Denmark is an unknown and interesting foreign destination to pursue higher education, it offers around 600+ programs in English language. The education system called there is the Danish Education. There are many universities which offer bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctoral degrees, and summer schools in which international students can be a part of the short term courses and gain larger than life experiences and knowledge.
Higher Studies in Denmark
The duration of the master’s degree is generally two years which is a knowledge pack of both theory and practical projects. In case of bachelor’s degree, the course duration ranges from 3 to 4 years offered by institutes like Schools of Maritime Education and other Artistic Higher Education.
Study Program Institutions 2-2 1/2 Year Academy Profession (AP) Program
The Academy Profession programmes are a combination of theory and practical projects best suited for business and industry. The programmes are available variety of fields like business, IT, technology, food industry multimedia,, tourism, etc.
Main characteristics 2 years (120 ECTS credits) Applied learning and professional skills Collaboration with business and industry Work placements
3 1/2-4 1/2 Year Professional Bachelor’s Programs
The Professional Bachelor’s programmes is a combination of theory and practical projects in a number of subjects such as education, nursing, engineering, business, IT, social work, etc. Work placements are always included in the degree programmes, which prepare students to enter specific professions.
University Colleges- Schools Of Maritime Education And Training
Main characteristics (Prof. BA) 3 to 4½ years (180-270 ECTS credits) Planned towards specific professions Theory and practical in one programme
3-year Bachelor’s Programmes
The institute’s Bachelor’s programmes are mostly research-based and provide the students with an academic foundation as well as specialised knowledge. The programmes make the students eligible to enter the labour market and to pursue postgraduate studies.
Universities Artistic Higher Education Institutions
- BA- 3 years (180 ECTS credits) Research-based education Predominantly theoretical Preparation for postgraduate study
- MA- 2 years (120 ECTS credits) can enter the labour market or further studies (PhD).
- PhD- 3 years (180 ECTS credits) Research Teaching required
2-year Candidatus/Master’s Programmes
The Candidatus/Master’s programme is research-based and gives students a good combination of theory and practical field work. Upon completion of the programme, students
Research-based Career Oriented 3-year Phd Programmes
The PhD programme is purely research-based and consist of independent research projects, teaching, involvement in research networks and often placements at other, chiefly foreign, research organizations. The PhD programme gives the students various opportunities for financial support. There is a possibility of a flexible PhD course in individual universities.
Admission Requirements to Study in Denmark
The Admission requirements for the Danish universities vary from one another.
- Non-Danish students who haven’t given a Danish entrance exam are eligible for if they have qualifications recognized comparable to Danish entrance qualifications.
- If the student has taken the entrance exam then after their selection the university would require certified copies of the educational qualifications (certificates with original stamps or two people who are not related to the student sign the back of the copy with their name, address and birth date).
- The students need to give test score proofs of English proficiency like the TOEFL and IELTS.
- In case of undergraduate studies for some universities they ask for additional information like Subjects scored on a particular level. Danish education use levels A, B and C, A is the highest score. Subjects scored and passed with a certain minimum grade.
- In case of post graduate students the following things are required Internationally recognized bachelor’s degree with a good equivalent. Proof of proficiency in English Proof of proficiency in Danish if student wish to pursue Danish taught program.
Top Universities in Denmark
Let us now see the top universities of Denmark:
1. University of Copenhagen
It is one of the top premier universities of Europe which has its campus in Denmark’s capital. It is famous for its courses in social studies and humanities. The university is also a part of the prestigious International Alliance of Research Universities , this is a network of research intensive institutes and the other colleges part of it are University of Oxford, University of California Berkeley, Yale University and University of Cambridge. The university gives a variety of courses ranging from medicine to theology and it works on credit system. They have rich alumni as well; famous personalities like Ole Romer, Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Helle Thorning-Schmidt were a part of this university.
2. Aarhus University
Aarhus is a university located at the west coast of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula and the campus is at the city center. The university is famous for its arts subjects overall. They offer over 60 courses in the field of arts mostly in English at undergraduate and graduate level. A Danish green card program allow the international students to stay for 6 months after the end of their course and the university has a job bank dedicated to it to help find graduates a job in that time period.
3. Technical University of Denmark
DTU stands on top of all the engineering colleges across European continent, it has merged with 5 other research centers in 2007. The college is known for offering courses in the field of sciences, technology and engineering. The masters’ program primarily focuses on modern engineering. The alumni of the university is well known like Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Henrik Pontoppidan, Andreas Mogensen, Ebbe Sand.
Ranking of Universities in Denmark
According to the World University Rankings 2019, here are the top colleges:
|Sr. No.||University||Location||World Ranking|
|1||University of Copenhagen||Copenhagen||116|
|3||Technical University of Denmark||Lyngby||163|
|5||Copenhagen Business School||Copenhagen||201–250|
|6||University of Southern Denmark||Odense||251–300|
Cost of Study in Denmark
Higher education for students belonging to EU/EEA and Switzerland is free. Also if you’re an exchange student the education provided is free. The average fees of the universities are USD 8,000-21,000 / Euro 6,000-16,000 (DKK 45,000-120,000) for full degree courses.
Scholarships in Denmark
The Danish government offers a limited number of scholarships to the non EU/EEA students and under the following conditions:
- A citizen of a country outside the EU, European Economic Area or Switzerland
- You’re involved in a full degree higher education program
- You’re Granted limited time residence permit in Denmark due to education.
Denmark is a vibrant and unknown destination for abroad education and students from India must give this country a try for their streams in science and arts.