Denmark is a Scandinavian country comprising the Jutland Peninsula and numerous islands. It's linked to nearby Sweden via the Öresund bridge. Copenhagen, its capital, is home to royal palaces and colorful Nyhavn harbor, plus the Tivoli amusement park and the iconic “Little Mermaid” statue. Odense is writer Hans Christian Andersen’s hometown, with a medieval core of cobbled streets and half-timbered houses.

  • Capital:Copenhagen
  • Currency:Danish krone
  • Points of interest: Tivoli Gardens, Nyhavn, The Little Mermaid, MORE
  • Did you know: Denmark has the 10th-highest GDP per capita (42,787 international dollars) among OECD member states.

Education in Denmark

High quality education at all levels is essential to ensure competitiveness in today’s globalised world. This is why education is a key priority in Denmark. With their high academic standards combined with innovative learning approaches, the Danish institutions are preparing their students to play an active role in a globalised, knowledge based society.

Higher education

Danish higher education has a long tradition of combining academic excellence with innovative research and teaching. High academic standards, interdisciplinary studies and project‐based activities ensure active and motivating learning environments. Most Danish higher education institutions benefit from their co‐operation with business, industry and research institutes, creating an enriching and vibrant learning environment for their students. Danish higher education institutions offer a range of opportunities for international students. The institutions are highly international and offer a large number of programs taught in English. A recent survey with responses from more than 3,500 international students studying in Denmark showed that 78% of the students would recommend Denmark as a study destination and 93% consider Denmark to be a safe country to live in.

The higher education sector includes:

  • • Artistic Higher Education Institutions (research and/or artistically based undergraduate and postgraduate programmes)
  • • Universities (research-based undergraduate and postgraduate programmes)
  • • University Colleges (Academy Profession and professional Bachelor's programmes)
  • • Business Academies (short-cycle higher education institutions offering Academy Profession and joint Bachelor's degree programmes)


The institution in Denmark will require certified copies of your educational qualifications. That is, you must provide copies with original stamps and signatures, or have two people who are not related to you sign the back of the copy with their name, address and birth date. Some institutions require that they receive the documents directly from the issuing institution. This can often take several months, so be sure to arrange in time.

English language requirements

All higher education programs in Denmark require a high standard of English. Applicants to English-taught undergraduate and postgraduate programs must, as a minimum. (IELTS : 6.5 to 7.0 or TOEFL : 79 – 100)

Intakes & Application:

For undergraduate studies, the admission deadline is 15 March for courses starting in August or September. A few institutions have additional intakes in January or February. For those courses, the deadline is 1 September. The application forms are available from the institutions approximately two months prior to the deadline.


For postgraduate studies, deadlines vary. We recommend that you contact the institution directly for details.
Students from outside EU/EEA/Switzerland will be charged a fee when applying for a residence permit (visa) to study in Denmark.

Intakes & Application:

For undergraduate studies, the admission deadline is 15 March for courses starting in August or September. A few institutions have additional intakes in January or February. For those courses, the deadline is 1 September. The application forms are available from the institutions approximately two months prior to the deadline.

Tution & Living Expenses

Tuition fees

Higher education in Denmark is free for students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland.
All other students must pay tuition fees.
Annual tuition fees for full-degree students.
USD 8,000-21,000 / Euro 6,000-16,000 (DKK 45,000-120,000).

Living Expenses

An average of 800 to 1800 Euros per month is required to take care of your living expenses in Denmark. The amount varies with city. Copenhagen is expensive when compared with other cities.

Scholarships and grants

Most Danish institutions have bilateral agreements with foreign institutions of higher education. These agreements are usually designed for mutual exchange of students, researchers and teachers. National and European programs offer scholarships for international students wishing to study in Denmark through an institutional agreement, as guest students or as a part of an international double or joint degree.


A study visa and residency permit is required to enroll as a student in Denmark. Passport Requirements: Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay in Denmark, with at least two blank passport pages available plus color photocopies of all pages of the passport (including blank pages).


Please note that the educational institution in Denmark begins the application process by filling in one part of the form before forwarding it to the applicant.

Additional documentation for students

Students at folk high schools, at basic or youth education programs as well as students, who do not pay tuition fees, have to document sufficient financial means, which is DKK 50,000 (approx. INR 3,75,000 depending on the exchange rate). The maintenance amount must be substantiated by opening an account with a Danish or European bank in the name of the applicant.

