Roskilde University


Roskilde University (RUC) is a state university founded in 1972 with the objective of setting new standards in educational principles by breaking with traditional university practice and embracing student involvement.

Still today, the characteristic educational principles of RUC are interdisciplinary, problem-based approaches and project work in groups. The university is known for its approach to education and research and for educating graduates who are highly demanded by employers for their unique competences.

Roskilde University is located in beautiful green surroundings between the capital Copenhagen and the historic city of Roskilde, which is known for its cathedral, the Viking Ship Museum and the largest music festival in northern Europe, Roskilde Festival.

As Roskilde where the university is situated is a part of the greater Copenhagen area, RUC has its own train station. The train trip from this station to Copenhagen central station has a duration of approximately twenty-five minutes.

The study programs at Roskilde University are unique. Throughout your study period - from day one - you will be part of a student community, where students collaborate in project teams with the supervision of academic supervisors. A typical semester will consist of 50% courses and 50% project work.

You will achieve a strong academic profile, strengthened by the special skills acquired from studying at RUC; you will learn how to work across disciplines and think out of the box; apply scientific methods to solve the problems of the surrounding world; independently define and solve problems; and manage projects and collaborate.

Roskilde University fact sheet

Facts and figures

Year Established 1972
Total Number of Staff 960
Number of Academic Staff 470
Number of Students 8820
Focus Areas

Environmental science
Cultural encounters

Fields of Study Offered Humanities (broad programmes)
Social and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Business and administration (broad programmes)
Life science (broad programmes)
Physical science (broad programmes)
Environmental protection (broad programmes)