Denmark is a popular higher education destination and it currently hosts almost 23,000 international tertiary level students, including more than 200 from India. It’s historic, student- friendly capital, Copenhagen, is often called ‘The Paris of the North’.
Denmark is a nation situated in Scandinavia in northern Europe. It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries and consists of the greater part of the Jutland Peninsula, bordered to the South by Germany. The population amounts to 5.6 million people and the capital, Copenhagen – often called the Paris of the North – has an old, historical centre and a large network of pedestrian streets, bicycle paths, and parks. Meanwhile Aarhus, Denmark's second city, will be a European City of Culture in 2017. The official language of Denmark is Danish, but most people also understand and speak English. Denmark has much to offer. A high quality of living is a characteristic feature of Danish society, which combines social security, a clean environment and an attractive business climate with high standards in education and research, and an international outlook.
Basic Education System
Higher education institutions in Denmark consists of Universities offering research-based undergraduate and post graduate programmes (Bachelor, Master and PhD), University Colleges offering undergraduate programmes (Professional Bachelor and Diploma programmes) and finally Academies of Professional Higher Education (erhvervsakademier) offering academy programmes (2-2½ years) and bachelor top-up programmes (1½ years).
Danish universities and other higher education institutions offer a wide selection of degree programmes and individual courses taught fully in English. It makes it easy for international students – and Indian students in particular - to find attractive study opportunities. Each institution is responsible for admission and you can get further information about entrance qualifications, supplementary tests and the possibilities of transfer of credits from the admission offices at the institutions. The quality of higher education is assured in many ways. Higher education in Denmark is regulated and fully financed by the state. There are no private institutions of higher education. All public educational institutions are accredited and evaluated on an ongoing basis. The institutions have a high degree of autonomy but must at the same time follow the national regulations on teacher qualifications, award structures and external evaluation of their study programmes. This system is a way of setting national standards for higher education, thus ensuring high quality at all institutions. All institutions use the European credit transfer system, ECTS, facilitating international credit transfer. Denmark currently hosts almost 23,000 international tertiary level students – including almost 200 from India according to UNESCO 2012 assessment. Post graduate tuition fees varies and can range from about 4.5 lakh INR to in excess of 10 lakh INR per year for international students. The living costs are approximately 50,000 INR – 70,000 INR per month. The Danish higher education system has a good reputation around the world, and 3 Danish universities featured in the Global Top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 – The University of Copenhagen ranked 82, Aarhus University ranked 106, and the Technical University of Denmark ranked 167. Meanwhile, Aalbourg University and the University of Southern Denmark are ranked in the Global Top 400. Denmark has one business school, Copenhagen Business School, which is ranked 1st in the world in Eduniversal’s 5 palmes league of business schools and the THE World University Ranking 2015-2016 Top 250.
Denmark has launched a new scholarship programme for students from non-EU/EEA countries. Scholarships and tuition fee waivers are available for high performing students enrolling in certain study programmes. Some universities and educational institutions also have their own scholarships. Contact the institution when you apply for admission. In addition, it is possible to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to do a master’s degree partly at Danish and partly at another European educational institution. Your possibilities as an exchange/guest student depend on your home institution and the chosen exchange agreement. If you are studying in countries outside the EU you should seek information about grants and scholarships at your educational institution in your own country. Students from outside the EU can also find links to several scholarship programmes at the EU-database.