Recently, out team has noticed among you a lot of interest in studying in Denmark. No wonder. Another year in a row, Denmark is in the forefront of the countries with the best standard of living and the highest happiness of the residents. In addition, the studies are completely free of charge for the EU citizens, high quality, very practical, taught by the teachers with industry experience who teach problem-solving and team-work skills. There are several things you should know when considering studying in this country.
There are over 40 higher education institutions in Denmark. They are located in the main cities: Aalborg, Aarhus, Herning, Odense, Kolding, and the majority of them in the capital – Copenhagen. Most of them offer many programmes taught in English. Studies begin 2 times a year ( September and February), however, most of the programmes start in September. The recruitment process isn’t complicated. The requirements may, however, vary from school to school, therefore it is worth checking on the webpage of the chosen school. Certainly, you will need to prove your English skills in the form of a certificate, therefore you should take care of that as soon as possible. Schools and programs are very well described on the page of Perfect (the company that helps in getting to a Danish university): http://www.studiawdanii.info.pl/kierunki-studiow. We also recommend you get familiar with the offer of the company.
Universities with which My Future has experience:
- CBS: https://www.cbs.dk/
- Aalborg University (with their department also in Copenhagen) www.en.aau.dk
- Copenhagen Business Academy, Bachelor in form of AP Degree + TopUp
Cost of living
Denmark is a well-developed country, with a high living standard and high prices. Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in the world. The average price of the room rent is 5000 DKK (equals around 3000 PLN) per month plus deposit ( usually 2 or 3 months of rent). Good news is that it is not difficult to find a job in Copenhagen while speaking only English (e.g. in a hotel or a restaurant) and it is easy to combine student job with studying. In Denmark, there is a high work culture and teachers are used to the fact that students have jobs and sometimes they need to skip classes because of that. Danish universities also put emphasis on independent studying. Therefore, there are not so many classes and students are expected to study outside of the class too. On the other hand, they can structure their time by themselves and have a good study-life balance. In Denmark, when you have a job, you can easily make a living, even as a student.
Another good news for those planning to study in Denmark is Statens Uddannelsesstøtte, known as SU. It is a financial aid for students and as for now it is 6090 DKK per month (before tax). It used to be only for the Danish citizens and foreigners who had lived in Denmark for many years but a few years ago it became applicable for all the EU citizens who study at Danish universities. The requirement is to have a part-time job and work at least 12h per week. We recommend you read about it more on the official webpage: http://www.su.dk/forside
Life in Denmark
The standard of living in Denmark is high. The country is strongly oriented towards foreigners. The English language is omnipresent and every person on the street speaks good English, especially in Copenhagen. Also in public places and institutions, it is not a problem if you don’t speak Danish. However, the state offers Danish lessons for foreigners at a good price and if you are planning a future in Denmark, it is good to learn the language. Everything in Denmark is designed to improve the lives of residents. Public transport works very well but most of the people commute on bikes. It is easy thanks to an extensive network of bicycle paths. This is by far the most popular way of getting around the city. Copenhagen is full of students from around the world which is why there is a lot of different types of student activities going on. Many places also offer discounts for students who can present their student ID. The only difficulty you can encounter, particularly at the beginning of your stay, is to find an accommodation. Especially in Copenhagen, as it is a popular city and the rental prices have been quite high lately. You should also watch out for scammers offering non-existent rooms or apartments.
If after graduating, the student does not have a job related to their education, the state offers financial aid a the form of a monthly payment and helps them enter the job market (they can obtain help with writing a CV, looking for a job, sending in for job placements). It is called A-kasse. Lately, the government has been coming up with some restrictions for foreigners applying for financial benefits. As of today, however, A-kasse for newly educated applies to all EU citizens who have finished Danish higher education.
Attention! This article has been written based on the law and opportunities from 7.08.2018.