Study in Denmark

Have you ever been excited to know about Denmark? Are you planning to pursue your higher studies there? Have you been surprised as to why your friend or relative has chosen Denmark University for studies? If yes, then you are at right place to get your answers.

Denmark is working great in the field of education and it is compulsory for children up to the age of 15 to 16 years. But it is not necessary to attend Public school or ‘Folkeskole (the schooling years till the age f 15-16 years are known as Folkeskole)’ for the same. Around 82% of the people among all go for higher education.
In Denmark, the government-funded education is open to all and is free of cost for all. It also has private schools but around only 5.6% of all attend it at basic schooling level. The Private schools are supporting parents by voucher systems.
As per the older data, Denmark is the one amongst the highest in education and the literacy is approximately 99% including both men and women.

The Education system of Denmark has different levels as mentioned below-

  • Pre-school-Before pre-school, the kids are sent to day-cares like kindergarten and nurseries. Pre-schooling is optional and is not compulsory and parents can decide whether they want their kids to attend the pre-school or not.

  • Primary and lower secondary school-It is equivalent to ’Folkeskole’ which covers the whole education for the age till 15-16 years. It is the compulsory part of education in Denmark.

  • Upper secondary education-The upper secondary education includes various opportunities for students as different subjects from different fields are included in the curriculum. It prepares students to pursue higher education. Secondary education is not compulsory and is pursued by the students of age between 15-21 years. It is free of charge in Denmark. The education at this level is academically oriented and includes Gymnasium and practically oriented like artisans.

  • Vocational education and training-The vocational education and training is aimed to prepare candidates for jobs. Students get trained to work after completion and they get skilled to have better futures.

  • Higher education-
  • The higher education has different parts including Artistic higher education offering artistically based graduation and post graduation courses, business academics which includes short cycle education institutes providing professional and joint bachelor’s degree course, University colleges, etc.
  • Adult learning-
It provides the opportunity for lifelong learning in the form of adult education. Many individual courses are offered under the act on open education at institutes, colleges or universities.

Courses and universities in Denmark


Undergraduate degreesIt is again having different parts as mentioned below-
  1. Academy Profession Degree- It is having 2 years long duration. It can be pursued from an academy of professional higher education or university colleges. It includes both theory and practice in one single program and an internship in Denmark or even abroad. This course is conducted with the collaboration with industry and business of Denmark.

  2. Professional Bachelor’s degree- It is the degree available at University colleges and has the tenure of 3-4 years. It also has included both theory and practice sessions and an internship and is focusing on specific professions.

  3. Top-up Degree- it is 1 and ½ year-long program and can be pursued from university college or business academy. It is designed for students who have already pursued an Academic program.

  4. Business Academy Bachelor’s degree-It is having 3 and ½ years of duration and can be pursued from a Business Academy.

  5. University Bachelor’s degree-It is a research-based program with 3 years duration. It can be done from University and candidates can do independent studies and project work equally during the course.

  6. Artistic Bachelor's Degree-It also has 3 years duration and can be pursued from an Artistic Higher Education Institution only.


Postgraduate degrees
  1. Master’s Degree- It is a degree that can be pursued from a University and have 2 years of duration. It is basically a research-based education and also offers exchange opportunities to the deserving candidates around the world. Students get access to Ph.D. or the labor market through his course.

  2. Artistic Master’s degree-It has 2 years time span and can be pursued from an Artistic Higher Education Institutions. Exchange opportunities are also available with this program.

  3. Ph.D. degree-It has 3 years of duration and is completely a research and teaching based program. Students also get international experience and learning during this course. Financial support is also available for deserving candidates.



Tuition Fee in Universities

Higher education is free of cost in Denmark f EU/EEA and Switzerland citizens. It is also free for the students participating in an exchange program in Denmark. Other inclusions for free education need to fulfill below-mentioned criteria-
  1. Students having Permanent residence permit may get free education.

  2. If a student get upgraded his or her temporary residence permit to the permanent one, then he or she can get benefited by having free education.

  3. If a child is accompanying the non-EU/EEA parents who are holding a residence permit on the basis of their job may also need not to pay the tuition fee in universities.

In all other cases, students need to pay their tuition fee which is around USD 8000 to 21000/ DKK 45000 to 120000/ Euro 6000 to 16000 depending upon the course and duration. For the courses related to Business administration, the average tuition fee is around 10000 EUR per year whereas it is around 12000 to 20000 EUR per year for Biotechnology courses. The bachelor program in economics will cost around 6000 EUR per year and the Master’s in the same is having 10000 EUR tuition fee for one year.

