Study abroad is always new challenges, fresh impressions and of course invaluable experience to see life in new ways. Denmark is the special country that offers opportunities for its natives and visitors in most diverse spheres, particularly these concern international students who are greatly inspired to gain outstanding foundation for their future career. Higher education institutions in Denmark pursue world standards in terms of study and introduce a great range of academic programs in English language.

Higher education in Denmark

Advantages of study in Denmark

Old schooling in harmony with the innovative approaches, dynamic developments and achievements and unique study techniques create the stimulating education system.
Denmark is one of the best countries in terms of life style and employment, as ranked by OECD in 2011. The country invests huge amounts of assets to education system. Expenditures for this sector make about 8% of the gross domestic product (GDP). By estimates of the United Nation, the Education Index in Denmark is equal to 0.993 to be one of the best worldwide figures. The country ranks third in the world to be awarded with Nobel Prize per capita. Healthy and sound life style is a great priority and typical feature of the Dane. Social welfare, attractive business environment, healthy nature and high standards in education and studies on global level are highly optimized in combination.
Year by year, the number of those who seek in Danish education is growing including those by student exchange program and those who aspire for the academic degree. This proves the opportunities provided by Denmark to a variety of people of different purposes.
High standards of education and scientific investigations at universities, dynamic application of theoretic material gained in practice, cross-disciplinary studies and initiative elaboration of research works by high school students. These are major features of study in this country. Low tuition fee, free study for all EEC students (European Economic Community), opportunity to get work after study and stay in the country for up to 6 months looking for job upon completion of studies.

English language courses in Denmark

Most people in Denmark speak English language and thus, applicants are not required to have a perfect command of Danish language. About 80 % of the Danish population comprehends English well while the rest speak German, French or Spanish.
Education system in Denmark offers various language courses that differ in the learning goal as follow:
  • intensive English language course (basic);
  • examination course of English language (preparation to IELTS or TOEFL);
  • specialized course (tourism, business, law, etc.);
  • group or individual lessons;
  • vacation course (for schoolchildren);
  • long-range program (one academic year);
  • preparatory course for university admission;
  • various volunteer youth programs where students have internships at international companies.
The applicant can study to get a degree or to add credits to his or her current degree.

University enrollment procedure in Denmark

Applicants to English-taught postgraduate or undergraduate programs should demonstrate a high standard of the language at enrollment. Language tests like TOEFL (score in the range of 550-583), or IELTS (at least 6.5 points of English B test) are often used. Results should be certified by appropriate authorities.
International applicants should submit the following document to meet the requirements for undergraduate studies for the Bachelor’s Degree at Danish universities:
  • secondary school leaving certificate of adopted in Denmark (12–13 years of secondary school) or equivalent documents. Those are leaving certificates issued in EU countries. In case if the leaving certificate cannot be compared to the Danish upper secondary school leaving certificate, the applicant is offered a pre-university preparatory course at the university center that ends in Higher Preparatory Examination. Successful exam result is the guarantee that the applicant can be enrolled at any higher education institution in Denmark. Courses also offer Danish language proficiency programs for better adaptation to the study country.
  • Applicants who cover preparatory courses for International Baccalaureate and A-levels to be the highest education level are enrolled to Baccalaureate program;
    1. occupational education diploma or Academic Record Transcript (in case of enrollment after completion of 1-2 courses of higher education institution);
    2. Language proficiency certificate;
    3. Reference letters (2 or 3 enough);
    4. Cover letter in Danish or English language.
    Copies of all submitted documents should be certified by the Notary and translated into Danish or English language.
    An additional requirements as the competitive exam is offered to applicants to be taught in creative specialties like fine and performing art, music, design or any other that reveal the future student talents and achievements.

    Tertiary education in Denmark

    Danish education system enjoys three types of higher education facilities. Namely, they are academies of professional higher education, university colleges and universities. Having a wide range of faculties and specializations, higher education institutions offer a comprehensive choice of academic curriculums.
    Two years of study is required at vocational schools to become specialist in business and technology sciences. Study for 3 to 4 years is required by colleges to grant the Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering and education. Students at universities are taught for Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor’s degrees. Initially, a 3-year course is suggested for applicants to get Bachelor of Art / Bachelor of Science. Two more year and Master’s degree is granted. Doctor’s degree can be granted in three more following years.
    Higher education institutions with national or European programs offer scholarships or free tuition for students. Personal grants might be also granted depending on the program of study. Erasmus Mundus scholarship is provided for students who undertake specific Master’s degree programs jointly by the Danish and another European university. Most universities in Denmark have agreements with higher education institution in foreign countries to implement student exchange programs between universities. A student on European program of study at the university that participates in Leonardo da Vinci and Socrates/Erasmus programs may apply to study abroad and participate in special student exchange program and grants. Students enrolled at Nordic or other European country institutions not members of EU may apply for grants through Tempus or Nordplus.
    If the student home country has diplomatic agreements with Denmark, international students might apply for Danish scholarship for study.

    How to get Student Visa to Denmark

    Long-term national visa (this type is applicable for students) in Denmark is issued providing the following documents are submitted:
    • Foreign passport (with the validity term that expires not later than 3 months upon the date of departure out of Schengen area) and copies of passport pages with records.
    • National passport with a copy.
    • 2 copies of visa application form in Schengen countries with supplements typed in letters in English language. An applicant should complete all lines and personally sign the form.
    • Proofs of sufficient creditability or income of the applicant that covers all trip expenditures: the latest bank statement, traveler's check, credit card with ATM extract or any proofs of financial responsibility.
    • Proof on payment of tuition fee.
    • Documents on higher education degree or records from the study institution.
    • Original copy of international medical insurance and a photocopy in A4 format. Herewith, the insurance company should have an agreement on recovery of damages concluded with the international insurance company based in Schengen area.
    • 3 colored passport-sized photographs (sized 35×45 mm); two of them should be glued to application form.
    • If the applicant is younger than 18 years old, the agreement from parents certified by the notary on the trip should be submitted along with the Birth certificate. Documents should be translated into English language.
    Consular fee is not paid by applicant for Danish study. However, the proof to avoid such consular fee an applicant should evidence on his or her being a student. Documents that confirm the trip objective are applicable for this, namely the original of Letter of Invitation or Acceptance Letter, or Student ID issued by the host university, college or school.
    Applications are considered for the period of one month, at the shortest. They might be ignored in case of incomplete data provided.
    Apart from visa, international students should apply for residence permit based on Acceptance certificate issued by the Danish university, a good command of language (Danish or English), proof of financial resources for the period of study and first semester fee payment receipt.

    Work opportunities in Denmark

    Students should have a residence card and work permit to reside and work in Denmark during study. The eligible work-hour is 15 h per week during study period and full-time employment during summer vacations.

    Challenges upon study in Denmark

    Higher education institutions commonly collaborate with business entities, research institutes and others to facilitate business meetings, visits to large companies for students. Professional internship is compulsory. These are good challenges for young specialists to find themselves in the marketplace.
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