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Study in Denmark


Denmark is a country extending towards the northward direction from the centre of continental Western Europe. Denmark consists of more than 400 islands towards the eastern peninsula. Denmark occupies the peninsula of Jutland and has been historically occupied by Jutland and it is one of the three lands of Denmark, Scania, and Zealand are the other two and it makes up more than two-thirds of the country’s total land area. Talking about a fact, the people of Denmark are ranked as the happiest people on the planet.

Why study in Denmark?

Denmark is known for its academic excellence over the years and year by year it attracts students from the whole world to study at its internationally recognized universities. Denmark embodies an advanced educational system with world-class institutions. Denmark offers a wide variety of programs to the students. The universities of Denmark are categorized in two different ways: universities including full research process and more practice-oriented university colleges (also known as “universities of applied sciences”). Denmark offers low study costs as compared to other countries. The international students are charged around 5,00,000 INR/year to 15,00,000 INR/year for tuition fees. As well as the universities provide multiple courses in the English language. A large variety of subjects and courses has been offered by the Denmark universities and has a great standard of living.

Denmark study visa requirements and eligibility criteria

In Denmark, the first requirement is a “Residence permit”. The document that allows foreign citizens to study in Denmark (known as a “student Visa” in other countries) is called a Residence Permit.

The citizens of the European Union/European Economic Area and Switzerland have to apply for a European Union residence document and not a residence permit.

The citizens of countries other than the European Union/European Economic Area and Switzerland have to apply for a residence permit. The period of the residence permit is as long as the duration of the program opted by the student.

One should apply at least three months prior for the residence visa from the date of arrival. Because some documents are required to be signed, delivered, or biometric need to be done and submitted and the overall processing time varies upon the nationality of the applicant. 

Documents required for applying for a residence permit:-

  • Proof of English or Danish language proficiency (the language tests include TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge ESOL examinations (CAE).
  • A detailed analysis of the applicant’s academic program
  • Details of the applicant’s living arrangements
  • Receipt of application fee payment
  • Enough funds for the stay in Denmark (around 1,000 EUR/month)
  • Acceptance letter from the university
  • A signed and filled-in application form
  • Travel insurance
  • Enrollment as a full-time student

Cost of studying in Denmark

Denmark offers courses in various fields:-

  • Courses related to business administration have tuition fees of about 10,000 EUR/year.
  • Bachelor’s studies in Economics cost around 6,000 to 8,500 EUR/year and 10,000 to 17,400 EUR/year for Master’s programs.
  • Courses related to Biotechnology cost around 12,000 to 20,000 EUR/year.
  • Hospitality and Tourism courses cost around 4,000 EUR/year for bachelor and 7,000 EUR/year for Masters.
  • Courses related to political science cost around 9,000 EUR/year.

The minimum tuition fee in Denmark is around $ 7,225 per year offered by the University College of Northern Denmark.  

Denmark offers no tuition fee policy to EU/EEA students.

It offers free education for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate to domestic students and students from the EU, EEA, and Switzerland.

Courses to study in Denmark

Denmark offers more than 600 courses.

Some of the main courses are-

  • Agriculture and environment
  • Architecture, design, and visual arts
  • Economics, commerce, management, and accounting
  • Engineering
  • Health care, social services, and care services
  • Hotel, tourism, leisure, transport, and logistics
  • Humanities, social science, communication, and arts
  • Interdisciplinary studies 

Some of the most popular options:-

  • Masters in Business administration
  • Masters in Economics
  • Masters in Environmental sciences
  • Masters in Design
  • Masters in Civil Engineering

How much money is required for studying in Denmark:-

The all in all costs of living in Denmark are higher in comparison to other European countries.

The tuition fees of Denmark for the citizens of EU/EEA and Switzerland are very attractive but the other expenditures are a bit high. It becomes more expensive for international students.

Accommodation costs around one-third of the monthly income in Denmark. The students have to pay between 400-760 EUR in the cities of Denmark and around 800-900 EUR in the capital city Copenhagen.

Food expenses cost around 200-270 EUR/month. Students can find lower grocery expenses at various places.

