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Important visa information

If you’re planning to stay in Denmark for more than 90 days you’ll need a student visa (ST1 Residence and Work Permit for Tertiary Students) from the Danish Consulate General in your home country.
To apply for a student visa you need to have been endorsed by your host university in Denmark. Once you’re accepted by them for exchange they’ll automatically send you an endorsed form.

If you’d like more information you can refer to New to Denmark. It’s an official portal for foreigners and explains the process for applying for student visas.

You may also like to check out Study in Denmark. On their site you can watch videos about what it’s like to study in Denmark, connect with other students and get lots of tips and advice.

University status

Due to various uncontrollable circumstances, the exchange balances between Monash University and some of our partner universities have become uneven. In order to rectify this balance some institutions are not available for outgoing exchange in upcoming semesters. Monash Abroad is working continuously to reopen those that are currently closed. Please check the status of the partner university you are interested in applying to study with, as it may be:

  • CLOSED: Currently not open to Monash students until further notice. There is no guarantee when or if it will reopen therefore it is advised students select another partner university.
  • LIMITED: Currently open to Monash students, however very limited spaces are available i.e. one to two students per semester. Students with an average GPA of 75 per cent or higher are encouraged to apply but should consider researching a back-up university.
  • OPEN: Currently open to Monash students, and offering more than one to two spaces, however these may become limited depending upon the number of applicants. An OPEN status does not guarantee nomination.

Copenhagen Business School

All (but they teach mainly business and economics)
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: English. A limited number of courses are taught in Spanish, German or French. The course descriptions will indicate if a course is taught in languages other than English.
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 80
Semester dates:

  • Autumn semester: early September – late December
  • Spring semester: early February – late June

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester (usually 4 courses)

About Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School (also referred to as CBS) was established in 1917 by the Danish Society for the Advancement of Business Education as a private educational institution.

CBS has 18,000 students and an annual intake of 1,500 exchange students. With this number of students as well as 600 full-time researchers and 600 administrative employees, CBS is one of the largest business schools in Europe.

CBS Campus covers several modern buildings. The building in Dalgas Have is from 1988, and the building at Solbjerg Plads is from 2000. In both buildings you find classrooms, lecture halls and departments. In Porcelænshaven – the former Royal Copenhagen porcelain factory – you find the international study programmes and The International Office. The school has produced several videos to help you get a sense of the student life on campus, linving expenses, accommodation and what it is like to study in Denmark and Copenhagen.

The specifics

Most international activity at CBS is organized and/or coordinated out of the CBS International Office.
The international exchange students page also provides information about undergraduate and graduate (postgraduate) study options, explains the registration process, gives details of their buddy program (to get you a Danish “buddy”), as well as FAQs.
CBS can help you find accommodation during your stay. They also have other special programs designed specifically for you – like the exchange social program: crash course. The Crash Course Week is a social/cultural evening activity program that takes place two weeks before the semester begins to help you find your feet on- and off-campus and practice your Danish.

Danish School of Media and Journalism

Status: LIMITED (1 spot for the Copenhagen campus, 1 spot for the Aarhus campus)
Faculties: Arts
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: English and Danish
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:

  • Semester two: August – December
  • Semester one: January –  June

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Other: Please note the exchange programs at DMJX are taught at a specific campus. Please include in your exchange application which campus your desired exchange program will be held.

About the Danish School of Media and Journalism

The Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) is a training and knowledge centre for the media and communications sector with a focus on talent, lifelong learning and innovation.
The School has 2 campuses – one in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, and one in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city.
They also have their own publishing house called Ajour – it’s Scandinavia's largest publisher focusing on journalism and the media. Ajour publishes textbooks, debate books, collections, photo books, research results - and republishes classic books on journalism. Ajour also publishes a number of books on typography, layout and design.

The specifics

The School’s Coming to Denmark page has everything you need to know about residence permits, applying for a CPR (a Civil Personal Registration Number is used in many aspects of daily life in Denmark – like when you’re dealing with health authorities, libraries or banks), health insurance, accommodation and student handbooks.

There are a number of courses and programs for international students who would like to study in English. You should also check out their blogs about creative communications, Danish photo journalism and the inspiration lab – they’re a great “snapshot” of what studying with them will be like, but also show the calibre of students who will be your peers. If you’d like to connect with them their contact details are on the website, and you can find them on twitter, Flickr, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

University of Copenhagen

Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: English and Danish
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 75
Semester dates:

  • Autumn semester: early September – late January
  • Spring semester: early February – late June

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester
Other: You must have completed 1.5-2 years of study prior to attending the University of Copenhagen on exchange. To be eligible to study law units you must already have completed at least 72 credit points in law. You can also enrol in one unit (only) at the Copenhagen Business School through the University of Copenhagen.

