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Study in Denmark in English

By Julia G

Updated April 18, 2021 Updated April 18, 2021

Denmark is one of the most popular study destinations in Europe, with five universities featured in the QS World University Rankings 2021, including the highest-ranked university in Scandinavia, the University of Copenhagen, at 76th place in the world. The lively capital of Copenhagen also achieved 46th place in the QS Best Student Cities ranking.

The majority of university teaching in Denmark is conducted in Danish, but there are more than 700 internationally renowned programs taught in English, with around 86 percent of Danish citizens speaking English. 

Universities in Denmark are free to attend at all levels for all EU/EEA/Swiss students – however, no information has been released as of yet about how British students will be affected post-Brexit. If you’re from outside the EU/EEA, you will have to pay fees of around €6,000 – 16,000 per annum (approx. US$6,490 – 17,306).

International students in Denmark can take Danish lessons for free during their studies. It’s possible to enroll first in an English-taught undergraduate program then continue your graduate studies in Danish once you’ve reached the required language capabilities.

You can either study for a full degree in Denmark or add credits to your current degree, in the form of a study abroad or summer school program. According to Study in Denmark, there are around 70 English-taught undergraduate courses and 390 masters programs in the country. 

Research is of high importance in Danish society, and there are a number of internationally renowned PhD programs that can be undertaken in English. Universities offering PhD study include Aalborg University, Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School and Roskilde University, among others. Danish PhD scholarships are fully funded – you will receive a salary and there are zero tuition fees.

See below for a (non-exhaustive) list of universities in Denmark where you can complete your studies in English: 

Universities in Denmark where you can study in English

University

Location

Undergraduate/postgraduate?

Aalborg University

Aalborg

Both

Aarhus School of Architecture

Aarhus

Postgraduate

Aarhus University

Aarhus

Both

Business Academy Aarhus

Aarhus

Undergraduate

Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen

Both

Danish National Academy of Music

Odense

Undergraduate

Danish School of Media and Journalism

Aarhus/Copenhagen

Undergraduate

Design School Kolding

Kolding

Postgraduate

Funen Art Academy

Odense

Both

IT University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Both

KEA – Copenhagen School of Design and Technology

Copenhagen

Undergraduate

Rhythmic Music Conservatory

Copenhagen

Both

Roskilde University

Roskilde

Both

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Copenhagen

Both

The Danish National School of Performing Arts

Copenhagen

Both

The Royal Academy of Music

Aarhus/Aalborg

Postgraduate

The Royal Danish Academy of Music

Copenhagen

Both

UCL University College

Odense

Undergraduate

University College Absalon

Multiple campuses

Undergraduate

University College Copenhagen

Copenhagen

Undergraduate

University College of Northern Denmark

Multiple campuses

Undergraduate

University College South Denmark

Multiple campuses

Undergraduate

University of Copenhagen (KU)

Copenhagen

Postgraduate

University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Copenhagen

Postgraduate

University of Southern Denmark

Odense

Both

VIA University College

Multiple campuses

Undergraduate

This article was originally published in May 2020 . It was last updated in April 2021

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Julia is the Assistant Editor for TopUniversities, publishing articles for students and graduates across the world. A native Londoner, she holds an MSc in Marketing Strategy & Innovation from Cass Business School and a BA in Classical Studies & English from Newcastle University.

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