Located in Northern Europe and one of the continent’s smallest countries, Denmark is part of Scandinavia. No place in Denmark is more than 50 km away from the sea. Riding around Denmark, you can find 429 Danish islands in the North and Baltic Sea, beautiful woodlands and many lakes. Denmark’s idyllic countryside has a lot to offer.
Danish universities prove why quality is more important than quantity with only 8 main public universities. Five of them are ranked in the top 400 section of “Times Higher Education World University Rankings”.
Masters studies in Denmark are distinguished by a very open and personal way of studying. Students at Danish universities are well connected to their professors and fellow students. One reason for these close relationships might be the small number of students attending a course. The daily life of studying in Denmark is a mixture of traditional lectures and modern, innovative teaching methods. At most universities, project work and presentations are the preferred way of learning, designed to enhance students’ practical and team-working skills.
The programmes are focused on many areas of study with an emphasis on environmental, business and computer sciences. Did you know that Denmark is one of the most environmentally friendly countries in the world?
Many Masters programmes are taught in Danish, but you can also take courses in English. International students have to demonstrate that they are capable of speaking the course language before they begin their studies. Several accredited language courses are available to help you learn Danish and some of them are even free of charge.
Due to the Bologna Accord, introduced by several European countries in the late 1990s, Masters degrees from Danish universities are internationally accepted, with the possible exception of courses in laws, teaching or medicine. These courses often depend on national regulations. So please contact your preferred university for further information about your degree course.
There are no tuition fees for students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland preparing to study at a Danish public university. Non-EU citizens are usually charged around €7000 every year. Institutions with more specialized courses (MBA, EMBA) and private universities have their own tuition fee systems.
Several scholarships are offered by a number of international organizations, EU institutions and the Danish government. They are usually open to certain nationalities or students with specific achievements and talents. Examples include the famous Erasmus Mundus programme and Nordplus.
Denmark is famous for its high living standards and quality of life. Therefore it is a good idea to set up a budget and plan your costs in advance. Generally, students should rely on an average of DKK5500, or around €700 every month.
Traditionally, as in other European countries, there are two major types of accommodation – student halls of residence and private rentals. On-campus housing is usually not offered by Danish universities.
University halls of residence are a popular choice among students. This type of accommodation sometimes requires students to fulfil certain criteria and you should expect competition as places are limited. Bear in mind that halls are not always located close to university campuses and you might have to travel.
Private rentals are a nice way to share an apartment with your peers and choose an area to live in. If you are in a big city and unable to afford a room close to your university, you can rely on the public transport system and select a more distant location.
Denmark’s public transport is very advanced. The capital city, Copenhagen, offers one of the best metro systems in the world. In addition, you can also get around by bus or become a true Dane and use a bike. Did you know that you can travel between Danish towns by using bicycle paths?
When it comes to food, there are many ways to taste Danish cuisine without going to an expensive restaurant. The most famous dishes consist of products such as meat, fish or seafood and are available at all local supermarkets in your area. You can find many recipes on the Internet and try to be a chef on your own while preparing Frikadeller, Smørrebrød or Millionbøf. Look for street vendors who offer cheap fast food, especially the Danish hot dog called Pølsevogn. Don’t forget your beer!
In you free time you have a wide variety of activities you can do while following a more economical lifestyle. Going to the cinema or exploring the city’s cafes is considered boring by the Danish way of life. Instead, grab a bike and visit one of the many beautiful green areas in your city. You can always stop for a break and admire the beautiful varied landscapes while also socializing, as you will always find more people in the park rather than at the club. If you love adventures, use your semester break and travel around Europe with your friends, as Denmark’s location is perfect for tourism. Check if your city offers sports like windsurfing, sailing and bridgewalking.