Information for refugees

The University of Copenhagen encourages refugees in Denmark to look for vacant positions at the University of Copenhagen. Recruitment at the University of Copenhagen is based upon an open, transparent and merit-based procedure.

International Staff Mobility (ISM) would like to welcome you on behalf of the University of Copenhagen. ISM is part of the Human Resources Department at the University of Copenhagen and supports all International Researchers, PhD Students and Administrative Staff who work at the University of Copenhagen.


Promoting academic freedom and collaboration across national borders have always been important deeds at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH).

UCPH is the national hub of the Danish section of Scholars At Risk (SAR) and has since 2018 helped prosecuted researchers via SAR. ISM is the coordinator of the national hub of the Danish section.

SAR is an international network aimed at protecting scholars and promoting academic freedom. All universities in Denmark are members of SAR, as well as the Danish Institute for Human Rights, the Danish Institute for International Studies, and the National Union of Danish Students.

Among many other activities, SAR helps to find temporary employments for persecuted researchers at the member institutions, here among at UCPH.

Read more about how to get help from Scholars at Risk on their website.

International Staff Mobility (ISM) at UCPH has established a specialized team to support scholars who are facing grave threats. If you want to get more information, you are very welcome to contact ISM via e-mail:  or phone: +45 35 32 44 60. We will do our best to help.



As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, the impacts of the war on all aspects of Ukrainian civil society, including academic activities, are becoming more and more evident. Many people have been forced to flee their homes seeking safety, protection, and assistance. The scientific community is also highly impacted.

“We are, of course, also prepared to assume responsibility for helping Ukrainian students and researchers who are fleeing the war," Rector Henrik C. Wegener says.

Additionally, as an initiative, UCPH is currently in the process of applying for funding to employ Ukrainian refugees at the University.



The Danish Parliament has currently passed a Special Act on refugees from Ukraine. The Special Act makes it possible for displaced people from Ukraine to obtain temporary residence permits enabling them to start school, education or work as soon as possible after coming to Denmark.

An application for a residence permit through the special act must be submitted to the Danish immigration services.



The Immigration Service and The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) have made an information page with content aimed at Ukrainian citizens who are in Denmark or wish to come to Denmark. The page will continuously be updated with relevant questions and answers read more here.



The Science4Refugees initiative and EURAXESS portal provide research refugee friendly internships, part-time and full-time jobs, access to a European Research Community, as well as a complete range of information and support services on working and living in Europe.

Ukrainian researchers are eligible to benefit from the Science4Refugees initiative without the need of holding the refugee status.

Please read more about the network on the official website.



The University of Copenhagen has its own Job Portal. All available jobs will be posted on the portal and is updated on a regular basis.

For UCPH specific jobs please visit our official website.

For UCPH specific international studies please visit our official website.