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, subsidized 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.

Requirements for undergraduate studies

Admission requirements for Bachelor programmes are:

Certain study programmes have additional admission requirements. This could include:

  • Subjects passed on a certain level. Danish education use levels A, B and C,  A being the highest.
  • Subjects passed with a certain minimum grade
  • The diploma in total passed with a certain minimum GPA
  • Passed admission test/interview

Requirements for postgraduate studies

Admission requirements for Candidatus/Master programmes are:

  • an internationally recognised Bachelor's degree of good standard or equivalent 
  • proof of proficiency in English 

Requirements for PhD studies

To embark on a PhD, you generally need to have a recognised Master's/Candidatus degree or equivalent.  In some areas, a four-year PhD programme is offered to students who have completed a Bachelor’s qualification and one year of study at postgraduate level. 

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.

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.

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.
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