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INSTITUTION TYPES & CREDENTIALS

Types of higher education institutions:

Universitet (University)

Højere Uddannelsesinstitution (University-level Institution)

Institution for mellemlange videregående uddannelser/Center for Videregående Uddannelser/University College (Medium-cycle Higher Education Institution/Centre for Higher Education/University College)

Institution for korte videregående uddannelser/Erhvervsakademi (Short-cycle Higher Education Institution/ Academy of Professional Higher Education)

 

School leaving and higher education credentials:

Højere Forberedelseseksamen

Højere Handelseksamen

Studentereksamen

Gymnasialt Indslusningskursus for Fremmedsprogede (GIF)

Højere Teknisk Eksamen

Kort Videregående Uddannelse/Erhvervsakademigrad

Videregående Voksenuddannelse

Bachelorgrad

Diplom-Uddannelse

Mellemlang Videregående Uddannelse/Professionsbachelorgrad

Musiklæreruddannelse

Kandidatgrad

Master-Uddannelse

Billedkunstner

Diplomeksamen (Musik)

Magistergrad

Ph.d.-grad

Doktorgrad

 

 

STRUCTURE OF EDUCATION SYSTEM

Pre-higher education:

Duration of compulsory education:

Age of entry: 7

Age of exit: 16

Structure of school system:

Basic

Type of school providing this education: Folkeskole, Private grundskoler and Friskoler (state subsidized private schools) and at the Class 8 to 10 levels, Efterskoler (continuation schools)

Length of program in years: 9

Age level from: 7 to: 16

Certificate/diploma awarded: Folkeskolens Afgangsprøve (Leaving Examination after Class 9 or 10) or (only after Class 10) Folkeskolens 10 -klasse prøve (Class 10 examination)

General Secondary

Type of school providing this education: Gymnasium, Studenterkursus, HF-Kursus, Voksenuddannelsescenter (Adult Education Centres)

Length of program in years: 3

Age level from: 16 to: 18

Certificate/diploma awarded: Studentereksamen after 3 years' study (Upper Secondary School Leaving Examination) or  Højere Forberedelseksamen-HF (Higher Preparatory Examination) after two years' study.

Technical Secondary

Type of school providing this education: Erhvervsskole (Handelsskole or Teknisk Skole)

Length of program in years: 3

Age level from: 16 to: 19

Certificate/diploma awarded: Højere Handelseksamen - HHX (Higher Commercial examination) or Højere Teknisk Eksamen - HTX (Higher Technical examination)

Vocational

Type of school providing this education: Erhvervsskole (Handelsskole, Teknisk Skole, Social-og sundhedsskole, Landbrugsskole & other specialized schools)

Length of program in years: 4

Age level from: 16 to: 20

Certificate/diploma awarded: Uddannelsesbevis or Svendebrev

School education:

Basic education comprises primary and lower secondary education and lasts for nine or ten years (the 10th year is optional). Upon completion of Class 9 or 10 of the Folkeskole pupils may go on to upper secondary school. The 3-year Gymnasium programme is the traditional general upper secondary programme. General upper secondary school and the more vocationally-oriented programmes "Højere Handelseksamen" (HHX) or "Højere Teknisk Eksamen" (HTX) qualify students for higher education. HHX and HTX also prepare for employment in trade and industry - usually in training positions. Vocational programmes are mainly Erhvervsuddannelse (Vocational Education and Training, VET) and prepare directly for specific jobs. In addition, most VET programmes qualify students for direct admission to one or more short-cycle professional higher education programmes. Approximately 30-50% of the time is spent at school and 50-70% is spent as a trainee or apprentice in a business enterprise. Other vocational programmes are  basic social and health education programmes (SOSU) and agricultural, forestry, home economics and maritime programmes. Education is largely the responsibility of the Ministry of Education. It shares control of the Gymnasium and Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) with the country councils and school or course boards. It is responsible for setting up the framework for curricula at primary and secondary education level. However, the contents of the courses are established by the schools (with their boards) and finalized by the teachers with their pupils. Vocational education and training is controlled by the Ministry of Education with the social partners as important parties.

