why study in denmark?

    Denmark is located in northern Europe and is part of Scandinavia. Denmark consists of the peninsula of Jutland, the major islands of Zealand, Funen, Lolland-Falster and 429 other islands between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, 72 of which are inhabited. There is not a single point in Denmark located more than 50 km from the sea. Only a few kilometres from the main cities of Denmark – Aarhus and Copenhagen – there are idyllic villages and untouched forests and lakes. Denmark’s location makes it the gateway to the other Scandinavian countries and the rest of Europe.

    Berlin is only an hour away. London and Paris can be reached by plane in less than two hours. And Barcelona, Rome, Vienna and Prague are also only a few hours away. When you arrive in Denmark, you will probably notice a relaxed atmosphere, a lot of people on bicycles, and things generally running rather smoothly. A mix of stunning old buildings and modern, sustainable architecture tells a story of cities that are keeping their old values, but gladly experimenting with new ones. On the other hand, you may find that life in Denmark is not very cheap. That being said, if you are reasonable and follow local habits, striving to be a little more economical (cycling to university), you can make ends meet, despite Denmark being at the more costly end of the spectrum.


    For all EU citizens, Denmark provides the possibility to study free of charge, as well as for Swiss citizens, whereas non-EU students and Swedish citizens are not exempt from paying, which amounts from € 9,000 to € 15,000 per year. Denmark is similar to Sweden in terms of studying, but Sweden appears to be more pliable to international students, offering numerous possibilities and options for studying in English. A great advantage is that  non-EU students are granted scholarship by Danish Government. In order to qualify for the scholarship the following requirements must be accomplished:


    • A student has to be a citizen of a country outside the EU, the European Economic Area or  Switzerland

    • It is recommended to enrol in a higher educational programmes

    • A student has be granted a residence permit in Denmark for educational purposes.


    You are not eligible for a Danish government scholarship if:


    • you are applying to an art college,

    • have a claim in process referring to Danish citizen rights,

    • have been granted a residence permit by the time of acceptance by the Danish Foreign  Consolidation Law,

    • are a student eligible to loan according to the state educational fund law of Denmark.


    The scholarships are granted by Danish higher educational institutions, each deciding which student will receive the scholarship. For further information on Government Scholarships, please see the admission information for the higher educational institutions according to your own choice.


    Note: A state scholarship consists of two parts and can be granted as a full scholarship or a partial reduction in tuition and / or loans to cover living expenses. In spite of that, since scholarships are granted by an individual higher educational institution, you should make an inquiry with the host institution for more details.



    As a citizen who is not a member of the EU/EEA you must obtain a residence permit so that you can study in Denmark. In order to obtain a residence permit, you must prove in writing that:

    • You have been accepted as a student on a higher education course/university programme approved by the Danish Government.
    • You are completing an education programme offered by a Danish higher education institution or you are a guest who is part of a programme that you started in your country of residence.
    • You can financially support yourself during your stay. If you are to be paying tuition fees, you can document this by showing that you have paid the tuition fees for the first semester or year, instead of proving whether you can support yourself.
    • If you submit a bank statement to document that you can financially support yourself, keep in mind that a bank statement must be older than 30 days and clearly state in which currency the account is kept. Your name must appear on a bank statement.
    • If you receive state subsidies or benefits in Denmark, your residence permit can be revoked and risking deportation (keep in mind: foreign students do not usually receive state grants or grants in Denmark),
    • You can speak and understand the language of instruction.



    During your studies, based on your student visa, you are allowed to work part-time, for up to 20 hours per week. Also, as in other European countries, you have the right to stay on after your studies for six months in order to find a job. EU/EEA citizens have the right to housing assistance (boligsikring) – a rent subsidy provided by the local authority. However, no other subsidies for housing loans and deposits are available. For details on the requirements and how to apply, please contact our agency. Non-EU/EEA students in Denmark cannot apply for or receive housing assistance.

    If you apply for this type of assistance, it can result in the cancellation of your residence permit. The most common way of finding accommodation is through groups on Facebook, the university and other agency sites, and your university can help you contact them. 

    The price of accommodation ranges from €270 to €600, the average monthly costs amount to approximately €1,200. Some academic institutions have online job banks or career centres that can help you find work for students. In addition, the official Danish international job website “Work in Denmark” provides information on how to find the right job for students, how to write an application, what to do during the job interview, etc. Denmark is a highly modernised country with a heritage of real values and quality. Without a doubt, you will not be making a mistake if you choose this destination to continue your education.