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Innovative nation: education and research

On this page you can read more about the Danish education system, Sino-Danish education cooperation and opportunities for studying in Denmark.


Denmark has a long academic tradition that combines excellence with a dynamic and innovative culture in research as well as in teaching methods and learning environments.

Due to its position as one of the most innovative countries in the world as well as its progressive policies on education and science, Denmark and its institutions of higher education has many cooperation agreements with China.

You can read more about how to apply for studying in Denmark on this page.

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Danish education policy

The educational level of Danes is high. There are nine years of compulsory education, and almost all education is a free benefit as part of the Danish welfare system.


Primary School

The primary school is comprehensive, i.e. the children are not divided up on the basis of ability or social background. It is provided to all children from 6-16 years at age. Danish law stipulates 9 years of compulsory schooling. The schools are normally divided in 10 years, beginning with an, optional, introductory pre-school period and ending with a school-leaving examination.


Secondary education

After the primary school a wide range of upper secondary education programmes are available. These include STX, HF, HHX, HTX and vocational educations. The various kinds of upper secondary level education prepare students for higher education or a corporate position.


Higher education

Higher education comprises the university sector, which offers research-based undergraduate and graduate programmes, as well as a parallel sector for professional bachelor, diploma programmes and more business-oriented programmes. Most higher education institutions offer courses in English, and a graduate level several English programmes such as MBA and MPA programmes are available.

List of Danish institutions of higher education

Copenhagen Business School (CBS)
IT University of Copenhagen (ITU)
Roskilde University (RU)
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Aalborg University (AAU)
Aarhus University (AU)

University level institutions of fine and performing arts, design and architecture
School of Theatre, Aarhus
The Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance
The Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC)
The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Southern Denmark
The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg
The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen
Funen Art Academy
The Jutland Academy of Fine Arts
Kolding School of Design
Aarhus School of Architecture
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Conservation
The Royal School of Library and Information Science

University Colleges
Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX)
Metropolitan University College
University College Capital (UCC)
University College Lillebaelt (UCL)
University College Zealand (UCSJ)
University College of Northern Denmark (UCN)
University College South Denmark
VIA University College

Academies of Professional Higher Education
Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher Education
Business Academy SouthWest
Business Academy Aarhus
Business Academy MidtVest
Copenhagen Business Academy
International Business Academy (IBA)
Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA)
Dania - Academy of Higher Education
Zealand Institute of Business and Technology (ZIBAT)
Niels Brock (Copenhagen Business College)

Schools of Maritime Education & Training
Copenhagen School of Marine Engineering and Technology Management
Maritime Training and Education Centre - MARTEC
Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering
Svendborg International Maritime Academy - SIMAC

Sino-Danish education cooperation

The Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research
The Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research (SDC) is a joint project on education and research between the eight Danish universities, the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The overall aim of SDC is to promote and strengthen collaboration between Danish and Chinese research and learning environments for the benefit of both countries. It has been agreed that the research activities of SDC fall within five major research themes:

  • Water and Environment
  • Renewable Energy
  • Nanoscience
  • Life Sciences
  • Social Sciences

For more information please visit:

Study in Denmark

Why study in Denmark?

High academic standards, active study environments, interdisciplinary studies and project-based activities are some of the characteristics of studying in Denmark.

Exchange students and degree students coming to Denmark can choose between more than 1,300 individual courses and more than 500 study programmes taught in English.

Danes are generally very good at speaking English and an active social life is an essential part of student life, a great way to meet other students and experience other ways of thinking, living and being.

Living expenses are estimated to be between 600-1,000 euros per month. This includes accommodation but excludes tuition fees.

Scholarships and tuition fees

Scholarships are available for students from non-EU/EEA countries studying at higher education institutions in Denmark. The scholarships are administered by the institutions, so please enquire about this at the institution when you apply for admission.

If you are studying through an exchange agreement or as a visiting student, the possibility of obtaining financial assistance will depend on your home institution and the chosen exchange agreement. Find out more on tuition and scholarships here.

Another way to study in Denmark is through the European exchange programme "Erasmus Mundus Mobility for Life" supported and funded by the European Commission. Read more about the Erasmus programme here.


Visa and residence permit

When you have been accepted as a student at a Danish institute, you will need to apply for a residence permit to Denmark.

There are three main categories of studies which can warrant a residence permit for study in Denmark:

  • Higher educational programmes
  • Basic and youth study programmes
  • Folk high schools (folkehøjskoler)

For more information on this, please visit the official web site of the Danish Immigration Service.


Top Talent Denmark

Top Talent Denmark is a programme by the Innovation Centre Denmark in China promoting Danish study and career opportunities to Chinese students and professionals.

Through thorough online presence, university events, competitions and establishment of lasting partnerships with Chinese educational and professional organisations Top Talent Denmark the most targeted promotion of Danish study and career opportunities ever done in China.

For more information go to the portal

Internship in Denmark

Foreign students can do internships at companies and organizations in Denmark and in this way get valuable work experience while getting to know Denmark.


Job databases
Here is a list of different job databases, where you can start your search for internship opportunities in Denmark: 

For information on the granting of residence and work permits for foreigners doing internships in Denmark go to the official website New to Denmark 

Sino-Danish alumni network

The Sino-Danish alumni network is a network platform for Chinese people in China and in Denmark who have studied in Denmark.

The Danish diplomatic representations in China as well as the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs arrange high-level network events for the Sino-Danish Alumni members.

See Sino-Danish Alumni Network for more information.

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