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About

Denmark is one of the Scandinavian countries located in northern Europe, occupying the peninsula of Jutland (Jylland), and consists of more than 400 islands in the North Sea.

The country is situated in northern Europe which shares borders with Norway to the south, Sweden to the southwest, and Germany in the north. 

Also, it is bordered by the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, the coastline long is 5,440 miles, and it is estimated to cover an area of about 16,639 sq miles.

What is the capital of Denmark?

The capital and the largest city of Denmark is Copenhagen that located on the eastern coast of the island of Zealand and Amager. The population in it is approximately 1,334,000 according to Statistics Denmark.

The Danish capital has been officially designated as the World Capital of Architecture for 2023. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Denmark with massive historic sites, beautiful castles, tall spires, and ancient churches.

most important cities in Denmark

Although Denmark is not a large country, it has more than 71 cities and towns. three of them are big cities and the rest are small:

  • Copenhagen, Zealand island’s eastern coast
  • Aalborg, North of Jutland
  • Aarhus, Central Jutland 
  • Odense, South Denmark
  • Esbjerg, South Denmark
  • Horsens, Central Jutland
  • Vegile, South Denmark
  • Randers, Central Jutland
  • Kolding, South Denmark

What is the official language? 

Danish is the formal language in the country that is spoken by more than five million people. while German, Greenlandic, and Faroese are also recognized as official regionally.

However, 86% of all Danes speak English as a second language and they are taught English from a very young age. 

the climate & weather in Denmark 

The climate of Denmark is influenced by the ocean climate, and it is quite variable throughout the year. 

In the summers, the weather is pleasant with long daylight. However, the temperature is low in the northern cities that border the north sea. 

While in winters, it is cold, frosty, and snowing frequently with short daylight. The sun usually sets by the early afternoon and the average temperature is hovering just above freezing.

What is the Currency of Denmark?

Danish Krone is the official currency of the kingdom of Denmark. Although Denmark is a member of the European Union, it did not join the “Euro land”.

Denmark Currency to USD

  • DKK to USD: 1 DKK = 0,15 USD
  • USD to DKK: 1 USD = 6,7 DKK

Denmark Currency to Euro

  • DKK to EUR: 1 DKK = 0,13 EUR
  • EUR to DKK: 1 EUR = 7,5 DKK

The economy of Denmark is known for its government welfare measures, a high standard of living, and equal distribution of income.

It depends mainly on trade alongside its advanced industrial and high-tech agricultural sector, which makes Denmark’s economy one of the strongest economies in Europe  

culture & people nature 

culture in Denmark is characterized by its great diversity and different ethnicities including Scandinavians, Germans, Eskimos, Iranians, Syrians, and Turks that live together in harmony.

Punctuality is one of the most important features of the Danes and values their personal space and love to be cozy and comfortable. 

The people in Denmark apply the principle of equality in every sense and there is no difference between the genders at all.

Danes are polite and classy people who stay away from the loud voice and direct notes to anyone who does not speak in this way, especially in public places

facts about Denmark

  • The Danish flag is the oldest recognized flag in the world, issued in 1219 AD.
  • The official language is Danish, which is close to Norwegian and Swedish.
  • Denmark is a country with a monarchy for more than a thousand years. It is the third oldest monarchy in Europe.
  • Denmark is the most expensive country in Europe.
  • The Danish people are the happiest people worldwide.
  • The weather in the country is cold and rainy on many days. It rains 171 days almost every year
  • Men and women enjoy equal rights in Danish society.

Study Cost

Denmark is well-known all over the world for its outstanding academics, globally recognized universities, creativity, and innovative thinking which attract international students worldwide to continue their higher education.   

study cost 

Living costs in Denmark are relatively higher compared to the rest of European countries, but the Danish government provides financial aid,  allowance, and full-fledged scholarships to international students. 

Application fee

When students apply for any university in Denmark, they must pay an application fee which costs around DKK 750 ( EUR 100), it varies from one university to another. 

Tuition fees universities in Denmark

Tuition fees are different at each institution and depend on what degree or program you are studying at.

  • tuition for full-degree costs around 6,000 – 16,000 EUR (DKK 45,000-120,000). per academic year.
  • for the Master’s degree cost around 8,000 – 10,000

How much does the Ph.D. program cost? 

