Living in Denmark: Lively, thriving, and vibrant, Denmark has been attracting foreign students, especially ones from the EU and EEA countries, as they benefit from the privilege of not paying tuition fees. Counting around 40 universities, more than 18,000 international students worldwide decide to study abroad in Denmark. Besides the tuition fees advantage, Danish universities are well-known for their cutting-edge study programs with a great focus on research. So if you are from the EU, you can benefit from stellar education at a low cost.
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For non-EU students, tuition fees vary depending on universities and the chosen discipline so read below for more details. Read about tuition fee costs for EU and non-EU students in Denmark, costs for popular disciplines, and at the most popular universities in the country. (Read Visa Guide Denmark)
Cost Of Study In Denmark
For undergraduate studies at Danish universities average Tuition fee ranges from 12,000 to 15,000 EUR per year. For non-EU or international students for master’s studies, the average tuition fee ranges from 6,000 Euros to 16,000 Euros. In some cases, Ph.D. studies are free of cost. But, there are some conditions under which students ask to pay a fee. The average fee for Ph.D. ranges from $8,000 to-21,000 per year.
Bachelor’s and Master’s programs: Nordic students and EU/EEA citizens receive the same treatment as home students when it comes to tuition fees – higher education in Denmark is free for both Bachelor’s and Master’s programs. For international students, fees can range from 6,000 to 16,000 EUR per year depending on the institution and the program of study. Cheaper degrees such as social sciences start from about 600 EUR per year, while specialist degrees like medicine can cost up to 35,000 EUR per year. The average cost of a degree in Denmark is around 12,000 to 15,000 EUR per year. You do not pay tuition fees in Denmark if you have a permanent residence permit (despite your country of origin), or if you have a parent who holds a residence permit.
Ph.D. programs: Many Danish Ph.D. programs are developed as partnerships between universities and private companies, research institutions, and business enterprises and are therefore fully funded. Self-financed Ph.D. programs usually cost between 10,000 and 16,000 EUR per year.
Work while studying
Pakistani / international students are allowed to work part-time during their studies. There are different kinds of students jobs available in Denmark like in other European countries. Students normally do paper distribution, bar attending, a waiter at restaurants, and field telemarketing jobs. Finding a student job in Denmark is not easy if you cannot speak and understand the Danish language. Pakistani students should not go to Denmark to fully rely on part-time jobs. For seeking the job you need to command the Danish language. You can learn the Danish language from any academy or school in Denmark, it is free.
If you are feeling helpless in finding a job in Denmark then don’t worry. Normally higher education institutions have online job banks. You should register yourself with them, they will always assist you with a suitable job. Wages are very high in Denmark. The average minimum wage rate is the US $ 20 per hour.
Living Costs In Denmark
The tuition fees you pay will depend on where you are from. If you are from an EU/EEA country, you can attend Danish universities for free. If you are from any other country, you will pay tuition fees. Fees are different at each institution, as well as what level you are studying at. On average, you should expect to pay between DKK 45,000 and DKK 120,000 per year. There are scholarships available for students, and these are offered by individual institutions, as well as other initiatives.
Your living costs will depend on where you choose to live, as bigger cities will be more expensive than smaller cities and towns. On average, you should budget between DKK 6,000 and DKK 13,500 per month. This accounts for accommodation, groceries, and travel. Another cost that students need to consider is health insurance. Whilst there are some circumstances where emergency healthcare is free of charge, you may need to be covered by a health insurance policy. Check with your institution about whether you need health insurance. if you are a Nordic, EU/EEA, or Swiss citizen, you can work in Denmark throughout your studies, without any restrictions, but you will need a work permit. If you are from anywhere else, you will be able to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and full time during June, July, and August. You will also require a work permit.
Average food expenses in Denmark will amount to 200 – 270 EUR/month, depending on your spending habits. You can find lower grocery prices at discount supermarkets such as Bilka, Lidl, Netto, Fakta, or Aldi. On average, dining out in the city costs 30 EUR/per person, and a beer or a soft drink at a bar is around 5 EUR.
