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Congratulations on your admission and welcome to the Centre of African Studies. This site will provide you with information about your study start and help you to prepare for your studies at the Centre of African Studies. It contains important information on getting ready for study start, the introduction days and other practicalities.

On the introduction day you will be introduced to the researchers, the student environment and the facilities at CAS. In Friday afternoon the inauguration ceremony for all students will take place. You will then be introduced to the student bar at the faculty, where you will have the chance to meet your fellow faculty students from Theology and Religious Roots of Europe.

Save the date: The fall semester 2017 will start 31 August and 1 September with two introduction days. 

On this page you can find the following information:

Study Start programme 2017

During the first weeks of your studies we have several events planned for you, to help you settle and get into the daily routines of studying at the University of Copenhagen. 

Introduction Day

31 August and 1 September 2017 we have a full day of introductory events starting with breakfast at 09:30 and ending with dinner at 18:30.

See the full study start programme here

Please write to the student counsellor to inform whether you intend to come to the introduction day the 31 August and 1 September and if you intend to join dinner at Preferably before 15. August.

Immatriculation Party,

The Immatriculation Party will take place on 1 September, from 15:00-16:30.

Danish students can download their ticket for the immatriculation from the MyUCPH app.

New students must show their tickets in order to gain access to the immatriculation party.

  • Danish students can this year get their tickets from the MyUCPH app. The ticket is also available through a link on, when signing up for their study.
  • New Master students, with BA’s from other universities, will receive tickets for the immatriculation through the digital application portal.

Students can also gain access by showing their student cards or letter of admission, if it is not possible to get their ticket.  

Access to the University intranet KUnet

Our campus intranet is called KUnet. Through KUnet students have access to

  1. University email account - used for individual importan messages from the Study Administration to the student
  2. Access to Absalon - teaching platform with important course information
  3. Print of transcripts
  4. Study pages - used for important information about rules and regulation for exams, courses, curriculum etc. Find your Study Pages at KUnet: - Choose “MA African Studies” in the drop down menu “Faculties” aka “Enheder”.
  5. Study message - used for important messages to all students in the programme from your Study Administration

Here are instructions on how to access KUnet:

  1. You will receive an email to the email address you registered when applying through the online application portal in June.
  2. The email will contain your UCPH username and a link (The UCPH username consists of three random consonants followed by a three-digit number, e.g. "bdg123". Your UCPH Username cannot be changed).
  3. Follow the link and enter your UCPH username as well as the last five digits in the telephone number you registered when applying.
  4. You will then be forwarded to a page where you are asked to enter a new password to KUnet.
  5. You can now use your UCPH username and password to log onto KUnet.

When you have registered your UCPH username and password to KUnet, an email with your PIN code will be sent to your University email address (se below). This is the PIN code you need together with your Student ID Card in order to access the buildings etc. 

University email address

All students are allocated a UCPH email address (UCPH, which is normally referred to as 'alumni-mail'. 

IMPORTANT: All official information from the university, the Faculty and the Centre is sent to your university email.

It is important that you check this email address regularly and possibly forward emails from it to your personal email account, as it is here that you will receive information from, for example, student and career guidance counsellors and the Study Administration.

You will find your emails via the front page of KUnet or via If you want to receive emails from UCPH in your private mailbox (gmail, Hotmail, etc.), you can set up your private email account to always receive a copy of them. Read more at KUnet


myUCPH is a smartphone app aimed at you as a supplement to Absalon, KUnet and other information sources. Read more aout the app and how it functions at

The student ID card works as an ID card and key to access the building and the library outside the regular opening hours, and it is therefore important that you order one so that it is ready for study start.

You can also use the card to benefit from student discounts in bookshops, museums, theatres etc.

First time you access KUnet an email with your PIN code will be sent to your University email address. You will need the PIN code together with the student ID card in order to access the buildings and library.

How to get a student ID card:

You must upload your photo on KUnet -> Self Service -> ID card -> Photo.

Before uploading your photo, please make sure that these requirements are fulfilled:

  • The photo must be lifelike and only a picture of yourself
  • The photo must be in JPG (JPEG) format
  • The Picture must not exceed 2MB
  • The picture must be square and at least 200x200 pixels

Please note that production of the ID cards only starts six weeks before the Study Start. Because of the high demands on ID cards in August it might take a couple of weeks before you receive the card.

Danish students: If you registered with a Danish CPR number when you applied for admission, your student ID card will be sent to your current address.

