All you need to know if you want to study in Denmark

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All you need to know if you want to study in Denmark

A future in Denmark seems appealing, but you're not sure what measures to take?

Denmark has a limited population, which explains why the main cities are Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Aalborg. Aside from them, the remaining cities are smaller, regional communities where the diversity of locations for pleasure, culture, and employment is replaced with a more calm atmosphere, greater security, and a relatively close community.

Denmark's educational system

Danish students, like Greek students, obtain a graduation certificate at the end of their three-year high school education that allows them to apply to the higher education system in research-based universities or highly practical professional schools. What's the good news?

Tuition-free access to all levels of education in Denmark is available to all EU students!

Bachelor's Degree

Universities and Academies/Colleges are the two categories of higher education institutions in Denmark that have no tuition costs for EU students.

Universities place a strong emphasis on research and try to provide students with a sound theoretical foundation. Bachelor's studies, which last 3-3.5 years, are the initial level of study inside a university. After completing a Bachelor's degree program, students can pursue a Master's degree and, eventually, a PhD.

The Academies/Colleges strive to give their students with the greatest possible practical training, which is why they incorporate at least one work internship every academic cycle. They target people who wish to find a job or establish their own business as soon as they finish their school.

The Academies and Colleges provide two kinds of study programs:

AP Degree (Academic Professional Degree) of 2-2.5 years (including 1 semester of internship), followed by a Top-Up of 1-1.5 years (including 1 semester of internship), conferring the title of Professional Bachelor Degree (along with 1 full year of practical experience during the two internships);

This type of education is the gateway to an entry or middle level career within a Danish company. The study program contributes to the student’s professional training so that it can respond to the needs of the labor market and adapt to any organizational environment. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Moreover, companies are actively involved in student projects by even evaluating student work.

Uninterrupted programs spanning 3 -3.5 years (including 1 semester of internship) and awarding the title of Professional Bachelor Degree to the recipient.

What is the distinction?

In the first option, after 2-2.5 years of an AP Degree, the graduate can begin working in the area or take a sabbatical from school to pursue the 1 - 1.5 year Top Up later. The Top Up can be taken at the same Academy or at another. A Top Up can also be done in the UK or the Netherlands, for example. An unbroken Bachelor's program lasting 3-3.5 years must be completed without interruption.

What distinguishes the Danish Academies' educational philosophy?

The above-mentioned AP Degree represents an intermediate level designed by the Danish education system to meet the labour market needs. When the market lacks certain categories of professionals, that is the moment when a new AP Degree is born. The purpose is that after two years of academic and practical training in such Academies or Colleges, a graduate can easily cope with the demands of entry and middle level jobs in the chosen field. The programmes taught in Academies and Colleges focus on practical aspects -analyses, projects and case studies. Thus, the student can reach faster a more practical approach of the chosen field. Often companies are involved in a number of academic projects carried out by Academies and Colleges. In this way, through internships, the students can be naturally engaged in the development of projects or real-life situations, specific to a corporate environment.

As a result, the selection of programs from Danish universities or academies is highly influenced by the candidate's goals. Academies or colleges are advised if he or she wishes to get work quickly following graduation. If the individual has a real interest in research, a university undergraduate program is a great choice.

In any case, the quality of the Danish education system, which is largely centered on practice and is also free for European Union residents, attracts a large number of students each year.

These two factors combine to make the Nordic education system exceptionally competitive and a logical choice for higher education. Furthermore, each class of students registered at a Danish university is mixed; this implies that people of various nationalities work together and attend lectures at the same time in order to establish a multicultural learning environment.

What are the prerequisites for admission?

The Apolytirion certificate and a recognized English certificate are required for admissions to undergraduate programs. Pan-hellenics are not technically needed, however students who take the Pan-hellenic test will have a better chance because they will be considered in both Quota 1 and Quota 2.

Students who just take the Apolytirion will only be eligible for Quota 2.  Quota 1 solely considers grades, but there are more seats available, whereas Quota 2 considers other credentials as well, but there are less seats available.

Master's Studies: After completing their Bachelor's degree, students can continue their studies at the same or a different institution through the Master's course, which lasts 1 to 2 years. Graduates of academies who wish to pursue a Master's degree must take particular electives during their undergraduate studies in order to obtain a greater number of ECTS credits and therefore be qualified.

Due to the limited number of spaces available at universities for master's studies, Danish institutions typically accept students who graduated from their own programs rather than from Academies. On the other hand, relatively few of those who initially picked an Academy are enticed to go for a Master's, preferring to establish their own business or find work immediately after graduation.

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