Study in Denmark: Complete Guide for International Students

Study in Denmark: Complete Guide for International Students

Study in Denmark: Complete Guide for International Students
Tn AryalMon Feb 14 2022

Denmark is one of the most appealing countries in Europe for education. If you want to study in Denmark and want to know more about education in Denmark including the leading universities in the country, tuition fees, career prospects, scholarships and more, please tune in. 

Denmark is one of the most livable countries in the world because of the advanced education system, the quality of life, the per capita income, the best health care system and last but not least, the civil liberties. Though the official language is Danish, the majority of people speak English in Denmark. 

The Bologna process of education followed d by the Universities of  Denmark, makes their degree recognized worldwide. 

The innovative learning tactics, higher-quality teaching and opportunities for personal development are the reasons why Denmark is featured as one of the top 10 countries in Europe for study abroad.  

Why study in Denmark?

Top-Ranked Universities

Denmark is home to some of the world’s high ranked universities like the University of Copenhagen and the University of Southern Denmark. 

Few other popular universities in Denmark are Aarhus University, Roskilde University, Aalborg University and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

The below table shows the Top 5 Universities in Denmark with their Global Ranking according to QS World University Rankings 2022

Denmark Rank

Global Rank 

University 

1

=79

University of Copenhagen

2

99

Technical University of Denmark

3

155

Aarhus University

4

=309

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

5

=326

Aalborg University

-

-

University College Lillebaelt, Vejle

-

-

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design

-

-

Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX)

-

-

Copenhagen School of Design and Technology

-

-

Metropolitan University College

Low tuition Fees

The tuition fee varies according to the course and institution you choose. In general, the tuition fee ranges between 45,000 DKK to 120,000 DKK per year. You might have to pay an extra 260,000 DKK approximately for specialized programs. 

Below are some of Denmark’s Top Universities Fees: 

Name of University 

Tuition Fees 

Undergraduate course 

Graduate course 

University College of Northern Denmark

EUR 5,958 per year

Not Available 

University of Southern Denmark

EUR 6,200 per year

EUR 6,200 per year

Aarhus University

EUR 8,000 per year

EUR 8,000 per year

Roskilde University

EUR 8,700 per year

EUR 8,700 per year

University of Copenhagen

EUR 10,000 per year

EUR 10,000 per year

Scholarships & Grants

Universities in Denmark provide different types of scholarships to students from other countries. Most of the scholarships are based on the origin and courses. 

Scholarship 

Details 

The Danish Government Scholarships

Offered to highly qualified exchange students and researchers who enrol in the studies of the Danish language and Danish related other subjects like - culture,  design, architecture, environmental studies, and other related fields.



The Erasmus Mundus Joint master scholarship

offered in danish universities and other institutions.

The Nordplus programme

Offered to students who already study at a Nordic or Baltic higher education institution

The Fulbright Programme

Offered to  American students who enrol in a Master’s or PhD programme 

Living Cost

The cost of living in small cities ranges between EUR 700 - 900 per month and big cities reach up to EUR 1200 per month. If students from Europe fulfil the below requirements they get free tuition. 

  • Permanent residence permit
  • Temporary residence permit that can be upgraded to a permanent one
  • Parent from a non-EU/EEA country who is already working in Denmark

Safe Country

Denmark is one of the most livable countries in the world. People from Denmark rank second in the list of the world’s happiest people. It's a safe country with a very low crime rate. 

Career Opportunities

Denmark has made leading discoveries in the fields like- Food and Agriculture, Biomedicine, Pharmaceuticals, and Environmental Sciences. Therefore finding a job in Denmark is not a hard task.

Education System in Denmark

The education system in Denmark is governed by national legislation. There are five types of education institutions in Denmark, and they are- 

Type of Institution 

Details 

Universities

Offers Bachelor, Master & Doctoral Degree of various subjects 

University Colleges

Offers Vocational Professional Courses  

Artistic Higher Education Institutions

Offers Art & Design Courses  

Schools of maritime education and training

Offers Research & Practice- focused courses 

Business Academics

Offers 2 year Academy Profession Programmes and Professional Bachelor’s degrees

Denmark offers two intakes to International Students for getting admission to University. They are-

Intakes 

Deadline 

Summer Intake 

January to Mid-March

Winter Intake 

July to September 

Popular courses in Denmark

Language is one of the common problems for students willing to go to European countries for further studies. But Denmark offers most of the courses in the English language. Some of the popular courses among the international students in Denmark are:

  • Business & Administration
  • Branding & Marketing
  • General Management
  • Tourism & Hospitality Management
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Agriculture & Environment
  • Art, Design & Architecture
  • Computer Science & IT
  • Journalism & Digital Media

Admission process in University of Denmark

Step 1: Select the University

Below is the list of the best universities of Denmark for International Students: 

University of Copenhagen

Located at: Fredrik Bajers Vej 5, DK 9220 Aalborg

The University of Copenhagen is one of the best universities around the globe. It offers undergraduate, Master and doctorate degrees in different courses, altogether 49 programmes. Most of the courses are taught in the Danish language. Courses that are taught in English are very few. 