Higher education:

Higher education comprises a university sector and a college sector, i.e. the professionally-oriented higher education sector. The university sector includes 12 universities, 5 of which are multi-faculty universities. The others are specialized in Engineering, IT, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture, Pharmacy or Business Studies. In addition, there are 13 specialist university-level institutions in architecture, art, music, etc. The university sector offers programmes at three levels: Bachelor's Degree (3 years of study), the Candidatus Degree (i.e. Master's Degree, normally 2 years following upon the Bachelor's Degree) and the Ph.D. Degree (normally 3 years' study after the Candidatus Degree). The universities also award the traditional higher Doctoral Degree (dr. phil., dr. scient etc) after a minimum of 5-8 years' individual and original research. Study programmes of the university sector are research-based. The college sector comprises approximately 100 specialized institutions of higher education offering professionally-oriented programmes: a) The Academy Profession Degree (AP degree) (Danish title: profession +(AK)) is awarded after two years of study (120 ECTS points) b) the Professional Bachelor's degree is awarded after 3 to 4 1/2 years of study (180-270 ECTS points) at the level corresponding to that of university Bachelor's programmes. Colleges offering professional Bachelor's Degrees have merged into more comprehensive Centres for Higher Education (Centre for Videregående Uddannelse (CVU)). As from 2005, CVUs fulfilling certain quality criteria may be awarded the label of University College. Colleges offering Academy Profession degrees have formed Academies of Professional Higher Education (Erhvervsakademier) as a framework for regional cooperation. The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is responsible for university education except for certain higher education programmes which come under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs (e.g. Architecture, Music, Fine Arts, and Librarianship). The Ministry of Education is responsible for short- and medium-cycle higher education. The legislation covers the aims and framework of education, funding and in some cases curricula, examinations and staffing. Higher education institutions are publicly financed and State-regulated. The quality of higher education is ensured by ministerial approval of new programmes and institutions, external examiners and an evaluation system. Although they have institutional autonomy, institutions must follow general regulations concerning teacher qualifications, award structures, study programmes and quality assurance. The relevant Ministries approve new programmes. The Danish Evaluation Institute (EVA) is responsible for external quality assurance. Its evaluations form the basis for accreditation of Professional Bachelor's programmes and private sector programmes in order to make their students eligible for State study grants. The use of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) became mandatory in all higher education study programmes on September 1st, 2001, the use of the Diploma Supplement on September 1st, 2002.

Main laws/decrees governing higher education:

Decree: Bekendtgørelse af lov om åben uddannelse (erhvervsrettet voksenuddannelse) m.v. (LBK n°956) Year: 2003

Concerns: Institutions offering adult and continuing education

Decree: Bekendtgørelse af lov om Centre for Videregående Uddannelse og andre selvejende institutioner for videregående uddannelser m.v. (LBK n°1256) Year: 2004

Concerns: Centres for Higher Education/University Colleges

Decree: Bekendtgørelse af lov om Danmarks Evalueringsinstitut (LBK n°905) Year: 2000

Concerns: Quality assurance

Decree: Bekendtgørelse af lov om uddannelse af lærere til folkeskolen (LBK n° 981) Year: 2000

Concerns: Institutions that train Folkeskole teachers

Decree: Bekendtgørelse af lov om uddannelse af pædagoger (LBK n° 980) Year: 2000

Concerns: Institutions that train pre-school teachers and educators

Decree: Bekendtgørelse af lov om vurdering af udenlandske uddannelseskvalifikationer m.v. (LBK n°74) Year: 2003

Concerns: Assessment and recognition of foreign qualifications

Decree: Bekendtgørelse om adgang m.v. ved bachelor-og kandidatuddannelser ved universiteterne (BEK n°362) Year: 2005

Concerns: Universities

Decree: Bekendtgørelse om adgang, indskrivning og orlov m.v. ved visse videregående uddannelser (BEK n° 149) Year: 2006

Concerns: Higher education institutions under the Ministry of Education

Decree: Bekendtgørelse om bachelor- og kandidatuddannelser ved universiteterne (BEK n° 338) Year: 2004

Concerns: Universities and other university level institutions

Decree: Bekendtgørelse om ph.d.-uddannelsen og ph.d.-graden (BEK n° 114) Year: 2002

Concerns: Universities

Decree: Lov om adgangsregulering ved videregående uddannelser (LOV n°319) Year: 1990

Concerns: Nearly all institutions of higher education

Decree: Lov om erhvervsrettet grunduddannelse og videregående uddannelse (videreuddannelsessystemt) for voksne (LOV n° 488) Year: 2000

Concerns: Institutions offering adult education

Decree: Lov om korte videregående uddannelser (erhvervsakademiuddannelser) (LOV n°1115 Year: 1997

