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Higher Education Institutions

Featured below is a list and description of the following Danish higher education institutions: Universities, Artistic Higher Education Institutions University Colleges, Danish Business Academies and Schools of Maritime Education & Training


IT University of Copenhagen (ITU)

The IT University of Copenhagen is an independent educational and research institution, dedicated to the digital world. The university works to make Denmark exceptionally good at making value through IT by providing contemporary study programmes and research at the highest academic level. 

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) offers world class education and is committed to an international perspective, at all levels. The largest campus is located in the city of Odense (Funen) and other campuses are located in the cities of Kolding, Esbjerg, Sønderborg (Jutland) and Slagelse (Zealand).

Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) was established in 1917. Today, with over 22,000 students and 1,500 employees, CBS is one of the largest business schools in Europe and one of the 8 Danish universities

Aalborg University (AAU)

Aalborg University (AAU) has been providing students with academic excellence, cultural engagement and personal development since its inception in 1974. It offers education and research within the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technical and health sciences.

Roskilde University (RUC)

Roskilde University (RUC) is a Danish public university founded in 1972 and located in Trekroner in the Eastern part of Roskilde. Roskilde University offers higher education at bachelor-, master, and Ph.D. levels within four main areas: humanities, humanistic technologies, social science and science.

University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

With over 38,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is one of the largest institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries. The University offers more than 200 study programmes in health sciences, humanities, law, life sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and theology.

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university with a world-class reputation. One fifth of DTU's scientific staff is recruited internationally and an increasing number of the students are also from abroad. DTU has contributed to Denmark achieving a leading position within Technical Design, Wind Energy, Biotechnology, Electronics and Communication Technologies.

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus University is a young, modern university established in 1928. It has grown to become a leading public research university with international reach covering the entire research spectrum. 

Artistic Higher Education Institutions

Funen Art Academy

Funen Art Academy offers a five year independent higher education in contemporary visual arts. The study at Funen Art Academy is internationally recognized and aims to educate visual artists to the highest professional level.

The Royal Academy of Music - Aarhus/Aalborg

The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg is a state institution under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of Culture, charged with responsibility for the further education courses in music, and for otherwise contributing to the promotion of musical culture in Denmark.

Design School Kolding

Design School Kolding is an independent institution under the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. The school trains designers at undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Aarhus School of Architecture

The Aarhus School of Architecture is an institution under the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Our aim is to educate architects who can develop the physical environment of the future by engaging with society.

We offer teaching at Bachelor, Master and PhD level within architecture and areas related to the architectural profession. We also offer a range of continuing education and specialised courses.

The Royal Opera Academy

The Danish National School of Performing Arts

The Danish National School of Performing Arts welcomes students from all parts of the world. The school offers several artistic programmes with students from many different countries. 

The Royal Danish Academy of Music

The Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) specialises in the education and training of classical musicians at the highest international level. The Academy offers programmes in Music Performance, Instrument and Voice, as well as in Composition, Conducting and Sound Engineering, and electives in subjects such as Pedagogy and Church Music. RDAM has an extensive international network and cooperates with some of the world’s leading music academies. More than 200 concerts are staged each year at the academy making RDAM an integral part of Copenhagen’s music life. 

National Film School of Denmark

The National Film School of Denmark is a state school, supported by the Danish Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

Students learn the craft of filmmaking to ensure their future employment in the professional film and media industry. The teaching also aims to develop and support each student's unique, personal, artistic talent.

In order to be admitted to the National Film School of Denmark you MUST be able to speak and understand Danish.

Danish National Academy of Music

Syddansk Musikkonservatorium (SDMK) - Danish National Academy of Music is a higher education Institution (HEI) under the Danish Ministry of Culture. We offer a wide array of educations at the very highest level within the field of music and music pedagogics. SDMK is located in two major cities in Southern Denmark, Odense and Esbjerg and has approximately 260 students incl. a large number of international students, about fifty full time teachers and some hundred affiliated part time. 

Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC)

Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC) offers the highest education in contemporary rhythmic music - a multifaceted concept that embraces widely diverse genres such as rock, pop, jazz, urban, metal and electronic music.

Royal Danish Academy - Architecture, Design and Conservation

The Royal Danish Academy is Scandinavia's leading academy in the fields of architecture, design and conservation, educating tomorrow's architects, designers and conservators. Teaching is based on a core "DNA" of science, practice and art. The academy offers a range of bachelor and master programmes in architecture, design and conservation, as well as an active PhD and research environment.

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art is an internationally-oriented educational and research institution continuing a more than 250-year-old tradition of developing artistic talent and enterprise to the highest standards, based upon the independent work of each individual student. 

