Danish Embassy interview

imagesRecently, I had the occasion to discuss with the Danish representatives from the Danish Embassy in Bucharest.

Here are their answers.


1. Why the studies in Denmark are for free?

  • The Danish educational system is part of the Danish universal welfare system. This means that the higher educational institutions are financed by the state (and thereby by the Danish tax payers), and that the students don’t have to pay tuition fee.

2. What are the opportunities for a Romanian student to find a part-time job knowing only English or French/German. What are the domains where they can find such a job without knowing the Danish language?

  • It is possible to find student jobs in Denmark, even though you don’t speak Danish. Some international students find employment in bars or restaurants. Others distribute newspapers, work in telemarketing or get jobs where specific foreign language skills are required. Some students are lucky enough to find employment relevant to their studies.

3. After finishing a 3 or 4-years university, what are the main domains where Romanians can get hired full-time, having some Danish knowledge? Do you consider that there are real chances for a Romanian student to continue working in Denmark?

  • There are many possibilities to get jobs in Denmark as a foreign citizen, especially if you have a university degree. It is not easy to pinpoint specific sectors where it is easier than others to get job afterwards.

EU citizens do not need to apply for a work permit. You may stay in Denmark under the EU rules regarding the free movement of people and services. But if you want to stay for longer than three months, you must apply for a registration certificate under EU rules.

4. What scholarships opportunities has a Romanian student interested in studying in Denmark? Is there any special program of scholarships intended for studying there?

  • National and European programmes offer scholarships for international students wishing to study in Denmark through an institutional agreement. The Erasmus programme offers students the possibility of studying abroad for a part of their education.

5. How much does the Danish Embassy from Romania involves in the counselling of a student that desires to study in Denmark? Is there any counselling program in which the students are helped during the application process?

  • The Embassy does not provide counselling for students wishing to study in Denmark. The Embassy recommends any Romanian students wanting to study in Denmark, to contact the relevant educational institution for guidance.

6. Is there any difference in evaluating the application files for a Danish student in comparison with a Romanian student?

Admission requirements for foreign students for Bachelor programmes are:

  • An entrance examination comparable to a Danish upper secondary school leaving certificate

  • Proof of proficiency in English (see above)

The requirements can differ between institutions so the best thing to do is to contact the relevant institution for information.

7. How is the ‘Baccalaureat diploma’ appreciated in Denmark?

  • The baccalaureat diploma is generally highly appreciated in Denmark and is a necessary condition to enter a higher educational institution. A requirement for entering an undergraduate study is an entrance examination comparable to a Danish upper secondary school leaving certificate.

8. Denmark is not a cheap country; is there any campus-cities where the prices are lower than in the rest of it?

  • The living costs are generally high in Denmark. There are no campus-cities, but in all cities with universities there are dormitories where the rent is low.

9. Is there a similar site for applications as the one from Sweden (www.universityadmission.se) also for Denmark?

  • http://www.studyindenmark.dk is a website containing information for international students about studying, living and working in Denmark.

10. Are there any free language courses for a Romanian student in Denmark? What about such free courses in Romania?

  • There is a large supply of courses in Danish available for foreigners. Some courses are free, whereas others have a course participation fee.

11. What do you think about the ‘PlecLaStudii’ initiative, a non-profit project intended to help and advice Romanian students to study abroad?

  • The “PlecLaStudii” seems like a good and relevant initiative. There is a need for exchange of students between Romania and the rest of the world and information about this is there for needed.

You can read more about the Danish educational system in general, and get information regarding foreign students on the website: www.studyindenmark.dk

Translation in Romanian will come out soon!

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