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Denmark

Denmark

Denmark has much to offer. Quality of life is a characteristic feature of the Danish society combining social security, a clean environment and an attractive business climate with high standards in education and research - also in an international perspective.

Many people have already discovered this - and a steady growing number of exchange students, full degree students and research fellows find their way to one of the Danish institutions of higher education.

Why Denmark?

Excellence and Creativity


Danish higher education has a long academic tradition that combines excellence with a dynamic and innovative culture in research as well as in teaching methods and learning environments.

High academic standards, active study environments, interdisciplinary studies and project-based activities are some of the characteristics of studying in Denmark.

Apart from attending lectures, students work together in groups where each member is expected to contribute actively to discussions as well as be capable of working independently. The student's own critical and analytical initiative is a very important element of higher education in Denmark.

The buildings at most Danish Institutions of higher education are modern and hold excellent up-to-date facilities such as libraries, lecture-, class- and study rooms, labs, IT, canteens etc. Computers are available at the libraries, in computer rooms and, at some institutions, even in the corridors - all students have free access to these facilities. The libraries are public, thus, all students can borrow books, tapes, language learning materials and the like for free.

Denmark invests large sums in education. Public expenditure on education amounts to 8 pct of the GDP, making Denmark the number one in the world. The number of Nobel Prizes per capita is the third highest in the world (The World Competitiveness Yearbook 2004, IMD).

English - no problem!

Danish universities, colleges and other institutions of higher education welcome international teachers and students - be they exchange students or degree students.

You can choose between more than 1,000 individual courses and more than 130 study programmes taught in English. Some institutions also organize intensive summer programmes.

As most Danes speak English, you will find it easy to live in Denmark even though you do not speak any Danish. Approximately 80% of the population speaks English and many speak French, German or Spanish. When you go shopping, use public transportation and visit official buildings etc. you will find that you can manage well by using English. Furthermore, foreign films are in their original version, having Danish subtitles - in cinema as well as in television.

A safe and modern society

Denmark is the oldest monarchy in the world, yet it is today a modern welfare society and has virtually abolished social classes and the differences between rich and poor are small.

The principle behind the Danish welfare society, known as "the Scandinavian welfare model", is that all citizens have access to social benefits.

Denmark has an open economy and trade with the rest of the world is of great importance. It is a modern, knowledge-based society with an increasing post-industrial service economy. In The Economist Intelligence Unit annual e-readiness ranking, Denmark was number one in 2004 and 2005.

Foreigners who have visited Denmark often mention security and safety as the country's most distinctive features. Children walk to school on their own. It is not uncommon to see ministers riding their bikes in Copenhagen. Even the Queen can go shopping with a minimum of security.

This image of the safe environment is confirmed by the statistics, which show that Denmark has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

Hygge - a unique Danish feature

Hygge is an important element of the Danish mentality. The term is difficult to translate, but it is often, inadequately, translated as cosiness. Yet, it is much more than that.

Uncomplicated, unexaggerated and informal are some of the incredients in hygge. It is closely associated with having a good time together with friends or family and with eating and drinking. It may include a long dinner at home with a group of friends who know each another well. It may be a good time at the "fredagsbar". In can be going out with some few friends for a cup of coffee on a Sunday afternoon. In may be listening to music, playing board games or just watching a TV-program together.

The term hygge is widely used and connected with different situations. For instance you can have a hygge-evening and a hygge-weekend. You can have a hygge-chat and you can even sit in a hygge-corner.

Hyggelig is the adjective for hygge and is used about many things. A person can be described as hyggelig, a café and a town - especially if it is a small town - can be hyggelig. Furniture for instance a sofa can be hyggelig and candlelight are definitely hyggelige.

Hygge is all about feeling comfortable in a friendly atmosphere. It is impossible to stay in Denmark for long without experiencing hygge.

A gateway to Europe

Denmark is located in the Northern part of Europe called Scandinavia. Denmark is north of Germany, south of Norway and southeast of Sweden. This geographic position makes Denmark an excellent gateway for those, who want to explore more of Europe and Scandinavia.

Denmark's infrastructure is well developed. The railway is extensive, the roads are of high standards and have a large capacity in terms of traffic load. The aviation system is among the most developed in the world and have connections to most of the big international airports in the world.

For instance, you can fly to capitals like Amsterdam, Berlin and Stockholm in an hour, and, in less than two hours, you can go all the way to Paris, London, Dublin and Prague, to mention a few.

Denmark consists of the peninsula of Jutland and of 406 island. The two largest and most densely populated islands are Zealand and Funen. There is a bridge connecting Jutland and Funen, the Little Belt Bridge. And one of the longest bridges in the world, goes from Funen to Zealand, the Great Belt Bridge. The Oresund Bridge, between Denmark and Sweden, connects the two neighbouring countries.

Study Options for International Students

As an international student you will find many personal, academic and professional challenges through the following options:

  • Degree Programmes
  • Exchange/Guest Student Programmes
  • Specially Designed Programmes
  • Summer University Programmes

An ample selection of programmes and courses taught in English makes it easy to find suitable study opportunities at all levels. All programmes offer high quality education, and in order to gain admission both academic and language requirements must be met.

The Danish higher education institutions

There are three types of institutions - each with well-defined profiles and qualities. This gives you a great variety of study options - not least because the different types of institutions cooperate in various areas, and credit transfer of studies from the different institutions is possible. So no matter if your interests are research-oriented or of a more professional and applied character, there are plenty of opportunities.

All institutions use the European credit transfer system, ECTS, facilitating international credit transfer. Students receive certificates, diplomas or other types of documentation for all completed courses. All students finishing a full degree or a diploma programme receive a Diploma Supplement in English.

Three types of higher education institutions and programmes

Institutions Study programmes
Universities
The universities have a commitment to teach and do research at the highest international level. Some are multi-faculty institutions covering many disciplines; other institutions are specialised in technical science, agriculture and veterinary science, business, architecture etc.

All institutions are placed in the larger cities, often with close partnerships to business and research institutions.
3-Year bachelor programmes (BSc/BA).
The bachelor programmes include the preparation of a project.

2-Year candidatus programmes (MSc/MA).
The candidatus programmes require a thesis of½ - 1 year's duration.

3-Year PhD programmes.
The PhD programmes require independent study and research as well as public defence of a thesis.
University colleges/Colleges
These institutions have a professional focus and combine theoretical studies with applied research and practical application in many different fields.

Some institutions are placed in large cities, others in more tranquil surroundings in small towns. Most institutions have a strong regional commitment.
3-4 - year professional bachelor programmes
The programmes are offered in fields such as business, education, engineering, IT, nursing, social work etc. A bachelor project and work placements are always included in the programmes.
Academies of professional higher education
These colleges combine theoretical studies with a practice-oriented approach.

They are both placed in large and small cities, and have very strong linkages with the regional business and industry.
2-year academy profession programmes
The programmes are offered in fields such as business, technology, IT, multimedia, food industry, tourism etc. The programmes are usually completed with a project of 3 months' duration.

High quality in education

The quality of higher education is assured in many ways. It is regulated and financed by the state, and all public educational institutions are approved and evaluated on an ongoing basis. The institutions have a high degree of autonomy, but must at the same time follow the national regulations on teacher qualifications, award structures and external evaluation of their study pro-grammes. This system is a way of setting national standards for higher education, thus ensuring high quality at all institutions.

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