Denmark is one of the emerging educational hubs in Europe because of its high academic standards and modern teaching methodology for many international students. The modern social welfare state with its good research based learning atmosphere, interdisciplinary studies and project-based activities along with clean and safe environment and attractive business atmosphere made it more popular destination among international student. Danish higher education has historical academic traditions that merge excellence in teaching methods and learning environments with a dynamic and innovative culture in research. In most of the Danish educational institutions, not only students are provided the lectures but are also grouped together for the discussions in their related subject matter, expecting each of them to actively contribute for the betterment of the world. Along with their academic studies, students also learn to work independently. They become able to think critically on any issues and solve the subject matter with analytical initiatives.
Depending upon the level of study and the program chosen, the admission requirements, application procedures and deadline for submitting application may vary in Denmark
Admission requirements vary according to level of study and program chosen. The requirements for admission are listed with respect to study level below:
International students are eligible for admission to undergraduate programs if they hold qualifications comparable to a Danish qualifying examination.
It is advised to contact the respected institution where they would like to seek admission in order to hear more about their specific admission requirements as admission requirement may also vary institution to institution.
All programs require a high proficiency in English. For admission to programs in Danish, student must also prove sufficient command of Danish by taking The Study test of Danish as a Foreign or The Danish Test 2. Some programs may even require that student have passed The Danish Test. Moreover, some of the study programs have additional admission requirements, such as specific subjects or level of subjects, practical work experience etc.
Post Graduate Programs
Admission requirements for master programs are:
1. An internationally recognized bachelor’s degree of good standard or equivalent qualifications
2. Proficiency in English
3. Proficiency in Danish if the program is taught in Danish.
Admission requirements for PhD studies are at least a master level qualification recognized internationally.
The application procedures and deadlines may vary according to level of study, program chosen and from institution to institution.
If student wish to take a full degree at a higher education institution in Denmark, they should require information about entrance qualifications, supplementary tests and the possibilities of transfer of credits from the admission offices at the institutions, where they seek admission.
The deadline for admission in August or September is the 15th of March. A few institutions also offer admission in January or February with deadline the 1st of September. The application forms are available at the institutions about 2 months before deadline.
The deadlines for the different programs vary, and student should therefore always contact the relevant institution for further information.
For further information, please contact the higher education institutions directly.
Several higher education institutions offer summer courses taught in English. The application deadlines for summer university courses vary, and student should therefore contact the relevant institution for further information.
Note: Each institution is responsible for admission. Students are therefore requested to contact the educational institution where they are seeking admission for information about entrance qualifications, supplementary tests, and the possibilities of transfer of credits. The admission offices at the institutions will provide all information requested by student.
- The international students being a foreign national are required to have a residence permit to be eligible to continue their education in any educational institution of Denmark.
- In order to be granted a residence permit student must document:
That they have been admitted to a higher educational program which has been approved by a state authority or which is offered by a publicly accredited institute of learning.
- That student can support themselves for the duration of their stay in Denmark. If they are to pay a tuition fee, they must document that they have paid the tuition fee for the first semester or year, instead of documenting that they can support themselves.
- That student can speak and understand the language of instruction and have a working knowledge of Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German.
Student’s participation in the educational program must have been arranged by a ministry or institution of higher learning or the educational program must be part of a post-secondary educational program which they have already commenced in their country of origin. In other words, they may be granted a residence permit either in order to complete an entire educational program or in order to follow part of a program as a guest student.
Normally, student must have obtained a residence permit before entering Denmark. They can submit their application in their country of origin (or in the country where they have resided permanently for the past three months). Students are required to submit their application at the Danish diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) in their country of origin.
Documents Required for Submitting the Application
- A copy of a valid passport or other form of legitimate travel documentation issued to them.
- A passport photo. The photo must be 35 mm x 45 mm (size of head 30-36 mm from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head). They must be facing the camera directly.
- Original documentation showing that they have been accepted at an educational institution. Please note that the original letter of acceptance must be attached to the application – copies will not be accepted.
- If they have been accepted at a post-secondary educational program and have to pay a tuition fee, they must attach documentation that this has been paid for the first semester or school year.
- If student is at a basic or youth education program, prerequisite course, folk high school, or if you are a guest student at a post-secondary educational program, or any other study where they are not to pay a tuition fee, they must attach documentation that they can support themselves during their stay. The required amount is DKK 4,200 per month, and the documentation can be a bank statement, evidence of a grant or scholarship, or similar. Please note that a bank statement could come from a foreign bank, if they submit a first-time application from abroad. (However, if they are from Bangladesh, Benin, Cameroun, Ghana, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan or Togo, the bank statement must be from a Danish bank or a bank in another EU country.) If student submit a first-time application from Denmark, then the bank statement must be from a Danish bank or a bank in another EU country. The same applies if student are applying for an extension of their residence permit on the grounds that they have been accepted for a new course of study.
