Undergraduate Studies in Denmark

Located in northern Europe, Denmark is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries. The Baltic Sea lies to the east and the North Sea to the north and west. Sweden and Norway lie beyond the North Sea and Germany lies to the south, the only country to share a border with Denmark. The nation is made up of the peninsula of Jutland and 443 islands. The land is low and flat, with arable plains inland and many sandy beaches and dunes along the coast. The climate is temperate, with mild winters and cool summers. Although it is a constitutional monarchy, the monarch is a symbolic ruler and the nation is governed by an elected parliament and prime minister. It is known as the home of Hans Christian Anderson and the Lego Corporation.

The people of Denmark are extremely educated. It boasts the fourth highest number of tertiary degree holders in the world. Degree seeking students may choose to attend one of the nation’s excellent universities, university colleges or business academies. It was the first country to implement environmental law, and many of its universities and institutions specialize in environmental research.

All colleges and universities are free to the residents of Denmark, and students may apply for stipends to cover their living expenses as well. Students from the European Union and Switzerland and those participating in exchange programs may also study for free. Students outside the EU who wish to study undergraduate studies in Denmark are required to pay tuition, which varies from one institution to another but can range from around 6,000 to 16,000 Euros. However, many programs and scholarships are available to assist with the cost of a Danish education.

Most universities are on a two-semester system that runs from September to June, with semester exams in January and June. July and August are set aside for the summer holidays. Some universities have changed to a four quarter academic year. Each quarter consists of eight weeks of lessons followed by one week for exams and another week of break before the next quarter begins.

Depending on the institution and the program chosen, it can take three to four and a half years to earn a bachelor’s degree in Denmark. Most programs combine theoretical study with research and practical application, and many offer the opportunity to complete internships with industry professionals.

Denmark’s high quality learning institutions and excellent standard of living make it an attractive option for students pursuing undergraduate studies. It offers over 500 degree programs taught entirely in English. Many programs are project and research based and encourage collaboration among students and with industry experts. Denmark is frequently listed as one of the happiest countries in the world.


If you plan to study in Denmark for more than three months, you will need either a registration certificate or a residence permit:

1) EU/EEA citizens will need a registration certificate, and Swiss nationals will have to apply for a residence card.
2) Non-EU/EEA citizens will have to apply for a Danish residence permit prior to arriving in Denmark. This permit is called ST1 (residence and work permit for exchange students from non-EU/EEA/Nordic countries).

In order to apply for a student visa (residence permit) to Denmark, you need to be admitted to a higher educational program in Denmark, which is approved by a state authority or offered by a publicly accredited educational institution. 

You will need to submit in person your ST1 application at the nearest Danish diplomatic mission. The reason you need to appear in person is so that you can have your biometric features recorded (digital facial image and fingerprints). Your biometric features are a requirement for the resident permit. You will most likely need to book an appointment. 

You will need to provide a list of documents, among others an acceptance letter from your university, language proficiency proof (usually English), travel insurance, proof of minimum funds (around 1000 EUR/month), and detailed information regarding your study program. You can find more detailed information here:

The best time to start applying for your residence permit to Denmark is three months prior to your arrival date. It takes, on average, about 60 days for the application to be processed.

The duration of your student residence permit depends on whether you are going to complete an entire education program, or only follow part of a program as a guest student. If it is to be an entire program, then you will be granted a residence permit for the duration of that program. However, if you are only enrolled to follow a part of a program, the residence permit will be granted for a maximum of two years.

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