Denmark is a country with one of the highest living standards and salaries in Europe, but the prices of habitation, products ,transportation and entertainment are also staying at the same level. Daily, Denmark is welcoming hundreds of international students at their universities. It is a safe place to live, because the crime rates are very low and the social services available are very developed. Foreigners living in Denmark have the same rights as the locals. Medical services are provided by the government and standard procedures are without any charges. More and more international students decide to study in Denmark because of the free education, good reputation and cultural differences. Denmark has a lot to offer in terms of leisure: numerous festivals, culture events with stated nightlife and social get-together’s are all a part of Denmark’s entertainment options.
Getting to Denmark
As Denmark is part of Europe there is no need for a visa. Situated in south west from Sweden, south from Norway and bordered by Germany it is easy to get to Denmark from Europe using different transportation, ships or buses.
Education, living, food and public transportation. Payment for dormitory or rental habitation in Denmark is about €200-400 per month. All together, students are spending approximately €600-800 for living, including rent, food, apparel and transportation. Talking about living, you can choose from two options mentioned below:
Dormitory – Usually shared by 1-3 students at the time. No meals included but there is a possibility to use a kitchen. This kind of habitation is quite cheap.
Apartments – Living complexes which are used specifically to accommodate foreign students, no meals included.
Apparel prices in Denmark are fairly high but when buying clothes on sales it is possible to save some money and minimize your extra spending.
The public transportation is not cheap. Travel card for 10 times,which can be used in any public transportation, costs 10 euros. One ticket costs 1.50 euros. In Denmark, the transportation is generally expensive. A bicycle is the cheapest and most widespread mean of transportation.
Food prices are hardly different from other European countries. Students spend an average of €150-200 per month to buy food. Denmark medical services are considered to be free.
After completing an application for a health card at the local municipality, a list of general practitioners in the area is provided. The list indicates which doctors are accepting new patients, and which doctors speak English. All residents of Denmark are free to choose their GP. Once a GP has been chosen, the name address and contact details of the GP appear on the health card. It is possible to change GP; however, there is a fee. If changing GP due to a change of address, there is no fee.
An appointment is required to see a GP. Doctors surgeries are generally open between 08:00 and 16:00 and may be open one evening during the week. Most medical examinations and treatments are free of charge, such as visits to a GP. However, dental treatment is not covered by the public health care system, although it is provided free of charge to children under 18. Patients have to pay some of the cost for visits to a chiropractor, psychologist or physiotherapist.
Where to find help?
Students can always get help from their university. Danish universities are also giving financial help (scholarship). There is also a government grant that is available to EU students. For more information contacts us!
First thing to do when arriving in Denmark: solve insurance issues. If university is not offering you an insurance while you are applying, then it is wise to find out some more information about it. Universities have a possibility to offer their students an insurance with a really good price.
To get a work permit, it is necessary to register yourself in a local employment agency. Finding a job is considered pretty easy, especially for 2-4 hours a day. When looking for a job there are some useful sites like: www.jobzonen.dk and www.ofir.dk . Do not forget to check when and where your enrolment week starts. Entrance may cost, but it is necessary to attend.
Education in Denmark is free of charge for EU students. The basic method of learning is a problem solving approach, which includes a huge amount of practical exercises. It is based on writing projects and practical understanding. Majority of universities have many different programmes in English. This makes Danish universities very competitive in the world. Majority of Danish people know English which means that communication with them is not a problem.