International students: If you are not registered with a Danish CPR number, your student ID will be send to the Faculty and you can pick it up when you arrive to Denmark or on the Introduction Days.

IT Servicedesk
Problems regarding ID-card, telephony, Absalon, KUnet or Self Service?
Contact Servicedesk at UCPH.

All MA students admitted 1 September 2017 are automatically registered for the two compulsory courses Nature, Population and Society in Africa and Economic Development in Africa for the Autumn Semester 2017.

The following semesters you will need to register for courses via ‘Self Service’ on KUnet. It is very important that you sign up in the registration time-window (15 May to 1 June & 15 November to 1 December). For information on the current semester's range of courses, see the website

IMPORTANT information regarding the language course Kiswahili

The Centre of African Studies offers Kiswahili I (Autumn Semester) and Kiswahili II (Spring Semester). Both courses are offered for 7,5 ECTS - 15 ECTS in total.

You can register for Kiswahili I in the autumn 2017 through Self Service at Registration is open from 15-29 August.

If you do so you have to be aware that:

  1. The Kiswahili I and II courses are taken in addition to the compulsory courses of 60 ECTS in 1st and 2nd semester
  2. The courses will account for 15 ECTS Optional Courses (you have 30 ECTS optional courses in 3rd semester)
  3. That registration for the courses is binding and cannot be cancelled.

For information about residence permit and registration with the Danish authorities for students from EU/EEA countries and Nordic countries please look at the University's website about Living in Denmark

When you have arrived in Copenhagen, you are required to register at the local civil registration office (Folkeregistret or Borgerservice). To do so you must have your residence permit and a permanent address in Denmark. The civil registration office will provide you with a personal identity number, called a CPR number, as well as a Health Insurance Card.

Read more about the Civil Registration Number (CPR).

When you have received your CPR number it is very important that you inform the Study Administration about your personal CPR number.

Danish State Education Grant and Loan Scheme (SU)

Students who are entitled to SU during the MA programme may apply at minSU. Please note that SU applications cannot be processed prior to matriculation on the MA programme. Application deadlines are published at

As a foreign student you might be eligible for the Danish state education support. For further information visit the International Education and Grants office website

If you receive SU during your studies, you are allowed a delay in your studies of no more than 6 months (equivalent to 30 ECTS) compared to the number of SU monthly grants you have received. In case you are delayed more than 6 months, payment of your SU will be stopped.

Read more about the SU rules at  

Research-based teaching

At the Centre of African Studies students are taught by highly qualified permanent staff at MSO Professor and Associate Professor level, all with strong research and publication experience in their respective fields. Occasionally teaching also includes PhD Students also drawing on their own research experience. There are also very experienced temporary external lecturers teaching some key courses.

Teaching in the study programme takes place in classes ranging between ten to forty students. Teachers utilise several different teaching methods and lectures often contain elements of group work and student presentations. Occasionally there will be films shown. This allows the class to gain from the perspectives of each student’s individual background. Therefore teachers, as well as classmates, will often depend on your preparation.

There is also a public seminar series and public dialogue events held throughout the year, which you are expected to participate in.

As the Master’s programme is interdisciplinary, and as CAS has a proportionately large intake of international students, you can expect the academic background and traditions of the Centre’s students to vary. You should therefore be aware that the approaches, expectations of the MA programme and preferred learning styles of other students may differ from what you may have encountered in previous studies.

As courses are research-based, it is important to stress that there are often few lectures, but the required reading may be larger than you are accustomed to. You are encouraged to read the prescribed literature before all lectures in order to fully participate and benefit from them. Please note that not all the prescribed reading will necessarily be discussed during lectures, as teachers may prioritise discussions rather than a presentation of all the set literature.

The academic profile

The African Studies programme is designed to provide students with insights into and an understanding of Africa’s cultural, religious, social, political and developmental conditions.

The aim of the study is that students acquire an interdisciplinary methodology and a theoretical and empirical frame of reference, thus becoming qualified to work independently on contemporary issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. For this purpose, students are trained in the use of central concepts from both the social sciences and humanities disciplines, which are the primary focus of African Studies, and will be able to apply this system of concepts when working on empirical material of a broad and complex nature.

Not only is the teaching research-based, but the MA is also research oriented. Emphasis is therefore placed on students acquiring the ability to carry out independent research and analysis and to make critical judgements. Moreover, students will learn to communicate their academic knowledge and expertise to the general public.

It is essential that the student acquires knowledge from different academic fields, utilises the research results grounded in these, and can place them in a broader analytical context.