A place for global relations

Masterplan 2017

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The International Student City of Copenhagen

DATE 15/05-2017

A golden opportunity

The high quality of life, good employment opportunities

and fine research institutions of Greater Copenhagen

are paying dividends. The region is fast becoming

an international hub attracting tens of thousands of

talented students, researchers and employees who want

to make Copenhagen their home.

Many have already arrived, ready to inspire and

connect with new colleagues and friends. Bringing their

experiences, knowledge and networks, they come here

to innovate, study, learn, teach, work and invest in an

evermore-integrated region, with thousands of global

companies, research institutions and globally minded


The Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) proposes

to unite students, entrepreneurs and established

businesses in a global test centre in order to create the

digital solutions of tomorrow. (Digital Hub, Dec. 2, 2016

di.dk). Other initiatives such as the European Spallation

Centre, ESS in Lund will also attract thousands of

scientists and students to the region.

Our project

To remain a magnet for the best and brightest minds,

Greater Copenhagen must offer something unique and

personal. The Circle of Friends of ISCC envisions a new

environmentally conscious neighbourhood beginning

with +1.000 housing units in a first phase of the project

consisting of 6 houses (Denmark, France, Germany,

Norway, Sweden, USA) and an international cultural


With inspiration from the CIUP campus in Paris where

40 countries have erected their own houses according

to their wishes, the ISCC encourages countries and

foundation to participate and demonstrate their vision of

a unifying and co-operative environment by designing or

modifying rooms, common areas or buildings within the

ISCC campus.

Eighty percent of the financing of the 6 houses will

possibly come from possibly pension funds and others

whereas the remaining 20 percent will come from

participating countries and foundations. The signature

cultural house is sought donated by a foundation. The

ISCC will be governed by an independent foundation that

will oversee its construction and development.

Dynamic effects

The shared apartments, common facilities and

communal spaces of ISCC will be ideal places for new

Copenhageners to meet their neighbours and peers.

These connections will form the initial stage in their

ultimate integration in Copenhagen society, and in turn

will make Greater Copenhagen an even better place to

live, study and work for all who reside here.

The ISCC would be a local as well as global

neighbourhood in the city of Copenhagen. For its

residents, excellent transport connections are key to

everything the region has to offer, for those in other

parts of the city, the ISCC will become a new destination

for residents of Copenhagen, offering entrepreneurship

opportunities and rich cultural programs – open to


The proposed location by Sundby Metro st. and the

Øresund train link is ideal to host new Copenhageners

with its close proximity to the IT University of

Copenhagen, Copenhagen University, Sweden and the

entire region.

Public actors, universities, businesses and civil society at

large of Greater Copenhagen are invited to participate

in the development of the ISCC.

Our inspiration

Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris - "Cité U"

Founded in 1925, Cité Internationale Universitaire de

Paris (CIUP) and the City of Light welcomes 12,000+

talented researchers, graduate students, professors

and artists from not just wider France, but from 100+

countries every year.

Set in a lush, green park only four train-stations from

Notre Dame in the heart of Paris, residents live in a

dynamic, fully-serviced international environment that’s

conducive to full integration into French society and that

provides everything they need to get the most out of

their stay.

More than 40 countries have built their own dormitory

houses allowing its residents to meet and experience

each other’s cultures in order to forge the relationships

of the future. Each house follows the “Loi de Brassage”

principal, which ensures that no one nationality makes

up more than fifty percent of the residents.

Furthermore, a fully-fledged cultural programme aimed

at both residents and the public alike brings residents

together across houses. The majestic International

Cultural House was donated by John Rockefeller Jr. and stands

at the centre of a lively city with world-class exhibits,

workshops, concerts and lectures all year round.

Minister of Culture Bertel Haarder, February 2016

"Your project is interesting and praiseworthy. I find it admirable that the ISCC will create a framework for the exchange of ideas and the building of bridges between Danish, Nordic and international students."

Minister of Higher Education and Research Esben Lunde Larsen, November 2015 

"...The International Student City of Copenhagen (ISCC) sounds like and exciting and higly relevant project.....the Danish Government is highly focused on integrating the international perspective and outlook into higher education in Denmark....it is a well known that it can be difficult for international as well as Danish students to find housing in Copenhagen, therefore it is also a relevant initiative you have begun." 

HRH Prince Henrik's Chamberlain Mogens Christensen to ISCC founder Jørgen Rossen, 2014

"His Royal Highness the Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark has asked me to thank you for the ISCC plan that the Prince will study in further detail. Prince Consort Henrik will follow the development of the project with great interest."


The International Student City of Copenhagen (ISCC) is a project founded by 7 prominent figures of Danish politics and business life. The vision for ISCC is the establishment of an international student city as a Nordic equivalent to the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, a successful community initiated in the 1920s. With 15 hectares of land located by Sundby metro station in Ørestad, the plan for ISCC is to be able to offer 5000 studio apartments to foreign and Danish students within the next 10-15 years.


See the video from our fact finding mission to CIUP in October 2014.

See the official video from Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris here.


From left to right: ISCC secretary Olga Boubnova, Director of International Programs Tom Dahl-Østergaard, Deputy Director Niels Henrik Larsen, ISCC founder Jørgen Rossen. 


18/3/13: Henning Larsen Architects, Jørgen Rossen and several other founders has recently been working on a masterplan for the ISCC Project, which can be downloaded in the left column of this page. 


12/3/13: Berlingske recently wrote an article concerning the potential of attracting international students to Copenhagen and this is exactly what ISCC states; attracting international students to Copenhagen is an invesment very well worthwhile!

Read it here


26/2/13: We have now updated our 'Countries' page; this now includes official contacts for every country involved in the project, a draft of the ISCC project in numerous different languages, as well as words and opinions from some of our contact persons. 
Please click here to view