Aarhus University

Located at: Nordre Ringgade 1, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Aarhus University provides 229 courses taught in the English language that includes undergraduate, master’s, and postgraduate levels.

Technical University of Denmark

Located at: : Anker Engelunds Vej 1 Bygning 101A, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

The Technical University of Denmark is popular among the international students that offer undergraduate courses taught either in Danish or in English. This includes 32 masters programs focusing on modern engineering.

Aalborg University

Located at: Fredrik Bajers Vej 5, DK – 9100 Aalborg, Denmark

The University of Aalborg offers courses in undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees that totals all together 130 programmes for International students.

Copenhagen Business School

Located at:  Solbjerg Pl. 3, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

Copenhagen Business school provides degrees in economics, languages, communications, politics etc.It offers a large number of part-time programs like - two-year executive masters and 4-year diplomas. 

University of Southern Denmark

Located at: Campusvej 55 DK-5230, Odense M, Denmark

The University of Southern Denmark has five faculties, namely- Social and Human Sciences, Engineering, Science, and Health. It offers 82 courses that include undergraduate, master’s, and doctorate degree programs.

IT University of Copenhagen

Located at: Rued Langgaards Vej 7 2300 Copenhagen Denmark

IT the University of Copenhagen offers 3 undergraduate programs, 4 master’s programs, and an extensive doctoral program. In addition to these, the university also offers professional masters and diploma programs in the fields like-  science, humanities, design, and business.

KEA – Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, Copenhagen

KEA offers practical, higher education at the business academy and professional bachelor level. It offers 32 Danish and English programmes. Education in construction,  energy, HR, installation, IT, communication, management, production & industry, sales & marketing, health & optometry, economics is some of the focus areas in KEA.

University College Absalon, Sore

Among the 12 professional bachelor courses offered by University College Absalon, two of them are taught in English which are:- Engineering in Biotechnology and the International Honours Degree in Teaching. 

Step 2: Check out the Entry Requirements

Eligibility Criteria for Undergraduate Courses: 

Class 12th with 60%

If you are applying to Technical universities, you might be asked to fill out the Maths verification form, the form must be signed and stamped. You cannot apply to undergraduate programmes at Danish University through the university’s website directly. Go to optagelse.dk and apply there.

You are qualified to apply to up to 8 undergraduate programs.  

Eligibility Criteria for Postgraduate Courses: 

Bachelor Degree with 60%

An internationally recognized Bachelor degree or equivalent is the major requirement while applying for a Master of any course. You have to apply for a master degree through each degree programme website. 

English language test

All candidates need to have good English for higher-level education in Denmark. Tentatively, the below table tells about the scores. 

Test Name

English B

English A

IELTS  

at least 6.5 points 

at least 7.0 points  

TOEFL 

  • 550-583 (paper-based)
  • 213-237 (computer-based test)
  • 79-93 (internet-based test) 
  • 587-610 (paper-based)
  • 240-253 (computer-based test) 
  • 94-101 (internet-based test)   

Cambridge Advanced English 

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)

Step 3:  Find the Fees 

Students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland don't need to pay any tuition fee for undergraduate or postgraduate courses.If you are not from EU/EEA and Switzerland you will have to pay tentatively US$8,000-21,000 per year as tuition fees. 

Step 4: Apply

Candidates must apply through www.optagelse.dk. You need to attach your documents here. 

You need a signature and verification of your ID for each course you are applying to. 

Print the signature page from optagelse.dk, sign and send it to the university you are applying to. You need to attach the transcript of your upper secondary education. Some universities also ask for personal essays. You will get a response which will be in the form of a letter.  

