Denmark is the smallest and most austral of the three Scandinavian countries and consists of more than 400 islands of which 72 are populous. Denmark’s south border of Germany is connected to Sweden by railroad and bridge. Denmark correlates the Boreal Kingdom and can be distributed in two areas -the Atlantic mixed forest and Baltic mixed forests. It has a mild and pleasant climate. Due to Denmark’s northern location, there is large seasonal variation in daylight. In winters sun comes around 8:45 and sunset at 3:45 pm and in summers Sunrise at 4:30 am and sunset at 10 pm.
Copenhagen the most populated city, is the capital of Denmark.It is situated on the eastern bank of the Island of Zealand and the other part is of the city connected to Amager. Kroner is the currency of Denmark that is closely related to the Euro . It is called Danish Kroner in English. Denmark’s national language is Danish. English is the second most spoken language by Danes with high proficiency. Denmark has a mixed economy, it heavily depends on human power but it also exporter of Manufactured goods, chemicals, fuels and food items. Denmark offers high-quality educational courses and diplomas to worldwide students.
Why study in Denmark?
Mention study abroad destinations to any young boy or a girl today and the answers you will get are USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Well, undoubtedly all these countries have been an obvious choice for billions of students traditionally.
However, one country from Europe especially the Nordic region has become popular for the past several years. And the country we are talking about is:
~ The happiest place in the world
~ The second most peaceful country in the world (based on standards of health, welfare, and education)
~ The least corrupted country in the world (2008 Global Peace Index)
~ The highest level of income equality in the world (2008 Corruption Perceptions Index)
Yes, I am talking about studying in Denmark.
In a four-part series beginning today I shall talk about education in Denmark (part I), higher education and courses offered in English (part II), Denmark’s economy, job opportunities and green card scheme (part III) and studying business in Denmark second oldest Aarhus Business School.
Denmark has several universities; the largest and oldest are the University of Copenhagen (founded 1479) university of Aarhus (founded 1928).
Education in Denmark
The Danish education system is divided into various parts. First, ten years of school attendance is called Folkeskole.
Following graduation from Folkeskolen, there are several other educational opportunities, including Gymnasium(academically-oriented upper secondary education), Higher Preparatory Examination (HF) (one year shorter thanGymnasium), Higher Technical Examination Programme (HTX) (with focus on mathematics and engineering), and higher Commercial Examination Programme (HHX) (with a focus on trade and business), as well as vocational education.
All these courses train young people for work in specific trades by a combination of teaching and apprenticeship.
Gymnasium, HF, HTX and HHX aim at qualifying students for higher education in universities and colleges.
What makes education in Denmark special?
An academic tradition combining excellence with an innovative culture for both teaching and research; a typical class consisting of lectures as well as discussions in small groups; an internationally oriented wide variety of programmes (that too in English); an open-minded population with global outlook; institutions of higher education collaborating with business life and research institutions — all this and much more creates an enriching learning environment. And that makes studies in Denmark a truly world-class experience.
The results of a recent survey on international students in Denmark showed that students enjoy their stay in Denmark because they feel it is a safe place to live.
Of the 2,800 international students surveyed
~ 92 per cent would recommend studying in Denmark to other students
~ 75 per cent are considering staying in Denmark to work
~ 82 per cent think Denmark is a safe country
~ Survey conducted by SIRIUS, 2006 (based on standards of health, welfare, and education)
Special introduction for international students
As mentioned above, international students have many pleasant surprises in store for them in Denmark. A lot of institutions have a buddy system in practice wherein they send a buddy to meet you on arrival. S/he will help you get settled, meet other students and deal with practical matters in your first weeks in Denmark.
Institutions also organise special orientation programmes and short-term courses in Danish language and culture during the same.
These programmes and the courses provide international students with another opportunity to familiarise them with their host country and meet other international and Danish students.
At most institutions of higher education, social life is vital and varied. The students themselves are the driving force behind parties, cafés, excursions and student politics. Fredagsbar, as the Danish name indicates is an open café; usually held on Fridays, is very popular among the domestic as well as international student community.
Leisure and sports activities
For students interested in sports activities, there are plenty of options both on campus and in public and private clubs and organizations.
Education institutions suggest & arrange for accommodation options as soon as you are accepted. Generally, there are several accommodation options:
~ Room in a residence hall (collegium), 240-400 Euros/month.
~ Room in a family home, 200-500 Euros/month
~ Flat for rent: Prices vary considerably depending on either on an individual basis or sharing with other students
You can read more about accommodation at http://www.studyindenmark.dk/
International students from outside the EU can apply for a work permit as part of their residence permit which entitles them to work for up to 15 hours a week during the semester, and full time during the summer holiday, that is, in June, July and August.
Universities and colleges in Denmark
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Student visa requirements
Student Visa Denmark, Students Visa Requirements for Study in Denmark: Application Form, Process Procedure for Study in Denmark Visa- A visa is issued for the purpose of a short stay (less than 3 months) in Denmark and other Schengen countries. Employment is not permitted during the stay covered by the visa. Foreign citizens who are exempted from basic visa requirements can stay, but not work, in the Schengen region up to 3 months. For sojourns or residence permits longer than 3 months as well as stays in connection with studies or employment, including work as au pair, a residence and/or work permit is required. However, special rules apply to citizens from the Nordic Countries, the EU Member States as well as Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Documents required are:-
Valid national passport or other valid travel identification.
