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Study a graduate program in Denmark

Graduate programs in Denmark

Denmark might not have been top of your list when it comes to thinking of places to study abroad, but with one of the highest standards of living, subsidised tuition fees and 18 hours of sun (albeit only in the summer) you should really be considering graduate programs 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 graduate programs in Denmark taught in English, you can be sure that as an international student you will receive the highest quality education possible.

Population: 5,575,000

Education overview

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 Masters and PhD programs
  • University level institutions of arts, design and architecture – Researched based programs in these subjects
  • University colleges – Offer more vocational based training
  • Academies of Professional Higher Education – Offer professional degree programs

Many graduate programs 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.

Immigration and visas in Denmark

If you want to study a graduate program 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.

Life in Denmark

Denmark has one of the highest standards of living in Europe and is one of the 20 richest countries in the world. It is also well known for its welfare system, with free healthcare and education offered all the way from primary school to university level.

These benefits come at a cost however, with tax rates high and luxuries like alcohol and cars expensive.

Danes are sociable people who love the outdoors. Many Danish workplaces and universities try to maintain a healthy work/life balance and run sports and social clubs which are great ways to meet fellow students.

Working in Denmark

Denmark has one of the freest labour markets in Europe, with employers able to hire and fire as the please, but employees enjoying high unemployment benefits. Denmark is one of the easiest places in Europe to do business according the World Bank, with competitive company tax rates (25%) and tax breaks for expats.

Denmark is also a great economic model, with one of the world’s lowest levels of income inequality and the world’s highest minimum wage.
One of Denmark’s main industries is energy as it has considerable levels of oil and natural gas in the North Sea. The country is also a long-term leader in wind energy.

Accommodation

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 graduate 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 postgraduate course.
  • Private rentals – where you rent an apartment privately from a landlord, either on your own or with other people.

Climate in Denmark

Denmark has a temperate climate with cold winters and mild summers. Winter is at its coldest between January and February, while summer is at its hottest between June and August.

Denmark’s northern location means there are large seasonal variations in daylight, with short days during winter and long summer days with around 18 hours of sunshine.

Transport

Denmark has excellent road and rail links across the country, and also operates several ferry services that connect it to other Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Sweden and the Faroe Islands. Private car ownership is discouraged in Denmark, with extremely high rates of tax and fuel duty. As such, public transport is the preferred method of getting around, although bicycles are also extremely common.

Currency

The currency of Denmark is the Danish krone.

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