The five countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are often referred to as the Nordic countries. There is a lot in common among them. Some people refer to these as the Scandinavian countries, which, in the strict sense, cover only Norway and Sweden. A significant aspect in the matter of education for our student is in the Nordic countries is that the fees is usually is very low. Tuition may sometimes be completely free. The living costs are however high. Several scholarships are available for international students. There are several programs held in English language.
Be prepared for long winter with little light and summer with long sunny days. The countries are most modern in transport systems, lifestyle, fashion, tastes, and trends. You can work for 20 hours per week during the academic year and fulltime during vacation, subject to regulations.
The quality of education is fine. It enjoys global reputation. Though the countries are small and the number of universities few some of them are ranked high in international comparisons. There are effective mechanisms for quality assurance. The institutions are mostly in the public sector
For entry at the undergraduate level, sometimes the certificate obtained after 12 years of schooling may not be accepted. You may therefore have to undergo a one-year preparatory program
The knowledge intensive sector in Denmark, covering areas from biotechnology to food and environmental protection, has a prominent position at the global level. The Danish institutions of higher education have substantial collaboration with industries and research houses. The higher education system welcomes talented students from all over the world.
You can work for 20 hours per week during the academic year and fulltime during vacation, subject to regulations.
3 yr PhD programs are available at :
- University of Copenhagen
- Technical University of Denmark
- University of Aarhus
- University of Southern Denmark
- University of Aalborg
- IT University of Copenhagen
- Roskilde University
- Copenhagen Business School
The Danish Style of Education :
There are three types of institutions :
1) Academics of professional higher education : two year Academy Profession Programs in a wide range of disciplines. Focus on adult and continuing education.
2) University Colleges : 3 to 4 1/2 year professional Bachelor's programs and various post graduate diploma and executive Master's programs for entering specific professions such as business, education, engineering, IT, nursing, and social work.
3) Universities : 3 year Bachelor's, 2 year Master's and 3 year PhD programs. Covers traditional as well as innovative inter disciplinary programs.
You have to check and confirm your eligibility for admission to specific programs. A general assessment of your qualification to check your eligibility of a program can be checked on CIRIUS - the national agency for internationalization of education and training under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The application form can be downloaded from http://en.ciriusonline.dk
For further information on higher education in Denmark visit : www.studyindenmark.dk
Higher education in Denmark is normally provided free of charge for EU/EEA students and those participating in an exchange program.