You will spend some money on books and other study materials, usually between 30 – 65 EUR/month. On average, for social activities, students spend between 120 and 175 EUR/month. If you register for an international youth travel card, you can get major discounts to visit sights around Denmark.
Transportation Expenditure In Denmark
Denmark consists of the peninsula of Jutland and an archipelago of 433 named islands. All 72 inhabited Danish islands are connected by ferryboat service or bridge. The two largest and most densely populated islands are Zealand and Funen.
Denmark has two mega-bridges – one connecting Funen and Sealand (the Great Belt Bridge) and one connecting Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö (the Öresund Bridge). Both are among Europe’s biggest. Bridges also connect other Danish islands, including the bridge between Jutland and Funen (the Little Belt Bridge).
The Danish motorway network now covers 1,111 km and the railway network totals 2,667 km of track. You can travel to most cities by train, bus, or ferry. Copenhagen has one of the world’s most efficient metro systems – a fully automated system operating 24/7. Denmark has several international airports, the largest of which are Copenhagen and Billund. There are also domestic flights between Copenhagen and the cities of Aalborg, Aarhus, and Rønne.
In Denmark, almost 50% of students use bikes to get to their university, while 30% use public transport. A monthly public transport pass for the bus, metro, or train amounts to 40 – 50 EUR/month. Denmark, and particularly Copenhagen, are the heaven of bikes, presumably outnumbering people. So you can always rent a bike and enjoy cycling through the city.
Accommodation Costs In Denmark
Accommodation represents around one-third of your monthly living costs in Denmark. You should expect to pay between 400 – 670 EUR in most cities and around 800 – 900 EUR in Copenhagen.
If you start looking for housing early, you may be able to find places for 250 EUR/month in housing outside the city. Main accommodation options for students in Denmark: a) Students living alone – 450 EUR/month. b) Students living with their partner/a colleague – 500 EUR/month c) Student halls of residence (college) – between 250 – 300 EUR/month
You might find it very difficult to find accommodation right before the semester begins. That’s why you should start exploring your options months before you move to Denmark. This allows you to compare different locations and prices and not make a rushed decision. Another benefit of choosing a place earlier is that you won’t have to deal with the stress of not knowing where you’ll live.
Types of accommodation
On-Campus or Student Hall of Residence (‘kollegier’):
Newly going students who do not have any idea about Denmark country living style will get it very suitable to choose On-Campus accommodation or Student Hall of Residence. In this case, students are to provide with a suitable and affordable accommodation mode within their campus or near campus.
Well-equipped rooms or halls are these and offer a good living style for students. Students have to pay 240 Euros to 460 Euros per month for living in a student hall of residence.
Benefits of On-Campus Residence:
-On-campus, the accommodation offers you easy access to restaurants or cafeterias within less time. In many colleges and universities in Denmark, three-time meal facility provide to international students.
-On-campus, accommodation provides better facilities for electricity and telephone connections as compared to other modes of living in Denmark.
There are the following types of off-campus accommodation you can find as living there in Denmark. Sometimes, it comes to see that students who got admission first apply for on-campus or students residence hall for accommodation. Students who come at last do not avail of the opportunity of on-campus accommodation due to less space.
In this situation, they have to manage accommodation outside the campus. However, there are several modes of accommodation as off-campus accommodation they can find:
-Live With Your Family or Friends: If your family members, relatives, and friends are already living there in Denmark then you are the luckiest person. This is because you can live with them. In such a condition you do not feel homesick and at the same time, you can save your money while living with your family or friends.
-Rent a Room in a House: Rent a room in a house is another option for international students. Students can find these rooms near their campus. The average cost for rental apartments ranges from Euros 270 to Euros 600 per month.
-Private Rented Flats: It is rare case students get a room in a house or live as paying guests. So, another best option for the students is to live in a rented flat. A suitable flat accommodation system for foreigners or even for natives is common availability in Denmark. The average cost for a privately rented flat range from 470 Euros to 940 Euros per month. You can find the flats near to your campus.
-Room Sharing: This is the best and more suitable idea for international students to share a room. You have a mindset to save money as much as you can. Find a partner or your classmate who needs the facility of accommodation and rent an apartment or flat and then share it.