Concerns: Short-cycle higher education institutions

Decree: Lov om mellemlange videregående uddannelser (LOV n°481) Year: 2000

Concerns: Medium-cycle higher education institutions

Decree: Lov om universiteter (universitetsloven) (LOV N°403) Year: 2003

Concerns: Universities

Academic year:

Classes from: Sep to: Jun

Long vacation from: 1 Jul to: 31 Aug

Languages of instruction: Danish, English

Stages of studies:

Non-university level post-secondary studies (technical/vocational type):

Non-university level:

Short-cycle higher education includes programmes mainly in the commercial and technical fields. The programmes normally take two years and they build either on relevant vocational education and training (plus adequate general upper secondary courses) or on general upper secondary education/commercial and technical upper secondary education. They have the common designation of erhvervsakademiuddannelse (Academy profession programmes). These programmes qualify the student to carry out practical, vocational tasks on an analytical basis and may lead to employment in middle-management positions. Apart from theoretical subjects, programmes are usually completed with a three-month project. Students may, on certain conditions, be awarded credits when they continue in a medium- or long-cycle higher education programme.Medium-cycle professional higher education includes programmes within the technical, educational, social, creative and health-related fields. Diplomas are awarded after a 3- to 4-year programme at a level corresponding to that of university Bachelor's programmes. The medium-cycle programmes provide students with theoretical knowledge, as well as knowledge of its application to professions and industries. They normally include periods of practical studies and require the submission of a project/project paper. Having satisfied a number of criteria such as links to research and development, most of these programmes now lead to the Professional Bachelor's degree (Professionsbachelor). Most programmes give access to further studies in the same field, typically a Master's programme (adult education) or, on certain conditions, a specific Candidatus programme.

 

University level studies:

University level first stage: Bachelorgrad (B.A or B.Sc):

Undergraduate study takes 3 years and leads to the award of a Bachelor's Degree. The degree is awarded by the universities/specialized higher education institutions upon completion of a research-based study programme concentrating from the first year on the major subject area chosen for the degree. It includes a project work usually of some two months' duration. All Bachelor programmes must follow the same national standards and there are no classifications in honours/ordinary programmes. The study programmes do not include components that could be classified as liberal arts. The Bachelor programmes qualify for occupational functions and for studies for the candidatus degree. At the universities of Aalborg and Roskilde, the Bachelor programmes begin with a one- respectively two-year general studies programme (basisuddannelse) in either the Humanities or Social, Technical or Natural Sciences. In Business Administration, part of the Bachelor programmes lead to the award of the Handelshøjskolens Afgangsprøve (HA).

University level second stage: Kandidatgrad/Candidatus (cand.+ field of study, in English: usually MA or MSc + field),  Magistergrad (Mag.Art.):

The Candidatus Degree (Master's Degree) can be obtained at universities and other specialized research-based institutions of higher education. In most fields of study admission requires a Bachelor's Degree in the same field of study. The degree is normally awarded after a total of 5 years of study: the Bachelor's Degree (3 years) and a 2-year Candidatus programme with the exceptions of Medicine (3 years) and Veterinary Medicine (2 1/2 years). Independent research activities are an important part of the Candidatus programme. The speciale/candidatus thesis is a major requirement and requires six months to one year's full-time study. The Magister Artium (rare)  is awarded on completion of three years' research-oriented study after the Bachelor's Degree and public defence of a thesis in certain fields of the Humanities.

University level third stage: PhD grad:

A PhD Degree can be obtained at universities and other research-based institutions of higher education. The typical PhD programme is a 3-year programme after the Candidatus Degree. The programme must include a scientific project, participation in research programmes and seminars corresponding to six months' work, experience in teaching or other kinds of communication of research results, mobility to ensure experience from working in two or more active research groups (Mobility abroad is given high priority) and finally public defence of the PhD thesis. Music Academies offer a specialist degree in 2 to 4 years following the candidatus degree.

University level fourth stage: Doktorgrad  (Dr + field of study):

The Danish Doctoral Degree is an advanced degree obtained after five to eight years of original and outstanding research. It is awarded after public defence of a thesis. There is no formal study programme.