Ph.D. programs are developed as partnerships among universities and private companies, research institutions, and business enterprises that are fully funded. 

On the other hand, the self-financed Ph.D. programs cost about 10,000 -16,000 EUR per year.

what is the average cost for essential subjects?

the tuition fees of some subject areas that are more popular among international students:

  • Business Administration: the average tuition fees of 10,000 EUR per year
  • Economics: the average fees are 6,000 to 8,500 EUR per year for Bachelor’s studies and 10,000 to 17,400 EUR per year for Master’s programs
  • Biotechnology: the average costs around12,000 EUR to 20,000 EUR per year
  • Hospitality and Tourism the average tuition is around 4,000 EUR per year for Bachelor’s students and 7,000 EUR/year for Master’s students
  • Political Science: the average fees are around 9,000 EUR per-year

the tuition fees of some universities FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 

  1. University College of Northern Denmark costs 5,958 – 7,225 EUR
  2. University of Southern Denmark starts from 6,200 EUR
  3. Aarhus University starts from 8,000 EUR 
  4. Roskilde University starts from 10,000 EUR
  5. University of Copenhagen between 9000 – 15,000 EUR
  6. University of Copenhagen commercial cost 12,500 EUR

head up: As for private universities, students will pay high tuition fees around 10,000 EUR

Who can study freely in Danish institutions? 

Higher education in Denmark is free for:

  •  students from the European Union (EU) or (EEA).
  • students who have a temporary residence with the possibility of obtaining permanent residence in Denmark
  • students who participate in an exchange program.
  • students who have legal permanent residence.
  • One of the parents is from a non-EU/EEA country and works in Denmark.
  • students who are awarded a fully-funded scholarship

Extra payment

students spend between 30 – 65 EUR per month on books, library charges, and other study materials. As for social activities, students spend between 120 and 175 EUR per month.

tip pro: Students from outside EU/EEA/Switzerland will be charged a fee when applying for a residence permit (visa) to study in Denmark.

Living Cost

Denmark is one of the European countries known for its high standard of living and the government offers for its people and residents an ideal work-life balance.

The living cost in Denmark depends mainly on the way of your life or the chosen city. for example The cost of living in Copenhagen, is about 1200 euros per month, while in Aalborg, about 800 euros per month.

Rent 

international students need between 800 – 1,200 EUR per month to live in Denmark depending on the student’s habits of living and the chosen cities. 

The average cost of housing among cities is different, it costs between 400 – 670 EUR in most cities, around 800 – 900 EUR in a big city such as Copenhagen, and 250 EUR per month outside the city.

  • Student halls of residence (college) cost between 250 – 300 EUR per month 
  • Students living alone costs about 450 EUR per month
  • Students living with their partner or a colleague can cost around 500 EUR per month

food COSTS

the average food costs will amount to 200 – 270 EUR per month, depending on students’ expenses and the city where live in.

This is the list of the food prices: 

  • Milk (regular), (1 liter): 9.57 kr
  • Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g):18.74 kr
  • Rice (white), (1kg): 14.37 kr
  • Eggs (regular) (12): 25.62 kr
  • Local Cheese (1kg): 79.15 kr
  • Chicken Fillets (1kg): 62.13 kr
  • Beef Round (1kg):  97.42 kr
  • Apples (1kg) 19.26 kr
  • Banana (1kg) 18.72 kr
  • Oranges (1kg) 19.66 kr
  • Tomato (1kg) 24.54 kr
  • Potato (1kg) 12.62 kr
  • Onion (1kg) 10.41 kr
  • Lettuce (1 head) 10.41 kr
  • Water (1.5-liter bottle) 11.52 kr

transportation

In Denmark, most of the students use a bicycle as a good and cheaper option to get to their universities. while others use public transportation like trains, buses or metros amounts to 40 – 50 EUR per month.

Accommodation

Unfortunately, the Danish universities do not provide accommodation for international students on their campus, however, it is not impossible to find suitable housing at an affordable price near the universities.

The average expected for accommodation and utilities is about €300 – €500 per month. This amount may go as high up as €800 in big cities such as Copenhagen. 

What are the types of students’ accommodation? 

There are many types of accommodation in Denmark and students should decide which one they want to live in. 

head up: we strongly advise those who choose Denmark as their destination to study to contact the Danish host institution for information about housing as soon as receiving acceptance into a study program.

