Staff and students at the University of Copenhagen will benefit from the new International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). Among the activities to be promoted by the alliance are student exchange at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, development of joint degree arrangements with the universities in the scheme and summer internship schemes. It will provide students and young researchers with the chance to work on projects of global significance as part of an international university community.

The other universities in the IARU are Oxford and Cambridge, Australian National University, University of Beijing, Yale, ETH Zurich, National University of Singapore, University of Tokyo, the University of California at Berkeley. The dean of Copenhagen University, Ralf Hemmingsen, has hailed the alliance as a partnership which gives Denmark access to the worlds most advanced research and educational institutions () including laboratories, researchers and PhD students.