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29 Jun 2021

Study in Denmark: A Guide for International Students

In Denmark, old-world Nordic charm meets an avowedly forward-looking society – the nation regularly ranks on lists of most livable, safest and happiest places on earth thanks to its high quality of life and per capita income, as well as its advanced education, health care and civil liberties. Undertaking an education in Denmark places you right in the center of this socially developed utopia.

Danish landscapes may not possess the stop-you-in-your tracks natural grandeur of a Norwegian fjord, but the country’s grassy panoramas have the same understated, unpretentious beauty that can be felt in everything from the Danes’ architecture, to their fashion, to their outlook on life. The people value modesty, moderation and have a distaste for flagrant personal wealth, reflected in their willingness to buy into a comprehensive welfare state.

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Denmark is consistently featured on the list of top 10 countries in Europe to study abroad, especially when it comes to the personal development opportunities and the access to higher quality teaching.

Everyone is welcome and everyone is catered to, perhaps accounting for the 34,000 international students enjoying the spoils of a society predicated on hygge. This spirit of inclusivity and egalitarianism, along with high-quality programs, make an education in Denmark an attractive prospect for EU and non-EU students alike.

Denmark - Quick facts & figures






5.8 million

Area Size

43,094 km²

University Students

150,000 (34,000 international)

Academic Year

September - June


Danish krone (DKK)

Calling Code


Time Zone


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Denmark operates within the Nordic model, which combines free market capitalism with generous social welfare programs. The country’s communal, egalitarian worldview keeps social mobility high, and only a tiny percentage of residents under the poverty line. It is safe to say that Denmark gets it right – it is one of the most modern, innovative and advanced societies in the world and is, unsurprisingly, frequently cited as being one of the happiest.

This bold spirit of innovation can equally be felt in the education system. Danish universities promote personal initiative and problem-based learning, combining traditional lectures with industrial placements that allow for the practical application of studies and prepare students to meet the needs of the global labor market.

After their education in Denmark, students are set loose in a market rife with opportunity, especially in the science and technology industries, all of which begs the question – where better to study abroad than this innovation-driven environment within an education system of high international quality?

Education System

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Denmark? Denmark is a popular destination for a variety of students, given its diverse programs and high quality education. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in Denmark!

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Denmark to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizen status. You will also be required to bring certain documents with you to passport control at the airport, which we cover as well.

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Denmark.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Denmark vary depending on the university and program. We've put together information on tuition fees and scholarships in this section.

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Language & Culture

Denmark is a country rich in history and culture. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more!

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Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to gain acceptance into a university. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in Denmark, and what you need to apply, depending on your citizenship.

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