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Studying in Denmark for free

Denmark 7 November 2014, 09:28

There are over 500 English-taught degree programmes offered at universities in Denmark which can provide students with an excellent foundation for any career. A total of over 1,300 courses are taught in the English language and vary in level from summer school or exchange courses to Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees, as well as Academy Profession degrees.

Freriksborg Castle in Hillerod, DenmarkThere are over 500 English-taught degree programmes offered at universities in Denmark which can provide students with an excellent foundation for any career. A total of over 1,300 courses are taught in the English language and vary in level from summer school or exchange courses to Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees, as well as Academy Profession degrees.

Education costs

Students of EU/EEA citizenship are able to study in Denmark for free as many Danish institutions offer higher education programmes with no tuition fees. Students on exchange at a university in Denmark also don’t have to pay tuition.

Non-EU/EEA students are subject to annual tuition fees that range from €6,000 to €16,000 for full-time programmes. However, there are a number of scholarships available to international students that can help finance a degree at a Danish higher education institution.

Basic requirements

In order to study in Denmark, all students must meet a few basic requirements, such as:

  • having an appropriate level of education, comparable to and recognized by the Danish institution being applied to (usually, a certificate comparable with the Danish “upper secondary school leaving certificate” or the International Baccalaureate diploma is sufficient for admission to a Bachelor’s programme);
  • for certain programmes, having specific subjects passed with appropriate grades or completing one or two years of a higher education programme prior to applying;
  • having sufficient English language skills if taking an English-taught course (minimum of English B, which is comparable to IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 79-93 iBT, or to a CAE certificate).
  • having sufficient Danish language skills if taking a Danish-taught course (prospective students will need to pass Studieprøven i dansk som andetsprog – “the Study Test in Danish as a Second Language“ or to provide proof of a comparable equivalent),
  • valid residency permits and status,
  • sufficient financial resources to pay for tuition and residency permits, if applicable, and expenses.

Entry into a programme at a Danish institution is dependent upon that particular institution’s requirements. It is best to check with the programme and university to see what other requirements may need to be met before an application for study is accepted. For some undergraduate studies, the student may also be required to pass an admission test or interview.

Scholarship options

There are a number of scholarships and grants offered to both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students wishing to study at a Danish institution. The Nordplus and Erasmus programmes are applicable to EU students while the Erasmus Mundus scholarship is applicable to non-EU students are well. American students can apply for a scholarship through the Fulbright Commission.

The Danish government also offers a number of scholarships to exceptional students from outside of the EU and has special scholarships available for those wishing to immerse themselves in Danish culture and language. It is advised to research scholarship and grant possibilities and to apply well ahead of deadlines in order to ensure an application is received.

Sources: studyindenmark.dk, ufm.dk

See also an overview of study possibilities in other European countries and read about scholarships and grants available at Dutch universities.

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