Disclaimer: This 'Step by Step Guide to Studying in Denmark' has been prepared according to the official websites (www.studyindenmark.dk & www.newtodenmark.dk) of Denmark. Changes of information may occur anytime. So, the author suggests you check back with the sites before you apply though every attempt will be made to keep it current.
The website, Study in Denmark (www.studyindenmark.dk), is an official gateway to study in Denmark, a well-organized, safe, and green country that hosts a good number of top-notch educational institutions.
Why Study in Denmark
Like travelling, studying overseas gives you the opportunity to see and experience things in new ways. Surveys show that Denmark is a very good study destination for international students to learn and gain experiences in areas like Engineering, Life & Social Sciences, and Information Technology. What’s interesting, Danish tops the UN Education Index. And, thanks to its world-class education system students around the globe are inspired to study in Denmark and build a strong foundation for their future career.
The Danish education system ensures an up-to-date curriculum that is recognized globally. This means that you have the opportunity to transfer credits to other universities. Moreover, it focuses on promoting creativity, innovation, and problem-solving abilities.
Things to note before you start:
- If you are a non-EU citizen, you must obtain a Residence permit in order to study and stay in
- Using available resources, you have to find a suitable institution and apply for admission. However, for your convenience, here is a list of Higher Education Institutions in Denmark.
- Individual institution is responsible for its Also, requirements vary from program to program and from institute to institute. Have your education qualification pre-assessed here. General requirements like English language proficiency will also vary according to your level of studies, institutions, and programs.
- And, With regard to Application Fee, Tuition Fees, and Scholarships, you have to contact the admission office of the respective institute.
Once your admission application is accepted by a Danish Institute, you are all set to apply for a Residence permit to the embassy in your country of origin and nearby country where Denmark has its representation.
Step One: Starting the Application Process
The institute begins the application process online by using a NemID and completes part I of the form with necessary supporting documents. Then, the applicant is asked to fill out the second part of the application. After paying the fees and attaching necessary documents, you can submit your application.
It is also possible to submit the hard copy application. However, online application is the easiest and quickest that saves your time and energy.
If you wish to bring your spouse and under 18 children, you have to submit a separate application for each of them.
Step Two: Paying the Application Fee
You have to pay the application processing fee in favor of Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. While the fee may vary in price, you are advised to visit the respective embassy’s website for the updated fee.
Step Three: Submitting the Application
In order to get your residence permit before your enter Denmark, you can apply through the Danish Embassy in your country of origin or in the country where you have resided for the last three months. If there is no Danish Embassy in your country, the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration will advise you to submit your application in a neighboring country.
Step Four: Processing of Application
After receiving your application with corresponding documents and fees by the respective Embassy or Consulate, it will then be forwarded to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration who will actually grant the Residence permit or turn your application down.
However, you can follow the process by logging onto MyPage. And, you will come to know if fees have been received by the Agency. The processing time varies from one to three months depending on the type of application. Normally, after receiving your complete application by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration, it takes two months for student applications to be processed.
Step Five: Getting the Result
Once the decision is made, it will be sent to the Embassy in your country. Then, the embassy may ask you to come in person to collect the decision. Alternatively, they may send a mail to your address notifying you of the decision. In case of turn down application, you have the option to appeal.
Denmark is a wonderful country to study, live, and work. For the last three years, Denmark has been ranked at the 3rd best country having higher education system. Also, it is the second best country in terms of Quality of Life. According to World Happiness Index, Danes are the happiest people on earth (2016). Denmark is also named as Top European Employment Destination for graduates. Undoubtedly, Denmark is a land of opportunities which you should make the most of to have bright future. I wish you all the best and feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below. I will try my best to provide you with the most accurate answer.