Studying in Denmark

Why study in Denmark?

  • Tuition fees in Denmark are free, but you still receive a high quality of education with excellent, modern facilities
  • Denmark is generally a safe, liberal and friendly country, with a lot of diversity
  • Danish universities promote strong, independent study - you are encouraged to play an active role in your own learning
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Denmark's education system

There are 4 types of higher education institute in Denmark. Each offers different types of qualification in an array of subjects, often taught using varying methods. They are:

  • Universities
    • Offer Bachelors, Masters and PhD programs in a range of academic areas
  • University-Level Institutions of Arts, Design and Architecture
    • Offer Bachelors, Masters and PhD programs in arts/performing arts/design/architecture based subjects
    • Taught as research-based courses where there are lectures but mostly students are expected to work independently
  • University Colleges
    • Offer Professional Bachelor programs as more vocational courses
    • Courses are mainly in areas such as engineering, nursing, business and teaching
    • Courses normally include some sort of work experience or internship and provide students with the ability to solve realistic, work-related problems
  • Academies of Professional Higher Education
    • Offer Professional Bachelor programs and Academy Profession (AP) degrees
    • These often last 2 - 2 1/2 years and combine theoretical and practical study

Students in Denmark are expected to spend around 10 hours a week in lectures, and then an extra 30+ hours on independent study/preparation. This is because the teaching style in Danish universities is focused on student-centered learning; open debate in classes and collaborations between students and teachers is encouraged. Teaching consists of traditional lectures and seminars combined with group or independent project work, where the teacher acts only as a consultant.

While all this may sound difficult if you're not completely fluent in Danish, many courses are now taught in English so there'll be no language barrier.

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How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

For home and EU students studying in Denmark there are no tuition fees. However, if you are studying for a second undergraduate degree or retaking a year, some tuition fees will have to be paid.

Living expenses

Studying in Denmark

Living expenses may differ depending on your lifestyle and habits, however living in Denmark is more expensive than most European countries - generally, living costs are similar to the UK. Here's a rough idea of how much living in Denmark will cost you per month:

  • Accommodation and bills: 2,500 DKK - 4,000 DKK (£254 - £406)
  • Food: 1,500 DKK - 2,000 DKK (£152- £203)
  • Study Materials: 150 DKK (£15)
  • Insurance: 200 DKK (£20)
  • Transport: 300 DKK (£30)
  • Social/Other activities: 1,000 DKK - 1,500 DKK(£102 - £152)
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The currency in Denmark is the Danish Krone, depicted by DKK or kr. The current exchange rate is 1 DKK : £0.10

Exchange rates can change quickly and, while this value is correct at the time of writing, it's worth checking again before you travel.

Financial assistance

For EU students studying in Denmark, the SU grant is available as long as they are enrolled in a Danish university, not living with parents and working 10 - 12 hours per week. As long as you fulfil all these conditions you will be available for an SU grant which gives you 5,753 DKK (£584) per month before tax.

Working while you study

As an EU resident, you can work in Denmark for an unrestricted number of hours. However, if you are earning money, you must apply for a tax card at the local tax office which tells you how much tax you will be paying – you will need your Civil Registration Number - and then contact SKAT (Danish Tax and Customs Administration) and inform them of how much you expect to earn in the calendar year.

Finding a part time job in Denmark can be difficult unless you speak Danish. As in international student, you will be able to take Danish lessons for free, however if you can’t speak any of the language there may still be opportunities for jobs in bars or restaurants.

Living in Denmark

Living in Denmark

As a society, Denmark is fairly free-thinking. Most organisations are organised in a flat structure, rather than a hierarchy, to encourage creative thinking by being able to question authority.

The country is fairly safe with a low crime rate, and Danish law prohibits gender/race/religious/sexual orientation based discrimination. Plus it’s very diverse and welcoming to other cultures, and it won’t be difficult to meet new people as most speak English.

Universities try to include international students in everything; they are invited to clubs and private parties in order to help new students make friends.

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Where to study?

Danish universities are well know for technology, business, innovation, management, architecture and science. Over 500 internationally recognised courses are taught in English and even more in Danish. With so much choice, it can be difficult to decide where to study - especially with 2 of their universities have featured in the 2014 QS World Ranking's Top 100; University of Copenhagen at 45 and Aarhus University at 96. Here's a complete list of all Danish universities, their world rankings - where appropriate - are noted in brackets:

  • Aalborg University (363)
  • Aarhus University (96)
  • Copenhagen Business School
  • Copenhagen Hospitality College
  • Metropolitan University College
  • Roskilde University
  • Technical University of Denmark (123)
  • The IT University of Copehagen
  • University College Capital
  • University College Lillebaelt
  • University College of Northern Denmark
  • University College Sealand/West Jutland University College
  • University College South Denmark
  • University of Copenhagen (45)
  • University of Southern Denmark (308)
  • VIA University College

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