If you ask any ambitious youth or teenager in developing economies, say in Africa, the Caribbean or Asia about what their academic goals are, studying abroad will feature a lot. It’s all because universities in the developed world have cut themselves out for great innovations, research and inventions in so many fields. So a longing to study in universities in Denmark need not be a surprise at all.
Can you imagine studying in a nation where people are arguably the happiest on the entire planet? Yes, that is what it feels to study in Denmark. Here, you will be exposed to a highly developed, wealthy nation. Denmark boasts of a liberal outlook, free healthcare, and a high level of living. Studying here can be a luxurious experience for you as an international student.
Danish universities represent the best of learning institutions
Danish universities offer cutting-edge facilities, a wealth of resources, a collaborative learning environment, and a focus on team and collaborative learning. About 99 percent of people here have basic education and a majority can speak the English language as well. When not studying, you can enjoy the historical and ecological treasures of Denmark, which serves as the entrance to Europe. You should not miss out this opportunity, as this place is for you.
However, the majority of students who want to study in Denmark usually miss such opportunities. Not because they are not eligible or do not possess the necessary qualifications, but because of simple and regrettable mistakes they make during the application process. Most of them end up trying several applications to the Danish universities a couple of times, some without success at all.
If you are lucky enough, you may be placed in a “waiting list”, which ideally does not provide any guarantee for admission. There is no magic of being accepted through first round selection into some of the Danish prestigious universities such as Aarhus University, Technical University, and the University of Copenhagen. You only need to follow the tips I am going to share with you here, and you are good to go. Read on to find out.
The first step is to choose a Danish University
Now that you have finally made a decision to pursue your education in Denmark, it is time to choose your destination and course. We highlighted the top Danish university you can choose to study. Here is the short version of that list:
- University of Copenhagen
- Aarhus University
- Aalborg University
- Technical University of Denmark (DSU)
- University of Southern Denmark
- Roskilde University
- IT University of Copenhagen
You can as well find the right program for you here. Alternatively, you can use the course-matching tool to find the university that perfectly suits you.
Check the admission requirements to have all the necessary documents
Securing an admission at the Danish University in the first round requires a high level of conformity to the requirements needed. You should have chosen your study program and university by now.
You must confirm the acceptability of submitted credentials by your chosen university before submitting an application. If you are seeking an admission to an undergraduate program, your credentials must be the equivalent of a Danish upper secondary school diploma in order to enroll in a Danish university.
Some university programs may also accept a related vocational qualification. It is also important to note that some programs may need additional requirements and any failure to provide them at the right time may disqualify you from getting admission. As is already explained, first round selection is all about adherence to the admission instructions and availing any documents as required.
You may still be able to take a supplementary course even if you do not meet the preliminary requirements. Most Danish universities have that kind of provision, and may consequently make you eligible for admission in the first round of selection.
Meet all the language requirements to increase your chances
Let me put it in simple terms; if you can demonstrate that you are a good English or Danish language speaker, you will win a first round selection to study in Denmark. Majority of the international applicants normally go for the programs taught in English and such courses are available nearly in all the higher education institutions in the country.
If you are seeking an enrollment into a course taught in English, you only need to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. You can do this by submitting a proof of English language, which in most cases is equivalent to level B in the Danish system. However, it is important to know exactly what a specific university needs as such requirements may vary from one institution to the other. Tests accepted mainly include TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic, PTE Academic, and C1 Advanced.
If applying for programs that use Danish language as the primary medium of instruction, you will still be required to demonstrate such proficiency. In such cases, you will take “Danish as a Foreign Language” or “Danish Test 2”. Other courses may further require you to take ‘Danish Test 3’. However, students from one of the Nordic countries will not require any proof of language proficiency because those native languages (Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish) are always part of the requirements for admission.
General application documents for studying in Danish universities
If you possess and submit all the required application documents, you will absolutely win a first round selection. Regardless of your status or chosen degree, you must send the documents. Other universities may require you to attach a motivation essay, although this depends on the program you are applying to and the institution itself.
Submit an application to the university of your choice
By now, you have all the admission requirements and documents. You have been able to meet language proficiency as well. You can now submit your application to the university of your choice. However, before you do that, any mistake at this point will still make your application rejected by the receiving institution.
All applications for study in Denmark are submitted through the website dans.stads.dk by 15th March 12 noon (CET) of every year. After a successful log in, the system will direct you on whatever you need to do and how. At this point, your chances of winning a first round selection are high. I hope that this article will help you secure your dream to study in one of the wealthy and happiest nations in the world.