Study in Denmark
Why Study in Denmark?
Making the choice to study in Denmark is easy. There are plenty of opportunities for international students and researchers. The Danish higher education institutions are internationally oriented and offer a large selection of programs and individual courses in English.
Combining traditional lectures and tutorials with project-based teaching methods, studying in Denmark will develop your ability to work with others, think creatively and apply new knowledge. You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience. Danish higher education institutions cooperate with business to ensure an up-to-date learning environment where you can learn from industry experts and undertake internships in globally recognized organizations.
In Denmark requirements vary from programme to programme. Here is what you need to know about how and when to apply
Assessment of your qualifications:
Non-Danish citizens who do not have a Danish entrance examination are eligible for admission if they have qualifications recognised as being comparable to Danish entrance qualifications.
The institution in Denmark will require certified copies of your educational qualifications. That is, you must provide copies with original stamps and signatures, or have two people who are not related to you sign the back of the copy with their name, address and birth date. Some institutions require that they receive the documents directly from the issuing institution. This can often take several months, so be sure to arrange in time.
Further information about entrance qualifications, additional tests and potential credit transfers can be obtained from the institutions' admissions offices or from Dynamic Strategies.
General admission requirements:
English language requirements.
All higher education programmes in Denmark require a high standard of English. Applicants to English-taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes must, as a minimum, prove English proficiency comparable to 'English B' in the Danish upper secondary school (gymnasium). Some programmes require 'English A', which is one level higher than 'English B'.
To prove a satisfactory proficiency in English, the language tests TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge ESOL examinations (CAE) are often used. The score equivalents are determined by the individual institution, so to be certain check out their language requirements. Based upon a rough average of previous reqirements, here is an estimate of the ranges you can expect:
IELTS: English B - Test score of at least 6.5 points & English A - Test score of at least 7.0 points.
TOEFL: English B - English B - Test scores in the ranges of 550-583 (paper-based), or 213-237 (computer-based test), or 79-93 (internet-based test) & English A - Test scores in the ranges of 587-610 (paper-based), or 240-253 (computer-based test), or 94-101 (internet-based test).
Cambridge Advanced English: English B - Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & English A - Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
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
The highest-ranked Belgian university is KU Leuven, ranked 79th in the world as of the 2016-2017 edition. Translated into English, its name is ‘Catholic University of Leuven’ but it’s more often referred to by its Dutch name. It was Belgium’s first university, founded in 1425 (although it was closed during the Napoleonic period and reopened in 1834). KU Leuven taught around 57,300 students in 2015, making it the largest university in Belgium.
Universities in Denmark:
Situated at the gateway between northern and western Europe, Denmark may be a relatively small country, but it's a heavyweight study destination. Five universities in Denmark make the top 400 of the QS World University Rankings® 2016/17, with the University of Copenhagen leading the way in joint 68th place.
Tuition is free for students from the EU, and fees are certainly not extravagantly high for those from further afield. Most courses are taught in Danish (especially at undergraduate level), but you’ll also find a good selection of programs taught in English, and some in German.
University of Copenhagen:
The University of Copenhagen is the highest-ranked university in the whole Scandinavian region, at joint 68th in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17. Established in 1479, it is Denmark’s oldest institution and the second oldest in Scandinavia, after Uppsala University in Sweden. It is home to around 40,500 students, including almost 4,000 international students, with four campuses, all of which are located in or around the capital Copenhagen. Most courses are taught in Danish, although there are a few in English and several in German.
Technical University of Denmark:
Denmark’s first polytechnic institute, the Technical University of Denmark was founded in 1829 by the famous Danish physicist and chemist, Hans Christian. Today, it is one of Europe’s leading engineering institutions, ranked at 109th place in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17. Currently the university is home to more than 10,600 students enrolled across 25 departments. Its campus is located in Kongens Lyngby, a city just north of Copenhagen. The university’s official colors are red and gray, and it’s famous for its rugby and volleyball teams.
Denmark’s second university, Aarhus University, ranks at 117th place in the world. Despite being much younger than the University of Copenhagen, it is the country’s second-oldest non-technical higher education institution. Founded in 1928, Aarhus University has expanded a lot since its creation and is currently the largest in Denmark. Around 44,500 students are enrolled, studying a wide selection of different subjects. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II is among the institution’s most famous alumni, having studied political science here in the 1960s.
Denmark’s fourth representative in the QS World University Rankings, Aalborg University is currently in joint 374th place. Established in 1974, the university is home to 20,656 students. It has three campuses, of which the main is located in the city of Aalborg. The other two are in Esbjerg and Copenhagen. Since 2007, the university has been divided into four faculties – Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Science, and Faculty of Medicine. Aalborg University is a popular choice among international students, with over 15% of the university’s student body coming from outside of Denmark.
University of Southern Denmark
Denmark’s fifth entry in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17, the University of Southern Denmark is ranked joint 390th. It was founded in 1998 after the merger between Odense University, Southern Denmark School of Business and Engineering, and South Jutland University Centre. In 2006, the Business School Centre in Slagelse, the National Institute of Public Health and the Odense Teknikum were also incorporated into the institution. Thus, today the university has seven campuses, located in Odense, Slagelse, Copenhagen, Kolding, Esbjerg and Sønderborg. More than 32,000 students are currently enrolled in the University of Southern Denmark, almost 20% of whom are from abroad.
Applying to study in Denmark:
Applications to study in Denmark should be made directly to each Danish university you’re interested in. Various online resources are available (including this site run by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science), to help you find out what your secondary qualifications equate to in the Danish system.
You’ll need to prove you are fluent in the language of tuition, with the level depending on the course and university to which you are applying – as ever, check with the institution.