Earlier today I read an article stating that Montreal has been named the best city for students in the world, which got me thinking. I’m applying for university myself this year and have recently sent out my first application. I remember how when I was younger I would imagining myself taking my bachelor degree in the US, where I now find myself only looking at Danish (and one Swedish) Universities. The dream of an international education is definitely not anywhere near lost, as I plan to take advantage of the Erasmus+ as much as possible throughout my three years of the bachelor degree. However, I couldn’t help but wonder why and when my opinion about going abroad to study in the US changed. I first got to really think about this after arriving in New York City, where I’m currently working for a non-profit organization for three months, and I realized my preferences had changed long before that.
Now, before I go any further, I would like to state that I in no way consider American colleges to be “not good enough”, and I must admit to feeling a bit of a rush when sitting at a Columbia University Lectures with the Columbia Alumni, who are currently working within the walls of the UN Headquarter here in New York, but I still don’t feel the same attraction as I used to. I used to look up how to apply for Stanford University and research best things to do with the application - I’m even guiding American students in how to apply for University as a part of my job here - but for some reason, my list of preferred Universities is short and very Scandinavian. I guess some of it is the entire very relaxed social context of the danish education system, but I’ve also ended up really falling in love with the idea of being a student at a few institutions here in Denmark (and Sweden). Denmark has also recently, according to Universitas 21 Ranking 2016, been ranked third best in the world in providing higher education.
Before I go any further, I’d like to stress that the institutions I will put forward here, is not the only places you can study in Denmark, but seeing as I’d like to put a bit more of a personal touch to this post, it would feel weird to advocate for starting places I haven’t actually considered myself. However, many of the other Universities and other higher education institutions are also very attractive to study at. Personally, I'm looking at Political Science, development studies, anthropology and cultural business studies, which is also my background for choosing these universities.
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University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
When you are granted the title of the best university in the north, it’s not hard to convince the surrounding world that it’s a good place to study. UCPH is a traditional university, offering all the classic programs. The campus is spread out over Copenhagen, meaning you will see a lot of the city going to and from different faculties. The university also has a lot of history to it, both in the buildings setting the frames for the education, but also as an institution. UCPH is the oldest danish university and research institution (1479), so already here it’s definitely worth doing a study here. Overall, UCPH also offers a strong international profile with a lot of opportunities and connections abroad.
Quick facts about UCPH:
- Students: 40,486 (approx 5000 international students).
- Study in English: No whole bachelor programs in English, but a large number of individual courses.
- Tuition: Couldn’t find the prices of bachelor programs.
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Now, I know Montreal was named best city for students, but with an average age of 24 for Aarhus city, and a new status as a UNESCO Heritage City in 2017, I can’t imagine a better place to study. While UCPH is spread out over the entire city, AU has a more centered campus, where the different faculties are within walking distance from each other. Having a more centered campus also means more cross-faculty events, which I find pretty appealing when deciding where to study. Lastly, Aarhus also
Quick facts about Aarhus University:
- Students: 42,500
- Study in English: AU offers more than 60 complete programs in English at Bachelor’s and Master’s level. All PhD programs are in English.
- Tuition: Free for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. For other students, tuition fees range from €8,000 to €13,500 annually.
READ MORE: Why choose Aarhus University?
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Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
Located right next to Frederiksberg Public Library, Frederiksberg Center Mall, the Metro, Fitness Center, Cinema, Concert hall, a park and a lot of small nice cafés, CBS couldn’t have been placed better. The beautiful architecture creating the frames for the education of more than XXXX students a year is absolutely stunning and invites you into an institution with a lot of life and a lot of internationally and business-minded young people. Councils on the school also arrange big case competition and Model United Nations (they even have their own MUN conference here in February).
Quick facts about Copenhagen Business School:
- Students: 22,829 (more than 4000 international students)
- Study in English: Possible with almost any of the programs (check website for further details).
- Tuition: ISUP 2017 prices: The tuition fee of the program for Non-European Free-movers is DKK 8906.50 per bachelor course and DKK 11719 per graduate course.
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University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
When talking with a Copenhagener, it’s not uncommon to quickly get the idea that University of Southern Denmark is not a good place to go. However, the university offers a wide range of very interesting bachelor programs. Being only 50 years old, SDU is a little less classic than the rest and offers a big focus on group work as well. Furthermore, SDU can also brag about having a very engaged group of MUN’ers, who are also running their own conference.
Quick facts about University of Southern Denmark:
- Students: 26,034
- Study in English: Possible and with many options in most fields (check website for further details).
- Tuition: Free for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. For other students, tuition fees range from €6,000 to €6,500 annually.
Other schools to check out:
RUC (Roskilde University - classic University)
Aalborg (Aalborg University - classic University)
DTU (Danish Technical University - Engineering and natural science)
ITU (Danish IT-University - IT and computer science)
Oh, and don’t be scared you won’t be able to properly integrate into the danish student environment, just because you don’t speak danish. Danes were recently ranked as one of the best non-native English speakers in the world, so it is easy for international students to get along in Denmark even if they don’t speak Danish.
Neither do you need to feel unsafe living and studying here. Denmark is widely cited as one of the world’s most liveable places. It has the world’s highest level of income equality according to the OECD. Based on the Corruption Transparency Index, Denmark is the least corrupted country in the world.