Denmark

Study in Denmark

Last edited on 25 Jun 2018
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Welcome to Denmark!

Denmark is a nation situated in Scandinavia in northern Europe. It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries and consists of the greater part of the Jutland Peninsula, bordered to the South by Germany. The population amounts to 5.6 million people and the capital, Copenhagen – often called the Paris of the North – has an old, historical center and a large network of pedestrian streets, bicycle paths, and parks. Meanwhile Aarhus, Denmark's second city is an European City of Culture in 2017. The official language of Denmark is Danish, but most people also understand and speak English. Denmark has much to offer. A high quality of living is a characteristic feature of Danish society, which combines social security, a clean environment and an attractive business climate with high standards in education and research, and an international outlook. In Denmark, you will enjoy the informal atmosphere in class at university, an international approach to education as well as a large array of progressive study programs.


Higher Education System

Higher education institutions in Denmark consists of Universities offering research-based undergraduate and post graduate programmes (Bachelor, Master and PhD), University Colleges offering undergraduate programmes (Professional Bachelor and Diploma programmes) and finally Academies of Professional Higher Education (erhvervsakademier) offering academy programmes (2-2½ years) and bachelor top-up programmes (1½ years).

Danish universities and other higher education institutions offer a wide selection of degree programmes and individual courses taught fully in English. It makes it easy for international to find attractive study opportunities. Each institution is responsible for admission and you can get further information about entrance qualifications, supplementary tests and the possibilities of transfer of credits from the admission offices at the institutions. The quality of higher education is assured in many ways.

Higher education in Denmark is regulated and fully financed by the state. There are no private institutions of higher education. All public educational institutions are accredited and evaluated on an ongoing basis. The institutions have a high degree of autonomy but must at the same time follow the national regulations on teacher qualifications, award structures and external evaluation of their study programmes. This system is a way of setting national standards for higher education, thus ensuring high quality at all institutions. All institutions use the European credit transfer system, ECTS, facilitating international credit transfer.

Denmark currently hosts almost 23,000 international tertiary level students – including almost 200 from India according to UNESCO 2012 assessment. The Danish higher education system has a good reputation around the world, and 3 Danish universities featured in the Global Top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 – The University of Copenhagen ranked 82, Aarhus University ranked 106, and the Technical University of Denmark ranked 167. Meanwhile, Aalborg University and the University of Southern Denmark are ranked in the Global Top 400. Denmark has one business school, Copenhagen Business School, which is ranked 1st in the world in Eduniversal’s 5 palmes league of business schools and the THE World University Ranking 2015-2016 Top 250.