Studying in Denmark

Students' Experiences of Denmark

Why study abroad in Denmark?

Despite its small population – only 5.5 million – Denmark ranks as one of the world's most innovative countries thanks to a strong emphasis on research and high-quality education.

  • The country’s higher education institutions work closely with business to offer an up-to-date learning environment where you can learn from industry experts and undertake internships in globally recognised organisations.
  • Tuition is free for students from other EU states but the cost of living is comparatively high and accommodation in demand.

Entry and visa regulations

UK citizens, in common with EU/European Economic Area (EEA) citizens and Swiss nationals, do not require a visa to enter Denmark and may stay for up to three months without a residence permit.

  • A longer stay requires a registration certificate (for EU/EEA citizens) or a residence card (for Swiss nationals), obtained from the Regional State Administration (Statsforvaltningen) within three months of arrival in Denmark.
  • Non-Danish citizens who do not have a Danish entrance examination are eligible for admission if they have qualifications recognised as being comparable to Danish entrance qualifications.
  • Applicants who are native English speakers are exempted from English language proficiency test requirements. Proof of proficiency in Danish is required for admission to programmes taught in Danish, and applicants will be required to take a test.

Funding your study

  • Higher education in Denmark is free for students from the EU/EEA and for students participating in an exchange programme. For other students, annual tuition fees range from £490 to £13,000.

As with any international study experience accommodation and living costs must be considered.

  • Finding a place to live often takes time.
  • Therefore, students are advised to contact their host institution for information about housing as soon as they have been accepted into a study programme.
  • Some international students prefer to let or sub-let a room from a Danish student or landlord.
  • Others rent a flat or a house, which they share with friends.

Denmark is an expensive country but it is possible to live economically (prices in GBP, March 2015):

  • Apartment rent, 1 bedroom: £341 - £506 per month
  • Meal, inexpensive restaurant: £9.54
  • Meal at McDonalds: £6.20
  • Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught): £3.81
  • Imported beer (0.33 litre bottle): £3.81
  • Cappuccino: £3.16
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle): £1.87
  • Water (0.33 litre bottle): £1.38
  • Loaf of bread: £1.57
  • Cigarettes: £4.10
  • One-way ticket local transport: £1.91
  • Cinema ticket: £8.58

Health and safety

Denmark is an extremely safe country with low crime rates and a high quality public healthcare system.

  • UK citizens in possession of a registration certificate have access to free medical examinations and treatments with exceptions such as dental care and physiotherapy.
  • Access to free treatment is secured through production of the relevant documents at the time of registration.

Helpful links

International Rankings

University Rankings 2017–18

University QS
QS World University Rankings 2017–18

Global university rankings compiled annually by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). QS ranks institutions by the following key indicators; academic peer review, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, recruiter review, international orientation.

See the QS World University Rankings here, and more on making sense of international rankings here.

THE World University Rankings 2017–18

Global university rankings compiled annually by the Times Higher Education (THE). THE ranks institutions by performance in the following categories; Industry Income, Teaching, Research and Citations.

See THE World University Rankings here, and more on making sense of international rankings here.

Aalborg University 356 201-250
Aarhus University 119 109
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) 116 167
University of Copenhagen 73 109
University of Southern Denmark 361 301-350