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The benefits of studying in Denmark

Updated 28 Apr 2016

Denmark is a great place to study. Every year, the city of Copenhagen attracts more than 5,000 international students. They come from all over the world, with the majority coming from European countries.

One of the reasons the Nordic countries are so attractive for higher education is the fact that it is free for EU and EEA citizens. If you are considering going into higher education, it is recommended that you try this cold but cool part of Europe, as Denmark is home to several universities. 

Study at a top university for free

  • For technical degrees: The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, has been ranked as one of the leading technical universities in Northern Europe
  • For business degrees: CBS, Copenhagen Business School, is one of the top business schools, ranking as 10th in the world
  • For social and general sciences: KU, Københavns Universitet, is one of the largest institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries, often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia

Education in Denmark is not only about renowned names but methodology, therefore there are options for every taste.

  • For theoretical & classic degrees: KU (Københavns Universitet), CBS (Copenhagen Business School), DTU (Danmarks Tekniske Universitet), University of Southern Denmark
  • For practical and professional degrees: CBA (Copenhagen Business Academy), Metropolitan University College, DMJX (Danish School of Media and Journalism)

Student grants

Denmark offers students Statens Uddannelsesstøtte (SU) which translates to state grant support for education. For students, this can assist significantly with the financial burden of further education and make student life much easier. 

This is a unique grant, even among the Nordic countries. So if you happen to be a European citizen, and you manage to get a job in Denmark (10 to 12 hours a week is enough), you are entitled to receive an allotted sum of money towards your studies.

To be eligible for it, you need to:

  1. Be an EU or EEA citizen
  2. Work about 10 to 12 hours a week
  3. Be a student at a Danish university studying a full degree

Things that need to be clarified (just in case):

  • To get the grant you need to have a job in Denmark; it can be any kind of job, but it has to be a paid job
  • You are NOT eligible if you are an exchange student at a Danish university while doing a full degree at your home university; you need to be a full-time student in Denmark

The unavoidable paperwork

Whenever you move to a new place, there is plenty of paperwork that needs to be done. The paperwork for the SU can be tedious, but it's required to be eligible for the generous grant. 

Figuring out what you need to do is easy. The government’s web pages are translated into English; they are clear and quite easy to get around.

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