1- Halls of residence

This kind of accommodation is offered in a communal environment and it is particularly suitable for international students to immerse themselves in Danish society.  

Without a doubt, Living in the student halls of residence is a great way to settle in and make friends, especially in your first year abroad.  the total average of the expenses and cost of living in halls of residence would be around 240 – 460 EUR per month.

Bear in mind that renting a room in a hall of residence is cheaper than renting a room in a private apartment. 

2- University-owned student accommodation

This one is a good option for students who want to minimize their spending, and you can apply at the Accommodation Office of the university after you receive your admission. 

3- Private rent

This type offers more privacy for students. but of course, it is more expensive. Although prices for individual rent in Denmark fluctuate. It greatly depends on the house location, size, and quality. the average at the private apartment or room is between €270 — €600 per month.

3- home-stay 

This experience is really unique and the student will be back home with the moments worth remembering that give them the opportunity to share the time and immersion in the Danish lifestyle.

This option is cheaper and the student shares the utilities costs like internet, heating, and electricity with the host family.    

5- Studio apartments

It is a popular option in Denmark for those who want to live on their own to get peace and focus. The average cost ranges from 600 to 1000 euros per month according to the location of the studio, its proximity to the university, and the services it provides to the student. 

6- hotels

It is a temporary solution for the new arrivals. The cost is up to 150 euros per day so is not affordable for international students.

 

Universities

Universities in Denmark are considered among the most important universities in the world, and they have proven over the years that they keep pace with the latest developments in science and their ability to qualify students academically and practically for the labor market.

If you want to complete your higher education in one of the universities in Denmark, you will obtain advanced education and a certificate accurate in all countries of the world.

WHAT MAKES Danish universities unique?  

What distinguishes the university in Denmark is its advanced curricula and interest in educational programs that suit the labor market, so it will be easy for its graduates to find a job after a short period of graduation

the best university in Denmark

The following is an overview of the most important universities in Denmark and their specializations:

1- University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest and best of Denmark’s universities that was founded in 1479 AD. It is also the second oldest university among the universities in Scandinavia.

It is one of the leading European universities with approximately 41,000 students in several specializations and educational programs, and it has four headquarters in Copenhagen.

The University of Copenhagen is a research center affiliated with the International Alliance of Research Universities.

It has produced a large number of writers and scholars. the teaching depends on the Danish language in addition to some subjects in English and German

The university offers 49 educational programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. levels, and the most important specializations are: 

  • biology and chemistry
  • psychology and learning
  • art
  • communication and media sciences
  • engineering and culture
  • sociology
  • health
  • medicine
  • politics and economics
  • technology.

It is divided into 6 faculties

  1. the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  2. the Faculty of Science
  3. the Faculty of Theology
  4. the Faculty of Social Sciences
  5. the Faculty of Humanities
  6. the Faculty of Law

2- Aarhus University

Aarhus University is the largest university in Denmark, and one of the best and most important universities in the country.

It was founded in 1928 AD, located in the city of Aarhus including approximately 44,000 students who study in the various disciplines of the university.

Aarhus University offers more than 229 taught courses in English for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees.

This university is divided into many faculties: 

  • Arts
  • Sciences
  • Technology
  • Health
  • Business
  • Social sciences

3- Technical University of Denmark

The Technical University of Denmark is one of the most important universities in Denmark with numerous disciplines that it offers to international students. it was established in 1829 AD

It is one of the world’s leading universities in the field of engineering, called “the vanguard of engineering institutions in Europe”, especially after it merged with 5 research centers in 2007.

The Technical University of Denmark, which is located in the city of Kongens Lyngby, north of Copenhagen, has more than 11,000 students.

it provides its educational programs in Danish or English and its modern engineering program is taught entirely in English

The best educational courses are:

  • general engineering
  • mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • electrical
  • electronic engineering
  • chemical engineering
  • civil engineering
  • computer science
  • physical sciences
  • physics and chemistry
  • astronomy
  •  geology
  • mathematics and statistics
  • environment
  • life sciences 
  • science Biological
  • clinical
  • preclinical and health sciences

4- Aalborg University

one of the best modern Danish universities, founded in 1974 in Aalborg, and now, it has two other campuses in Esbjerg and Copenhagen. This university has more than 20,000 students. 

