Studying for free in Denmark
Studying for free in Denmark. That's right, you can study for free in Denmark. No tuition fee has to be paid. More and more people consider studying in Denmark. With recent cutbacks in European Education systems, like in England, studying in Denmark becomes very appealing. You can enjoy a high standard of education without paying a tuition fee at all. On the condition that you are a EU-citizen. It almost seems to good to be true, but it really isn't. Here all the pro's and cons of studies in Denmark are discussed.
Why studying in Denmark is for free
Just like other Scandinavian countries, Denmark takes great pride in having free education for all. The Danish population considers it nothing more than logical that studying is for free. And if you are a citizen of a European union (EU) member state, you can also benefit from this privilige. According to European Law, a member state cannot discriminate on nationality, and therefore has the obligation to treat other EU nationals like it treat its own population. Although Denmark has the reputation of being not to welcoming towards immigrants, this is not the case when it comes to students.They are very open for new students, and universities like the university of Copenhagen do everything they can to internationalize.So why would you not go to denmark and sign up for university of college? Let us discuss the practical matters, the pro's and cons of studying in Denmark.
Pro's of studying in Denmark
Studying for free in Denmark, no tuition fee
The main advantage of course is that studying is for free. Besides paying for the study books and for some universities paying for registration (administrative costs), it is completely free!
High standard of education in Denmark
Education in Denmark is world-wide, and in Scandinavia, known for its high quality. For instance, at the moment a lot of Norwegians come to Scandinavia to enjoy the quality of education as well as the cheaper living standard. When you look at university rankings, Denmark is always doing well. The most important thing is that you will get a good, and widely accepted degree. On the websites of the universities you can read about which English programms they provide. Moreover, via bachelorportal.eu and mastersportal.eu you can search for Bachelors and Masters of your choice in Denmark.
Good English in Denmark and Danish language course
Everywhere in Denmark people can speak English. So you do not have to be afraid of not being understood. However, if you feel like learning danish, the universities provide danish courses, both before the semester as during the semester. Also the municipalities offer free danish classes. You just have to register and get your CPR Number.
Free Health Care
Yes you have heard me correctly. After registering in Denmark, you will receive a yellor card (public health care card) and get appointed a doctor. Be aware that dentists are not included, and they are rather expensive.
Great experience of studying abroad
Denmark is one of the most pleasant and safe countries to experience living abroad in. Copenhagen is being considered to be one of the cleanest, and one of the most environmental friendly cities in the world. As an international student you can have a great time there You will quickly become a part of an international community, and you will get to know many different cultures and nationalities.
Bringing your government funding / student aid
If your own country provides you with a monthly amount of money for studyiing in your home country, it is very likely that you will be able to bring this with you to Denmark.
Cons of studying in Denmark
Expensive living standard in Denmark
Life is rather expensive in Denmark. Food, clothing and going out will cost you quite a lot of extra money. However, compared to Norway, it is not too bad. You should also realise that life in smaller cities is cheaper, with Copenhagen as the biggest city being the most expensive one. It is difficult to find cheap accommodation. You will probably be in the price range of 400-600 euro's. Your estimated monthly budget will be around 800 euro's. You are allowed as a student, to get a job on the side. As an EU- citizen you do not have to get a work permit. However, chances of finding a job considerably increase when you speak Danish.
Almost without exception, Masters in Denmark take 2 years. Of course, this means that you will receive a good diploma, but it also means you have to budget for another year. In some European countries your government only provides you with 4 years of government funding (The Netherlands). So it is vital that you consider how you are going to pay for that extra year.
English profiency tests
In order to be accepted you need to prove that your English is of an adequate level. You must take either an TOEFL or an IELTS test. The downside is that they are rather expensive. And you must not forget that they are usually only valid for 2 years, so make sure to sign up before those 2 years run out. If you are from an English Speaking Country, you do not have to take the tests.
Far away from home
Although studying abroad is very adventurous, it can also be a little lonely at times, and you might miss your family. But do not worry, you can fly from Denmark very easily with companies like Norwegian Airlines and Ryan Air. You can also take a bus with Eurolines, or take a train.
Get in the Danish Mood
To get used to the language, and believe me it will take some time to get used to, it might be nice to have a look at some Danish Movies or TV Series. The Danes have a very peculiar sense of humor. Might be nice to learn about before you leave. The best Danish films can be found at European Movies & TV Series - the very best Danish Movies of all time. I can especially recommend The Killing in which you can see a lot of Copenhagen.
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emily on September 19, 2015:
Is there any law/international law programs in English in Denmark?
shemat on March 18, 2013:
I am a graduate student of law and political science faculty with Bachelor degree and would like to study and get a master degree in advocacy and leadership filed I am headed household and have to support my family as well, but I don't have much to pay for tuition fee and support my family as well so look for free scholarship .
Diana T. Wiah on February 26, 2013:
I am a Liberian, and need an international scholarship for masters program. i obtained a BBA degree in Human Resource Management from the African Methodist Episcopal University. please help me out.
Fikru on September 28, 2012:
I am young guy from Ethiopia. I obtain Diploma in Agriculture from Adama University with GPA of 4.0 out of 4.0. I have more than 2 years of work experience in technical assistance at Dilla University, School of Agriculture meanwhile; i have great interest to have my Bachelor degree in Agricultural related fields from Denmark. But to realize my interest my financial status is constraint
You know that industrialized nations have emitted for more greenhouse gas emissions. In contradictory developing countries due to small number of professional in Agriculture there is inadequate agricultural productivity in our country .Our country Ethiopia is now in jumping one step from a line with industrialized countries. So what needs at first? It’s doubtless as it is professional of Agricultural Sciences. Considering all factor above, I believe that if I am trained through undergraduate scholarship in Agricultural science I can do my best with all maximum efforts for the benefit of my country to whom I have been working. I look forward to a favorable reply to bring my dream in to reality. I believe it will come. Thanks.
Doniyor on June 10, 2012:
hello !!! can I study for free in Denmark though Im an internation students namely, Im from Uzbekistan !!! and I own very good english language ?
Hanabi on April 09, 2012:
study in Denmark not free anymore
Epieson Andy L on March 19, 2012:
I like u to study in Denmark in one of the tution free universities there.I need contacts and addresses of schools there in Denmark.
Marek homester from Bremen on December 19, 2011:
Yes, this is what is it. Fine report with lots of information