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Roskilde University

RUC was originally established in order to challenge academic traditions and to experiment with new ways to create and acquire knowledge. RUC cultivates a project and problem oriented approach to knowledge creation, because we believe that the most relevant results are obtained by solving real problems in collaboration with others.

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Roskilde University is a Magna Charta Universitatum member institution. The Magna Charta Universitatum is a document that was signed by 388 rectors and heads of universities from all over Europe and beyond on 18 September 1988, the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna.


RUC’s pedagogical approach, using project and problem-based learning, is therefore the education model of the future. It prepares students for the future by encouraging them to tackle real issues in collaboration with students from other disciplines, in dialogue with companies and organizations outside RUC and in close interaction with our researchers. But the education model of the future must be constantly developed. We continually focus on development and quality in our education programmes and on always providing our students with a high level of academic training and expertise to match the requirements of the labour market.


Research in the future will be open and participatory In a society where everyone is connected, the possibilities for sharing knowledge and ideas are constantly increasing. This is a major potential for university research. We believe that the most vital questions and the most relevant solutions occur in the interaction between universities, individuals, businesses and organizations. The experience possessed by others can be used to identify relevant problems and to qualify solutions in interaction with the university.


For potential employees

  • RUC offers a unique pedagogical approach to education.
  • We are continually working to develop new forms of learning and we particularly encourage forms that interact with the outside world.
  • The basis for all education and the development of education is a strong focus on quality.
  • Research at RUC is based on openness, both internally and externally in interaction with our surroundings. We are constantly endeavouring to find new ways to interact with the outside world.
  • You work directly and engagingly with students who have a high level of professional commitment, within both teaching and research.

University Ranking

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Student services

The Student House RUC is an open and inclusive gathering place for all students at RUC, where you can meet, organize events and activities and meet for social and academic interaction. 

The association Student House RUC is based on voluntary engagement in which students work together to operate a house that gathers and engages all students at Roskilde University. 

There is open access for all, with benefits for students with valid student ID.

The Student House RUC is run by volunteers, organized in a board, a finance committee, four different subcommittees and a bar and cafe.

Housing services

As a student, intern, PhD candidate, researcher, or visiting professors of Roskilde University you are entitled to priority access to all accommodation available on The platform allows you to choose from rooms listed by local students or verified landlords and securely book prior to your arrival.

Library services

Roskilde University Library (RUb) is located by the main entrance and is an open, bright and welcoming library. RUb is specially designed to be a workplace for students and staff at Roskilde University - and, in the best possible way, to help them with their studies.

Student Life

Campus life

RUC is a meeting place where you become part of a strong community. It is a campus where ideas and free thinking are brought into play in the dialogue between people with different perspectives and nationalities. 

An interdisciplinary approach and project work immerses the students in social and professional contexts that form lasting ties. 

The culture at RUC is therefore characterised by a high degree of openness and room for many different positions. The core of RUC’s culture is freedom of thought, democracy and tolerance.

Sports facilities

Life at the university is more than attending classes and conducting research. On campus there are many facillities for sports and social time together, indoors and outdoors.

Two multi courts, soccer, disc golf course, nature trails along lakes, streams and fields, a gym, innovation workshops, kitchen gardens, a student house, a canteen, sofa lounges, a cinema, etc. are all places to meet for social moments.

Student clubs

There are many clubs that you can choose to engage in, from nature conservation to choir to robot building. And you can create your own club - perhaps an evening of ignite-speak, build-a-city garden or performance poetry.

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