It is considered one of the universities that include the highest numbers of international students. Aalborg University provides 130 educational courses for bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees.

It awards scientific degrees in many disciplines, including medicine, social and human sciences, design, engineering, information technology, and exact sciences.

It is divided into four colleges:

  • the College of Humanities
  • the College of Science and Engineering
  • the College of Social Sciences
  • the College of Medicine

5- University of Southern Denmark

The University of Southern Denmark is one of the newest and most important universities in Denmark.

It has seven headquarters, located in: Odense, Copenhagen, Kolding, Slagels, Esbjerg, Soderberg.

The university includes 26,000 students, it has 35 departments and 30 research centers, as well as a library equipped with what the student needs

also, it includes five colleges: 

  • Social Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • Engineering.

the facilities consist of 82 educational programs for bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees, including: 

  • economics and econometrics
  • business administration
  •  social sciences
  • communication and media studies
  • sociology
  • politics and international studies
  • engineering technology
  • civil engineering
  • electrical and electronic engineering
  • chemical engineering
  • engineering General
  • mechanical and aerospace engineering
  • physical sciences
  • chemistry
  • geology
  • environment
  • land and sea sciences.
  • physics and astronomy
  • mathematics and statistics
  • clinical
  • preclinical and health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • biological sciences
  • arts and humanities
  • life sciences
  • sports sciences
  • history
  • philosophy and theology
  • computer science
  • law
  • psychotherapy
  • Languages
  • literature and linguistics

6- Roskilde University

The most important task of Roskilde University is to invent innovative forms of learning, knowledge creation, and contribute to the experiment. 

students who attend this university will be trained to assess the importance of academic problems, methods on a scientific basis, and the relevance of selected theories.

Roskilde University is one of the modern universities in Denmark, which was able to prove its worth and success in record time. This university was established in 1972 AD, located in the city of Roskilde.

It is one of the most important universities in Denmark, relying on scientific research and constantly developing its teaching methods.

The university offers many disciplines: 

  • communication and information technology
  • psychology
  • educational studies
  • culture and hobby

It has four departments: 

  • Science and Environment
  • Social Sciences and Business Administration
  • Communication and Arts
  • People and Technology

7-  VIA University College:

VIA University College known as the University of Applied Sciences is one of the most important universities in Denmark. It includes more than 2500 students in many disciplines

the university offers more than 40 study programs in English within:

  • Engineering
  • Health sciences
  • Design
  • Education
  • Business

8- University of Information Technology

One of the most important technical universities in Denmark is the University of Information Technology that is located in Oystad Nord and was established in 1971.

The university has more than 2,600 students, which allows them to exchange experiences, and provides them with distinguished information in the field of information technology.

courses for Bachelor, Diploma, Master’s, and Doctorate level students in a wide range of subject areas:

  • Software engineering
  • Knowledge engineering
  • High-performance computing
  • Business information system
  • Communication and networking
  • Embedded system
  • Computer system technology

Scholarships

The higher education system in Denmark offers a wide range of internationally recognized degree programs for international students. in addition to many types of scholarships provided by the Danish government. 

what are the best fully-funded Scholarships in Denmark

Every year, the universities in Denmark receive a limited number of government scholarships to fund highly qualified full-degree students from different nationalities.

The list of Danish Scholarships for International Students: 

  1. The Danish Government Scholarships
  2. Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programs in Denmark
  3. Banting International Postdoctoral Fellowships
  4. Danish State Tuition Fee Waivers
  5. Aarhus University Scholarship
  6. IT University of Copenhagen State Scholarships
  7. Danish Government Scholarships
  8. University of Southern Denmark Ph.D. Fellowships
  9. Ph.D. Scholarship in Planning Tools

How to be eligible for Scholarships in Denmark?

In order to be eligible for a scholarship, you should be: 

  • A student of a country outside the EU, EEA, or Switzerland
  • To be enrolled in a full degree higher education program
  • Proof a time-limited student visa in Denmark due to education

 

Study Visa

Entering a university in Denmark is a crucial step in the life of students, therefore, once you have been accepted into a university in Denmark, you must start the procedures for obtaining a study visa to reach your university in time.

