Study in Denmark
Planning on studying abroad in a place where everyone feels happy all the time? Well, Denmark should be your primary choice. Everyone knows that Denmark is the happiest country in the world and no doubt, the feeling of happiness is contagious.
In addition to being happy, in Denmark, you also have the chance to pursue a quality education in a friendly, safe and innovation-driven environment.
If you study abroad in Denmark, you’ll have a fun and enriching experience that will also help you gain an excellent foundation for your future career.
Why study in Denmark?
1. It's free for students from the EU/EEA
Yup, you've read that right. Public universities in Denmark are free if you come from the European Union or the European Economic Area.
For non-EU/EEA internationals, tuition ranges between 6,000 and 16,000 EUR per year, which is still much more affordable than studying in the US, Canada, or Australia.
You can also apply for various scholarships to support the costs of studying and living.
2. Danish universities are among Europe's best
Danish universities are often ranked among the best higher education institutions both in Europe and the entire world.
The University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) are only a few examples, but feel free to go through at all the top-ranked institutions.
3. The Danish education system places huge attention to the students
Depending on where you come from, you might have a small (positive) shock while studying at a Danish university. You won't find entire halls filled with students; classes are held in small groups, where everybody can focus better and the professors can pay attention to each student individually.
The whole purpose is to encourage you to push boundaries, ask questions, develop critical thinking, and learn how to properly work with other people.
4. English is widely spoken
Although it is not an official language, English is incredibly popular in Denmark. Approximately 90% of citizens speak English, so there's no reason to worry about language barriers or being misunderstood.
Still, you will need to know at least basic Danish if you want to work during your studies.
5. You'll fall in love with the Danish Hygge
Hygge is a word used to describe a situation or a moment when you feel cosy, calm, or special. It can happen when you're by yourself, enjoying a good book and a cup of coffee, or it can happen while playing a board game with your friends.
Hygge is simply the ability to be fully present and enjoy this moment as much as you can. You don't need to buy something, learn something, or do something specific in order to feel Hygge.
It's a popular concept and way of life in Denmark, which you'll probably adopt very soon after moving there.
Universities and colleges to attend in Denmark
The higher education system in Denmark is divided into several types of universities, depending on your specialisation and focus on research or practical skills.
- Traditional universities – you can apply to Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees in almost any field you can imagine, from Psychology to Computer Science.
- University colleges – these schools offer professional Bachelor's programmes in areas such as Teacher Training, Engineering, Business, Nursing, or Social Work. The study programmes include various workshops and work placements, including abroad.
- Artistic higher education institutions – specialised schools where you can pursue a degree in Arts, Music, Architecture or Design
Schools of maritime education and training – schools highly focusing on research and practical skills, dedicated to students who are interested in Maritime and Technical Engineering.
Examples of universities in Denmark we recommend:
What is it like to study in Denmark
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.
What to study in Denmark
Whichever subject you choose to study in Denmark, you can expect outstanding quality and academic standards recognised worldwide. You can choose from a wide range of programmes taught in English, from Natural Sciences and Engineering to Architecture and Design.
Here are some of the most popular study options in Denmark:
Major cities in Denmark
Denmark has only a few student cities, but they all offer a vibrant and lively environment. Outside classes, you can enjoy great leisure time, whether you’ll be biking in the city and the surroundings or attending a concert or other social event.
Check out some of these cities and learn more about what it is like to study there:
How to apply
Regardless of your chosen university, Denmark provides international students a special website for applications, where you can apply for up to eight programmes. Carefully check all the required application documents and make sure they are all translated into English.
For instance, an internationally recognised Bachelor's degree or equivalent is the main requirement when enrolling for a Master’s degree at a university in Denmark.
Make sure to know what the language requirements are, and whether you need to prove skills in English before enrolling in a degree programme. Show how you performed as a student, and be sure to know what your Grade Point Average (GPA) was during your studies.
To help your chances of going to Denmark, be sure to apply to more than one university!
Make sure you qualify for a Danish university
Take Preparation Courses
These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes.
Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice.
Improve your English through an English-language prep course
If you’re attending a degree programme in Denmark, you will sometimes need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.
There are over 350 English-taught programmes in Denmark.
Universities in Denmark will want to see proof that you have good English-language skills, so that you can easily succeed in their courses. Almost all Danish universities accept these official English exams: