The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme gives all candidates joining the Programme provides support for candidates to find an apartment in central Copenhagen for their first year. The photos above (taken by our students) give an idea of the building where the 2016 students lived. Check out our Facebook page for a closer look. It can be difficult to find accommodation in Copenhagen, especially from abroad, so we highly recommend students to take this opportunity!
Life in Copenhagen and Denmark
Copenhagen is a livable, lively and international city. Almost all Danes speak fluent English, and the common language at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers is English. Foreigners moving to Denmark are given the opportunity to take free Danish language classes for up to 4.5 years. Numerous cultural and scientific events take place around Copenhagen every year, including the Copenhagen Bioscience Conferences (organized by the Novo Nordisk Foundation in collaboration with the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers), and Copenhagen has a thriving scientific community.
In addition to the curriculum, the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme holds a yearly retreat, where students from all years of the PhD Programme talk science among themselves and with PhD Programme faculty. The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme also runs a seminar series inviting international speakers, and organizes a cross-Center research symposium. Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme students are involved in the planning and organisation of all of these initiatives.
Life at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers
All Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme students are quickly integrated into their lab and Center. They have access to facilities and resources at both their Center and their University, in the same way as other employees or students. For questions about PhD life at the Centers, before or after starting the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme, students can always contact the PhD coordinator at their Center. All the Centers have active student communities, for example the Student Postdoc Association (SPA) at CPR.