Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark, with an urban area with a population of 1,3 mio (2018) and a metropolitan area with a population of 2,2 mio (2018). Copenhagen is situated on the Islands of Zealand and Amager.
Most of Copenhagen's attractions are within a relatively small area. One of the city's chief landmarks is Tivoli Gardens, an entertainment center featuring theater, concerts, restaurants, carnival rides, and other amusement activities. Christiansborg Castle, built on the ruins of a medieval fortress, is the seat of the Danish parliament. Other attractions are the royal family's residence, Amalienborg, with its daily ceremonial changing of the guard; the Börsen (stock exchange), built in Danish Renaissance style with a distinctive spire; and the Round Tower, which offers an excellent view of the city from the top. On the waterfront overlooking the harbor is The Little Mermaid, a statue inspired by one of Hans Christian Andersen's stories.
The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1497. There are also a number of specialized schools and colleges. Copenhagen has many notable museums, including the National Museum, dealing with history, art, and antiquities; the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, exhibiting sculpture and painting; the Danish Museum of Decorative Art; and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts.
Copenhagen is the home of the Royal Danish Ballet. Opera, ballet, and drama are performed at the Royal Theater; there are also several large concert halls. Nightclubs, many of which feature jazz music, are popular in Copenhagen.
Generally about the hospitals and departments
- Working conditions
We expect you to be at the hospital 7-8 hours per day, Monday to Friday.
Bring your own stethoscope and other equipment you might need.
There's no particular hospital dress code other than white coat and clean shoes. White coat and other hospital clothing will be provided at the hospital. The clothes are not formal at the danish hospitals, so don't bring suit and tie.
Concerning the departments: We try our best to fulfill your 1st or 2nd priority, but it might be difficult and sometimes even impossible if you’ve wished for a very specialized or specific department (some of the specialities on the ifmsa list don’t even exist in Copenhagen). Please be understanding.
The atmosphere differs a lot from one department to another, but in general the system is less hierarchical than in many other countries. Don't be afraid to ask questions to the doctors or others, most of them are nice and friendly, and you will learn a lot more if you show some interest.
Please remember that you are working under professional secrecy at the hospital, and we kindly ask you to respect it.
- MRSA test
It is very important that you all make sure to have a valid (=less than 2 weeks old) negative MRSA (Methicilline Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) test at your arrival. If not, you are not allowed to see patients in Denmark. This is not some silly rule we made up, but actually a requirement from the Danish Ministry of Health. It is possible to have the test made at your arrival in denmark, but in this case I suggest you to arrive some days before, since it might take some days to receive the answer, and in this period you can’t join the work at the hospital.
Hospitals in Copenhagen
Copenhagen and surroundings have lots of hospitals. The hospitals that we use for our exchange program are the following:
Denmark's biggest hospital with a large number of departments and specialities. The hospital is located on Nørrebro inside Copenhagen and just next to the medical faculty, also called Panum. Official web site:[Rigshospitalet]
- Bispebjerg Hospital
An old hospital with a cosy atmosphere located in the north west part of Copenhagen. Official web site: [Bispebjerg Hospital]
- Frederiksberg Hospital
This hospital is located in a nice part of town called Frederiksberg (actually it's not a "part" of Copenhagen but an independant municipality situated inside Copenhagen). Official web site: [Frederiksberg Hospital]
- Gentofte Hospital
Gentofte is the hospital outside Copenhagen closest to the city. It is located in Gentofte, a suburb a little north of Copenhagen, known for it's rich citizens. Official web site: [Gentofte Hospital]
- Herlev Hospital
This hospital is located in Herlev, a suburb west of Copenhagen. It is one of the most modern hospitals and one of the highest buildings in Copenhagen (a skyscraber more or less). Official web site: [Herlev Hospital]
- Hvidovre Hospital
This hospital is located in Hvidovre, a suburb south of Copenhagen. There's a direct bus to the center of Copenhagen. Official web site: [Hvidovre Hospital]
- Glostrup Hospital
This hospital is located in Glostrup, a suburb south west of Copenhagen. Official web site: [Glostrup Hospital]
- Hillerød Hospital
This is the only hospital we use that is not situated in Copenhagen or suburbs. It is located in Hillerød, a small town north west of Copenhagen. There's a direct and frequent s-train from Hillerød to Copenhagen, it takes only 40 minutes by train. All students who get a department at Hillerød Hospital will also stay in apartments next to the hospital. Don't be sorry that you are a little away from the big city -our students are usually very happy about Hillerød Hospital, and the doctors are known to be friendly and happy about exchange students! Official web site: [Hillerød Hospital]
A medium sized hospital in the old city of Roskilde. 20 mins to Copenhagen by train.
