Equality and same rights, regardless of social or ethnic origin. This is Denmark, a tolerant nation which makes it easier for a foreigner to settle in the country. However, tolerance is also expected from visitors, and we highly respect that.
Danish higher education institutions offer more than 500-degree programs and over 1.000 individual modules taught entirely in English. A great importance is given to the internationalization of education and training. The goal is to train students to meet the challenges of a globalized world by including intercultural understanding and international skills throughout the education system.
The purpose Danish education is to create leading entrepreneurs and a knowledge-based society, by offering the best possible networking opportunities for citizens and businesses. It is of high priority to have higher education institutions with strong academic backgrounds that can attract national talent and international students and researchers, who provide the foundation for a vibrant society development.
The quality of education in the Danish education system is secured by a series of elements, such as:
- Common rules and guidelines (curricula) specifying the purposes, content and duration of individual programs and topics.
- Test and examination system, with use of external examiners.
- Ministerial approval of the provisions and inspection to varying degrees within different fields of education.
- Quality rules, which have been introduced in several educational fields.
- Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA) and Accreditation Agency Denmark (ACE), which both play an important role in the national quality assurance fund.
TYPES OF HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
1.ACADEMY AND COLLEGE
Academies and colleges offer academic professions in fields such as business, technology and IT. The programs prepare students to perform practical, professional, and analytical tasks, leading to employment in middle management positions. They combine theoretical studies with a practically oriented approach in the form of job. Holders of studies with a short cycle profession academy degree can obtain a professional bachelor’s degree in the same field of study with a supplementary program called Top-Up. University colleges and specialized colleges offer professional bachelor’s programs in fields such as business, education, and engineering healthcare. The programs have a strong focus on professional practice and offer knowledge of theory and applying the theory to professions and industries. Programs include a period of work experience and most of them offer access to further studies in the same field.
The curricula of these institutions is extremely interactive, and the student is not limited to obtaining a bachelor’s degree. At the end of the first 2 years of Advanced Placement (AP), the student receives a specialist certificate. To obtain a bachelor’s degree, you need to pursue a Top-Up (TU) program in a similar field for 1/1.5 more years, which can be accessed at any other university. Moreover, being professionally oriented, academies and colleges include in their coursework one semester of internship or study abroad.
All Danish universities are research-intensive institutions that provide research based study programs in all three cycles: Bachelor, Master, Ph.D.
Bachelor’s degree (BSc /BA) qualifies for a professional career and more higher cycle studies. Most students choose to continue with a Candidatus program (MSc / MA), where they usually include one or two of the most important areas of study of the undergraduate program. Independent research activities and a Master’s thesis are necessary to qualify students for a professional career and for scientific work. A Ph.D consists of research, participation in research courses, teaching and the public defense of a thesis.
DANISH HIGHER EDUCATION TUITION FEES
For national students and students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland, higher education is free for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
If you are an international student from outside the EU / EEA or Switzerland, you will be required to pay tuition fees at Danish universities. The cost will depend on the university and the course you have chosen to study and may vary between $7.000 – $17.000, so make sure to check universities’ website for updated information.
Whether you benefit from zero tuition fees or not, you will still need to budget your monthly expenses. Monthly costs may add up to $2.000/month, especially if you are going to study and live in Copenhagen. Other popular university cities in Denmark are Aalborg, Aarhus, Herning, Roskilde and Horses, where accommodation and food may cost you around $1200-1500/month.