Two passport photos.
An invitation, if possible, from your reference in Denmark, with information about the persons you will visit, as well as name and address, purpose of your visit, and a description of the relationship between you and your reference in Denmark.
Information about CPR number and Alien Identification number (if applicable) of your reference in Denmark.
You may in some cases be asked to produce additional documentation when submitting your application. In most cases, you will be charged a processing fee. As such, it is a good idea to contact the diplomatic mission in question prior to submitting your visa application.
You are advised not to purchase closed airline tickets or travel insurance before the diplomatic mission confirms that you are eligible for a visa.
Upon submitting the application candidates are also required to submit a copy of their passport. Original passports would only be required for authentication. The embassy has the reserve right for asking any other authentication. Incomplete applications would not be accepted .Visa processing takes about three weeks. All regulations consular fees or services are subject to change without any prior notice.
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Ministry of Finance – http://uk.fm.dk/
Ministry of Climate and Energy – http://www.kemin.dk/English/
Ministry of the Environment – http://www.mim.dk/eng/
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries – http://www.fvm.dk/English.aspx?ID=14541
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation – http://en.vtu.dk/
Ministry of Taxation – http://www.skm.dk/foreign/
Ministry of Transport – http://www.trm.dk/sw521.asp
Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs – http://www.oem.dk/sw184.asp
Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.um.dk
Prime Ministers Office – http://www.skm.dk/foreign/
Royal Danish Embassy in Tel Aviv – http://www.ambtelaviv.um.dk/en
Chamber of Commerce – www.danskerhverv.com
Confederation of Danish Industry – http://www.di.dk/
Danish Exporters – http://www.danishexporters.dk/scripts/danishexporters/danishexporters_forside.asp
Danish Export Association – http://www.dk-export.dk/uk-1
Invest in Denmark – www.investindk.com
Statistics Denmark – www.dst.dk
Trade Council of Denmark – http://www.um.dk/en/menu/TradeAndInvestment/
The Danish Yellow Pages (only in Danish) – www.degulesider.dk
Bella Center – http://www.bellacenter.dk/English
Messecenter Herning kongrescenter – http://www.messecenter.dk/UK/index.asp
Financial information, Taxations and Investments
Financial Newspaper – Børsen – http://borsen.dk/1493
National Bank Denmark- http://www.nationalbanken.dk/dnuk/specialdocuments.nsf
Danske Bank – http://www.danskebank.com/en-uk/about-us/Pages/about-us.aspx
Copenhagens Stock Exchange – CSE – http://www.nasdaqomxnordic.com/
Euro Investor – http://www.euroinvestor.dk/Stock/MarketOverview_DK.aspx
Copenhagen Capacity – Foreign Investment Agency – www.copcap.com
Danish Agricultural Council (Danish) – http://www.landbrugsraadet.dk/view.asp?ID=12112
Danish Dairy Board – http://www.mejeri.dk/smcms/danishdairyboard_dk/Home/Index.htm?ID=5055
Danish Bacon & Meat Council (DBMC) -http://www.danskeslagterier.dk/smcms/Danske_Slagterier_UK/Index.htm?ID=141
Danish Plant Directorate – http://pdir.fvm.dk/English.aspx?ID=7335
Danish Food Industry Agency – http://ferv.fvm.dk/English.aspx?ID=27059
The Danish Grain- and Feed Trade Association – www.dakofo.dk/AboutDakofo.htm
Medicon Valley – http://www.mediconvalley.com/Medicon%20ValleyDanish Agency for Medicon ValleyAlliance – http://www.mva.org/?gclid=CKnVoruds5cCFUse3godB3CMiw
Science, Technology and Innovation – http://en.fi.dk/
The Danish Association of Biotechnology Industries – http://danskbiotek.customers.composite.net/
R&D, Information and Engineering Technologies
Danish Energy Agency – http://www.ens.dk/sw11492.asp
Energy and Oil Associations (Danish)
Iron and Metal Industry – www.jernindustri.dk/Default.aspx
Maritime & Transport Information
Copenhagen – Malmö Port – http://www.cmport.com/CMP/uk/uk_docs.nsf
Danish Ports – http://www.danskehavne.dk/dk/Service/In+English
Copenhagen Airports – http://www.cph.dk/CPH/UK/MAIN/
DSB- Danish trains – http://www.dsb.dk/cs/Satellite?pagename=DSBUK/Forside
Maritime Denmark (Danish) – http://www.detmaritimedanmark.dk/
CFL Cargo – http://www.cflcargo.dk/
Danish Transport and logistics (Danish) – http://www.dtl.eu/
Danish National Space Center – http://www.spacecenter.dk/research/danish-doctoral-school-of-space-science-and-technology
DTU – Danish Technology University – http://www.space.dtu.dk/
Visit Denmark – http://www.dt.dk/
Visit Copenhagen – http://www.visitcopenhagen.dk/
Tivoli – www.tivoli.dk
Maps of Denmark – www.krak.dk
Weather forecast – http://www.dmi.dk/eng/index/forecasts.htm