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About Denmark

Denmark is a Nordic country situated in the sovereign state. It has an official name- “Kingdom of Denmark”. Location wise it is the southernmost country of the Scandinavian nations, Germany covers it from the south and it south-west part of Sweden.
It is situated in North Atlantic Ocean and is comprising of 2 autonomous constituent countries- the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark also has the peninsula, Jutland and 443 named islands among which Zealand, North Jutland Island, and Funen are the largest ones. The population of Denmark is around 5781190, spread in the land area of 42394 sq km. The total area of Denmark is 42924 sq km.
The islands are flat, have sandy coasts with low elevation and temperate climate.
Denmark is among the top socially and economically developed countries and they have very high living standards. Denmark secures top positions especially for healthcare, education, human development, prosperity, income equality, social mobility, etc.
It has the lowest professed level of corruption in the world with the world’s largest per capita income and the 5th most developed country in the world. It also has the world’s highest personal income tax rates.

Quick Facts

  1. Denmark is associated with the meaning- “Land of Danes”.

  2. You can expect rain every alternate day in Denmark. Snow is also very frequent.

  3. It is made up of more than 100 islands and some of those islands are even not inhabited.

  4. Country has an almost double number of cycles than cars.

  5. It is reported as the happiest country in the world.

  6. As per the data of 2013, there are 14 Nobel laureates from Denmark from the field of physiology, medicine and literature.

  7. Citizens of Denmark secures the top 3rd position as the coffee consumers and they consume 4 coups in a day on an average.

  8. Denmark is the least corrupt country in the whole world.

  9. The coast-line of 7314 miles is present in Denmark which is even longer than the Great Wall of China.

  10. Germany is the only country which surrounds Denmark physically.

  11. Denmark is the 5th largest exporter of food in the world.

  12. The Danish alphabets are similar to English with 3 additional vowels- Æ, Ø, Å as an exception which come after ‘Z’.

  13. Paperless marriages are in trend in Denmark and even the divorce rates are one of the highest in Europe.

  14. Denmark’s national flag “The Dannebrog” is the oldest flag in the world.

  15. It is the World’s biggest producer of ranched minks.

  16. The currency of Denmark is “Danish Krone/DKK” which is around 10.75 times INR.

  17. The capital of Denmark is Copenhagen and is the largest city of the country.

  18. There are 3 calling codes for Denmark, +45 for Denmark particularly, +298 for the Faroe Islands and +299 for Greenland.

Admission Process in Denmark

For admissions in Danish Universities for higher education, international students need a language proficiency certificate in general. Some courses which are English taught require English proficiency comparable to ‘English B’. Some other course requires ‘English A’ proficiency. There are some language proficiency tests getting conducted regularly like TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL, IELTS etc are in use for this purpose.
Students belonging to the English native countries are exempted from this certification.
For admission in Undergraduate courseIt requires to clear entrance test which is comparable to Danish upper secondary school leaving certificate.
Some other requirements are different for different courses which can be an interview, subject passed with a certain minimum grade, etc.
For undergraduate courses, students need to apply before 15th March for the sessions starting in August-September. Some institutes take additional students in January- February and for that, students need to apply before 1st September.

For admission in Postgraduate courseIt requires an internationally recognized Bachelor’s degree or any other equivalent degree. A proof of Danish proficiency is required for the courses which are taught in Danish only.
There is no fixed deadline for application in postgraduate courses and it is advised to contact individual institutes to get specific information for the same.

Admissions for Ph.D. courseFor this, one needs to have Master’s degree or equivalent. An integrated Ph.D. is available for Bachelor’s students also.

Student Visa Application Process

Danish Universities (A usual name for universities of Denmark) are among the top especially for innovation and research work and they invest a lot to provide international research facilities to their students. That is the reason students keep Danish Universities on their list to study higher degrees.
But merely selecting a university does not fulfill the purpose and students need to get approval or acceptance from that university and then a valid student visa.
Please find below the detailed information about the same-

To get an approved Visa, following steps to be followed-
  • Finalize the university and course to study-The first most important thing is to decide a course and then a university to pursue that course. After that, you need to apply to that University and once you get your acceptance letter, you can initiate the process for Danish student Visa.
    The main subjects students prefer to study in Denmark are Economics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Biology and other research-based subjects. If we talk about top universities of Denmark, Roskilde University, Aalborg University, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), University of Copenhagen, etc are the top universities if Denmark.
    Once you decide the course and university to study, you need to apply in the proper way to get the acceptance letter. After this, you can apply for a Danish student visa.