A medium sized hospital in the coast city of Køge. 30 mins to Copenhagen by train.
One meal per day on working days will be provided by IMCC. This will be a lunch in the hospitals canteen. If there is not lunch at the hospital, we will provide you with 500 DKK to buy your own lunch. Some hospitals offer special discount for students to buy lunch. Ask your LEO about the options.
Food prices are generally high in Denmark, and we recommend you to buy food in the dicount supermarkets (Netto, Fakta, LIDL etc.). All accomodation will be equipped with a kitchen where you can cook.
Your accomodation depends on which hospital you're going to. Most students will be staying in private rooms in dormitories or apartments around the city, rented out by other students. In this case, you'll be asked to sign a tenancy agreement with the owner of the place at arrival.
All accomodation will be equipped with a bed, a bathroom and a kitchen where you can cook. We expect you to clean after yourself, wash your dishes in the kitchen etc., also when you're sharing a kitchen with other residents -they are not hired to clean for you!
Please note, that you're not staying in a 5 star hotel! The rooms/apartments are of standard Danish student quality -we would never give you something lousier than what we as Danish students live in -but unfortunately we have experienced some foreign students being disappointed because of too high expectations.
Note that there often will be some transportation time from your lodging to the hospital, on your own expense.
To get around in Copenhagen (and in Denmark in general) by public transportation is exspensive. A good webpage with a very detailed journey planner is [www.rejseplanen.dk] On this website you also find prices and buy tickets.
In Copenhagen the easiest way to get around is by bike. There is extensive bike roads throughout the city and everyone living in Copenhagen has a bike. Ask your accomodation if you can borrow a bike, or rent one when you arrive. Be sure to get a short introduction to safety and the rules of biking, if you are not used to it.
Please note that many museums are FREE for students on Wednesdays. A list of all museums in and around Copenhagen can be found on [list of museums]
Festivals and concerts
Music festivals are popular in Denmark. To mention some of the biggest ones, we have Roskilde Festival, Skanderborg Festival and Langelands Festival (named after the location of the festival, the one closest to Copenhagen is Roskilde Festival). These festivals are expensive, though, and usually you can not go for only one day but have to buy a pass for the whole week.
What could be of more interest for you as an exchange student is the Copenhagen Jazz Festival which is held all over Copenhagen from the 3rd to the 12th of July. Some concerts have admission fee, but you can find many free concerts in parks and bars all over Copenhagen. Have a look at the official website: [Copenhagen Jazz Festival].
Every Friday during summer, there is a concert in Tivoli, Copenhagen's famous amusement park. The concert is free, but you have to pay entrance to the park.
More tourist stuff
For more information, you can find lot's of useful stuff on [www.vivitcopenhagen.dk] or [www.aok.dk ]. Visitcopenhagen is the official tourist-site about Copenhagen. AOK stand for "Alt om København" which is danish for "everything about Copenhagen". Here you can find concert programs, restaurants, cafés, night clubs etc.
Adress of IMCC office in Copgenhagen: Studenterhuset, Nørre Allé 6, 2200 Copenhagen N.
Find a map on [www.krak.dk] or check www.rejseplanen.dk
Buses that stop close to the IMCC office (and the medical faculty): 5A, 6A, 150S, 185, 350S
Another option is to buy a whole-month transportation card, please ask contact person for guidance