Denmark uses the Danish krone (kr) for its currency. There are no tuition fees, meaning it’s free to study in Denmark for students from the EU/EEA and for students participating in an exchange programme. Obviously, you’ll still have to pay for accommodation and living expenses. For students outside of the EU/EEA, Denmark offers very reasonable tuition fees, starting from just €6,000 (USD 8,000 / kr45,000).
Whilst the costs of studying and living in Denmark will vary depending on what you choose to study and where you want to study it, we estimate that it will cost around €18,000 per year (USD 25,000 / kr140,000) for an undergraduate student.
In many cities in Denmark, particularly Copenhagen, there are discounts available for international students on many leisure activities and travel fares.
Many students choose to work whilst they are studying to earn some extra money. Many students in Denmark hold a part-time job and as an international student in Denmark, you will also be able to work while you live there. As an EU/EEA student, there is no restriction on the amount of hours you are allowed to work. If you are an international student, but not from the EU/EEA, you can work for up to 15 hours a week while you study in Denmark. Upon graduation you will also have the opportunity to seek full-time employment.
In Denmark, you’ll need a travel visa if you intend to stay for less than 90 days and are from certain countries. This is a short stay visa and is perfect for short courses or travelling around with friends. If you plan to stay for longer that 90 days you’ll have to gain a residence permit prior to arriving in Denmark. Make sure you apply for this in advance, as it can take a long time to process it and without it, you won’t be able to enter the country to start your course.
As a non-EU/EAA citizen you will need a Danish residence permit to study in Denmark. To gain a residence permit, you must prove in writing that you have been accepted as a student to study at a university/college in Denmark that has been approved by the Danish government. You’ll also need to show that you will be completing a programme offered by a Danish institution or you are a student attending part of a programme that you have already started in your own country of residence. You need to be able to show that you can support yourself financially too, for the duration of your stay, which includes proof that you have paid in advance for at least the first semester of your course if tuition fees apply. Like most study abroad options, you’ll need to prove you have a sound knowledge of a language. In Denmark, you’ll need to be able to speak and understand at least one of the following languages: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German.
Although Danish is the national language, English is widely spoken, with most people speaking it fluently. You may wish to learn a bit of Danish whilst you’re studying there though, and there is usually opportunities to do this at your chosen institution. Many courses are taught in English, meaning they attract a wide range of students.
If you want to study in English in Denmark, you’ll need to hold great English language skills, which you will need to be able to prove when you apply for your course. You will need to show the results of an accepted English Language test, scoring at least 6.0 IELTS or TOEFL 550 (Paper Based), 213 (Computer Based). Whilst other language tests may be accepted, it is always best to check with the institution you are applying to beforehand.
Denmark’s capital city is also it’s largest, with an urban population of over 1.2 million. This bustling place isn’t just another capital city though, it’s a place full of history, with buildings and landmarks to explore, whilst being trendy and modern. The city manages to hold onto it’s cultural heritage, whilst embracing new traditions, languages and people. An enchanting city, with a warm heart, studying in Copenhagen is a great choice for anybody wishing to study abroad, and with some of the most renowned universities in Europe, combined with modern teaching styles, it really could be the best place to study.
Located in North Jutland, Aalborg is the fourth largest city in Denmark, with a population of just over 100,000. But what the city lacks in population, it more than makes up for in cultural diversity, with the annual Aalborg Carnival attracting thousands of visitors, making it the biggest carnival in Scandinavia. The carnival actually runs across a number of days, culminating with a grand finale, in which the city centre is full of life. The streets are always filled with brightly dressed people, whilst Kildeparken the large park in Aalborg, hosts concerts that are given from various stages all day to midnight. The Carnival ends with a grand firework display that is not to be missed. It’s a great city to study in, especially for an international student who wishes to expand their cultural knowledge whilst studying.
Despite being located on the east side of the peninsula of Jutland, Aarhus is actually in the geographical center of Denmark. It’s university, Aarhus University, was established in 1928 and now is Denmark’s second largest university with almost 40,000 students in attendance. Needless to say, this creates a great environment to study abroad in. Known all over the world for it’s museums, Aarhus is a great city to choose if you want to study in Denmark.
The third largest city in Denmark, with a population of around 170,000, Odense is located on the island of Funen. It’s a great city to study in, with a great mix of nightlife, cultural heritage and beautiful scenery. Odense is home to the University of Southern Denmark, which is a research-focused institution, with strong business ties, both regionally and internationally. It’s about two hours to Copenhagen by car, and slightly less on the train, but you’ll find once you’re there, you probably won’t want to leave, such is the natural charm of Odense.