Global E3: Technical University of Denmark



Spend a semester studying engineering in Denmark!   The Technical University of Denmark is only 10 km north of the cosmopolitan city of Copenhagen. 

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is committed to serving society through applied technology, and has pursued this ideal for the past 184 years. Based on intensive efforts in research, innovation, and the transfer of knowledge, the University has contributed to Denmark's leading positions in diverse fields such as design, wind energy, biotechnology, electronics, and telecommunications. It thereby deserves a substantial share of the credit for Denmark being able, despite its modest size, to create and maintain a welfare society that is the envy of many nations.

This exchange program is College of Engineering (ENGR) specific, meaning only undergraduate ENGR students may participate. DTU and Pitt are members of Global E3, an exchange consortium of over 60 Engineering Schools from around the world. This consortium is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) For more information about the university, see the Global E3 DTU page and the DTU website   

Courses are available in both English and Danish.

Typically, semesters are: 

    • Fall Semester: September to December 
    • Spring Semester: February to May

DTU accepts students for Fall, Spring or Academic Year 


Learning Objectives: 

As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to develop: 

  • the ability to succeed independently in a foreign education environment. 
  • non-US based perspectives on your field of study and/or future career path. 
  • a global network of peers in similar fields of study and connections with faculty in Denmark


Partner Information: 

Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs   |

Location Description: 

The DTU campus is situated in beautiful green surroundings (close to the national park of Dyrehaven), just 10km north of the center of Copenhagen. The full name of the city is Kongens Lyngby, though it is now more often known simply as Lyngby (or Kgs. Lyngby). It used to be a village inhabited by the king's tenants, hence the use of "Kongens," which means King's. Today Lyngby is a part of Greater Copenhagen.

Housing Description: 

DTU doesn’t guarantee on-campus housing, although off-campus options are widely available. Please refer to the GE3 website for information.

Academic Description: 

At DTU, courses are taught in both English and Danish. Use the links below to see if the specific departments offer the types of courses you would like to take while studying abroad.  


Academic Departments: 

Visit the University's website to learn more about course offerings and check the GE3 website for general course information. The following disciplines are available: 

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Innovation
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Mathematical Modellings
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Design
  • Physics and Nanotechnology
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Wind Energy

Minimum Requirements: 

  • SSoE student in good standing 
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA for engineering students  
  • Sophomore standing or higher 


Of note: 

  • All courses must be approved by the Faculty Director of your department in the Swanson School of Engineering. A course approval form must be completed and submitted to SSoE’s Engineering International Initiatives Office. 
  • Additionally, for the purpose of full-time status here at Pitt, students should be prepared to take what is equivalent to at least 12 Pitt credit hours.   
  • Courses taken at DTU will be treated as transfer credits and will be marked as pass/fail (S/NC) on a Pitt student's transcript. In other words, transfer credits will not affect your Pitt GPA. However, students must receive a C grade or higher in order for the credits to transfer. Actual grades earned will appear on the transcript from the exchange university. 
  • Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers may be required to show evidence of English proficiency.      


Students who have attended this program in the past have taken classes in the areas of:: 

For information about the grading scale at DTU, please see the grade equivalencies chart at the DTU website.  


Please have DTU provide a hardcopy to the Engineering International Initiatives Office. Make sure that you follow their instructions on how to ensure that an official copy of your grades are received. Hardcopies should be sent the following address: International Engineering Initiatives, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 152 Benedum Hall, 3700 O’Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA. 

Exchange university transcripts typically do not arrive from the exchange university until 3 to 4 months after the end of exchange period. Therefore, Pitt students should be mindful of how this may affect their ability to graduate, especially when exchanging during one's senior year. Another consideration is how this may affect your financial aid package, as the S/NC grades are not posted until transcripts are received. 



Experiential Learning Description: 


Program Fees: 

Pitt students participating on an exchange program will pay regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to their in-state or out-of-state residency status. In addition to the Study Abroad Administrative Fee, this also includes all Mandatory Fees, such as the Student Activity Fee, Wellness Fee, Computing and Network Services Fee, and the Security, Safety, and Transportation Fee.

