Education in Denmark

The official language of Denmark, located in Europe, is Danish. Foreigners in the country have the same rights and social security as the local population. The literacy rate in Denmark is 99%. The country’s education system is one of the best in the world.


The system comprises preschool, primary, secondary, and higher education levels. Compulsory education is provided for children from 7 to 16 in the country, but it is wrong to force students to go to school. Preschool education covers the period up to the age of seven. The academic year in Denmark starts in August-September and lasts until March.


The country has 17 state universities, 17 colleges, and 50 institutes. 80% of the population speaks English, and many speak French, German, or Spanish. Since most of the population here speaks English, international students can easily live in the country.


The largest higher education institution is the University of Copenhagen, founded in 1479. Local applicants are admitted to this university by submitting the results of the high school graduation exams without an exam. The tuition fee for international students at the University of Copenhagen is 10,000 euros per year in the Faculty of Humanities, 15,000 euros per year in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 7,000 euros per year in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, and 13,000-16,000 euros per year in the Faculty of Exact Sciences. The tuition fee must be paid one month before the student’s registration at the faculty.


Education in some universities and colleges in Denmark is in English

Tuition has been free for international students since 2006. Annual tuition fees range from 8,000 to 16,000 euros, and living expenses from 700 to 1,000 euros.


Here, students are allowed to work 15 hours a week.


Denmark, a member of the European Union, participates in the pan-European student exchange program “ERASMUS.” All students studying in Danish universities can continue their studies in other European universities for 1 or 2 semesters within this program.


An English language certificate (IELTS or TOEFL) is required from students who wish to study at higher education institutions in Denmark.


Higher education institutions in Buara have scholarship opportunities for citizens of non-EU countries. The duration of higher education is three years.


Some universities in the country have English language preparation programs.


Note that IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 83(IBT) is required to study in Denmark

Danish universities

Education in Denmark is compulsory for children under 15 or 16, but attending Folkeskole (“public school”) is not. The school years up to fifteen/sixteen, known as a normal Folkeskole, must have any education at the level offered there. About 82% of young people receive additional education. Denmark generally has a tradition of private schools and universities supported by a voucher system.


  1. University of Copenhagen
  2. Technical University of Denmark
  3. Aarhus University
  4. Aalborg University
  5. Copenhagen Business School



Scholarship in Denmark

Other ways international students can study in Denmark without paying tuition fees are scholarships and grants.


Some of the recognized scholarships and grants are:


  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree (EMJMD) programs: The European Union offers these programs in cooperation with universities and other organizations. The program aims to inspire people to study abroad, learn and appreciate different cultures, and improve interpersonal and intellectual skills.


  • Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreement: This scholarship is available to highly qualified exchange students studying the Danish language, culture, or similar subjects.


  • Fulbright Scholarship: This scholarship is offered only to American students pursuing a master’s or PhD degree in Denmark.


  • Nordplus Program: This financial aid program is open only to Nordic or Baltic higher education students. You can study in another Nordic or Baltic country if you meet the requirements.


  • Danish State Education Support (SU): This study grant is usually given to Danish students. On the other hand, international students can apply as long as they meet the application requirements.

Wanting in Denmark


Recent political changes may make it much more difficult for non-Europeans to live and work in Denmark after graduation.


However, it is still possible.


Internationals from all industries are mainly concentrated in Copenhagen. Although not required, excellent Danish – or another Scandinavian language – is usually an advantage when competing with local applicants, so be sure to take language classes while studying there.



I live in Denmark

How much money do you need to live in Denmark?

Summary of the cost of living in Denmark



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Undergraduate studies in Denmark



The Danish Ministry of Education offers a Full Scholarship Program to skilled and highly motivated applicants for admission to Danish universities in the Bachelor majors listed below. This scholarship covers the cost of annual tuition and living expenses (approx. 650 euros per month). In order to participate in the scholarship program, any person must be admitted to a Danish university in advance. Then, the university, in turn, must inform the Danish Ministry of Education of the student about the scholarship following the program. The scholarship is awarded for the entire period of study.




The scholarship is awarded in the category of Bachelor’s degrees:

  • Architectural Technology and Construction Management
  • Bachelor of Leisure Management
  • Economy and Information Technologies
  • Bachelor of Value Chain Management
  • Character Animator
  • Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Technology (not entirely taught in English)
  • Engineering (study programs taught in English)


At the same time, scholarships are also awarded for the Academy Profession degree programs. APD can also be called special specialized education. A high school diploma is the main requirement for admission. It takes two years based on education. Only lessons and practical knowledge related to your chosen specialty are taught during your studies. Included programs include:


  • Financial management
  • Marketing management
  • Retail sales management
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Agricultural Science
  • Process Technology
  • Chemical and Biotechnical Sciences
  • Production technology
  • Computer science
  • Multimedia design and communication.


The Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Culture, and the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation jointly manage higher education. The Danish Evaluation Institute monitors the quality of teaching and learning at all levels of the education system. As an independent institution, this institute evaluates the quality of education on individual initiative and based on orders from the government, ministries, advisory councils, and local institutions.


Foreigners who want to study at the undergraduate level in Danish higher education institutions must take the TOEFL and IELTS exams. In order to study in programs in Danish, it is necessary to pass an exam that determines the level of knowledge in this language.

Master’s studies in Denmark

Those who wish to study in Master’s programs must have an internationally recognized bachelor’s degree and speak English and Danish.


As in other European countries, universities offer a 3-year bachelor’s program, a 2-year candidate-master’s program, and a 3-year PhD program. According to the relevant legislation adopted in 2003, universities are financed by the state.


Danish higher education institutions have specific differences between academic and higher vocational education. Although English is given a place in higher education, the primary language of instruction is Danish.


The accreditation system operating in the country since 2007 is regulated based on the Act of the Accreditation Agency for Education. The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation supervises the fulfillment of the requirements of this act. According to the Accreditation Act, the Accreditation Council decides on the accreditation of higher education programs. The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation also approves university educational programs.