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Denmark as a Destination for Studying Abroad

In this episode Ms. Suchitra Surve talks on Denmark as a destination for studying abroad. Denmark is a Nordic country in the northern Europe. It consists of the largest island of Zealand, Funen and Lolland-Falster and 429 other named islands between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, out of which 72 are inhabited. The winters in Denmark are quite cold but not arctic, but summers are mild. Denmark’s coldest month is February and warmest is July.

Education System:
The Danish Education System offers high quality education and training at all levels. The qualifications are well recognized all over the world and are designed to promote creativity, innovation, analytical and critical thinking. Typically, you have the primary and lower education, upper education and higher education.

Duration:
Generally, The undergraduate degrees last for three years and post graduate degrees last for two years. The kind of programs that are taught are varied. There are more than 600 programs that are taught in English and all are internationally recognized with high quality. Typically, a week of classes will consist of almost 10 hours of tuition and 30 hours of preparation, self- study and project work. This however varies depending on the type of higher education institution that you are enrolled with.

The programs combined theoretical study and practical application in a range of subject areas such as Business, Education, Engineering, Information Technology, Nursing, Social Work and so on. Work placements are always included in the programs which prepare students to enter specific professions.

Application Process:
Students should remember to submit their application before March 15, if they are interested in studying for the fall semester which begins in September. If you are applying for Management, the MBA courses will require a good GMAT score; the class average is generally around 650. To prove your English proficiency, you will have to submit IELTS or TOFEL scores and this is irrespective of the level of study you are taking up. Additionally, you will also have to submit your Letter’s of Recommendations, Resume, and Personal Statement and of course your academic transcripts.

One thing international applicant need to remember that they have an earlier deadline so please keep a track of the same. In Denmark you may enroll first in an English taught undergraduate program and then continue your education in Danish at the graduate level. Once you have achieved the required Danish language skills for which you will have to prove a satisfactory level of proficiency in Danish by taking a test called Danish as a foreign language. Also, the Danish agency for Sciences and Higher Education provides assessment of foreign qualifications.

Courses:
Some of the most popular courses that students enroll for are Business Administration, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Design, Civil Engineering Journalism, Health and Nutrition.

Fees:
The annual tuition fee for a full degree student will be in the range of DKK 45,000 to 120,000. The fees will vary according to the university and the subject chosen. Cost of living can be around DKK 6,400 approximately per academic year. In Denmark living can be expensive but worth the value academic knowledge for an international profile and strong foundation for your future career.

Scholarships:
The scholarship consists of two parts and can be given as full or partial tuition fee waivers or as grants towards covering your living costs. However, since the scholarships are administered by the individual higher educational institution you should enquire at the institution of your career for further details.

Job Prospects:
Job prospects in Denmark are limited and not easy if you are not well versed with the Danish Language. Students find jobs in restaurants, distributing papers, work as tele marketers and even get jobs were specific foreign languages are required. Taking Danish lessons is very important as it will improve your chances of finding employment. Working up to 15 Hours a week and fulltime during June, July and August while you are studying in Denmark is possible and after graduating you will need a residence permit in Denmark. Some of the popular cities were students go to study are Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Randers, Viborg, Holstebro, Kolding, Vejle, Herning, Sonderborg.