Pitt Students on financial aid and/or tuition scholarships will need to consult the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid or respective entity providing the funds to confirm coverage for study abroad. 

Items Billed by Pitt


 Tuition: Check Pitt's website to verify current costs: 
 Program Fee: Check Pitt's website to verify current costs 
 Study Abroad Fee $400 
 Total Billed by Pitt: Estimate your Pitt expenses based on current tuition and fees.
How Much To Budget: 

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Travel Expenses: Airfare, Passport, Visa, Resident Permit  $2,000  
Room & Board $3,000 - 5,000  
Personal Expenses $1,000 - 5,000  

The Estimated Costs reflect information provided by exchange partner and are reported to OAFA to calculate financial aid packages. The listed costs are defaulted to one semester. Multiply the costs by two for two semesters. Personal expenses vary with individual students. Review the DTU website , the Global E3 DTU specific page as well as our budgeting page for more information.

The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the International Engineering Initiatives Office. However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the exchange school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program.

For global scholarship opportunities, check out:

  • the Pitt GEO scholarship page for links to national, provider and private scholarship samples
  • PittFund$Me  for Pitt sponsored funding including Pitt wide global scholarships, Nationality Rooms, VIH, etc.
  • PittFund$Me  for the SSOE Global Experience Scholarships!


Program Dates: 

Pitt students enroll at DTU for either a full semester (fall or spring) or a full academic year (two full semesters). DTU’s calendar may differ from Pitt's normal fall (August through December) and spring (January through April) semesters, so Pitt students should check the academic calendar at the exchange university. Like Pitt, DTU’s academic calendar follows a Fall-Spring progression, meaning Fall is the first semester followed by the Spring semester as the second. Typically, DTU’s academic calendar is: Fall: September to December & Spring: February to May. The dates listed above are estimated and therefore subject to change according to the host university’s schedule.

Application Instructions: 

You must first be accepted by the Swanson School of Engineering International Initiatives Office, then you will be directed to apply to Global E3. (Typically SSoE application deadlines are late September for Spring and early February for Fall.) A formal nomination from SSoE Engineering International Initiatives is required for Pitt students to be recognized as an exchange student at DTU. Therefore, Pitt students must complete all necessary Pitt steps in addition to DTU's requirements. In other words, acceptance by Pitt Engineering International Initiatives does not guarantee acceptance by the exchange university.  

Prior to being accepted, please visit the Global E3 website and read the application instructions and application deadlines. (In the past, Global E3 application deadlines have been October 1st for spring semester programs and March 1st for fall semester programs.) 

Each university might have an additional application.  Please refer to the Global E3 DTU website for details.  

Please contact Dr. Kristine Lalley for more information on Fall 2020 and Full Year 2020 openings for this program.

  • SSoE student in good standing 
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA for engineering students 
  • Sophomore standing or higher 


Additional Information: 

Questions about funding? Check out our funding pages and note that SSoE has funding specifically for engineering students! There are many other national funding sources you can review. One place to search is the Institute of International Education website. 

Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency. 



Insurance Requirements: 


The University of Pittsburgh provides comprehensive health insurance as a part of studying abroad. More information about the type of insurance and coverage will be provided to you by the Engineering International Initiatives office.  However, you may need to purchase additional insurance if the school you will attend requires you to purchase a specific health insurance per their regulations. It is your responsibility to ensure you know the cost of that insurance prior to committing to the program. 



Visa Requirements: 


In order to study as a student in specific countries, a visa is required. A visa is formal endorsement by the host country to grant permission for an individual to enter, live or stay in that country for a specific purpose and period. In addition to a visa, some host countries may require a residency permit upon arrival. 

For those without the host country’s nationality, students may need to obtain a student visa to study on this exchange. Pitt students should also research the visa and/or permit process through the specified country consulate website.  

In general visa application requirements may include but are not limited to the following requirements:  

  • Visa application 
  • Valid Passport 
  • Verification of acceptance from sponsoring university (exchange university) 
  • Financial Documents, such as bank statements, tax documents or pay statements.   
  • Passport photos 
  • Application fee 
  • Medical/physical examination (likely to require a doctor's appointment so plan accordingly)