Studying in Denmark – for Americans only

Do you want to study outside the U.S.? Then do as many other American students and come to Denmark!

Danish universities offer many different study programs and they are renowned for programs in academic areas that are very specific for Denmark and the Danish society, such as wind energy, Kierkegaard studies, welfare studies, and much more. There are eight research-based universities in Denmark: University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Roskilde University, University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University, Copenhagen Business School, IT University of Copenhagen, and Technical University of Denmark. Explore your study options at the universities’ websites.

Thinking about studying in Denmark? Listen to former U.S. Fulbrighters tell about their year in Denmark here.

There are several study options for you in Denmark: Full degree programs, exchange programs, short-term programs, and summer schools. We suggest that you go to the official government website for studies in Denmark: www.studyindenmark.dk. Here you can find relevant study programs, information on admission requirements, how to apply, and much more.

For undergraduate studies, the application deadline is March 15 for courses starting in August or September. Find the application form and information on how to apply here: www.optagelse.dk/admission/index.html. Application deadlines for graduate programs varies, please check with the Danish universities. You also want to check with your home university to see if they have any exchange agreements with universities in Denmark.

Here is an overview of the Danish education system:

Higher education institutions in Denmark can be divided into three main categories:

  • Universities or university level institutions offering research-based undergraduate and post-graduate programs (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD)
  • University Colleges (Professionshøjskoler) offering 3-4½ years undergraduate programs (Professional Bachelor’s programs).
  • Academies of Professional Higher Education (Erhvervsakademier) offering 2-2½ years Academy Profession programs and joint Bachelor’s programs in co-operation with universities.

All higher education in Denmark is tuition free for students from EU/EEA and Switzerland, except for a few 1 year Master’s Degrees. All non-EU/EEA/Switzerland students must pay tuition fees (Fulbright grantees are the only students exempt from this rule). The annual tuition fees for full degree students range from USD 8,000-21,000.00.


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Here we have listed the different degree options in Denmark:


University Bachelor’s Degree

The university Bachelor’s degree is awarded after the completion of a 3-year undergraduate program, normally undertaken within one or two subject areas. Teaching is research-based and provides students with a broad academic foundation as well as specialized knowledge. Towards the end of the program students are required to submit a final project. The programs qualify students to enter the labor market or to pursue post-graduate studies. However, most Danish students continue on to graduate studies immediately after graduating.

Professional Bachelor’s Degree

Depending on the subject, the Professional Bachelor’s degree is awarded after 3 to 4 years of study. The programs provide all students with a solid theoretical knowledge and understanding of how to apply theory to professional practice. A bachelor project and internships are included in the programs.

Professional Bachelor’s programs are offered at institutions, which are referred to as Centers of Higher Education, University Colleges, or Colleges.

Bachelor's Degrees in Architecture, Design, Music, and Fine and Performing Arts

The bachelor’s degree is awarded after 3 to 4 years of study. Most programs are research-based and/or based on artistic professionalism and provide students with knowledge of theory, application of theory and professional practice.

The programs qualify students for occupational functions in the arts and for postgraduate studies e.g. for the candidatus degree.

Academy Profession Degree

The Academy Profession degree (AP degree) is normally awarded after 2 years of study. Academy Profession Degree Programs are short cycle higher education programs offered at Academies of Professional Higher Education (Business and Technical Academies) throughout Denmark.


Candidatus/Master’s Degree

The Candidatus/Master’s degree is normally awarded after two years of additional study. The program is research-based and gives students a theoretical knowledge combined with the ability to apply this practically. It includes a final dissertation, or – in certain subject areas – a more practically oriented project. Upon completion of the program, students can enter the labor market or undertake further studies (e.g. PhD).

Programs are offered in a range of disciplines, including innovative areas of science, where Denmark has internationally recognized centers of excellence. A broad range of interdisciplinary programs have been developed to meet the needs of a globalized knowledge-based society.

In order to gain admission to a Candidatus/Master’s program, you need to have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, normally in a subject area related to the program you wish to study.

Ph.D. Degree

A Danish PhD program usually lasts three years. The components of the PhD program are usually a combination of independent research, PhD courses, international placement, teaching, and the completion of a PhD dissertation.

PhD programs are offered at universities, which have established a PhD school, at research institutions as well as in industry. These institutions all offer excellent research, library and laboratory facilities for researchers and PhD students.

The general admission requirements for PhD programs include a Candidatus/Master’s degree or equivalent comparable to the Danish two-year Candidatus/Master’s degree. In some areas, a four-year PhD program is offered to students who have completed a Bachelor’s qualification and one year of study at postgraduate level.

In order to study in Denmark, you will have to obtain a residence and work permit for students. Read more about how to obtain the permit here.

If you have any further questions on how to study in Denmark, please feel free to contacts our advisors at info@fulbright.dk.

If you are interested in applying for a Fulbright grant, click here.