Higher Education in Denmark is free for EU/EEA students while non-EU/EEA students have to pay tuition fee of around 6,000 to 16,000 Euros. To attract excellent non-EU/EEA students, the Danish Government and Institutions provide a number of scholarships for international students for study in Denmark.
The Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements
The Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements are aimed at highly qualified exchange students and young researchers who wish to immerse themselves in studies of the Danish language and culture or other fields of study related to Denmark, such as design, architecture, environmental studies, and other related fields. The scholarships are only offered to students enrolled in full-degree studies (Master’s or PhD) at higher education institutions in the following countries: Russia, China, Japan, Israel and Egypt. (Note: The application deadline for the 2016/17 academic year is 1 March 2016.)
Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programs in Denmark
Through the Erasmus Mundus scheme, both EU/EEA and non-EU/EAA students can apply for a scholarship to undertake specific Master’s degree programmes that are offered jointly by a Danish institution and another European university or college.
Danish Government Scholarships for Highly Qualified Non-EU/EEA students
Danish higher education institutions receive a limited number of government scholarships each year to fund highly qualified full-degree students from non-EU/EEA countries and Switzerland. The scholarships are administered by the Danish institutions of higher education, each of which decides which students will receive a scholarship. The government scholarship consists of two parts and can be given as full or partial tuition fee waivers and/or grants towards covering your living costs but this varies depending on the Danish Institution. Examples of Danish Government Scholarships offered by Danish Institutions are as follows:
Danish State Tuition Fee Waivers and Scholarships at Roskilde University
A limited number of Danish state tuition fee waivers and scholarships are offered to highly talented students at graduate level, who come from countries outside of the EU/EEA and need a residence permit to study at Roskilde University. The scholarship comes in the form of a tuition fee waiver and approximately DKK 7,800 per month to cover living expenses in Denmark.
IT University of Copenhagen State Scholarships
The IT University of Copenhagen offers state scholarships to three or four exceptionally talented MSc applicants (full-degree students) from outside EU and EEA every year. The scholarships include free tuition and partly covering of living expenses.
Danish Government Scholarships at University College of Denmark
Each year, University College of Northern Denmark has a few scholarship places for non-EU citizens who are enrolled on a study programme at UCN. UCN’s scholarship programme covers from 30-50 % of the tuition fees which means that the rest must be paid by the student. The people who are awarded a scholarship from UCN may under certain circumstances also receive an additional small sum each month to cover parts of their living expenses.
Danish State Strategic Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students at Aarhus University
Aarhus University administers a limited number of scholarships financed by the Danish state for highly qualified non-EU/EEA/Swiss applicants admitted to two-year Master’s degree programmes. The scholarships generally include a full tuition waiver and generally, but not always, including a monthly scholarship for a maximum of 23 months for the duration of the degree programme.