 

Teacher education:

Training of pre-primary and primary/basic school teachers

Training of social educators for nurseries, kindergartens and the pre-school class is offered at educator training colleges/centres for higher education. The programme takes 3 1/2 years and leads to the award of the Bachelor in Social Education (professionsbachelor som pædagog). Training of primary and lower secondary teachers is offered at teacher training colleges/centres for higher education. Students are trained for teaching throughout the entire Folkeskole, which is a combined primary and lower secondary school. The programme takes 4 years and leads to the award of the bachelor of Education ( professionbachelor som folkeskolelærer). Further training of Folkeskole teachers takes place at the Danish University of Education.

Training of secondary school teachers

In order to obtain permanent appointment, teachers in general upper secondary education are required to hold a Candidatus (Master's) degree, normally in two subjects (major/minor)  and to have completed a 2-year supplementary course (pædagogikum) which includes further studies in the minor of the two university subjects, educational theory and in-service teaching practice. Teachers in the hhx and htx programmes must hold a Candidatus (Master's) degree and have completed a teacher training course in addition to qualifications depending on the type of subjects they are to teach. Teachers of specialized subjects must have a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience.

Training of higher education teachers

Teachers in higher education institutions must hold a degree at least equivalent to the level at which they are to teach. In addition, they must hold qualifications for teaching the subjects in question which may be earned, for example, through research work, professional experience or periods abroad.

 

Non-traditional studies:

Distance higher education

Some programmes of open education (see section below) are offered as distance education. Students meet with their teachers and co-students for two or three sessions per semester. The educational institution provides the syllabus, exercises and guidance. Distance education may also be Internet-based.

Lifelong higher education

The Open Education scheme comprises all vocationally oriented programmes from basic vocational education and training to long cycle higher education programmes, as well as short, condensed courses. It is possible to follow courses at one's own pace. Participants can choose to follow particular subjects or modules or to complete an entire course. Teaching may take place in the daytime, in the evening, at week-ends or as distance learning. Institutions can offer all or parts of the courses they are entitled to offer. Open education confers the same qualifications as the corresponding courses taken under other forms. Entire courses and single subjects offered under the open education scheme may lead to a fully recognized diploma. Admission requirements are the same as for the corresponding full-time courses. Adult Education and Continuing Training Programmes are available at all levels of education. Higher education qualifications are offered at three levels: Videregående voksenuddannelse (advanced adult education) comparable to the short-cycle higher education level; Diplomuddannelse (Diploma programmes) comparable to medium-cycle higher education/Bachelor's Degree level; Masteruddannelse (Master programmes) comparable to long-cycle higher education/Candidatus (Master's) Degree level. Most programmes consist of two years' part-time study, equivalent to one year's full-time study. Admission requirements are a relevant prior qualification and at least two years' professional experience. Institutions may accept applicants on the basis of other relevant qualifications.

 

 

NATIONAL BODIES

Administration & co-ordination:

Responsible authorities:

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Ministeriet for Videnskab, Teknologi og Fornyelse)

Head: Helge Sander, Minister

Administrative officer: Uffe Toudal Pedersen, Permanent Secretary

Bredgade 43
1260 København K
Denmark

Tel: +45 33929700

Fax: +45 33323501

EMail: vtu@vtu.dk

WWW: http://www.vtu.dk

 

Role of governing body: Responsible for university research and education

 

Ministry of Education (Undervisningsministeriet)

Head: Bertel Haarder, Minister

Administrative officer: Niels Preisler, Permanent Secretary

Frederiksholms Kanal 21
1220 København K
Denmark

Tel: +45 33925000

Fax: +45 33925567

EMail: uvm@uvm.dk

WWW: http://www.uvm.dk

 

Role of governing body: Responsible for non-university education, including short- and medium-cycle higher education

 

Ministry of Culture (Kulturministeriet)

Head: Brian Mikkelsen, Minister

Administrative officer: Karoline Prien Kjeldsen, Permanent Secretary

PO Box 2140
Nybrogade 2
1015 København
Denmark

Tel: +45 33923370

Fax: +45 33913388

EMail: kum@kum.dk

WWW: http://www.kulturministeriet.dk

 

Role of governing body: Responsible for higher education within the Arts and for the programmes of the Royal Danish School of Librarian Science

 

Danish Rectors' Conference (Rektorkollegiet)

Head: Jens Oddershede, President

Fiolstræde 44, 1. Th.
1171 København K.
Denmark

Tel: +45 33925403

Fax: +45 33925075

EMail: rks@rks.dk

WWW: http://www.rks.dk

 

Role of governing body: Coordinating body consisting of the university rectors and observers from the other university level institutions.

