About the Higher Education system in Denmark

There are eight universities, 10 university colleges and 9 Academies of Professional Higher Education in Denmark. All three types of higher education institution teach some courses in English although the range is limited.

The Danish higher education system is quite different to the British system in that it offers two distinct undergraduate qualifications.

Universities teach three-year Bachelors degrees in line with the European norm. Academies of Professional Higher Education and University Colleges typically teach 2-year Academy Profession (AP) programmes. Most of these can then be topped up to full bachelor status by further study. The total duration of these bachelor degrees is between 3 and 4.5 years. These are Professional Bachelors degrees and they differentiate themselves from three year bachelors in that they always include work experience in order to combine theoretical knowledge with practical experience.

Most bachelor programmes of both kinds give access to postgraduate education.

Entry Requirements for Danish universities

Completion of secondary education at advanced level, equivalent to passing the exam at the end of Danish upper secondary school, is the basic requirement for entry to Danish universities and university colleges. If you have A levels you should be eligible for entry to a Danish university. However, it is always worth checking directly with the university to which you wish to apply as there are exceptions. Some courses require that certain subjects have been taken to A’ level or to a level equivalent with the local requirement.

The precise requirements listed on the Danish Department of Higher Education website are: General Certificate of Education (with examination in 8 subjects where at least 3 are A-levels, alternatively 2 A-levels + 2 AS-levels, 1 A-level + 4 AS-levels. BTECs may also be acceptable if they are directly related to the course for which you wish to apply.

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How do you apply to Danish universities?

In Denmark each institution is responsible for its own admissions. There is a central admissions process that will handle the administrative side of the application process but we always advise that you let your university know that you will be applying. The application deadline for most courses is 15th March.

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How much does it cost to study in Denmark?

Danish universities do not charge tuition fees. There are currently no private universities in Denmark.

There are no loans or grants available to British students in Denmark at present although there is some suggestion that this might change in 2015.

How do I get a visa to study in Denmark?

As Denmark is part of the European Union this is not required. You may need to register with the local authorities once you are resident in Denmark but this is not a step you need to undertake in advance.

Can I work there as a student?

If you have an EU passport you can work while you are a student.

Which are the best universities in Denmark?

1. Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

2. Aarhus University

3. University of Copenhagen

4. University of Southern Denmark

5. Aalborg University

With the exception of DTU all of these universities have a limited number of bachelors degrees taught in English.

Universities in Denmark

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