  • Visa details to study in Denmark-The rules and details for Visa varies depending upon various factors like the country you belong to, the tenure of your course, etc. If your course is longer than 3 months duration, you need to get a residence permit or a registration certificate. If you are an EU/EEA citizen, you will need a registration certificate and Swiss citizens will need a residence card for the same.
    Non-EU/EEA people need to apply for Danish residence permit before arriving in Denmark.

  • Apply for Denmark Student Visa-Citizens from EU/EEA can travel with their ID card only to Denmark. They do not need Visa for the same but once settled, they need to get the residence permit which is quite easier in comparison to get a Danish Visa. Students belonging to other countries (other than EU/EEA and Switzerland) need to get a valid visa and residence permit for a longer stay.
    The main steps for Visa or residence permit include filling up the online form and then a scheduled meeting at the Danish embassy of your own country. The form of residence permit needs to be filled by you and your university in parts. Indian students may need to provide Biometrics for the security purpose during the Visa application process. It includes fingerprinting and pictures as extra identification.
    The duration of the residence permit is usually similar to the course duration you will be pursuing there. But you may need to renew your visa/ permit every year. Once the degree is completed and you still want to stay in Denmark, you need to apply for the different visa or need to go for visa renewal through Danish immigration office.

  • Time required for Danish Visa/ residence permit-The time varies fro different countries. For India, Iran, Egypt, Philippines, Canada, U.S., Indonesia, etc, it takes around 60 days whereas it is up to 6 months for students from Nigeria, Kenya, Pakistan and Ghana.

  • Visa cost-The fee for Danish Visa/ residence permit is around 2110 DKK. It can be paid online, through bank transfer or on the location at the Visa application center as per your suitability.

  • Work permit while studying in Denmark-Being an international student in Denmark, you are allowed to work while you are pursuing any course. But has following conditions that the Non-Eu/EEA and Non-Nordic students can work in Denmark for 20 hours per week between September to May and 37 hours per week from June to August. Whereas the students from Nordic and EU/EEA or Switzerland can work with no restrictions.

Lifestyle

Apart from excellence in education, Denmark is also having a great atmosphere to live in. The environment is very relaxed here and one can notice people of bikes and the things running very smoothly.

Love for bicycles

- Cities in Denmark are among the top for being bicycle friendly in the world. They have comprehensive systems for bicycle lanes in cities and even have designated bicycle routes all over the nation. More than 1/3rs population of Denmark moves on Bicycles to work or to schools all over the year and people love to enjoy their week offs riding bicycles by the coast and around the city.

Weather in Denmark

It is very much moderate and has no extremes during summers and winters. Citizens enjoy light summers from June to August with around 19 degrees C during daytimes. February is considered the coolest month of the year which usually has 0 degrees C temperature.
People enjoy Sunbath, swimming, picnics, etc during summers and indoor social gathering are favorite part-time during winters.

Food in Denmark

Earlier the Danish food was all about dishes made up of Potatoes and bacon and the Danish food habits were not much known outside the country. But the new Nordic food and cuisine is advanced and has revolutionized the country and have created the fresh focus of all the local ingredients. Citizens still love to have traditional foods like sandwiches, porridge, roast pork and a good Danish beer. The Food culture includes 3 main meals including Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner. Among which, breakfast and dinners are to be eaten at home whereas lunch is to be carried with for work.
During Breakfast, they take coffee or tea with rye bread/ white bread with cheese/ham. Children prefer milk with corn flakes/ oatmeal or muesli.
Lunch is a packed food most of the times, it consists of rye bread slices buttered and covered with different sausages, baked mixture of chopped pig’s liver, boiled egg or liver paste, etc.
The Dinner or evening meal is also known as ‘Middag’. Danes love to have this meal together with the family. They take meat broth, fruit soup, etc as the first course and then meat or fish with potatoes and gravy and their main course.

Fashion

The fashion industry in Denmark is going very well nowadays. They have now international fashion designers and are regularly conducting fashion fairs at international levels and 2 annual fashion weeks successfully.
Denmark also has some reputed Fashion institutes offering Fashion education to international candidates.

Architecture

In Denmark, people have preserved the old historical building and also have adopted the new architecture. The advanced architecture in Denmark focuses on green buildings and considers the energy consumptions, an influx of day-light and reducing energy use.

Sports

You can find both participants and spectators in Denmark. Games like Handball, Football, Para-cycling, etc in trend there and even sports-men represent their country internationally in such games. Denmark also participates in Olympic Games and other world championships.

