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Choosing Courses

If you wish to spend a semester or two at DTU (within the framework of Erasmus or a bilateral agreement), you can choose between doing regular courses or project work.

Regular courses

If you are interested in doing regular courses, you will be asked to select a group of courses that interests you and meets the requirements of your home institution.

Before searching the course catalogue, plase be advised that:

  • Courses may be cancelled with very short notice (e.g. if not enough students sign up for the course), although this happens very seldom
  • Courses may be overbooked (too many students sign up) preventing you from taking the course
  • If only one or two international students sign up for a course, the teacher may decide to change the language of instruction to Danish, and then give the international students special lectures in English
  • Exchange students can choose between all courses taught in English
  • Open University students (fee paying students) can only take courses in the category "open university"
  • The course catalogue is continously updated, thus minor changes may occur.

Search our online course catalogue. Search for courses in English or search the catalogue by department. You sign up for these courses when course registration begins. Please note that you cannot register for a course until you have received your DTU Acceptance Letter. Also note that there is no guarantee for participation in the courses you have registered for. If a course is overbooked (too many students sign up), full degree students have first priority.

The maximum number of courses that you can sign up for per semester is seven five-credit courses (for a total of 35 credits). 60 credits constitute a full academic year. The ECTS point system (European Credit Transfer System) is fully compatible with the DTU credit system.

You can revise your choice of courses after arrival. Note that your course registration also registers you for the final examination. However, you may cancel your exam registration up until two weeks before the start date of the examination period.

Please note that it is your own responsibility to check that you have the necessary prerequisites for the courses that you sign up for.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact International Affairs.

Project Work

If you wish to do project work, we advise you to check out the pages of the relevant departments at DTU and find out what they have to offer. Or you could look up a relevant professor and send a proposal including your CV, transcript and a description of the subject/project that interests you. The professor may request that you complete certain courses before starting a project. If the professor does not respond to your e-mail, contact the Head of Department. Sometimes it helps to contact a professor at your own university who is in regular touch with the DTU professor you want to contact.


To attend a course, you must be present at DTU at the beginning of the semester. If you are not, your place on the course will go to someone else. Exceptions can only be made by arrangement with the relevant professors.


The Bologna Process is a European initiative to bring about transparency and compatibility across higher education in Europe. An important aspect of enabling student mobility, and particularly moving on to a further degree in another country, is a system of credits, used for recognition and accumulation—the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All our courses are assigned a value in terms of ECTS points. Successful completion of an academic year of two terms accumulates 60 ECTS-points. Bachelor’s degrees have an ECTS value of 180 points, and master’s 120 points.