- If student is at a folk high school or at a basic or youth education program, they must attach documentation that applicable student fees have been paid. If student fees are to be paid in installments, subsequent to arrival in Denmark, they must attach documentation showing that they have the financial means to make these payments for the current school year.
When the Immigration Service has received application for a residence permit; it will evaluate it along with the enclosed documentation. In addition, the Immigration Service will check to find out if they have been reported to the Schengen Information System (SIS).
If the Immigration Service receives information that does not correspond with the information they provided, they will normally be asked to explain discrepancies before the Immigration Service rules in the case.
Once the Immigration Service has received all necessary information relating to their application, it will rule in the case.
Receive the Ruling
Immigration Service will send the ruling to the diplomatic mission where student submitted their application. The diplomatic mission will then forward it to student’s home address, or request them to pick it up in person.
In an average, it takes about 60 days for the application to be processed.
Length of Residence Permits Granted
The duration of student residence permit depends on whether they are going to complete an entire education program, or only follow part of a program as a guest student.
If they are to complete an entire program, they will be granted a residence permit for the duration of the program.
If, on the other hand, students are only to follow part of a program, the residence permit will be granted for at maximum of two years.
It is a condition for the residence permit that students are active and enrolled in the educational program. If this is not the case, the Immigration Service can revoke their residence permit. The educational institution is obliged to inform the Immigration Service if they are not actively following the educational program.
New Scholarship program is launched by the Danish Ministry of Education for highly qualified, deserving and self motivated students from outside the European Union and the European Economic Area. Scholarship and Tuition Fee Waiver is awarded for a full degree or for part of a degree at undergraduate level for certain study programs only. The minimum duration of a scholarship and tuition fee waiver is one academic year and is awarded only to full time studies.
Universities and educational institutions may have their own scholarship and tuition fee waiver programs or any other subsidy for international student. Students are requested to visit the respective institution’s official website for more information regarding awards, tuition fee waiver, and scholarship programs.
International students fulfilling all the admission procedures, if are not residents of Twenty Five European Union Member States and have not carried out the studies and work activities for more than a 12 months over the last five years in EEA-EFTA states are also eligible to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. This scholarship can also be applied for completing certain portion of master’s degree from Danish educational institutions and certain portion from any other European union member countries.
Students from following 18 countries of Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela can also apply for an Alban Scholarship.
Also, American students may apply for a Fulbright scholarship to study in Denmark in scholarship, please check the website of The Denmark-American Foundation and the Fulbright Commission.
PhD students and researchers are suggested to visit The Researcher’s Mobility Website for information on scholar programs.
EU-database Ploteus can be useful for EU students as well as Outsiders for finding new scholarship option.
1. Aalborg Business College
2. Aalborg University
3. Aarhus School of Architecture
4. Aarhus School of Business
5. Aarhus Technical College
6. Aarhus University
7. Copenhagen Business School
8. Copenhagen University
9. Danish University of Education
10. Denmark Communications Academy
11. Det Noedvendige Seminarium
12. DNS International Teacher Training College
13. DTU – Technical University of Denmark
14. Engineering College of Arhus
15. Engineering College of Copenhagen
16. Haderslev Statsseminarium
17. Hillerød Business College
18. International People’s College
19. IT University of Copenhagen
20. Lyngby’ Uddannelsescenter
21. Naesgaard Agricultural School
22. National Danish School of Social Work in Aarhus
23. National Institute for Social Educators
24. Odense University
25. Odense University College of Engineering
26. Roskilde University
27. Royal Academy of Music
28. Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
29. Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Visual Art
30. Royal Danish Academy of Music
31. Royal Danish School of Educational Studies
32. Royal Danish School of Pharmacy
33. Royal School of Library and Information Science
34. Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
35. Southern Denmark Business School
36. Technical University of Denmark
37. The Engineering College of Copenhagen
38. Tietgen Business College
39. University of Southern Denmark
40. Vejlby Agricultural College
Living Cost in Denmark varies place to place and universities to universities. However, in average the cost of living for international students in Denmark is approximately 4400-6600 Danish Krone (DKK) which is almost equivalent to 640-800 Euros. This cost of living the expenses for students for one month duration. The cost of living in Copenhagen will be more than that in other Danish villages and town. It is because Copenhagen, the Danish capital has higher living cost than in other places of Denmark.
To minimize living costs, students can cook their own food. If students rent the Residence hall, then kitchens will be ready for them.
Area:16,641 sq mi