How to open a Danish bank account:

  •  To open a Danish bank account you should send an email to the bank you wish to contact.
  •  You will then receive an email containing the following documents:
  •  Account Opening Request
  •  A letter containing the guidelines for opening a bank account in Denmark A letter informing you of the general rules for agreements between you and the bank
  •  As outlined in the guidelines from the bank, you must send a letter to the bank containing the following documents:
  •  Account Opening Request (filled in, duly signed and verified by a financial institution, Embassy/Consulate or Notary Public/Solicitor)
  •  Copy of your passport (verified by a financial institution, Embassy/Consulate or Notary Public/Solicitor)
  • A copy of the admission letter from the Danish educational institution at which you are planning to study (verified by a financial institution, Embassy/Consulate or Notary Public/Solicitor
    The documents should be posted to the relevant bank in Denmark.
  •  When the bank has received the above mentioned documents, they will open your account.
  • You are then able to transfer min. 50.000 DKK, but your account will be blocked until you are in Denmark and have received your Danish Tax Registration (CPR-number).

Working in Denmark

Working while studying:

Each student has the opportunity to find a part-time job while studying in Denmark. Finding a student job is not always easy if you do not speak danish, but sure not impossible!
Typical student jobs are in bars, restaurants and hotels – you can help in the kitchen, be a waiter or a housekeeper. Moreover delivering newspapers is popular among students. That does not mean you cannot find anything better – just keep learning the language and be persistent in your job search.
It is a great idea to start learning Danish before you come to Denmark to improve your chances, remember that even elementary level shows the interest in being a great candidate. Having a part-time job you will be able to support yourself during your studies, the minimum wage is not given in Denmark, but students earn between 10 to 12€ per hour. Together with the scholarship you will not have any troubles while living in Denmark.

Working after Graduation:

Denmark offers a wide variety of possibilities for working after graduation. Whether you are strictly focused on advancing your career or want to find the right balance between work and life the Danish job market will have opportunities for you.
Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will need a residence permit to work in Denmark. Upon graduation from a Danish higher education institution, your residence permit will remain valid for an additional six months, allowing you to seek employment in Denmark. Provided your visa hasn’t already been extended for an extra six months you can apply for such an extension to your permit. For further information on how to extend your residence permit.
If you do not immediately have a job after finishing your education you may be entitled to receive unemployment benefits according to the special favorable conditions for graduates. This requires that you apply for admission into an unemployment insurance fund (in danish "A-kasse") at latest two weeks after your date of graduation.
However, in order to be entitled to unemployment benefits (Dagpenge"), you must fulfill some requirements. The most important requirements for you as a foreigner are the following:

  • • You must have work permit (relevant for non EU/EEA citizen). Citizens from non EU-/EEA countries need a residence and work permit that gives right to work FULL time. The student residence permit also include a residence permit for 6 additional months after the end of the study. But study residence permit does not entitle you to receive unemployment benefits during the job search period. Citizens from another EU-/EEA country have right to stay and work in Denmark according to the EU legislation.
  • • You must stay in Denmark before and again after education. You had a permanent address in Denmark no later than one day before the start of your education, and again no later than 14 days (including weekends) after you end your education. You don't need to have stayed in Denmark during your education.
  • • NEW from January 2019: You must have stayed in Denmark or another EU/EEA country for 7 out of the last 8 years, at the time you claim benefits. However not every kind of stay in a non EU/EEA country have negative impact. For instance if you have been studying outside EU/EEA you can still include this in the 7 years. At this point (February 2018) the law about this new requirement has not yet been approved, but it probably will.

Jobs in Denmark

However, most minimum wages in the country hover around 110 DKK per hour (roughly 16 us dollars). The average working week in Denmark is of 37 hours. The expected minimum salary in Copenhagen for a full time position (gross) is of around17000 DKK, or 2400 USD per month.

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Student life is very good. Students get a high degree of autonomy but can fall back on teachers always. The student-teacher Relation is also pretty equal. Besides studies, Danes tend to organize themselves- In clubs and organizations. they are usually welcome to foreign students and it's a great way to connect.
Job opportunities are good, but it might be a bit more difficult if you are non-European or non-western. Especially for Engineers and Finance graduated, jobs should be fine.