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Universities in Denmark and study in Denmark - International Student Country Guide


With one of the highest standards of living in the world, subsidised tuition fees and 18 hours of sun (albeit only in the summer), you’d definitely be wise to consider taking an undergraduate degree in Denmark.

Studying in Denmark allows you to study in world-class institutions in a safe, welcoming atmosphere with a great chance of employment on graduation. Education in Denmark is focused on providing you with real-life skills that you can apply to the workplace, and isn’t just academia for academia’s sake.

With most degrees in Denmark taught in English, you can be sure that as an international student you will receive the highest quality education possible.

Study a degree in Denmark


How can I study a degree in Denmark?

Denmark’s universities have a good reputation around the world, with the higher education system split into four different categories:

  • Universities – offer a range of degrees
  • University level institutions of arts, design and architecture – Researched based degrees in these subjects
  • University colleges – Offer more vocational based training
  • Academies of Professional Higher Education – Offer professional degree degrees

Many degrees in Denmark are taught in English to attract international students, while the University of Copenhagen is the oldest institution in the country, having been established in 1479.

The admissions deadline to study a degree in Denmark is March 15th for courses starting in August or September. Some courses also have additional intakes in January, with the deadline for these degrees normally being September 1st.

Immigration and visas

If you want to study a degree in Denmark you may need to apply for a student visa, depending on where you are from.

EU citizens are allowed to live in any EU country while studying, providing they fulfil the following criteria:

  • The course lasts longer than three months
  • You have a confirmed place at an approved educational institution or university
  • You can prove you have a sufficient income and can support yourself in Denmark without additional support
  • Evidence that you have Overseas Student Health Cover for as long as you will be in the country

EU students will need to get a registration certificate once they are in Denmark, while non-EU students will need to apply for a study visa from their home country before leaving for Denmark.

Accommodation and living costs

Most international students in Denmark will choose to live in university accommodation at first, as this the easiest way to settle in, make friends and be close to the university.

The main types of accommodation open to international students in Denmark are:

  • Halls of residence (kollegier) – usually on campus, and solely for students. These are generally cheaper than private accommodation.  
  • Homestays – where families open up their home to international students for extended periods, so they can experience the culture whilst completing their course.
  • Private rentals – where you rent an apartment privately from a landlord, either on your own or with other people.
Living costs: Denmark is regarded as an expensive country in which to live compared to other European countries. However, this is offset by the quality of life in Denmark being amongst the highest in the world.

For Parents

How safe is Denmark?

Students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime. They can do this by:

  • Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
  • Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
  • Not making valuables obvious
  • Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
  • Being wary of strangers
  • Being careful of traffic

Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

  • Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection
  • Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date
  • Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

What to do next

Thinking of learning in a foreign country, but you’re not confident about the place where you want to study? Learn more in our country guide section.  Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about studying in Denmark you can sign up for our Free Application Service and we'll get in touch with you promptly.