Study abroad semester in Denmark

With some 5 million people, Denmark has a great history and relevance among the European Union and worldwide. It comprises the Jutland peninsula, 400 or more islands and the vast Greenland. Weather is nice: the Atlantic current mitigate the harshness if the winter, while keeping the summer not so hot.

The official language is Danish but English is widely spoken, since the mother tongue doesn’t have a big international audience. Urban areas are quite dispersed, and Danish enjoy a spacious and peaceful life even in the most important urban centers. Transportation services are great and punctual, allowing also suburb or small city’s residents to commute without many problems.

GDP per capita is among the highest in the world, thus allowing its citizens to keep really high living standards. Its capital city, Copenhagen, is a major international trade center, while Aalborg, Aarhus and Odense are more nationally oriented. It is also a really safe place: I’ve been there for a while, and people live with the bare minimum safety precautions, since crime is not that common.

What are the best universities in Denmark for semester students?

Are you still undecided whether or not Denmark might be an appealing destination for you? On wearefreemovers you can find a selection of 10 academic institutions offering you the possibility of spending a semester or a full academic year in Denmark. Let’s check some statistics about them.

Here you can see the positioning of the Danish institutions among the world’s best universities rankings.

NAME QS THE ARWU CWUR CWTS Eduniversal palmes U.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities Rankings Webometrics
Copenhagen Business School (EU students) - 201–250 801-900 1087 - 5 699 786
Copenhagen Business School (non-EU students) - 201–250 801-900 1087 - 5 699 786
University of Copenhagen 76 84 33 38 31 - 34 31
Aarhus University 147 106 69 107 120 4 105 71
Aarhus University (Research only) 147 106 69 107 120 4 105 71
University of Southern Denmark 353 251–300 301-400 353 314 3 301 285
International Business Academy Denmark (non-EU students) - - - - - - - -
IT University of Copenhagen (EU students) - - - - - - - -
Roskilde University - 601–800 - 1724 - - 1329 -
Technical University of Denmark 103 187 151-200 200 184 - 155 -
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (non-EU students) - - - - - - - -
University College Lillebaelt - - - - - - - -

Excluding some institutions that are probably too small or too specific to be accounted into rankings, Denmark is a really solid country if you want to get quality education. Copenhagen Business School is probably one of the best business schools in the world, while the other ones that you find here excel in many different subjects (see the Subject Guides if you want to know more about rankings for your subject field). Plus, education is quite open in Denmark: there is for sure competitivity, but most of the times it is not used to discriminate some peers from the others.

Costs and fees of studying in Denmark

Denmark is a highly expensive country. Monthly costs of living for a single person are above 900€. Here you can find a detail of the various costs that you can encounter in this country. Keep in mind that, as a student, you could have access to various discounts which can include food, travel, and accommodation expenses.

When it comes to university’s fees, Denmark is fairly cheap for EU students, with a median 1680€/semester for EU free mover students and 4700€/semester for non-EU free mover students.

Which Danish cities are available for free movers?