 

CIRIUS, Ministry of Education

Head: Torben Klein, Director General

Fiolstræde 44
1467 København K
Denmark

Tel: +45 33957000

Fax: +45 33957001

EMail: cirius@ciriusmail.dk

WWW: http://www.ciriusonline.dk/

 

Role of governing body: Coordinates the educational programmes of the European Union and other programmes and schemes contributing to international cooperation in education and training and conducts and coordinates recognition of foreign qualifications. CIRIUS was established as an agency under the Danish Ministry of Education in January 2005, incorporating Cirius (Danish Centre for International Cooperation and Mobility in Education and Training) and CVUU (Danish Centre for Assessment of Foreign Qualifications).

 

Danish Evaluation Institute (Danmarks Evalueringsinstitut)

Head: Ane Arnth Jensen, Chairman of the Board

Administrative officer: Christian Thune, Executive Director

Østbanegade 55
2100 København Ø
Denmark

Tel: +45 35550101

Fax: +45 35551011

EMail: eva@eva.dk

WWW: http://www.eva.dk

 

Role of governing body: Independent institution formed under the auspices of the Ministry of Education. Initiates and conducts evaluations of teaching and learning at all levels of the education system.

 

 

ADMISSIONS TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Admission to non university higher education studies

Name of secondary school credential required: Studentereksamen

Minimum score/requirement: Depending on institution and programme

Name of secondary school credential required: Højere Teknisk Eksamen

For entry to: Depending on institution and programme

Name of secondary school credential required: Højere Handelseksamen

Minimum score/requirement: Depending on institution and programme

Name of secondary school credential required: Højere Forberedelseseksamen

Minimum score/requirement: Depending on institution and programme

Alternatives to credentials:

Gymnasialt Indslusningforløb for Fremmedsprogede (GIF) - a special one-year Højere Forberedelse/gymnasium bridging course for non-native citizens (e.g. refugees) having completed an upper secondary school-leaving qualification in the home country. Individual assessment.Admission to short-cycle higher education: A relevant vocational qualification (vocational education and training, normally 3-4 years) and adequate general upper secondary courses (e.g. maths, physics, English) according to chosen institution and programme.Admission to medium-cycle higher education: It is possible to transfer credits from other programmes as well as be awarded credit for professional experience, e.g. admission to the social educator and social worker programmes

Numerus clausus/restrictions:

The Minister of Education may fix a maximum number of student admissions within certain fields of study. Apart from that, individual institutions may have restricted admission for certain fields of study.

Admission to university-level studies

Name of secondary school credential required: Højere Handelseksamen

Minimum score/requirement: Depending on institution and programme

Name of secondary school credential required: Højere Forberedelseseksamen

Minimum score/requirement: Depending on institution and programme

Name of secondary school credential required: Studentereksamen

Minimum score/requirement: Depending on institution and programme

Name of secondary school credential required: Højere Teknisk Eksamen

Minimum score/requirement: Depending on institution and programme

Alternatives to credentials: Gymnasialt Indslusningforløb for Fremmedsprogede (GIF) (a special 1-year Højere Forberedelse/Gymnasium bridging course for non-native citizens (e.g. refugees) having completed an upper secondary school-leaving qualification in the home country. Individual assessment.

Numerus clausus/restrictions: The Minister may fix a maximum number of student admissions within certain fields of study. Apart from that, individual institutions may have restricted admission for certain fields of study.

Other admission requirements: Depending on what studies the applicant wishes to follow, there may be other requirements concerning the entrance qualification, e.g. subject combinations, levels and minimum marks.

Foreign students admission

Definition of foreign student: A non-Danish citizen with a foreign entrance qualification.

Admission requirements: The general admission requirement is a qualification that gives access to higher education in the country of origin and which is assessed and found comparable to the Danish entrance qualifications. Information about foreign qualifications for entry to higher education is available at www.ciriusonline.dk/eng/. For many programmes, there are also specific requirements which must be fulfilled.

Language requirements: Knowledge of Danish is essential for regular university programmes. Non-Danish and non-Nordic applicants have to prove sufficient command of Danish (for programmes in Danish) by passing a test. Some study programmes are offered in English and do not have any Danish proficiency requirements. A requirement may then be made for English proficiency at a specific level.

