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Leading universities in Denmark 2019, by number of students

Among the eight universities in Denmark, the University of Copenhagen boasted the largest number of students in 2019. Founded more than 535 years ago, the university is not only the oldest in Denmark, but even one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. 36,8 thousand students were enrolled at the university of the capital city of Denmark, representing one fifth of the roughly 150 thousand university students in the country. Aarhus University and the University of Southern Denmark were the second and third largest universities that same year.

Bachelor and master students

After peaking in 2014, the number of university students has decreased annually since then. This trend can be observed for both bachelor's and master's degrees. In fact, the number of students enrolled at a master’s program began to drop after 2014, while for bachelor's degrees this decrease started one year later. As of 2019, there were nearly 64 thousand master students and roughly 76.5 bachelor students in Denmark.

Most popular study

With nearly four thousand applicants, medicine was the most popular study among Danish university students in 2019. Considering also vocational studies, however, the pedagogy study received the most applications, followed by nursery school.

Leading universities in Denmark in 2019, by number of students

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Release date

February 2020



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As of October 1, 2019

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