Denmark is one of the best places to study abroad. It is also one of the most popular international study locations in Europe, as it has low study costs, high-quality English-taught degree courses and innovative teaching methods. It also has very good standard of living and diversified study subjects which make Danish universities important contenders on the international higher education market.
Tuition fees for non-EU/EEU students, in Denmark can be categorized as below.
- Cheapest degrees fees start from around 6,000 EUR/year
- Average annual tuitions are around 12,000 to 15,000 EUR/year
- Highly specialized courses can reach up to over 35,000 EUR/year
However, if the Danish university you are choosing to study in requires you to pay more than you can afford, you can try applying for the following scholarships and tuition fee waivers.
- Danish Government Scholarships Under the Cultural Agreements
The Danish Government offers two types of scholarships to foreign students under the Cultural Agreements. The scholarships are aimed at highly qualified exchange students and young researchers who wish to immerse themselves in studies of the Danish language and culture or other fields of study related to Denmark, such as design, architecture, environmental studies, and other related fields. The Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements are offered to students from a number of European countries and students from Brazil, China, Egypt, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Russia, to study for long-term study periods of 5-12 months and summer languages courses in Denmark universities.
The long-term scholarships are only available to Master’s and PhD level students. However, Bachelor’s degree students wishing to study Danish language and literature can also apply if they have studied the Danish language for two years prior to their application for the scholarship. The scholarships are only offered to students enrolled at higher education institutions in the aforementioned countries, otherwise their applications for the scholarship will not be taken to consideration. As for PhD students, they must likewise be employed at, or affiliated with, higher education institutions in the aforementioned countries.
The scholarships cover tuitions and living allowances, which will be given each month to each awardee for as long as the scholarship period at about DKK 6,500. Some Danish higher education institutions may choose to charge a fee in conjunction with PhD courses. The Danish Government Scholarships can also be used to cover travel costs, visa, accommodation, food, and other living expenses. However, the scholarships can only cover for one person, as there are no additional amounts for accompanying family members.
Awardees may be liable to pay tax on their scholarship in the Kingdom of Denmark. Therefore, they should contact the local tax authorities for an individual assessment. In the event that a scholarship is taxable, the Agency for Science and Higher Education has no power to overturn the decision.
Most courses in Danish institutions are offered in Danish language, although there are still a number of courses that are offered in English or in another foreign language or have special arrangements for non-Danish students.
Below is a list of Danish institutions that offer long-term scholarships.
- Aalborg University
- Aarhus University
- University of Copenhagen
- Roskilde University
- University of Southern Denmark
- Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
- The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
- The Royal Danish Academy of Music
If you are a national of one of the eligible countries for the scholarship, and are interested in studying and getting a scholarship to study in Denmark, you may start your application by downloading the application form provided on each option of the country name on the Ministry of Higher Education and Science scholarships website. Complete and submit your application form along with the required documents mentioned on the same page you downloaded the application form – including the Certificate of Proficiency in English – to the relevant address also mentioned on the page.
Before submitting your application, please ensure that you have provided all the required information and documents, as incomplete applications will not be taken to consideration.
Please note that being nominated by your home country’s national authority does not guarantee that you will be awarded a scholarship. The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education will screen all applications before forwarding them on to the requested institutions for assessment and final approval. The institutions reserve the right to request further documentation, e.g. portfolios.
The closing date of the scholarship application for this period is March 1, 2019 at 23:59 (CET).
For more information, visit https://ufm.dk.
- Roskilde University Tuition Fee Waivers and Scholarships
There is a limited number of Danish state tuition fee waivers and scholarships offered for selected Master’s programmes to academically exceptional students from countries outside the EU/EEA that are required to pay tuition fees to study at Roskilde University. The tuition fee waivers and scholarships are annually provided for intakes in September. The tuition fee waivers and scholarships maximum length of period is 22 months for programmes that start in September, and amounts to DKK 7,800 per month, which is meant to cover living expenses in Denmark.
Only students from outside the EU/EEA countries that are required to pay for the tuition fees at Roskilde University are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme. The tuition fee waivers and scholarships are also only available for Master’s programmes in Roskilde University that offer scholarships, as listed below (September 2019 entry).
- Master in Communication Studies and Cultural Encounters
- Master in Cultural Encounters and Communication Studies
- Master in International Public Administration and Politics
- Master in Environmental Risk
- Master in Spatial Designs and Society
- Master in Social Entrepreneurship and Management
The list of Master’s programmes available for the scholarship is tentative, as an up-to-date list can only be found one month before applications are open for each round. Before each admission round, the university will select the specific Master’s programmes that may offer one or more tuition fee waivers and scholarships.
Prior to starting your application for a tuition fee waiver and scholarship, you will need to prepare the following documents.
- Certified copies of certificate and transcripts of your Bachelor’s degree that is equivalent to a Danish Bachelor’s degree. Your Bachelor’s programme must be relevant / linear with the Master’s programme you are willing to attend at Roskilde University. These documents must be provided in English. If not in English, a translation of each document must also be submitted.
- Proof of English proficiency. The university accepts the following English proficiency tests.
- IELTS (Academic): 6.5, or
- TOEFL PBT: 560 / IBT: 83. The university’s TOEFL code is B384, or
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): passed, or
- Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)
Please note that the English proficiency certificates should not be more than two years old.
Applicants whose high school and/or Bachelor’s degree was taught in English, as well as those whose nationalities are the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, or the United States of America, are not required to provide proof of English proficiency.
- Danish language requirement. Applicants for the Master’s programmes taught in Danish must also fulfil the Danish language requirement, which can be documented as follows:
- A course in Danish at Danish A-level
- The Danish proficiency test ‘Studieprøven’. Courses for this test are offered at Studieskolen.
- Copy of identification page of your passport
- Copy of both sides of your Danish Residence Permit Card (if you already hold a residence permit to Denmark)
- Receipt for paid application fee of 165 EUR
- Letter of motivation – one A4-page outlining your qualifications for the Master’s programme you are applying for
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
Once you have all the required documents ready to upload, you may apply online via the digital application system (DANS), which is open one month before the application deadline. Login via the application portal before you access the online application form.
Please note that being eligible to apply for a tuition fee waiver and scholarship does not guarantee that you will be awarded a tuition fee waiver anad scholarship, as there is only a limited number of availability. Applicants are ranked based on their previous academic performance.
For more information, visit https://ruc.dk.