At least 50% of students prefer bikes to reach their university, while the other 30% use public transport. An annual public transport pass for the machine, metro, or train ranges from 40 – 50 EUR/ month. The whole of Denmark, and mainly the capital Copenhagen, is called the heaven of bikes because the bikes outnumber the people living there.

How to get PR in Denmark after

The advanced education universities of Denmark allow students to search for placements. The residence permit will remain valid for the next six months after the student completes their study. The residence permit can be extended further.

Students completing their studies from Denmark University can apply for permanent residency after four years of residence in Denmark if they meet the criteria mentioned below:

1) Full-time work experience in each of the last 4 years; 

2) If they pass the Danish language exam, PD3; 

3) The student has to demonstrate an income of 290,000 kroner in each of the last two years; 

4) Pass an active citizenship exam.

The other way of applying for permanent residency is to proceed after residing for eight years in Denmark. Here, the student must have been in full-time work for 3.5 years during the last 4 years, plus fulfil 2 of the above 4 requirements. There must not be a 6-month continuous break in full-time work: this restricts the application.

Work and study in Denmark

Students have to apply for a permit if they want to work while studying. The allowance for international students to work in Denmark is 20 hours per week. Students should not exceed this limit.

The students have to pay income taxes soon as they start working. The tax will be based on the student’s annual income. The average student pay in Denmark is around 10-12 EUR. 

Denmark offers a large number of career options for international students. Students can work in hotels, restaurants, cafes as well as in telemarketing and newspaper distribution.

But, it is difficult for international students to get a job because of the language. It is suggested to learn the Danish language before heading to Denmark for better opportunities.

Eligibility for Indian students to study in Denmark

The criteria for Indian students to study in Denmark are that they require a minimum IELTS 6.0.

The students seeking to take admission to Denmark University can apply without IELTS as well. They have to prove that they have the capacity to converse at an intermediate level in English. However, the students are advised to take IELTS before applying for Denmark colleges as this will be an advantage as compared to other students. 

The student must prove that they can support themselves financially during their study in Denmark.

Students applying for Denmark Universities have to complete the required forms for the residence permit. Biometrics is also required to be provided at the time of visa application.

The Indian students are required to complete a part of the form for the Residence Permit. They also have to provide biometrics during the visa application process.

How much gap is accepted for study in Denmark

All the students must complete at least twelve years of study (Higher Secondary Certificate). A maximum of two years of a gap is accepted for the students and Madrasa education is allowed.

Best place to study in Denmark for Indian students 

Denmark offers a wide variety of Universities that provide several graduate and master’s degree programs to international students. Denmark has around 40 higher education institutes and there are eight universities in the country offering a broad variety of academic subjects and others specializing in particular fields such as information technology, technology, or business.

Denmark’s thirteen university-level schools provide degrees at all levels in design, architecture, creative and performing arts.

The Capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen, has some world-class universities.
  • The University of Copenhagen (KU) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.
  • The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is one of the world’s best engineering schools.
  • The Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is world-renowned for its top-ranked MBA program.
Some other top Universities of Denmark are:-
  • Arhus University (AU)
  • Aalborg University (AAU)
  • University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
  • Roskilde University (RUC)

Top courses for Indian students career option in Denmark

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Fashion Design
  • Film
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
Which career has the most job opportunities in Denmark?

The highest paying jobs in Denmark are Legal and Paralegal Professionals at $133,000 annualy.

Some other career options that are in demand in Denmark are:-
  • Education
  • Energy and Electrical Engineers
  • Medical Consultants
  • Hospital Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists

Tourism and hospitality service is the lowest paying job in Denmark.

As an Indian, Denmark is a great option for students who are in search of good universities for further studies. Denmark is an ancient country. Denmark has a large number of world-class universities with great career and job opportunities. The tuition fees and visa costs are not much higher for Denmark. There are so many benefits of studying in a European country. Language is not a barrier in Denmark. Students have to apply for a residence permit with the suitable document required.  

In the prevailing Covid-19 conditions, India was in a red zone till mid-July 2021, now India has moved to the orange zone. The Indians are allowed to enter Denmark as long as they have a worthy purpose of visiting. A worthy purpose for entry in Denmark may include enrollment as a pupil or student at an educational institution that is open, where one has to attend classes or has an exam requiring physical presence.