Why study at UCN?
UCN combines excellent teaching, internationally-rated research and superb student support services to give our students the very best all-round education
UCN is a dynamic and innovative training institution that focuses on high quality undergraduate education with an emphasis on professional skills, applied sciences and personal competences.
Academic life at UCN
At UCN the most important job is to educate you to get ready to the labour market of the future. We do not work with theories for the sake of theories. As far as possible, our study programmes are to reflect the reality that you will meet as a graduate. In other words, the professional, social and personal competences that you achieve through your study programme must be directly useful in the labour market.
We call the method Reflective Practice-Based Learning. Through the learning approach we also express what we expect from you as a student.
With over 200 professional staff and continuous investment in development and research, UCN is a stimulating and inspiring environment for your studies.
At UCN we combine theory and practice in three different ways:
1. Hands on in practice
In the course of your study, you will do an internship in a private or public enterprise or institution. During the internship, professional demands will be placed on you, and you create coherence between the knowledge, skills and competences you have acquired in the course of study and the specific tasks you are set in practice.
You learn to manage yourself in a professional context in which you reflect on your own actions and those of others. During the internship you really get closer to your disciplinary
field and your future work life.
2. Bringing real life into the tuition
In the theoretical part of the study programme, where you are
“back at school”, we include examples of knowledge and issues from practice. We do that, for example, through casework, introductory speakers with roots in the field of practice, study of best practice, insight into the solutions of the future as well as simulation and training of your skills and competences.
3. Cooperation with practice
In the labour market there is a constant pressure to find new,
better and more efficient work forms. As a student you will, already during your study, be able to contribute to creating innovative solutions that can make a difference in real life. You can cooperate with the business community or the public sector, for example in project work, innovation camps and research and development projects.
Studying at UCN means that you get a quick start in your future career with many paths to take at middle-management level, and it also gives you the possibility to continue your development with further studies in or outside Denmark.
UCN is unique in Denmark due to the number of programmes we offer taught fully in English. Another special feature is the diversity of our business and technically-oriented subjects and the possibility of combining AP degrees with top-up bachelor's degrees. In fact, any UCN AP degree can lead to a bachelor's degree in this way.
Thanks to good, long-term contacts with the business sector, we guarantee that the qualifications obtained by our students are relevant to an increasingly global business environment. The hands-on management situations and entrepreneurial agenda are very popular among the students in general and the international students in particular.
UCN is a modern academic space for teaching and research with three premises in Aalborg. We take pride in offering 24/7 access, up-to-date IT equipment and a library that subscribes to a number of academic and business-oriented databases.
Danish design dominates the buildings, the light, the interior and furniture, making the whole environment very friendly, bright and inspiring.
At UCN, not only the teaching, based on classroom learning, but also the facilities surrounding the classrooms are inspiring and lively with art on the walls and cosy corners where students can sit for a cup of tea or to do group work. The students are of various nationalities, which contributes to the intercultural understanding based on dialogue, debate and commitment.
UCN’s professional higher education programmes
- The programmes are approved by the Danish Ministry of Education
- Internationally approved through the ECTS system
- International study environment
- Close ties with business and industry
- Quick access to business and technical platforms
- Flexible study programmes – AP degrees (2 years), Top-up Bachelor degrees (1,5 years) and Full Bachelor degrees (3,5 years) in Denmark or abroad
- Teaching based on practice, applied science and projects
- Modern, high-standard technical equipment
- Dialogue-based teaching
- Close contact with teachers
- Study trips in Denmark and abroad
- Access to funding through Erasmus etc.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options in more detail, please get in touch.
Film about Aalborg
Get a sense of life in Aalborg City by watching this short film made by Aalborg Municipality.