The application deadline for applying to Danish Universities and University Colleges is approaching fast. Students need to have applied – and, importantly, their documents received by their targeted Danish institution – by March 15th.
Increasing numbers of Irish [in particular] and UK students are applying to join undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, taught through English, In Denmark. Other than the spirit of adventure, they are attracted by the style and quality of teaching in Denmark, the high level of resources at these institutions, the extra edge on their CV through having studied abroad, the very low entry requirements and the fact that there are no tuition fees.
Note that all EU students who get a part-time job [10 – 12 hours a week] can claim a grant of EUR750 a month. Irish students, who qualify for a Maintenance Grant in Ireland, can take it with them, to Denmark.
The University Colleges are less academic in nature than the Universities [and there are some excellent Research Universities in Denmark] and offer a range of practical employment-focused programmes, in a wide variety of areas. Amongst these institutions, students seem particularly attracted by VIA University College, University College Northern Denmark and Copenhagen School of Design & Technology.
Above: VIA University College: increasingly popular with Irish students
Of course, remember, almost all Danish 17-25 year olds are fluent in English though, if you are worried, the Danish government will provide you with free Danish lessons [and free health care!].
EUNICAS recently received the mail below, from the parent of an Irish student studying in Aarhus University:
“ My son finds the educational system in Denmark fantastic. Classes start early in Denmark 8am which has been a bit of a shock to my son as I think he had image of a more relaxed student lifestyle! The university course he has taken is very much linked in with industry and, throughout the year, students are expected to suit up and have meetings with some of the top companies in the country. In their second week in college, they had meetings with a load of top international companies in the country who were already offering the students paid internships, inviting them to do research papers on their companies.
The University has just set up a new research centre in collaboration with Stanford University in the USA, so the students will have opportunity do collaborative projects with students in USA there and attend courses and exchanges which he is excited about.
The college seem to invest a huge sense of confidence and expectation in the students, which is great. My son is interested in Finance and hedge fund management during the week he was telling me he was having meeting with the head of the business school to help him out in organising introduction meetings with finance companies. There is no way a first year business student in Ireland would get that level of attention and support but the students enthusiasm is really nurtured in the college. “