To do list

Are you considering studying abroad and seeking financial support? Fulbright Denmark awards grants for self-arranged study and research trips in the United States to graduate and PhD students, and also provides guidance for those who wish to study or research at a high level in the United States.

Therefore, here are some general tips for grant applications that can be used regardless of which country you plan to visit.

18-12 months before – Gather information

Decide what kind of stay you want in the U.S. – Summer school, a semester or a year as part of a Danish degree, or a full master’s or Ph.D. degree?

Read about the American educational system here.

Decide what criteria are important for you. Think about:

  • Courses offered
  • Place — geography, smaller town, big city, etc.
  • Academic level
  • Campus life
  • Financials

Find the universities you want to apply to. Look at grad schools or Peterson’s using your own criteria. You can also ask your institute or a professor if they can recommend a university.

Make an overview of the application criteria at each university. Remember:

  • Deadlines
  • Application form (online, paper, separate for international students?)
  • Recommendations
  • Essays, Grades, Fees

Look into possible scholarships at each university plus Danish and international grants.

6-3 months before – Receive answers

Receive acceptance/rejection of applications and make the final decision about which university you will attend. Send confirmation and deposit to your final choice. Respond to the universities you haven’t chosen.

Make a budget and find out how much money you need. Remember:

  • Tuition
  • Extra fees
  • Visa
  • Housing
  • Living costs
  • Travel and vacation
  • Insurance (both health and liability insurance)
  • Books

Look into options for housing on or outside the campus. Buy insurance

12-9 months before - Gather documents

Start your application in the universities’ online application systems — many universities use the site commonapp. Take the required tests. Ask for recommendations from professors and counselors.

Make sure your university can send out official grade transcripts in English. Start filling out application forms including essays. Then look into the options for SU abroad and ”Udlandsstipendium”.

9-6 months before - Finish the applications

Finish the applications with:

  • Recommendations
  • Essays, possibly resumé
  • Grade transcripts, test scores

If eligible, apply for SU and ”Udlandsstipendium”. Apply for other scholarships, including the Fulbright student scholarship. Read more about them on our website.

3-0 months before – Visa and travel

Fill out the university’s visa paper and receive your DS-2019/I-20.

Book an interview at the U.S. embassy and gather the needed documents. For more information, click here.
Book your flight to the U.S. Make sure you fill up prescriptions for any medicine,
contact lenses, etc. that you need to bring from home.

Remember to arrive in time for the international orientation at your American university

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