Founded in 1972, Roskilde University is a social sciences, natural sciences and humanities based institution in Denmark. The town of Roskilde is located on the central Zealand peninsula, and is a mere 25 minute train journey from the Danish capital Copenhagen.
A core ideal of Roskilde is the concept of interdisciplinary study, and the belief that for academic study to prepare a student for the working world they would need to experience a wide range of academia and practical tasks. For a first year of an undergraduate course the student will engage exclusively in these interdisciplinary approaches, and then pick either one or two specialty majors for the second and third year of the course.
There are seven doctoral schools at Roskilde offering ten PhD programmes, ranging from Culture, Language and Philosophy to Social Sciences and Business. As part of the interconnectivity of Roskilde, students will also be able to participate in external PhD programmes in other Danish universities and abroad.
Exchange students will be required to engage in one project based piece of work per semester. Examples of previous projects are studies of civil society in Zimbabwe, and considering bamboo as a potential resource for wind turbines. Fluent English will be expected of overseas students, as it is both the most common second language in Denmark and one in which classes will be taught regularly.
Some alumni of Roskilde are economist Rūta Vainienė, politician Johanne Schmidt-Nielsen, journalist Anders Bæksgaard, and songwriter and producer Andreas Bang Hemmeth, known by his stage name DJ Encore.
The Roskilde Festival is held annually in the area, and is one of the largest music festivals in Europe.