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ENGR Exchange: Technical University of Denmark (DTU) (Denmark)
All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.
In 1829, when Hans Christian Ørsted founded what became the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), he created an eloquent response to an important need in society: to make use of scientific progress in the service of society by applying technology. DTU has applied this fundamental idea for the past 185 years. Based on intensive efforts in research, innovation and the transfer of knowledge, DTU has contributed to Denmark achieving a leading position within such diverse fields as design, wind energy, biotechnology, electronics and telecommunication.
DTU is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world. DTU provides education, research and innovation at a high international level. Furthermore, DTU has strived since 1829 to build sustainable bridges between academia and industry. In 2005, DTU manifested this by such accomplishments as concluding 350 partnership agreements with companies. The internationalization of DTU also continues with more than one fifth of DTU's scientific staff being recruited from outside Denmark and with an increasing number of international students.
The special Scandinavian way pervades life at DTU. Students and teachers work more informally than at most other Universities. Education is largely based on the students' active participation and taking independent responsibility. Students learn to work individually and in groups. They also learn to ask questions, be innovative and to find and explore interrelationships. Thus, they are trained to create new value.
The exchange program at the Technical University of Denmark will provide interested engineering students with the opportunity to build on their knowledge in the field of engineering and at the same time introduce them to new cultures and lifestyles. Participants will spend one semester or one year of study in Lyngby, Denmark at DTU. Students who have interest in European cultures are suggested to apply for this program.
DTU is located in Lyngby, Denmark, a city north of Copenhagen. Lyngby has a commercial center and the surrounding area is home to castles and traditional farmhouses. Lyngby is a short train ride (about 30 minutes) from Copenhagen, the capitol of Denmark. Copenhagen is famous for its unique design sense and cuisine. Explore Copenhagen's cobblestone streets, intimate cafes, and world-class museums.
Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:
- 3.0 GPA
- Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
- You must be an ENGR major
Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.
Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
- After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
- Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.
Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:
- Pre-Departure Course Selection & Approval
- Finalizing Course Enrollment Abroad
- Transcripts and Credits on your UMD Record
Disciplines Available: Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Designing and Innovation, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Food and Nutrition, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Sustainable Energy, and Wind Energy
DTU offers courses in Danish or English.
There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).
- If you are interested in taking an engineering course not listed in the SACD, please submit an engineering course evaluation request.
- If you are interested in taking a non-engineering course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at Technical University of Denmark will be converted as follows:
|Technical University of Denmark Credit||UMD Credit|
|1 ECTS Credit||0.6 UMD Credit|
|5 ECTS Credits||3 UMD Credits|
The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on March 27, 2014.
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
|Technical University of Denmark||UMD Grade|
|02 or "E" ECTS.||C -|
For exchange students, DTU does not guarantee accommodation; however, they will do their best to help find accommodations for all students who apply within the deadline. More information on university and private housing can be found on DTU's website.
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.
Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Students participating in a BMGT or ENGR exchange program are not charged differential tuition. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
- Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)
Additional Financial Resources
Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!
Student Clubs and Organizations
Although most club websites are in Danish; DTU offers a wide range of various clubs and associations for students to participate in.
DTU hosts an introduction week which will assist you in all your academic needs and allows for a smooth transition into the university. You will also meet your DTU buddy who will help you with academic and personal needs throughout the semester.
Counseling & Health Services
DTU offers confidential, free of charge psychological and psychiatric counseling. The service is staffed by psychologists, social workers with psychotherapeutic training, and psychiatric specialist physicians.
*These resource guides provide general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.