Michael Magee

Studying in Denmark

Michael is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He chose to take a Master's in Marine Biology at the University of Southern Denmark. It's a two-year programme and he had almost completed his first year when we talked to him.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Southern Denmark?

The lack of tuition fee attracted me to Denmark. I wanted to study marine biology and this university had the most interesting study programme. 

What was the application process like?

Very easy. It is all done electronically. The step-by-step process is outlined very logically on the university website.

How did your family and friends react to the news?

My family were happy that I was continuing with my studies. I’ve spent some time away from home since finishing my bachelor so they were used to me being away. My friends know that they have a place to stay if they ever want to come to Denmark!

Were you comparing Denmark with another country when you were considering your study options?

I couldn’t make comparisons because I didn’t know much about Denmark. This made it exciting and was also a part of my decision to come here.

How did the fees in Denmark compare to what you would have paid in the UK?

Couldn’t be better! It is 100% free in Denmark. Compare that with £9,000 per year in the UK and it’s hard to understand why more UK students don’t come here.

What about the cost of living?

I don’t see much of a difference. Just like the UK there are the cheap brands and more expensive brands. It is possible to live on a very low budget. I live in a student-friendly city where the promotions in the student bars extend to hours of free beer! This is hard to beat!

How are you finding the experience of living and studying in Denmark?

I made a great decision coming to Denmark. The people are brilliant and I’ve made some great friends here. The style of education is very different from the UK. The teaching methods reflect how the country is run as its very relaxed, yet logical and effective. I made a video for the university answering this very question! Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkXUAeqyu1c  

What do you plan to do after your course is finished?

I have no intentions of going home! Denmark is awesome and I’d hope to stay here after my masters. Hopefully start off with a PhD and go from there!

Are there any things you are finding difficult about living in Denmark?

I want to learn the language so I go to the free language lessons here. But it’s taking a while to make progress! Fortunately everyone speaks perfect English here and so I can get by!

How do you think your experience of studying abroad will be viewed by employers and was this something that was a factor in your decision?

It wasn’t a factor in my decision making, but it’s something I’ve realised is important since participating in the International Brainstormer programme offered by my university. More and more employers and companies are becoming international and studying abroad shows your ability to adapt to new surroundings. The programme educates and helps us in pursuing and international career. So for many reasons, studying abroad will be viewed very positively by employers down any career path.

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