About the University of Copenhagen

With over 37,000 students and more than 7,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark. The diversity of academic environments and scientific approaches is the University of Copenhagen's distinguishing feature and strength.

In 2012 the University of Copenhagen was ranked by QS World University Rankings as 13 in Europe and 51 in the world, and ranked 11 in Europe and 44 in the world by the Academic Rankings of World Universities – Shanghai in 2012. The university has fostered eight nobel prize winners.

The University offers more than 200 study programmes across it’s four campuses located in the metropolitan Danish capital. You can study health sciences, humanities, law, life sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, science, social sciences, and theology.

The premises range from the historic buildings and library at Frue Plads, through the plant world of the Botanical Gardens, to high-technology laboratories and auditoriums and the new eco-friendly Green Lighthouse. University of Copenhagen is working towards becoming one of Europe’s most eco-friendly campuses. Why not watch their university film (in English).

There are lots of ways UC will help you settle in. You can get a mentor (a Danish student) who will help you find your feet when you arrive in Denmark. Student counsellors can provide advice with academic as well as personal issues, and you could get involved with things like the student society, sports association . If you want to experience Danish student-life, the "Fredags-bar" (Friday-bar), run by departments and faculties on campus, is a must.

The specifics

The international students office are there to help you with everything from admission to housing, residence permits (visas) and insurance, health and safety, as what to do once you arrive in Copenhagen and what living there is like – they even include details about what to pack, how much it will cost, finding work, shopping and connecting with other “exchang-ers” via their blogs”. There’s also a section to make your folks happy about you going – the “For Parents” page should put their mind’s at ease.

There are a number of different courses open to you as an exchange student. Check out the studies page (accessed from the international students office page above) for everything you need to know about courses offered in English, Danish culture and language courses, student life and facilities and a study tour you can get involved in that could take you to Russia.

If you have any questions you should check out their FAQs or get in contact with the international students office directly.

Technical University of Denmark

Faculties: Primarily for engineering students but DTU teaches a broad range of technology disciplines and welcomes Monash students from other faculties.
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Language of instruction: English and Danish (by arrangement with DTU teaching professor)
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:

  • Autumn semester: early September – late December
  • Spring semester: early February – early June

Full time study load: 30 ECTS per semester

About the Technical University of Denmark

For almost two centuries DTU, Technical University of Denmark, has been dedicated to fulfilling the vision of H.C. Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – who founded the university in 1829 to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society.

Today, DTU is ranked as one of the foremost technical universities in Europe, continues to set new records in the number of publications, and persistently increase and develop our partnerships with industry, and assignments accomplished by DTU’s public sector consultancy.

DTU is dedicated to being able to offer unique research facilities in beautiful and functional settings. A well-functioning infrastructure is essential to conduct world-class technical and scientific research; laboratories, test facilities and test centres must be state-of-the-art and of the highest international standard.

Denmark’s biggest space research environment is centred at DTU. The new building (328) provides enlarged facilities for DTU Space on the Lyngby campus north of Copenhagen. The new building houses teaching rooms, offices as well as high-tech laboratories and cleanroom facilities for developing new instruments for large, international satellite missions (e.g. NASA) – ensuring that DTU maintains its place among the world elite within space technology.

The specifics

As an exchange student, you can spend up to two semesters at DTU. These will count as an integral part of your studies at your home university. You can choose to study by coursework or through project work – view and search the course catalogue. When searching the course catalogue you’ll need to select courses taught with English as the language. If you forget to do this, your search will also include courses that are only taught in Danish. It is only possible to study courses taught in Danish if you make a special arrangements with the professor teaching the course.

Once nominated by Monash you can use the online application form provided by DTU – you should follow their guidelines for application and admission.

There’s lots of information on their website about what you’ll need to do pre-arrival. You may need to pay an immigration-processing fee – you should check the details to confirm. When it comes to accommodation DTU have lots of options. You can apply for a room in a student house, a room with a private host or for one of the halls residences, villages, guesthouses or apartments. They also provide details about how to get to DTU, the cost of living and things like insurance, your residence permit (visa) and orientation – all of these pages link off the ‘pre-arrival information’ page.

Through DTU you’re able to contact an alumnus to find out what it’s like to study on exchange there, and there are lots of links to other resources for international students like Study in Denmark, Foreigners in Denmark and Journey Planner, as well as a number of facts about Denmark.

If you’d like more information you can get in contact with the international affairs office at DTU – they have a number of staff members and student counsellors who will be your primary contact during your stay.