Required documents for admission to Danish Universities 

General Documents

  • English proficiency proof 
  • Danish proficiency proof (for courses taught in the Danish language)
  • Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate/Intermediate + 1-year university education.
  • Danish Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate equivalent entrance exam
  • 16-year education or equivalent degree for Postgraduate degree 
  • Tuition Fee Receipt 
  • Passport, CV, Motivation Letter.
  • A bank statement that covers your expenses while staying in Denmark
  • Visa Application form.
  • Letter of Health insurance.
  • Reference letters (2)

Specific Requirements

  • One extra document will be sent to you, that you have to print, sign and send to the educational institution you are applying to. It's for international students without a NemID
  • Follow the instructions on the website of your favourite programme, if you are applying for a Master degree.

Job opportunities in Denmark for International students

The total hours you can work as a student varies based on your home country. 20 hours per week is provided for working during the study period in Denmark.

Part-time (odd) jobs are available in bars, restaurants, clubs, newspaper distribution. There is a huge demand for a workforce in the areas like Education, Engineering, IT, Medicine and healthcare sectors.

Some popular jobs and respective salary 

Job Title 

Salary DKK per year

Marketing manager     

427,000

Environmental consultant     

205,000

Architect    

400,000

Accountant     

250,000  

Product manager      

720,000  

Software engineer    

476,000

Nurse      

330,000

UX designer     

378,000  

Teacher     

300,000 

Sales manager       

535,000

Journalist     

264,000   

Web developer     

339,000 

You can use the following platform to find a job in Denmark: 

  • Jobindex
  • JobsInCopenhagen
  • The Local
  • Work in Denmark

Critical Information about Study in Denmark

Health insurance

Candidates must get travel insurance for the period they are in Denmark. Every non-resident in Denmark is entitled to be insured for emergency hospital care, free of charge, an accident, childbirth, acute illness or sudden aggravation of the chronic disease, under the Danish Health Act.

Visa

If you are staying in Denmark for more than three months, you need to get a residence permit.  If you are staying for less than 3 months, you will have to get a tourist visa. 

Requirements for obtaining a residence permit:

  • University acceptance letter
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Proof of financial resources around €1,000 per month
  • Proof of your travel insurance
  • Passport
  • Passport photo

Living Cost in Denmark

Denmark is a country with a high standard of living. Although this makes living in Denmark expensive, how much you spend totally depends on yourself.  Living cost is comparatively less in small cities in Denmark

International students mostly share a room, house or apartment, off-campus student halls of residence, One-bedroom apartments. 

Talking about the means of transportation, international students generally use the Train, Metro, Car, Bus, Taxi etc 

Below is the cost of living per month in Denmark: 

Items

Cost (Per Month)

Accommodation

2,500 to 4,000 DKK

Insurance bill 

200 to 250 DKK

TV bill 

100 to 150 DKK

Study Books and supplies

100 to 150 DKK

Mobile phone bill 

150 to 300 DKK

Food 

1,600 to 2,000 DKK

Transportation 

250 DKK

Other personal expenses

1,100 DKK

Permanent Residency in Denmark 

For non-EU nationals, there are two types of criteria for Permanent Residency in Denmark.

The first case requires you to work full time for 4 years,  Pass the Danish language exam, earn an income of 290,000 kroner in each of the last two years and must have Passed an active citizenship (medborgerskab) exam.

The second case requires you to apply after 8 years of staying in Denmark, Full time work for 3.5 years during the last 4 years plus fulfil 2 of the above 4 requirements (in the First case)

Note: You shouldn't break continuous 6-month in full-time work.

Is education free for International students in Denmark? 

If you are a participant of the student exchange program or you are a permanent resident of Denmark or you belong to EU/EEA and Switzerland, your education is free. 

For other international students, Denmark offers different ranges of scholarships and grants that help in their tuition fees. Students from other countries are charged a tution fee ranging from 6,000 to 16,000 EUR/year. 

Do universities in Denmark teach in English?

There are many universities that use the English language for teaching in Denmark. Few are as follows:

  • Aalborg University (AAU)
  • Aarhus School of Architecture
  • Aarhus University (AU)
  • Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
  • Dania Academy
  • Danish National Academy of Music
  • Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX)
  • Design School Kolding

How is the weather in Denmark?

The weather in Denmark is usually cold in winter and mild in summer. It’s not as cold as others say. In fact, the climate is rainy, humid, cloudy and windy.  

From November 22 to March 20, it's cold in Denmark with an average daily high temperature below 43°F

From March to May, it’s Spring and the climate is dry in this period of the year. 

What are the means of transportation in Denmark?

Train, Bus or Ferry are the major means of transportation inside the cities of Denmark. Copenhagen has one of the world's most efficient metro systems. There are many international airports in Denmark.

Taxis in Denmark are reliable and comfortable but a bit expensive compared to other means of transportation. The cheapest form of public transportation is by bus.

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