandinavians dont really chitchat and most students run away after class anyway. Also, Danish have a very secure group of friends by the time they enter into a master, they wont be very interested in making new ones. Also, most students work on the side, so we are all busy anyway.

The University of Copenhagen is officially the worst University I have ever enccountered. If you are thinking of coming here, dont do it unless:
A) You really dont have other possibilities. It is free here, and relatively easy to get a job. However, if you can pay for University, anything is a better choice. The Netherlands was an AMAZING experience for me, and a degree there costs less then 2000€.
B) You are fascinated by rules and the Danes. They can be quite amazing, they have Hygge and it might snow. Might wanna check Sweeden instead, maybe they are better at doing Universities.

Feel free to ask any questions, I will be happy to explain further how bad this University is.
Hey guys,

so, I took a one year master in Maastricht and currently i am doing a two year master in Copenhagen.

I am so extremely disapointed that I thought I could share my experience about studying in KU.

Pros:
- It is free
- It kind of lets you choose your curriculum
- It is in a very nice city/country.
- You are entitled to Danish Lessons and SU state grant if you enrol.

Cons:
- Terrible facilities. Now, the faculty is suposely getting a new building a bit more out of town, but I only know this through hear say. The rooms we are in right now are clearly not made for a school setting. There are no plugs in the room, no coffe machine in any corner, no canteen.
- Obligation to do Civil Procedure Law. The course is in Danish, so you are allowed to do a paper at home. You will still get all the emails of the class you are not attending, in Danish. Also, there are basically no materials for DANISH civil procedure law in English, so you are going to write a useless huge paper, in a class you dont wanna take, where everyone involved knows there is only so much you can not with no materials avaiable.
- The library is very tiny, and it only has ONE version of each of the required books. Meaning you either buy them, or choose to not have them.
- No possibility to do internships in Denmark as a part of the studies. Denmark is filled with amazing nice international organizations, consultancy firms, companies, ngo's. They will all offer internships 1 to 2 times a year. But the Law faculty will only give you ECTs (or even sign any paper that allows you to do an internship) if you do it out of the country.
- Terrible administration, to a very Extreme point. A couple of weeks they send me an email to say they had no information if I was enroled, and which classes I was taking. But there is more: I signed up for an elective in another University, and it took 4 months and me calling, emailing and showing up in person for the KU to answer my request (with one of the ladies saying the deadline was November the year before, when I hadn't even applied for University at that point)
- In addition, you should know that you are in a Scandinavian country. There is a lot you can say about Scandinavians, but as most of your colleagues will be either from Denmark, other Scandinavian countries or exchange students that are only here for 6 months, expect to not have a lot of student interaction. Scandinavians dont really chitchat and most students run away after class anyway. Also, Danish have a very secure group of friends by the time they enter into a master, they wont be very interested in making new ones. Also, most students work on the side, so we are all busy anyway.

The University of Copenhagen is officially the worst University I have ever enccountered. If you are thinking of coming here, dont do it unless:
A) You really dont have other possibilities. It is free here, and relatively easy to get a job. However, if you can pay for University, anything is a better choice. The Netherlands was an AMAZING experience for me, and a degree there costs less then 2000€.
B) You are fascinated by rules and the Danes. They can be quite amazing, they have Hygge and it might snow. Might wanna check Sweeden instead, maybe they are better at doing Universities.

Feel free to ask any questions, I will be happy to explain further how bad this University is.
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Duncan
It sounds like you get what you pay for. Very much like any other overcrowded and free university anywhere in the world.
It sounds like you get what you pay for. Very much like any other overcrowded and free university anywhere in the world.
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BRDNK
Hey everybody,

I am in the same year of the LL.M. program as Ana is and can agree to a certain extend with what she says. There have been a lot of things that were not in place at the Faculty of Law when we first started our program. However, to give you a full picture of studying at this faculty, you should in my opinion also be kept updated of all the improvements:

- the Faculty of Law has moved to a brand new building on Amager since the spring semester 2016-2017. The building is brand new, modern and there are four different canteens on the venue (although not opened during the weekends, which is a bummer..).

- The mandatory Civil Procedure Course has been amended as per September 2017, due to the complaints from the international students.

- There has been established an international student union that focusses only on the international LL.M. students, providing for social, academic and networking events as well as helping you get settled in your new country. Therefore, the social life will be more booming than at the time we started our master's program :-)

Please shoot me a message if you want to have more information or you can also visit the FB page of Lex Loci (the student union).
Hey everybody,

I am in the same year of the LL.M. program as Ana is and can agree to a certain extend with what she says. There have been a lot of things that were not in place at the Faculty of Law when we first started our program. However, to give you a full picture of studying at this faculty, you should in my opinion also be kept updated of all the improvements:

- the Faculty of Law has moved to a brand new building on Amager since the spring semester 2016-2017. The building is brand new, modern and there are four different canteens on the venue (although not opened during the weekends, which is a bummer..).

- The mandatory Civil Procedure Course has been amended as per September 2017, due to the complaints from the international students.

- There has been established an international student union that focusses only on the international LL.M. students, providing for social, academic and networking events as well as helping you get settled in your new country. Therefore, the social life will be more booming than at the time we started our master's program :-)

Please shoot me a message if you want to have more information or you can also visit the FB page of Lex Loci (the student union).
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