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Denmark is a beautiful country that not many international students have discovered yet. However, according to QS Top Universities website which ranks its Best Student Cities, Copenhagen has been steadily climbing the chart and is now within the top 50 cities in the world. Denmark has some of the best universities in the world, with the University of Copenhagen being ranked the highest amongst its fellow schools in Denmark. The country offers high quality education and welcomes international students to come by and study at Danish universities. For EU/EAA/Swiss students, tuition is free. For non-EU//EEA students, they offer scholarships and grants.
University of Copenhagen
The University of Copenhagen is the oldest university and research institution in Denmark. Founded in 1479 as a studium generale, it is the second oldest institution for higher education in Scandinavia after Uppsala University (1477). The University of Copenhagen has over 23,000 undergraduate students, 17,000 postgraduate students, 2,900 doctoral students and 9,000 employees. The University has 4 campuses located in and around Copenhagen, with the headquarters located in central Copenhagen. Most courses are taught in Danish, however, many courses are also offered in English and a few in German. The University has several thousands of foreign students, about half of whom come from Nordic countries. It is often ranked amongst the best universities in the world. As of 2019, Times Higher Education ranked the University of Copenhagen 116th globally, whilst the QS ranked it 79th.
Tuition fees at the University of Copenhagen are exempted for applicants who have a permanent residence permit in Denmark or a permit with the possibility of permanent residence. Applicants with citizenship from outside EU/EEA and Non-Nordic Countries need to pay tuition fees fro their studies in Denmark and at the University of Copenhagen.
The University of Copenhagen does not offer financial support or scholarships to foreign students. However, students wishing to study at the University of Copenhagen with financial support or a scholarship can contact Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education – the office for assessment and recognition of foreign qualifications.
Technical University of Denmark
The Technical University of Denmark, often simply referred to as DTU, is a university in Kongens Lyngby, just north of Copenhagen, Denmark. It was founded in 1829 as Denmark’s first polytechnic, and is today ranked among Europe’s leading engineering institutions. As of 2019, DTU is ranked 112th globally on the QS World University Rankings, and 163rd worldwide by the Times Higher Education (THE). DTU, along with Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Eindhoven University of Technology, and Technical University of Munich, s a member of Eurotech Universities.
Although DTU does not directly offer financial support, there are various external scholarships you can apply for to study at DTU. These scholarships are:
- The Danish Government Scholarships for foreign nationals under the Cultural Agreements: scholarships available for master and PhD level students as part of the Cultural Agreements with the following countries: China, Japan, Egypt, Israel, Russia and South Korea.
- Global Study Award Scholarship: scholarship with a maximum individual value of approximately ₤10,000 to cover tuition fees. If the fees are below the maximum individual Award grant, the scholarship can be allocated towards living expenses for up to 52 weeks from the registration of studies.
- The Gen Foundation: financial support for students interested in pursuing master level studies in the areas of natural science, in particular food science / technology.
- Country specific scholarships:
- Australia – John Monash Foundation
- Colombia – COLFUTURO
- Egypt – Qalaa Holdings Scholarship Foundation
- India – Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Program
- Indonesia – Beasiswa Pendidikan Indonesia (BPI) Scholarship, The MCIT / Beasiswa Kemkoinfo scholarship, LPDP Beasiswa
- Mexico – FINEM, BECAS MOB, CONACYT
- Russia – Global Education Program
- Singapore – DUO Singapore
- South Africa – FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship
- Thailand – Ananda Mahidol Scholarship
- Turkey – TEV-Garring Foundation’s Scholarships for Denmark
- USA – Fulbright Scholarship, American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) in New York City
Aarhus University is the largest and second oldest research university in Denmark. The University is placed in the top 150 in most prestigious rankings of the world’s best universities. As of 2019, Aarhas University sits on #141 on the QS World University Rankings, and is 123rd on Times Higher Education’s own list of world university rankings. Aarhus University belongs to the Coimbra Group and Utrecht Network of European universities and is a member of the European University Association. The University was founded in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1928 and comprises 4 faculties in Arts, Science and Technology, Health, and Business and Social Sciences and has a total of 27 departments. It is also home to over 30 internationally recognized research centers, including 15 Centers of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation.
The Danish funding landscape is characterized by a few large public foundations, a handful of major private foundations with a broad funding strategy, and a myriad of small private foundations with more specific funding strategies.
- Early Career Researchers – talent grants and fellowships
- Carlsberg Foundation – Postdoctoral Fellowships in Denmark
- Innovation Fund Denmark – Industrial
- Independent Research Fund Denmark – Sapere Aude
- Villum Foundation – Young Investigators
- Novo Nordisk Foundation – Postdoc Scholarships
- Novo Nordisk Foundation Hallas-Møller Emergiing Investigator
- Lundbeck Foundation – Postdoctoral fellowships
- Lundbeck Foundation – Lundbeck Fellows
- Aarhus University Research Foundation – Microfunding for PhD students and researchers
- Funding options for the experienced researcher
- Carlsberg Foundation – Distinguished Associate Professor Fellowship
- Villum Foundation – Villum Investigator
- Danish National Research Foundation – Centers of Excellence
- Independent Research Fund Denmark – Research Project 1
- Independent Research Fund Denmark – Research Project 2
- Villum Foundation – Villum Experiment
- Innovation Fund Denmark – Grand Solutions
- Velux Foundation – The core-group program
- Novo Nordisk Foundation Young Investigator Awards
- Novo Nordisk Hallas-Møller Ascending Investigator
- Novo Nordisk Foundation Distinguished Investigator Awards
- NNF Laureate Research Grants
- Novo Nordisk Challenge program
- Novo Nordisk project grants
Aalborg University (AAU) is a Danish public university with campuses in Aalborg, Esbjerg, and Copenhagen founded in 1974. The University awards bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and PhD degrees in a wide variety of subjects within humanities, social sciences, information technology, design, engineering, exact sciences, and medicine. According to the Times Higher Education, Aalborg University is ranked amongst the top 200 universities in the world.
Although Aalborg University does not offer scholarships, it offers tuition waivers to top Master’s degree applicants from non-EU/EEA countries based on the students’ academic achievements. A tuition waiver only covers the tuition fee – the waiver does not include living expenses. All new non-EU/EEA Master’s degree students are automatically considered for the tuition waivers when the application is evaluated. Bachelor’s degree students are not eligible for tuition waivers.
University of Southern Denmark
The University of Southern Denmark is a university in Denmark that has campuses located in Southern Denmark and on Zealand. The University offers a number of joint programs in co-operation with the University of Flensburg and the University of Kiel. The University has strong contacts with regional industries and the international scientific community. With over 30,000 enrolled students, the University of Southern Denmark is both the third-largest and, given its roots in Odense University, the third-oldest Danish university (fourth if one includes the Technical University of Denmark). The University has consistently been ranked as one of the top 50 young universities in the world by both the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of Top 100 Universities Under 50 and the QS World University Rankings of the Top 50 Universities Under 50.
The University of Southern Denmark offers travel grants to students wishing to study abroad through SDU International. The students will automatically apply for the travel grant either from the Internationalisation Fund, the Erasmus+ program or Nordplus. The grants awarded will typically cover travel expenses and a little extra.
You should explore if you are eligible for any scholarships in collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark through External Grants and Scholarships. You can also apply for private grants and scholarships, and sometimes this might be necessary to cover all expenses.