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  Study Guide
- for foreign students wanting to study in Denmark
In general
What kind of school du you want to attend
  Community School / Folk high school
  Continuation school
Do presence of foreign students lower the quality of the education?

In general

The education system in Denmark [1] are generally by Danes recognized as superior the rest of the world. Credits taken abroad are difficult to transfer back to Denmark if students want to study abroad. Below the level of Higher education credits taken abroad cannot be used in Denmark due to the huge distance up to the level of education given in Danish High schools [2].

But while Danish cannot gain any advantage by studying abroad foreign students can benefit to experience the superior youth culture in Denmark where the purpose of the education is to create whole people, who are able to be innovative and critical to facts at the same time.

However people has to understand that such a small and sensitive culture as the Danish can be quiet challenging to study in.

What kind of school do you want to attend?

There are several kind of schools for foreign citizens to consider, but beware. While all is accredited, not all credits can be transferred back to your own country or even to further education in Denmark.

Community Schools / Folk High School

One of the schooltype which gives no credits is Community Schools - in Danish known as Hoejskoler [3] [4]. While the quality of the education can be compared to even high schools in most countries it is very difficult to transfer the credit. Check whether the school is a community school by the department of Education in Denmark. In some third world countries criminals take money to handle paper work and visas to students making them believe that credits from the school can be transferred.

Continuation schools

Continuation schools are in Danish known as efterskole [5]. They are boarding schools. They provide education for students who under normal circumstances would have gone to the Folkeskole or another private dayschool, but often difficulties with the challenging Danish youth culture or facing the choice of juvenile detention due to criminal activities has forced them to seek the protection of an enclosed boarding school. Students of non-ethnic Danish origins who would have chosen a Koran School abroad choose orthodox Christian continuation schools instead as the Danish government has become more aware of the risk of non-democratic education outside Denmark [6] [7].

However it is a sanctuary or an escape from the world citizens with ethnic Danish root live in. If a foreign student choose to attend a continuation school, they are unlikely to discover anything about the real Danish youth culture.

The education provided at the Continuation schools are form 8,9 and 10. The education is accredited by the department of education in Denmark.

Not all continuation schools are as orthodox as the schools known as Roloff schools in the United States. Some are not based on religion and are run by a cult called Tvind [8] [9]. They resembles the therapeutic boarding schools in the United States [10].

The students lives for 40 weeks. Most weeks the students are given home passes the can use if they are welcomed back by their families but at some weekends the student are mandated to remain on the campus.

Not only drugs but also alcohol are forbidden on the campuses, which are the main reason that the life on campus has nothing to do with real life of a typical teenager outside the schools [11]. Most schools do still allow their students to smoke tobacco at certain areas with parental permission as it benefits the unity of the students [12].

If a school choose to expell about 1/3 of the student it is not uncommon.


There are 5 major universities in Denmark placed in Copenhagen, Roskilde, Odense, Aarhus and Aalborg. They are all accredited by the department of education in Denmark.

How to choose

The criteria for a good university is a good internal Friday bar. Foreign students will find that it is here that they can communicate with the otherwise silent co-students. Many students who have not been aware of this fact complain about isolation and no communication with peers during their entire stay in Denmark [13].


Most Danes regard foreign students as moochers. This is not quite without reason. Years ago the grade scale in Denmark was known as the 13-scale. Due to our membership of the European Union and a general wish to make foreigners more competitive compared with Danish students a new grade system known as the 12-scale replaced the old one damaging the Danish students chance of an education at all [14]. However it was a necessary step made by the government if foreign students should have a small chance to study here and be part of the process of creating an international student environment.

But a foreign students should be not offended if they are greeted with distrust and assumption that they are moochers on a academically holiday.


Denmark is regarded as a relatively safe country. There are few murders (about 50-70 per year) [15].

But there are areas, foreigner should stay clear off. Generally they are areas where the youth refrain from sitting down and drink a beer or two peacefully as most native youth do. People, who enter this area put themselves at risk. A well known case was the stabbing of an young Italian tourist years back. While his motives for seeking such a international dangerous area can be debated, his fatal death should forever remain a warning to students visiting Denmark.

Stay inside your dorm. Do not enter the streets after dark. It is recommend by several authorities outside Denmark [16] [17] [18]

Do also avoid talking to local people outside the larger cities in Denmark. People living in the countryside are yokels. They see all foreigners as a threat. Do avoid them not only for your own sake, but also for the sake of the other students because they can by accident become victim of your actions [19].

Quiet a bit of precautions are taken to protect the citizens. Public transportation has proven to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Busses now run on fuel created from burned pigs so the possible terrorist cannot use public transport without digest pork through the fumes from the busses [20].

Do presence of foreign students lower the quality of the education?

Yes, it is generally believed that this risk exist. As it cannot be expected that students arriving in Denmark are able to handle the rather difficult language grammatical, some schools do make the mistake to teach in English, where textbooks are not of the same level as the material in Danish are [21]. As result Danish students are dragged down in performance.

However he problem most foreign students battle is to maintain selfdiscipline because students at higher levels are expected to motive themselves and seek a solution to problems on their own. There are no teachers demanding a one and only answer. One of the universities outside Roskilde experienced huge problems with students from China, who were unable to work independent without someone whipping them al time. [22]


1) The education system in Denmark - Wikipedia This article is in English
2) Jeg kan godt føle mig lidt gammel (I feel kind of old), Metroexpress, February 2009 This article is in Danish
3) Community schools - wikipedia This article is in English
4) Folk High School - Wikipedia This article is in Danish
5) Continuation Schools - Wikipedia This article is in English
6) Video of a typical Koran School - Youtube This article is in English
7) Unge indvandrere på kristne efterskoler (Young Immigrants on Christian continuation schools), by Christian Nørr og Bodil Jessen og Jeppe Bangsgaard, Berlingske Tidende, January 26 - 2009 This article is in Danish
8) Category of Roloff schools - Fornits Wiki This article is in English
9) About Tvind on the homepage of the Rick A. Ross Institute This article is in English
10) Therapeutic Boarding School - Wikipedia This article is in English
11) Alcohol culture in Denmark This article is in English
12) Rygning for hyggens skyld (Smoking for the sake of "hygge"), Avisen 24timer, February 24, 2009 This article is in Danish
13) Det er ikke nemt at få danske venner (It is not easy to get Danish friends), by Charlotte Dalsgaard, Avisen Urban, March 4, 2009 This article is in Danish
14) Den nye karakterskala ødelægger udlandseventyr (The new gradescale destroys adventure abroad), by Morten Münster, Kampus.Nu, September 27, 2008 This article is in Danish
15) Flere mord i 2007 (Increase in morders during 2007), From BT, Berlingske Tidende, December 1, 2007 This article is in Danish
16) Travelling and living overseas, Denmark, Foreign & Commenwealth office, United Kingdom This article is in English
17) Denmark: Copenhagen’s Norrebo District Too Dangerous for Safety Group, World Travel Watch, March 4, 2009 This article is in English
18) Travel Report - Denmark, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada This article is in English
19) Gerningsmænd skød mod de forkerte (Perpetrators did shoot at the wrong people), by Signe Fuglsang Midtgaard, Denmarks Radio, February 21, 2009 This article is in Danish
20) Fill'er up with swine, Thanks - From The Copenhagen Post, Jyllandsposten, April 1, 2008 This article is in English
21) Studerende fra andre lande sænker niveauet (Foreign students lower the education standards), by Gitte Bank Jensen, Avisen 24timer, April 1 2009 This article is in Danish
22) De går ikke en kinamands chance (They had not the chance of a Chinaman), Frit Forum This article is in Danish


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