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University of Southern Denmark

4.2 out of 5 (72 ratings / 49 reviews) Odense, Denmark
The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) offers world class education and is committed to an international perspective, at all levels. Learn through student-centered learning and open debate during class. We provide students with opportunities to gain experience by conducting research in partnership with businesses.



The University of Southern Denmark welcomed the first students onto the campus in Odense in September 1966, and things have been developing by leaps and bounds ever since. With 115 different study programmes in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering, our graduates are now members of virtually every profession in the international community.


It’s about doing something worth doing, for society, with society. It’s about enabling every talent while encouraging the exceptional. It’s about breaking through boundaries and shaping the future.

  • The University of Southern Denmark aims to create visible results that generate value for the society of which we are a part. 
  • New technology, better health for citizens and high-quality research are just some of SDU’s contributions to doing this. 
  • The University must also be able to adapt and fit in where needed, prioritise research resources and manage our operations in interaction with surroundings and events that are rapidly and continuously changing.


SDU teaches virtually all scientific and humanities disciplines, enabling us to make sure that the research issues we focus on are appropriate to the society we live in – as it develops and changes – and that research results can be quickly tested and converted into practical, implementable results that benefit individual citizens as well as public welfare.

In addition, SDU prioritises cross-disciplinary collaboration setups in many forms. These include a special unit – the SDU Research & Innovation Organisation  – that helps students, companies and researchers engage in projects aimed at tackling the challenges of the future, and in specialist entrepreneurial environments.


SDU offers the programme Career in Denmark for international students looking to prepare for a career in Denmark after their studies. In addition we arrange career networking events, so you can get help finding a student job or networking with local businesses.

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Student services

We offer experienced counsellors for your study needs, whether you're for example having anxiety about exams or trouble picking courses. SDUs counsellors will optimize your study experience. They make sure you leave the counselling with something concrete, for example A to-do list or a clarification.

Housing services

  • You are guaranteed accomodation in Odense. As a student you are covered by the “Absolute Assurance for Accommodation (AAA)”. 
  • The Campus House, Odense put 250 student flats into use. The house offers flats for both 1 and 2 tenants, and the rent is affordable for students. All flats are fully furnished and include an en suite bathroom and private balcony.

Library services

Our libraries  are found on all campuses, and have many desks set aside for studying, with wireless network, PCs, printers, and photocopiers waiting for you or your study Group.On the campus in Sønderborg  we have even set up a Comfort Zone for international students. Here you can relax, meet your fellow students, and read English books and magazines.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Southern Denmark has more than 30,000 students and 4,000 employees. The campuses of the university are represented in 6 cities: Odense, Esbjerg, Kolding, Copenhagen, Slagelse, and Sønderborg - all with main focus on education and research.

Sports facilities

Denmark has the highest number of sport facilities per capita among the European countries. So whichever one of our five campus you study in, you’re sure to find an array of both sport and social activities. At our Odense campus you will even find a fitness center and swimming pool.

Student clubs

Many of the institutes have their own student associations, which provide opportunities to socialize and network, as well as participating in activities.

Student Reviews

A complete waste of time.
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

One of the biggest regrets of my life to actually go there and waste my time in the small city of Esbjerg, in a university where professors are utterly incompetent, answering simple questions raised in the classroom with "I don't know I didn't do that in my Phd". The facilities are to cry for - there isn't even a canteen, just consider yourself lucky if the coffee machine...

Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Beginning was so lonely

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I found the standard of teaching & teaching materials are world class and up to date.

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