Application procedures:

Apply to individual institution for entry to: All institutions of higher education, using the application form of the Coordinated Enrolment System (KOT)

Application closing dates:

For non-university level (technical/vocational type) studies: 15 Mar

For university level studies: 15 Mar

Recognition of studies & qualifications:

Studies pursued in home country (System of recognition/accreditation): Publicly financed institutions must follow general regulations concerning teacher qualifications, award structures, study programmes and quality assurance and the relevant ministries decide which institutions can offer which programmes. Private institutions must abide by an accreditation procedure to make their students eligible for State study grants. The Danish Evaluation Institute conducts evaluations of teaching and learning at public educational establishments and private institutions in receipt of state subsidies. EVA conducts evaluations that are the basis for accreditation of Professional Bachelor's programmes and private sector programmes by the Ministry of Education with a view to accessing grants and loans. In 2003, the five Nordic ENIC/NARIC offices (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) established a regional network named Nordic National Recognition Information Centres (NORRIC) to  initiate joint Nordic projects to learn from each other and reduce barriers to the recognition of foreign qualifications in the Nordic region (www.norric.org).

Studies pursued in foreign countries (bodies dealing with recognition of foreign credentials):

CIRIUS

Head: Torben Klein, Director

Fiolstræde 44
1171 Copenhagen K
Denmark

Tel: +45 33957000

Fax: +45 33957001

EMail: cirius@ciriusmail.dk

WWW: http://www.ciriusonline.dk/

 

Deals with credential recognition for entry to: University and Profession

Services provided & students dealt with: The Centre is a contact point for information on assessment and recognition of foreign qualifications and professional recognition (Danish ENIC/NARIC).

 

Other information sources on recognition of foreign studies: Questions about admission and credit transfer: Individual institutions. Questions about access to regulated professions: the relevant authorities.

Special provisions for recognition:

For access to non-university post-secondary studies: The same as for university-level studies, see below.

For access to university level studies: Both Danes and other nationals with foreign credentials should send their application to the relevant institution of higher education before March 15. Recognition of foreign qualifications and study periods with a view to continuing studies at a Danish higher education institution (admission, credit transfer) falls within the competence of the individual institution. However, if CIRIUS has made an assessment indicating a particular level of education, the educational institution must make its admission decision on the basis of this assessment. Decisions about credit transfer for foreign qualifications are made by the educational institution but may be appealed to a special complaints board, Kvalifikationsnævnet.

For access to advanced studies and research: Application should be sent to the relevant institution of higher education.

For the exercise of a profession: Approval of foreign qualifications with a view to practising regulated professions is given by the authority administering the regulated profession in question. The application forms should be sent to CIRIUS, except for certain groups of EU/EEA professionals who are to apply directly to the relevant competent authority: Medical Practitioner, Dentist, Registered Nurse, Midwife: the National Board of Health; Veterinarian: the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration; Pharmacist: the Danish Medicines Agency. More information about the regulated professions is available at www.ciriusonline.dk

Multilateral agreements concerning recognition of foreign studies

Name of agreement: Agreement concluded by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden on Admission to Higher Education

Year of signature: 1992

Name of agreement: Council of Europe-UNESCO Joint Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications Concerning Higher Education in the European Region (Lisbon Convention)

Year of signature: 1997

Name of agreement: European Convention on the Academic Recognition of University Qualifications.

Year of signature: 1959

Name of agreement: European Convention on the Equivalence of Diplomas Leading to Admission to Universities

Year of signature: 1953

Name of agreement: European Convention on the Equivalence of Periods of University Study

Year of signature: 1956

Name of agreement: European Convention on the General Equivalence of Periods of University Study

Year of signature: 1990

Name of agreement: UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees Concerning Higher Education in the States Belonging to the European Region.

Year of signature: 1979

References to further information on foreign student admissions and recognition of studies

Title: CIRIUS homepage

Author: http://www.ciriusonline.dk

Publisher: CIRIUS

Title: Study in Denmark (www.studyindenmark.dk)

Publisher: CIRIUS

 

STUDENT LIFE

Main student services at national level

DIS (Denmark's International Study Programme)

Vestergade 7
1456 København K
Denmark

Tel: +45 33110144

Fax: +45 33932624

EMail: dis@dis.dk

WWW: http://www.dis.dk

 

Category of services provided: Special services/Centre for foreign students

Services available to foreign Students: Yes

 

Studenterrådgivningen

Kompagnistræde 21
1208 København K
Denmark

Tel: +45 33120480

EMail: sekretariatet@studraadgiv.dk

WWW: http://www.studraadgiv.dk

 