University Colleges

Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX)

Danish School of Media and Journalism is a training and knowledge center for the media and communications sector with a focus on talent, lifelong learning and innovation.

University College of Northern Denmark (UCN)

University College of Northern Denmark is a university of applied science which offers Academy Profession degree (AP), Professional Bachelor degree (PBA) and top-up degree for Danish and international students. They are all accredited by The Danish Accreditation Institution and lead to career within business, education/social studies, health and technology.
Our 14 English-taught programmes are located in Aalborg, known for its vibrant student life.

University College Copenhagen

University College Absalon

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE ABSALON is a regional institution, covering the geographical area of Region Zealand. University College Absalon has approximately 8,500 students and 650 employees at eight campuses. All campuses are easily reached from Copenhagen, the travelling time varying from 30 minutes to 1 ½ hours by train. University College Absalon cooperates closely with a number of companies, where students can gain experience and graduates - employment.

University College South Denmark

University College South Denmark offers a wide range of higher education study programmes and courses at all levels, with an emphasis on first-cycle Professional Bachelor Degrees in the field of Educational Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Communication Sciences. Geographically, University College South Denmark covers Southern Jutland and has more than 6,500 students and 700 members of staff. 

UCL University College

UCL University College offers more than 40 academy and professional higher education programmes within Business, Technology and Buildings, Education and Social Sciences and Health Sciences contributing to the ongoing development of society. Geographically, UCL University College covers part of the Southern Region of Denmark and has approximately 11,000 students and 1,000 employees. 

VIA University College

VIA University College is one of Denmark's largest university college with 8 modern campuses in 7 different cities across the Central Denmark Region. VIA offers more than 40 study programmes in English in e.g. engineering, health, social education, construction, design, business and animation. We have around 18,500 students of which more than 2,800 are internationals.

Schools of Maritime Education & Training

Svendborg International Maritime Academy (SIMAC)

SIMAC is Denmark’s largest maritime educational institution with 500 students and 90 highly educated and motivated employees. SIMAC offers three fields of study

Aarhus school of Maritime and Technical Engineering

Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering educates Marine and Technical Engineers in a stimulating learning environment with the aim of providing the students with in-demand and up-to-date competences.

Copenhagen School of Maritime Education and Training

The Copenhagen School of Marine Engineering and Technology Management has educated marine engineers since 1906. There are approximately 500 students and 40 employees.

Maritime Training and Education Centre (MARTEC)

MARTEC is the maritime and polytechnic education center in northern Denmark.

Danish Business Academies

International Business Academy (IBA)

With its roots going back more than 100 years, the IBA is today a major higher education institution in the heart of Denmark, offering programmes in business, marketing, finance, management, entrepreneurship and design.

Dania Academy

Dania Academy is one of Denmark's higher education institutions. With over 5000 students, both full-time and part-time, the Academy was officially established on January 1st, 2009. At the Academy, students can choose to study in English or Danish in a diverse international environment. In addition, the Academy offers guaranteed accommodation/housing facilities for students. 

Business Academy SouthWest

Business Academy SouthWest is a school of applied science. We are a part of the Danish higher education system. We are located in Esbjerg and Sønderborg. We offer 17 different programs within a wide range of subjects in an international study environment.

We educate the employees of the future.

Business Academy Aarhus

Be challenged by our diverse academic programmes
Business Academy Aarhus is one of the largest business academies in Denmark and develops and offers practice-orientated higher education programmes. But we offer so much more than just business. Like research universities, we provide undergraduate programmes and can grant academic degrees, but we do not award master’s or doctoral degrees. 

Copenhagen Business Academy

Copenhagen Business Academy (Cphbusiness) is located in Copenhagen and is the largest business academy in Denmark with +700 International students from +50 nationalities. 

Cphbusiness offers degree programmes at undergraduate level (no Master’s degrees or PhD programmes) within business, IT, sport, innovation and hospitality.

At Cphbusiness, you learn how to use academic theory in practice. Teamwork, case studies and mandatory internship placement are key components in all study programmes.

Zealand - Academy of Technologies and Business

Zealand is a regional academy in the Zealand region of Denmark where you also find the capital city, Copenhagen. Today, approximately 3,000 students study at the five locations in the cities of Roskilde, Køge, Næstved, Slagelse and Nykøbing Falster, offering programmes for a steadily growing number of international students as well as Danish students.

KEA - Copenhagen School of Design and Technology

KEA - Copenhagen School of Design and Technology is an Academy of Higher Education which offers over 30 different educational programmes at Bachelor degree and Academy Professional degree levels.