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Roskilde University

Roskilde, Denmark

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Roskilde University is a comprehensive institution located in Roskilde, Denmark, about 30 minutes west of Copenhagen.  This university offers a wide range of academic disciplines available to exchange students.  With small classes sizes, project-based learning, and plenty of ways to get involved, students will have a true experiential learning experience and learn to become skilled problem solvers.

Roskilde University Homepage
Site for Visiting Exchange Students

Basic Information
Language of Instruction: 
English, Danish

Best for majors/minors: Biology (Environmental & Molecular), Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Geography, International Studies, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Psychology.

Eligibility: Students should have completed 45 credit hours at the time of application and have an institutional GPA of 2.5.

Fall term: August – January
Spring term: January – June

Accommodations: Roskilde has a limited number of spaces secured and reserved for exchange students in their on-campus residence halls.  Information on how and when to apply is included with the acceptance information sent by Roskilde.  Students can also live in a rented flat or room in the city of Roskilde if they prefer.  It is highly recommended students secure their living accommodations in advance of their arrival.  Learn more about accommodations at Roskilde.

Meal options: Roskilde does not offer a formal meal plan for purchase, though there is a canteen located on the campus.  All on-campus residence halls are equipped with a kitchen or kichenette, and off-campus accommodations will offer access to a kitchen.  A variety of grocery stores and markets exist in Roskilde so students can do their own cooking.  And various restaurants are located in the town.

Estimated Cost of Participation: Students pay their tuition, fees, and medical insurance costs to Georgia Southern, and can access their financial aid while studying abroad.  The cost of accommodations and any optional services will be paid directly to Roskilde University. Click here to view the breakdown of fees and estimated expenses for a term at Roskilde.

Link to International Student Guide

How to Apply
In order to apply to participate on the exchange to Roskilde, students will need to carefully complete and submit the forms/information listed below.  All materials should be submitted to the Office of International Programs & Services by the posted deadline.  Students are encouraged to submit all items together.

  1. Georgia Southern Application for Exchange
  2. Roskilde University Learning Agreement
  3. 500-750 word essay of motivation/educational intent
  4. Two letters of recommendation from a professor or academic advisor
  5. Official copy of your Georgia Southern transcript
  6. Host Institution Course Request List
  7. Copy of your passport information page
  8. Copy of your current course schedule

Students who submit all materials by the deadline and meet the eligibility requirements will be invited to the Office of International Programs & Services for a brief interview before committee.

Once formally selected by Georgia Southern to participate on this exchange program, students will need to complete the online Roskilde Student Application Form.

How to Search for Courses
A term at Roskilde consists of 50% coursework and 50% project-learning.  Students will select and complete 3 courses and 1 project for a full semester’s worth of credits.  Upon arrival, students will be assigned to a specific project group made up of students from other disciplinary backgrounds and an advisor.  Projects are completed throughout the semester, and students are expected to pro-active and put a great deal of effort into working with their assigned group.

To search for courses, students should visit the Roskilde Course Catalog.  Click the “English” option in the top right-hand corner.  Select the appropriate term from the drop-down menu and then choose “Bachelor” for level of education.  Then select the bachelor’s program that best aligns with your intended field of study.  For example, students pursuing Biology would be best served by exploring the offerings in study programs related to the natural sciences.

A full list of courses, modules, and projects will appear in a variety of expandable menus.   Any labeled a “module” or “course” can be used to satisfy the course selections.  Any labeled “project” can be used to satisfy the project requirement.  The language of instruction for each course is listed on the far-right.

Understanding Grades and Credits
Students should plan to take the equivalent of at least 12 Georgia Southern credit hours while abroad.  In the Roskilde system, courses are typically 5 ECTS points each, which is the equivalent of 3 Georgia Southern credit hours.  So students should plan to take 3 courses while attending Roskilde, as well as completing one project.

Grades will also transfer back as they equate to the grading scale at Georgia Southern.  To see how grades transfer from Roskilde to Georgia Southern, click here.

Last updated: 10/16/2016