Study in Denmark

Denmark is an unknown and interesting foreign destination to pursue higher education, it offers
around 600+ programmes 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.
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.
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

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.

Main characteristics (Prof. BA)
 3 to 4½ years (180-270 ECTS credits)
 Planned towards specific professions
 Theory and practical in one programme

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 post-graduate studies.

Main characteristics (BA)
 3 years (180 ECTS credits)
 Research-based education
 Predominantly theoretical
 Preparation for postgraduate study

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

Main characteristics (MA)
 2 years (120 ECTS credits)

can enter the labour market or further studies

 Research-based
 Career oriented

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. 

Main characteristics (PHD)
 3 years (180 ECTS credits)
 Research
 Teaching required

Admission Requirements
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 recognised 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.
The range of TOEFL and IELTS is listed below
IELTS TOEFL Cambridge Advanced


English B – test score
of minimum 6.5 points

English B – test scores in range of 550-583 (paper-
based), or 213-237 (computer-based test), or 79-93
(online-based test)

English B – Certificate in
Advanced English (CAE)

English A – test score
of minimum 7.0

English A – test scores in range of 587-610 (paper-
based), or 240-253 (computer-based test), or 94-101
(online-based test)

English A – Certificate of
Proficiency (CPE)

In case of undergraduate studies for some universities they ask for additional information
 Subjects scored on a particular level. Danish education use levels A, B and C, A is the highest
 Subjects scored and passed with a certain minimum grade

 The diploma passed with a particular minimum GPA.
 Passed with the admission test/interview

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 programme.
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 centre. 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 programme 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 centres in 2007. The college
    is known for offering courses in the field of sciences, technology and engineering. The
    masters’ programme 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.
    According to the World University Rankings 2019, here are the top colleges

Denmark Rank 2019 WUR Rank 2019 University City

1  =116  University of Copenhagen Copenhagen

2  =123  Aarhus University Aarhus

3  =163  Technical University of Denmark Lyngby

4  =194  Aalborg University Aalborg

5  201–250  Copenhagen Business School Copenhagen

6  251–300  University of Southern Denmark Odense

7  601–800  Roskilde University Roskilde

Tuition Fees and Scholarships
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.
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 programme
 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.

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