More than 18,000 international students worldwide decide to study abroad in Denmark every year. Besides the tuition fee advantage, Danish universities are well-known for their cutting-edge study programmes with a great focus on research.
Below, we'll look at the tuition costs for popular disciplines, top-ranked Danish universities, and what fees you can expect to pay overall.
How to study in Denmark tuition-free
With just a few exceptions for certain study programmes, students coming from EU/EEA and Switzerland countries can pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree for free; this includes exchange programmes. Students who meet the following requirements are also exempt from paying tuition in Danish universities:
- Students who have a permanent residence permit or a temporary one that can be upgraded to a permanent residence
- Students who have a parent from an EU/EEA country, who is currently working in Denmark
If you’re a student from outside the EU/EEA, you should expect tuition fees ranging from 6,000 to 16,000 EUR/year. More specialised study programmes can amount to as much as 35,000 EUR/year.
Remember that private universities charge tuition fees to both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA citizens, and these fees are often higher.
Tuition fees for popular degree subjects in Denmark
While in Denmark, you can study almost any subject you can imagine, from Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Agriculture and Languages to Design and Engineering. Some subject areas are more popular among international students, such as Business, Management, and Economics.
If you’re from a non-EU/EEA country, here are a few examples of tuition fees for popular study options in Denmark:
- Business Administration – average tuition fees of 10,000 EUR/year
- Economics – 6,000 to 8,500 EUR/year for Bachelor's studies, and 10,000 to 17,400 EUR/year for Master's programmes
- Biotechnology – 12,000 EUR to 20,000 EUR/year
- Hospitality and Tourism – around 4,000 EUR/year for Bachelor's students and 7,000 EUR/year for Master's students
- Political Science – around 9,000 EUR/year
Average tuition fees at top-ranked Danish universities
Tuition fees are also variable depending on the university. If you're not from the EU or EEA, here's what you can expect to pay at top-ranked universities in Denmark:
- Aalborg University – tuition fees between 10,000 and 14,000 EUR/year
- Aarhus University – fees between 8,000 and 14,000 EUR/year
- University of Southern Denmark – fees are generally between 6,500 and 14,000 EUR/year
- Copenhagen Business School – the average tuition is 12,500 EUR/year
- Technical University of Denmark – fees around 13,500 EUR/year for almost all study programmes
- University of Copenhagen – fees start at 7,000 and reach 20,000 EUR/year
- Roskilde University – tuition is between 14,000 and 36,000 EUR/year
Scholarships for international students in Denmark
International students can apply to several scholarship opportunities, particularly those provided by the Danish government. Check out these sources containing more details:
- Danish government scholarships for international students
- Scholarships for non-EU/EEA students provided by Aarhus University
- More scholarship opportunities in Denmark
Ready to begin your study adventure in Denmark?
If you’re an EU/EEA student, you have all the reasons to study in Denmark if you’ve found the perfect study programme and consider this would be an ideal place for you to pursue your studies abroad.
For students outside the EU/EEA, just evaluate your options thoroughly, and you can still find affordable study options. Also, don’t forget to explore all the scholarship opportunities.