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The university application process for Denmark opened on February 1 and remains open until March 15.
There are currently 12 institutions offering courses through English in Denmark, in areas including business, science, robotics and IT. Aarhus University, currently ranked higher than any Irish university in the UK-based Times Higher Education World University Rankings, offers courses in business, marketing and global management, catering for international students.
From a financial point of view, Denmark is of particular interest. There are no tuition fees for courses through English. In addition, every Danish student in higher education is entitled to grant support and, since EU citizens may apply for equal status in educational support, Irish students receive the same support as a Danish citizen, which can be as much as €750 a month. Students must take a part-time job in order to be eligible for this grant. This support is related to the duration of the course. And, if an Irish student qualifies for SUSI grant in Ireland, they may also claim this support for their studies in Europe.
Student accommodation in Denmark can be from €270 to €350 a month in most areas, and up to €500 in Copenhagen.
University entry is based on Leaving Certificate results and not CAO points. Students need to present with at least six subjects, including at least two higher level C3s, and D3s in the others. Ordinary level A and B grades will also be considered. Some courses may require certain relevant Leaving Certificate subjects, a portfolio, or an aptitude test for entry. Universities will also accept relevant qualifications from further education colleges.
The option of studying abroad may be intimidating to many students and parents. However, our young people are the most globalised generation ever and, as EU citizens, have an opportunity which was simply not as realistic as prospect to the generation who came before them.
While the option of studying in Denmark, or another European country may not be for everyone, it can be a great opportunity for students who are looking for a different university experience. Taking such an opportunity can help any CV stand out from the crowd, and Denmark is certainly worth a look.
Journalist: Aoife Walsh