Cost of Living for Students

Denmark is an expensive country to live in and the living cost is high even by the European standards. The petrol, utilities, and dining out facilities are especially high. To compensate for the expensive lifestyle, the salaries are also relatively higher. Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark is the most expensive city in the world.
The most part of the salary gets spent on accommodation, transport, food and drink and communication in Denmark

Accommodation cost-This is the most expensive requirement and the major part of monthly salary goes here. One can save a bit by choosing the location to stay carefully as it matters. In Denmark, the utility expenses are not getting included in the rent hence you need to keep an extra budget for the same.
The Rental initial deposit is 3 months rent in most of the cases.

Schooling expensesThe education cost is very low in Denmark. As per the rules, the tuition fee is completely free but need to pay for the study and learning materials like books, text books, and other miscellaneous items.
For Non-EU citizens, schooling can be an expensive task as international schools are very expensive in Denmark.

Food and GroceriesGroceries and other food items are shockingly expensive in Denmark. One has to prepare and manage the budget to adjust these expenses. You can save a bit by preferring local food items rather than imported edibles.
The average cost of food is around 200-300 EUR per month depending on different factors like family size, your eating habits, etc. A habit of weekly shopping in discount markets like Lidl, Bilks, Fakta, etc can save significant money for you.

TransportIt is reasonable if you are using public transport like trains and buses. If you are using taxis on the personal basis, it will be very expensive. The high cost of transport is due to the expensive petrol and even the cars are also too expensive to own one. Local Danes prefer cycling and walking where ever it is possible as it is pocket-friendly and good for health.
Other additional expenses for students are the purchase of books and other study material which will cost around 35EUR per month. A healthcare insurance which is mandatory will cost you approximately 26 EUR per month.
Some social activities in which students usually spend, it costs around 120-175 EUR per month.

Documents for University Admissions in Denmark

Documents requirement for Student Visa application

For initiating the Visa and residence permit application, it is better to prepare all the required documents and keep them ready. Below is the list of required documents-
  1. The very first thing you need to make available is acceptance letter from a Danish university. You need to apply for a course in that university through proper channel to get this acceptance letter.

  2. Then you need to have a language proficiency certificate or proof which can be acquired by appearing in language proficiency exams getting conducted regularly.

  3. A signed and duly filled Visa application form is the next requirement.

  4. You also need to carry the Visa fee payment proof. It can be paid online, through bank transfer or even at the office as per your suitability.

  5. A valid passport with the validity of 6 months extend from the tenure of your stay in Danish. You can submit any other travel document depending upon the country from which you belong to.

  6. Recent passport photos are also required and t must not be older than 3 months.

  7. proof of financial capability to travel and stay in Denmark without any problem. You require around 1000EUR/month for the same.

  8. Travel insurance is again an important document to be arranged.

  9. Detailed information about the course and study program you have enrolled in is to be submitted with the visa application.

Scholarship option to study in Danish Universities

As the education seems costly for some international students, there are other ways in which Demark is supporting their education. Below mentioned is the main options one can have-
Danish Government Scholarships-The Danish Government offers support to EU/EEA candidates who are active in the Danish workforce. In this case, students get the equivalent of around 80% of the maximum unemployment benefit are as per the Denmark standards. To become eligible for these scholarships, there are certain requirements like-
  • Students must be equal to or older than 25 years of age.>

  • They must not receive any other form of public funding from the Denmark.

  • They should have at least 26 weeks of work experience.


Erasmus Mundus Scholarship ProgramIt is available for both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students and both can apply to Master’s degree offered in combination by another European country and Danish institution. To know more about this scholarship, students can contact the office for individual Erasmus Mundus master courses.

Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural AgreementsThis is focused on well qualified exchange students and researchers who are willing to study Danish language and culture, other fields related to Denmark like architecture, designing, environmental studies, etc.
This scholarship is available for the long-term course and even summer languages courses pursuing by foreign students.
This scholarship has an annual deadline for application as 1st March.

Danish government scholarships for highly qualified non-EU/EEA studentsUnder this scheme, the higher education institutes in Denmark get some limited number of government scholarships every year with the purpose to support highly qualified full tie degree non-EU/EEA and Switzerland students financially.
For this scholarship, a student should be a citizen of a country other than EU and Switzerland should have enrolled in a full-time degree and must have got a temporary residence permit in Denmark.

Danish State Educational SupportThe Danish State Educational Support (SU) is only for the Citizens of Denmark.

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