Study in Denmark
Whichever subject you choose to study in Denmark you can expect outstanding academic standards. Several institutions rank among Europe's finest and combine traditional lectures with student-centred teaching methods that will help you turn new learning into innovative solutions. Innovative teaching - Higher education in Denmark combines traditional lectures and tutorials with teaching that wiil help you develop strong problem solving skills. Open debate and problem-based learning methods will encourage you to express yourself, to pursue experiment and to work collaboratively with others. This involves project work - on your own and with fellow students. These projects which often treat real-life challenges and draw on your ability to use your initiative and think freely. Oral and written exams ensure learning outcomes of high international quality. The learning environment in Denmark is friendly and relaxed with students and teachers debating openly during class and lectures. As you team with other students on collaborative projects you will also be introduced to new friends from around the world.
Study in Denmark and gain:
- An international profile
- Excellent collaborative and innovative skills
- A strong foundation for your future career
High Academic Standards
Whichever subject you choose to study in Denmark, you can expect high academic standards that are recognized worldwide. Danish university tutors are part-time researchers and often have experience as working professionals. This ensures an up-to-the-minute academic knowledge and a valuable practical perspective in their teaching. Furthermore, Danish institutions of higher education often collaborate with business, industry and research institutes, ensuring a dynamic learning environment where you can learn directly from industry experts. Many programmes also include credit-earning internships, offering students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience. Danish universities, colleges and academies are state-of-the-art and offer students free access to computers, libraries and Wi-Fi on campus.
Document Checklist for Study Abroad
- A completed application form;
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended;
- Official documentation confirming professional designations, where applicable;
- Two (2) letters of academic reference attesting to readiness for graduate studies; For those without recent academic experience, letters from employers attesting to level of experience and analytical writing skills will be acceptable;
- A detailed chronological resume clearly outlining educational achievements, work experience and progression, and other related experience;
- A Letter of Intent (LOI) that clearly explains why the applicant is applying and outlines the student’s academic intentions.
Applicants who completed undergraduate studies must also submit:
- Documentation confirming their degree was awarded, if not already indicated on official transcripts;
- A credential evaluation from a recognized service confirming equivalency if the applicant submits a credential from an unrecognized institution or if additional analysis is required by the Admissions Committee;
- Proof of English language proficiency.
Note: Where transcripts are in a language other than English, the applicant must provide a notarized English translation of the original transcripts from a certified translator or on official letterhead stationery from the secondary school plus an official original transcript from the institution to the office.
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For the pre-Masters courses, typical entry requirements are at least 3 years of higher education and UK IELTS 5.5 (minimum of 5.0 in all skills).
If you do not meet the English language entry level but have at let UK IELTS 4.5 (minimum 4.0 in all skills) you can do a course that includes extended English and skills (EES).
Intake: Students may be able to start in spring (January – April), summer (May – August) or autumn (September – November).
Registration certificates - for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
As an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss national you may stay in Denmark for up to three months without a registration certificate. But if you stay longer, you will need one.
As an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss national, you may stay in Denmark for up to three months without a residence permit. If you work while you are here, you can stay up to six months. If you wish to stay longer, you will need either a registration certificate (for EU/EEA citizens) or a residence card (for Swiss nationals).
How to obtain a registration certificate
The residence permit or card may be obtained from the Regional State Administration (Statsforvaltningen) within three months upon your arrival in Denmark. Bring your passport, two passport photos and your 'Letter of Admission'.
Note that it may take up to three weeks to process your application and issue your permit. You must obtain your residence permit in order to register with the Danish Civil Registration and be covered by Danish Health Ins.
Tuition Fees & Scholarships
Higher education in Denmark is free for students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland and for students participating in an exchange programme. For other students annual tuition range from 6,000 to 16,000 Euro. A number of scholarships and grants are available from the institutions and from public funded schemes
Higher education in Denmark is free for students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland. Similarly, if you are participating in an exchange programme your studies in Denmark are free. You also do not pay for tuition if you at the time of application have a:
- Permanent residence permit (‘permanent opholdstilladelse’)
- Temporary residence permit that can be upgraded to a permanent one (‘midlertidig opholdstilladelse mmf varigt ophold’)
- Residence permit as the accompanying child of a non-EU/EEA parent holding a residence permit based on employment (§9a and §9m of the Danish Aliens Act - text in Danish)
All other students must pay tuition fees.
Annual tuition fees for full-degree;
USD 8,000-21,000 / Euro 6,000-16,000 (DKK 45,000-120,000).
Note: for exact fees you should contact the institution in question.
Students from outside EU/EEA/Switzerland will be charged a fee when applying for a residence permit (visa) to study in Denmark.
