Denmark boasts an advanced educational system with many world-class institutions. At some 30 higher education institutions, you can find well over 500 English-taught study programmes to choose from. Like many other countries, Denmark distinguishes between full research universities and more practice-oriented university colleges (elsewhere often known as “universities of applied sciences” or polytechnics). A locally special kind of institution are the business academies, which offer practice-oriented associates and bachelor’s degrees in business-related fields.
There are no tuition fees for students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland. The same goes for students on exchange programme and those with non-study-related residence permits. All others must pay tuition fees typically ranging from 45,000 to 120,000 DKK per year, equivalent to 6,000 to 16,000 EUR.
In Denmark requirements vary from programme to programme. Here is what you need to know about how and when to apply
Non-Danish citizens who do not have a Danish entrance examination are eligible for admission if they have qualifications recognized as being comparable to Danish entrance qualifications. For an official assessment of your qualifications, contact us.
English Language Requirements
All higher education programmes in Denmark require a high standard of English.
Applicants to English-taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes must, as a minimum, prove English proficiency comparable to ‘English B’ in the Danish upper secondary school (gymnasium). Some programmes require ‘English A’, which is one level higher than ‘English B’.
To prove a satisfactory proficiency in English, the language tests TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge ESOL examinations (CAE) are often used. The score equivalents are determined by the individual institution, so to be certain check out their language requirements. Based upon a rough average of previous requirements, here is an estimate of the ranges you can expect:
* English B – test score of at least 6.5 points
English A – test score of at least 7.0 points
* English B – test scores in the ranges of 550-583 (paper-based), or 213-237 (computer-based test), or 79-93 (internet-based test)
English A – test scores in the ranges of 587-610 (paper-based), or 240-253 (computer-based test), or 94-101 (internet-based test)
CAMBRIDGE ADVANCED ENGLISH
* English B – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
English A – Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
Note: * Some programmes require ‘English A’, which is one level higher than ‘English B’.
Applicants who are native English speakers must also submit proof of English proficiency equivalent to at least English B level in Denmark. Educational institutions can. Offer a specially designed test for these applicants, which can document the applicant’s English level.
Admission requirements for Bachelor programmes are:
• An entrance examination comparable to a Danish upper secondary school leaving certificate
• Proof of proficiency in English (see above)
Certain study programmes have additional admission requirements. This could include:
• Subjects passed on a certain level. Danish education use levels A, B and C, A being the highest.
• Subjects passed with a certain minimum grade
• The diploma in total passed with a certain minimum GPA
• Passed admission test/interview
Admission requirements for Candidates/Master programmes are:
• An internationally recognized Bachelor’s degree of good standard or equivalent
• Proof of proficiency in English (see above)
• Proof of proficiency in Danish, if the programme is taught in Danish (see above)
To embark on a PhD, you generally need to have a recognized Master’s/Candidates degree or equivalent. In some areas, a four-year PhD programme is offered to students who have completed a Bachelor’s qualification and one year of study at postgraduate level.
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.
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