|# of Students:||215,000*|
|# of Int. Students:||24,000*|
|# of Institutes:||56|
|Education Expenditure:||78‰ of GDP|
|Academic Year:||Runs from September to July|
Each year students from around the world come to Denmark to pursue a quality education in a friendly, safe and innovation-driven environment.
What they gain is an excellent foundation for their future career within a wide range of educational areas, such as engineering, life sciences and social sciences.
We invite you to also come and study in Denmark – for a fun and enriching experience that will help you gain an excellent foundation for your future career.
World-class qualifications - taught entirely in English
Whichever subject you choose to study in Denmark you can expect outstanding quality and academic standards that are recognised worldwide. You can choose between a wide range of programmes taught in English, from natural sciences and engineering to architecture and design.
- More than 500 programmes and 1300 courses taught in English
- An innovative educational system of high international quality
- Excellent collaborative and innovative skills
- A well-organised, friendly and safe country
- A strong foundation for your future career
As a student in Denmark you can either study a full degree or add credits to your current degree. Danish undergraduate degrees take 2-3 years whilst a postgraduate degree (Master's) takes 2 years to complete.
An innovative study environment
Today’s global challenges demand innovative solutions. Danish higher education combines traditional academic excellence with innovative teaching that will empower you to think, experiment and collaborate your way to new ideas and greater knowledge.
Combining traditional lectures and tutorials with project-based teaching methods, your studies in Denmark will help you develop a creative and collaborative approach to applying new knowledge and solving complex real-life challenges.
Universities, colleges and academies in Denmark are state-of-the-art. The learning environment is friendly and relaxed with students and teachers debating openly during class and lectures. As a student, you will enjoy free access to computers, libraries and Wi-Fi on campus.
"When you work with others, you find that people have different skills and different ways of thinking. So it's not only a matter of applying new knowledge but also of communicatin and incoroporating different ideas to better solve complex problems."
- Tao Ni, China, Wind Energy at Technical University of Denmark
High-quality PhD programmes
Research plays a key role in Danish society. With its position among the world’s top six countries in R&D expenditure, Denmark offers world-class PhD and industrial research programmes.
Fully funded university and industrial PhDs
As a PhD student in Denmark you usually receive a salary, and there are no tuition fees. Industrial PhDs are collaborations between a university and a company with no obligation to teach. As a PhD student in Denmark, you can expect the very latest in equipment and research facilities.
A Danish PhD programme usually lasts three years. The components of the programme are:
The general admission requirements for PhD programmes include a Candidatus/Master’s degree or equivalent comparable to the Danish two-year Candidatus/Master’s degree. In some areas, a four-year PhD programme is offered to students who have completed a Bachelor’s qualification and one year of study at postgraduate level.
As an international student in Denmark you will have the right to work during your studies. You will also have the opportunity to look for full-time employment when you have completed your studies.
When you arrive in Denmark you will probably notice the relaxed atmosphere and that things generally run pretty smoothly. A blend of stately old buildings and modern sustainable architecture speaks of cities that treasure the old but love experimenting with the new.
You may also find that that living in Denmark is not exactly cheap. However, if you are sensible and follow local habits and are a little economical – such as cycling to university and eating at home – then living costs in Denmark should not blow your budget
Cool winters with a warm feeling
Let’s face it – the cool Danish climate doesn’t always offer ideal T-shirt weather. The short Danish summers are mild with near-midnight sunsets. But winters in Denmark also have their share of warmth – with candle-lit homes, warm, cosy gatherings and plenty of hot chocolate. Danes often refer to this snug and convivial wintery feeling as 'hygge'.
Open-minded and slightly reserved
Being a foreigner and getting used to local habits and different cultures is always a challenge – but also very rewarding. To some international travellers, Danes may seem a little private. But if you make the first move you’ll soon discover that the Danes are very approachable, friendly and helpful.
When you do get to know some Danes, you will also find that they express themselves quite openly. Indeed, open discussion is a central element of Danish culture. At home and at school, Danish children are encouraged to express their opinions and are generally informed about adult subjects when they are old enough to ask about them.
A dynamic and innovative society
Denmark is a society driven by world-leading research and innovation within knowledge industries such as greentech, biotech, pharmaceutical science, telecommunications and IT.
For undergraduate studies, admission requirements vary from programme to programme. You should contact the institutions' admissions office for precise information about entrance qualifications, additional tests and potential credit transfers. More information about admission requirements can be found here : http://studyindenmark.dk/study-in-denmark/admission-requirements
All university programmes require a high standard of English. To prove a satisfactory proficiency in English, the language tests TOEFL or IELTS are often used.
Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency with a TOEFL score of at least 560 (paper-based test) and 83 (internet-based test), or a IELTS score of minimum 6.5 points, or a CAE in the Cambridge ESOL examinations. These are minimum requirements and some programmes may require higher test scores.
For postgraduate studies (candidatus/master's programmes) admission requirements are:
For PhD studies, you generally need to have a candidatus/master's degree or equivalent. In some areas, a four-year PhD programme is offered to students who have completed a Bachelor’s qualification and one year of study at postgraduate level.
How and when to apply
For undergraduate studies, the admission deadline is 15 March for courses starting in August or September. A few institutions also have intakes in January or February. For those courses, the deadline is 1 September. The application forms are available from the institutions approx. two months prior to the deadline. Application forms can also be found at http://www.optagelse.dk/admission/index.html (read the guide carefully).
For postgraduate studies deadlines vary. We recommend that you contact the institution directly for details.