Category of services provided: Social and welfare services

Services available to foreign Students: Yes

 

National student associations and unions

National Union of Danish University and Business School Students (Foreningen af Universitets-og Handelshøjskolestuderende)

Postbox 1107
1009 København K
Denmark

Tel: +45 86184455

EMail: fhs@fhs.dk

WWW: http://www.fhs.dk

 

The National Union of Students in Denmark (Danske Studerendes Fællesråd)

H.C. Andersens Boulevard 51 st.tv
1553 København V
Denmark

Tel: +45 33324813

Fax: +45 33324913

EMail: dsf@dsfnet.dk

WWW: http://www.dsfnet.dk

 

Health/social provisions

Social security for home students: Yes

Foreign student social security provisions: Any person staying in Denmark is entitled to free emergency hospital treatment. 1) Persons on temporary stay in Denmark: a)Nordic countries and UK: same health services as Danes when they need medical treatment; b)EU and EEA: same health services as Danes when they need medical treatment if they bring their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC); c)other countries: no free medical care except the emergency hospital treatment mentioned above, a private health insurance is needed. 2) Persons with residence in Denmark and registered at the Municipal civil registration office in Denmark are automatically covered by the Danish health insurance scheme after a period of 6 weeks. The persons from EU countries, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, Quebec, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkey can avoid the waiting period if they are covered by the national health insurance scheme of their home country.

Special student travel fares:

By road: Yes

By rail: Yes

Available to foreign students: No

Student expenses and financial aid

Student costs:

Average living costs: 5000 (Danish Krone)

Home students tuition fees: Minimum: 0 (Danish Krone)

Maximum: 0 (Danish Krone)

Bodies providing information on student financial aid:

CIRIUS

Fiolstræde 44
1171 København K
Denmark

Tel: +45 33957000

Fax: +45 33957001

EMail: cirius@ciriusmail.dk

WWW: http://www.ciriusonline.dk

 

Deals with: Grants

Danish Students Grants and Loans Agency (SU-styrelsen)

Danasvej 30
1780 København V
Denmark

Tel: +45 33268600

Fax: +45 33268611

WWW: http://www.su.dk

 

Deals with: Grants and Loans

Category of students: Student support for Danish citizens and a few categories of foreign citizens.

Publications on student services and financial aid:

Title: Study in Denmark (www.studyindenmark.dk)

Publisher: CIRIUS

 

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION & EXCHANGES

Principal national bodies responsible for dealing with international cooperation and exchanges in higher education:

CIRIUS

Fiolstræde 44
1171 København K
Denmark

Tel: +45 33957000

Fax: +45 33957001

EMail: cirius@ciriusmail.dk

WWW: http://www.ciriusonline.dk

 

Ministry of Education

Frederiksholms Kanal 21
1220 København K
Denmark

Tel: +45 33925300

Fax: +45 33925567

WWW: http://www.uvm.dk

 

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

Bredgade 43
1260 København K
Denmark

Tel: +45 33929700

Fax: +45 33323501

EMail: vtu@vtu.dk

WWW: http://www.vtu.dk

 

Participation of country in multilateral or bilateral higher education programmes

Name of exchange programme: All other EU higher education programmes (EU-USA/Canada)

Name of exchange programme: Leonardo da Vinci

Name of exchange programme: NORDPLUS

Name of exchange programme: SOCRATES/ERASMUS

Name of exchange programme: TEMPUS

 

GRADING SYSTEM

Usual grading system in secondary school

Full Description: 13-skalaen: 13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-03-00.

Highest on scale: 13/11 (the mark 13 is very seldom awarded)

Pass/fail level: 6

Lowest on scale: 00

Main grading system used by higher education institutions

Full Description: 13-skalaen: 13-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-03-00. Grades 13-11-10 correspond to excellent, 9-8-7 to good, 6 satisfactory, 5-03-00 to poor.

Highest on scale: 13/11 (the mark 13 is very seldom awarded)

Pass/fail level: 6

Lowest on scale: 00

Other main grading systems

Bestået/ikke bestået (Pass/fail)

 

NOTES ON HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM

At the moment, tuition is free for international students but tuition fees will be introduced in 2006 for students from non EU-EEA countries.

 

Data for academic year: 2005-2006

Source: IAU from CIRIUS, Copenhagen, 2006



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