Scholarships and grants
Most Danish institutions have bilateral agreements with foreign institutions of higher education. These agreements are usually designed for mutual exchange of students, researchers and teachers. National and European programmes offer scholarships for international students wishing to study in Denmark through an institutional agreement, as guest students or as a part of an international double or joint degree. Certain restrictions and prerequisites apply for the following programmes:
Erasmus Mundus/Joint Master Degree
The Erasmus Mundus programme is open to both EU/EEA and non-EU/EAA students. Through the Erasmus Mundus scheme you can apply for a scholarship to undertake specific Master's degree programmes. The courses are offered jointly by a Danish institution and another European university or college. Students and scholars must contact the individual Erasmus Mundus Master courses to learn more about scholarships and application procedures.
The Fulbright Commission fosters cultural understanding through its prestigious grant program for educational exchange. If you are an American scholar or postgraduate student at master or Ph.D.-level, you can apply for a Fulbright grant for an entire academic year of study and/or research in Denmark. For more information about selection criteria and the application process for a Fulbright grant, please visit the Fulbright Commission website.
The Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements
The Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements are aimed at highly qualified exchange students and young researchers who wish to immerse themselves in studies of the Danish language and culture or other fields of study related to Denmark, such as design, architecture, environmental studies, and other related fields. The Cultural Agreements offer scholarships for long-term study periods and summer languages courses to foreign students. Long-term scholarships are offered to students from Brazil, China, Egypt, Japan, Russia and South Korea, while the summer language courses are open to students from the aforementioned countries and 35 European countries. The annual deadline to apply for scholarships for the following academic year is March 1st. Read more about the Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements.
Danish government scholarships for highly qualified non-EU/EEA students
Danish higher education institutions (universities only) receive a limited number of government scholarships each year to fund highly qualified full-degree students from non-EU/EEA countries and Switzerland. In order to be eligible for a scholarship you must be: A citizen of a country outside the EU, the European Economic Area or Switzerland
- Enrolled in a full degree higher education programme
- Granted a time-limited residence permit in Denmark due to education
You are not eligible for a Danish government scholarship if you are:
- Seeking admission to artistic fields
- Have a legal claim to the rights of Danish citizens
- Have been granted a residence permit at the time of admission by the Danish Aliens Consolidations Act §9c, subsection 1, as the child of a foreign citizen who has been granted a residence permit in accordance with the Danish Aliens Consolidations Act §9m, and who is a citizen of a country that is not acceded to the EU or covered by the EEA agreement
- A student who is eligible for a grant in accordance with Danish Law regarding the State Education Fund
The scholarships are administered by the Danish institutions of higher education, each of which decides which students will receive a scholarship. For further information about the government scholarship, please consult the admission details of the higher education institution of your choice.
Please note: The government scholarship consists of two parts and can be given as full or partial tuition fee waivers and/or grants towards covering your living costs. However, since the scholarships are administered by the individual higher education institution you should enquire at the institution of your choice for further details.
The Danish State Educational Support (SU)
The Danish State Educational Support (SU) is generally only awarded to Danish residents. As an international student you may, however, apply for equal status in so far as the state educational support is concerned. You may be granted equal status according to:
Other sources of information on scholarships
Several scholarship programmes for both EU and non-EU students are listed at the EU-database Ploteus. PhD students and researchers should visit the, The Fullbright Commission http://www.wemakeithappen.dk/
- The Danish State Educational Support (SU), Danish Rules http://www.su.dk/english/su-as-a-foreign-citizen/equal-status-according-to-danish-rules/
- The Danish State Educational Support (SU), EU law http://www.su.dk/english/su-as-a-foreign-citizen/equal-status-according-to-eu-law/
- The European Researchers' Mobility Portal http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/
Working hours & legalities
If you are a Nordic, EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, there are no restrictions to the number of hours you can work in Denmark. As a non-EU/EAA student you can work for up to 20 hours a week while you study in Denmark.
Nordic, EU/EEA or Swiss citizens can work in Denmark under the EU rules regarding the free movement of people and services, with no restriction on the number of hours.
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens may work in Denmark for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during June, July and August. However, this requires a work permit sticker in your passport. If you did not apply for a work permit when applying for a residence permit to study in Denmark, you can apply for one at the Danish Immigration Service. How to apply for a student residence permit.
If you are under 18 years of age, you are only eligible for a work permit if you have a written offer or contract for a specific position. The employer must also confirm to the Danish Immigration Service that he or she upholds workplace environment legislation.
Please note: If you work illegally in Denmark – for example by working more than 20 hours a week as a non-EU/EEA student – the Danish Immigration Service will either revoke your residence permit or refuse to extend it. You risk deportation. Also, both you and your employer could face a prison sentence or be fined.