How to apply for a student visa in Denmark

  1. Initially, you will receive a visa application form from the representative of the educational institution in Denmark that granted you admission.
  2.  After filling out the second section of the application form, and attaching it with the required documents, your should turn to complete your section and attach it to the required documents as well, 
  3. then submit this application to the Embassy of Denmark In your country closest to you.

Find out what visa you need to study in Denmark?

The student visa in Denmark is known as a “residence permit” which allows the student to stay and study legally in the country. 

  1. the students from EU/EEA and Switzerland citizens have to apply for an EU residence document, not a residence permit
  2. the students who are non-EU/EEA and Switzerland citizens have to obtain the residence permit

types of the Denmark student visa 

Denmark is a part of the Schengen Zone, and the government offers many types of student visas which depend on the length of course or program enrolled in.

  • long term student visa: this type of visa allows its holder to stay in Denmark for more than 3 months. 

Head up: visa application is required to apply for this permit at least 4 months before the student arrives in Denmark.

  • short term student visa: the students whose courses or programs’ studies are less than 3 months, will need to apply for a short-term student visa or Schengen visa.

How long does Denmark student visa processing take?

It takes around 2 months or 60 days for your application to be processed. However, processing times can be longer depending on your nationality. 

What are the entry requirements for Danish Universities?

If you are from Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, or an EU citizen, and have a school-leaving certificate that qualifies you for higher education, you will be able to study in Denmark freely.

While a Non-EU – EEA or Swiss student you will have to evidence that your school-leaving certificate qualifies you to start a higher education level. Furthermore, you are required to prove your English language skills. 

Requirements

For the ambitious students who receive an acceptance letter from the university, you must prepare a set of official documents before attending the embassy of Denmark 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR APPLYING TO A Denmark STUDENT VISA?

The documents that you must submit to obtain a visa for Denmark are:

  • Visa application form
  • A valid passport for at least 6 months after the duration of the course, with two or more blank pages. it must have been used during the previous ten years.
  • Passport Photographs
  • new, colored, with white background Photos
  • a letter of admission from the university 
  • Parental consent for those under 18 years old.
  • Language Proficiency Certificate in English or Danish- depending on the language the course will be in.
  • Proof of a financial source that covers your expenses in Denmark (at least one thousand euros per month).
  • Receipt of payment of visa application fees (320 euros)
  • Proof of insurance housing in Denmark.
  • Pay for travel insurance worth 30,000 EUR
  • A document showing the student’s marital status

Tip pro: All Non-EU students studying in Denmark need to digitally attach signatures, fingerprints, and photos along with their application. you need to send in all the requirements within 14 days If you’re applying online.

What are the steps of applying for a student visa in Denmark? 

  1. Your application is referred to the Danish Immigration Service for study. 
  2. you will attend an interview at the Danish embassy or consulate.  ​​and here be sure to provide true and accurate information about yourself.

A Denmark student visa gives you the right to reside in Denmark or in any other Schengen zone, and do not forget that after arriving in Denmark you must obtain a residence permit during your study period.

additionally, if you want to work after graduating in Denmark and live there, you will be able to extend your stay for an additional six months until you find suitable work

Why Study In Denmark

Denmark is the home of creativity and innovation, as it offers the ideal environment for studying which makes it a perfect destination for international students. 

Moreover, it is a goldmine of high-quality education with five Danish universities coming under the QS World University Ranking

What makes Denmark a perfect destination for international students?

Denmark boasts an advanced educational system with many world-class institutions, as it distinguishes between full research universities and more practice-oriented university colleges. 

Facts and figures about higher education in Denmark

If you have the opportunity to complete your higher education at a university in Denmark, you will get many important advantages:

  • Denmark offers advanced and developed scientific programs that will definitely raise the students’ level of education.
  • Universities are interested in training their students in a practical and research way that qualifies them to enter the labor market with strength and stability.
  • Denmark has many of the most important universities around the world.
  • The degrees awarded by Danish universities are internationally recognized and accredited, which secures you a good future.
  • Denmark is a very safe country with low crime rates. You will feel safe during your studies and stay.
  • Some universities or colleges in Denmark offer scholarships to students on a merit basis
  • it offers a friendly living environment that makes foreign students feel as in-home
  • international students can travel across Denmark and explore its beauty and visit its landmarks.
  • when You study in Denmark you will have a chance to intern at globally recognized organizations.
  • You will be able to work during your studies, which will help you to bear the high cost of living there