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University College of Northern Denmark

University College of Northern Denmark (UCN) is a higher educational institution, offering 19 English-taught programmes within Business and Technology. UCN is a university college that offers applied academic learning and a real life approach. We support principles of inclusion, diversity and equitable representation.

Bachelor's programmes

Computer Science & IT (4)



UCN offers more than 40 programmes and career opportunities for Danish and international students who pursue careers in a professional context.

UCN activities are divided on:

  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Health
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Studies
  • School of Technology
  • Act2Learn
  • Lifelong Learning
  • FlexVid distributed Learning
  • Research and Innovation
UCN Business and UCN Technology have three types of degrees:
  • AP Degree programmes
  • BA Top-up Degree programmes
  • Bachelor's Degree programmes


UCN - University College of Northern Denmark - is a fast developing university college that organizes several dynamic environments for innovation, development and research.

The main UCN objective is to support development of knowledge within the organization and with external public and private companies and research institutes in Denmark as well as with international partners.

UCN is specialized in multidisciplinary development initiatives, applied research partnerships and innovation initiatives in collaboration with all educational units of UCN.


Practical experience in business or industry gives you a real advantage when you start looking for jobs, We offer work relations and compulsory internships on all our programmes, giving you the opportunity to develop the skills you need for your career, and thereby increasing your employability and entrepreneurship.

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Student services

At the International Office you can get assistance and advice during your whole study period in cases where you need help for e.g.:

  • reading the electricity bill
  • getting internet at home
  • understanding letters written in Danish from the authorities
  • signing up for Danish courses
  • getting advice about job opportunities
  • reading contracts regarding housing and jobs

Housing services

UCN Business and UCN Technology has an agreement with UC House which is situated just opposite the largest shopping area in Aalborg with more than 100 shops, in an area called Skalborg. You will find everything you need here from supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, etc.

If you are applying for one of UCN's health programmes, you have the possibility of applying for accommodation as well.

It is quite simple. You apply for accommodation on the same application form you use when applying for the programme. When we receive your application, we will note that you are applying for accommodation as well and look for housing possibilities.

Library services

The primary function of the UCN Library is to provide students, teachers and other staff at UCN with high quality information and knowledge through user-friendly systems, guidance and training. We cover the following professions: education & social, health, business and technology.

ICT services

Wireless network & free access to internet .

Medical services

UCN Business and UCN Technology offer a number of health promoting efforts to the benefit of students and staff.

This means that you can join in many different activities related to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority's five focus areas:

  • Diet
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Exercise
  • Stress

Student Life

Campus life

Aalborg – a city full of life

  • The regional capital of northern Jutland is Aalborg.
  • The city is a “feel good” city where the contrasts make student life interesting.
  • Mecca for night-life lovers
  • The cultural heart of Northern Jutland
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Shopping
  • Sport and active lifestyle
Hjørring, the capital of Vendsyssel
  • Today, Hjørring is a modern city with culture, education, and atmosphere added to the trademark – and still developing.
  • Although Hjørring has developed into a modern city, you can still feel the atmosphere of the well-preserved history of the city.
  • Shopping
  • Sports and activities
  • a lively city, with plenty of possibilities for cultural activities.

Sports facilities

For people who like to maintain an active lifestyle, Aalborg features public swimming pools, a number of fitness clubs, different sport clubs for playing tennis, football, handball, bowling etc.

Running events are also very popular and anyone can sign up to take part usually at a small fee.

The city also has a football stadium, the Energi Nord Arena, home of the football club. If you prefer ice hockey, the largest ice stadium of Denmark just happens to be part of the enormous Gigantium sport and culture centre in Aalborg. Gigantium is also home to various events e.g. a flea markets, sports fair, home and lifestyle fair, talks and the city handball team also practices and plays its home games in these facilities.

Student clubs

Engaging in sport activities is a great way of establishing a social network in Denmark. You can contact the different clubs by phone or email or check out the websites if you are interested in practicing a sport while living and studying in Aalborg.

The different associations are situated all around the Aalborg area.
  • Fitness centers
  • Handball
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Table tennis
  • Soccer
  • Athletics


University College Northern Denmark awards Professional Bachelor Degrees and AP Degrees according to Danish national legislation, all accredited by EVA, The Danish Evaluation Institute.

In addition, UCN offers Ongoing and Further Education from day seminars tailored for specific organisations and professionals to Diplomas at the BA-level.

Student Reviews

Unhelpful staff, terrible politics
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

I have been disappointed by the UCN on so many levels. In before, I have graduated with pretty good notes, so I don't blame them for any mistreating or anything like this. Yet, there's plenty to complain about: 1. Teachers don't respond to emails, they apparently don't care about students once they left school and work day is over. If I would have to bet on response...

Life changing experience. Not easy, but worth it!
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Aalborg is a nice medium-sized student city. It is very well adapted to cycling as your mode of transportation. Teachers and staff at UCN are very friendly, approachable and most of the time helpful. Be aware the Danish are very precise about time. Danish language is very hard and the prices in Denmark are quite high. The only way to survive here is to get a job and apply...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Due to the future prospects and improvement personally