How To Study in Denmark, Admissions and Tuition 2022
Denmark ranks highly among the best European countries to study in. In the same vein, Danish universities rank highly both in academic performance and student satisfaction. In addition to getting a quality education, students at Danish universities enjoy the country’s city life especially the capital city Copenhagen which is a blend of historic buildings and modern architecture.
To study in Denmark is to experience a great variety of social, cultural, and historical attractions. Although the official language is Danish, there are over 350 English-taught master’s programs and over 100 English-taught bachelor’s programs offered by universities in Denmark.
If it so happens that you’re nursing the thought of studying in Denmark, then it naturally follows that you will be gathering information, especially as regards tuition fees and living costs so you can make informed decisions. If that’s the case, then this article is just right for you as we will be discussing tuition and fees at Danish universities, the cost of living, and available scholarships and grants for international students especially.
Tuition Fees In Denmark
Tuition fee is one of the major determinants of study destinations. In most cases, high-ranking universities tend to be expensive. But here’s good news, in Denmark you can get a quality education for free irrespective of whether you’re a bachelor’s or master’s student if you’re a citizen of an EU/EEA country or a citizen of Switzerland. Also, if you happen to have a permanent or temporary residence permit, or if either of your parents is from a non-EU/EEA country and works in Denmark, you just may get lucky too.
If you do not fall in any of the aforementioned categories then you’d bear the cost of your higher education. In that case, your tuition fee would range between €6,000 and €16,000 per academic year. While some programs may cause less than the estimated, others may cause more. So for more detailed and accurate information, check the official website of the school you’re applying to see what tuition applies to you.
After tuition fees, living costs are another very important factor that determines a student’s study destination. Living costs cover areas like accommodation, food, transportation, and many others.
Although most students who school in Denmark may not need to pay tuition, they may, however, spend a substantial amount of money on living expenses as prices of goods and services are quite high in Denmark. If you’re an international student, you may need around €800-€1,200 to get by every month. It can be either less or more expensive depending on your habits, how much you go out and the kind of places you go to, the amount you spend on shopping and traveling, and also whether you’re living in the capital city.
If you live in other cities, you may spend between €400-€670 on rent and if you live in the capital city, then rent will cost you around €800-€900. If you choose to live on the outskirts of town, you may pay as low as €250 a month. To cut costs, you may decide to live with a partner or live in student halls of residence. Whatever living arrangement you choose, you should start looking for accommodation months before you’re set to move to Denmark as it is usually very difficult to find accommodation right before the semester begins.
Grocery comes at a reasonable rate and may not cost you much except you are an excessive spender. You will spend an average of €200-€270 on food every month. You may spend less if you patronize grocery stores that give discounts. If you choose to dine out, that will cost you around €30 if you do not have company. If you decide to grab a bottle of beer or soft drink at a bar, that will cost around €5.
Denmark, and especially Copenhagen are a heaven of bikes. For this reason, more than half of the student population in Denmark use bikes to get to their university while few of them use public transport. Using a bus, metro, or train to go to and fro school will cost you around €40-€50 monthly. If you decide to, you can always rent or purchase a bike.
In addition to the aforementioned costs, books and study materials will cost you around €30-€65 monthly while social activities will cost between €120 and €175 a month. If you’re a non-EU/EEA citizen without registration with the Danish Civil Registration System, then the cost of your health insurance is on you.
Scholarships and Grants
Even though there’s a free education policy in Denmark, there are still tons of grants and scholarships to enable students who do not qualify for the free education to cover their study and living expenses without breaking a sweat.
The major scholarships in Denmark are funded by the government, the European Union, Nordplus, and Fulbright. While some government scholarships are available only for Danish students, there are also packages for international students. Nordplus scholarships are for students who already study at a Nordic or Baltic university or college. The Fulbright scholarships are for American students enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program in a Denmark college or university. Some universities offer scholarships to non-EU/EEA students. To qualify for any of these scholarships, you must meet the requirements. You can look up scholarship opportunities in Denmark for more information.
Visa and Residence Permit
If you come from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you can stay in Denmark for as long as 3months without a permit. After that, you will be required to apply for a registration certificate which comes at no cost to you and which you will get a week after you apply.
If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, then a residence permit is a must-have. The process of getting a permit takes about 2months and will cost you around €255. Do keep in mind that for non-EU/EEA citizens, visa requirements vary considerably depending on your nationality.
Whatever the case may be, studying in Denmark will most definitely be an exhilarating experience.
We hope you catch all the fun and thrills.