University of Southern Denmark

Esbjerg or Sønderborg, Denmark

The University of Southern Denmark was established as a result of a merger in 1998 and is a research and educational institution with an international outlook. There are currently over 15,000 students enrolled with the university, making it the third largest university in Denmark. The university is located on four campuses in different cities throughout Denmark, three of which offer international programs in English. Each campus has distinct research and educational profiles. Internationalization has always been a priority for University of Southern Denmark as they have established exchange agreements with over 300 institutions worldwide. Other goals of the university include: creating and sharing new knowledge, supporting teaching, and providing industry with new tools and processes.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The Cities

Business exchange students will find themselves on one of the campuses in either Sonderborg or Esbjerg. The city of Esbjerg is a fairly young city established in the 19th century and is continually undergoing tremendous development. The city is a popular destination for regional tourists. There are many activities available including cultural, sporting, and leisure activities. The city hosts live music in many of the cafes and pubs. Attractions just outside the city include white sand beaches and the island of Fanos, located just off the coast. The city of Sonderborg, only half an hour from the German border, offers a lively environment for students. The city center has an active pedestrian area, and many small attractive shops and bars. Just outside the city, there are woods and great beaches that offer opportunity for many recreational activities. Danes have a cycling culture, one of the best ways to explore either city is on a bicycle.

Student Life

University of Southern Denmark offers two undergraduate business programs designed for international exchange students. The International Undergraduate Program in Business Administration and the Undergraduate Business Exchange Program have attracted international students from all over the world, which means that meeting and planning activities with peers is not a challenge. At either location, students will find many opportunities to be part of the social community of the university. The sports association organizes leagues and one-time events like soccer and ice hockey matches. The Erasmus Student Network has a buddy system for new incoming students and also offers several social events each week. Both towns host a number of cultural and art events each year and when an event is not planned, students flock to cafés with live music, shopping areas and restaurants. An important aspect to friendships in Denmark is learning “Hygge.” It is a term that characterizes the Danes. Hygge is about spending time together, doing something, or nothing and enjoying the moment. A conversation about Hygge, is sure to develop into a lively conversation as it a strong part of Danish culture, yet fluid it its definition.

Term Dates

UF Fall: early September to late December
UF Spring: early February to late June

Courses Available

Use our course equivalency database to find out which courses at USD can apply to your UF degree. Please see an academic advisor for information pertaining to requesting additional equivalencies.

Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in English or Danish. UF students are able to take a full load of courses in English.

Grade Conversion

USD points fromUSD points toUF grade

Credit Conversion

USD CreditUF Credit
2 ECTS credits1 UF credits (2 X .6 = 1.2)
3 ECTS credits2 UF credits (3 X .6 = 1.8)
4 ECTS credits2 UF credits (4 X .6 = 2.4)
5 ECTS credits3 UF credits (5 X .6 = 3)
8 ECTS credits5 UF credits (8 X .6 = 4.8)
14 ECTS credits8 UF credits (14 X .6 = 8.4)

ECTS X .6 = UF credit (rounded)

Credit conversion is on a course-by-course basis – NOT the sum of credits earned.

Estimated Expenses

Rough Expense ComparisonSemester at UFSemester at USD
UF Tuition$3,155$3,085
UFIC Admin. Fee-$300
Health Insurance-$160
Housing / Utilities$2,710$2,200
Internet / Cable$630$150


Danish Krone (DKK).


Esbjerg’s Accommodation Office generally guarantees accommodation for exchange students either in one of the student residence halls or in private rooms. Students should note that they will only receive one accommodation offer from University of Southern Denmark, and will be responsible for finding their own housing if they turn it down. Student studying in Søndeborg should work with the Sønderborg Accommodation Office. There are various 1 and 2 room accommodation options available. Both offices require online applications from students.

Travel Opportunities

Denmark is a small country situated between the North and Baltic Seas and borders Germany, Sweden, and Norway. It is a small country, making travel throughout the country highly accessible. While living in Denmark, most students visit Copenhagen, the cultural, economic and governmental capital of Denmark. A few popular hiking destinations in Denmark include Møn’s Cliff and Stevn’s Cliff, both located in South Zealand, and feature snow white fortresses that border the Baltic Sea. Near Roskilde, there are interactive sailing adventures on historic Viking Ships. On long weekends, trains, buses, and planes can take you to Norway, Sweden, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, or the UK for an affordable price.

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