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Danish universities have a wide variety of bachelor's and master's degrees programs taught in English.

Country Overview

The size of the kingdom of Denmark belies its influence. From the age of Viking raiders, it held sway as a northern European power until 1864, when it was defeated by Prussia in the Second Schleswig War, cleaving 40 percent of its territory. Consequently, it became almost entirely ethnically homogenous. It was occupied by Germany in World War II, but several years later helped  found the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It went on to join the European Union but rejected the euro as its currency. Today its influence in the world includes its contributions to cinema and international business. In Denmark no one is more than 50 kilometers from the sea.

Climate

Despite its northerly situation, the weather in Denmark is not extreme, although its maritime situation and the influence of the Gulf Air Stream does make the climate unstable. Winter weather in Denmark is usually cold and overcast, snow likely to fall between January and March. Summers are relatively warmer and sunny. Average temperatures in Copenhagen range from 27°F (-3°C) in midwinter to 72°F (22°C) in mid-summer. Rainy days are likely all year round, but most likely between August and October, so anyone planning to travel to Denmark during that time is advised to pack a brolly.

Annual rainfall
Monthly average rainfall: January 49 mm (2 inches); April 38 mm (1.5 inches); July 71 mm (2.5 inches); October  59 mm (2 inches).

GDP

$203,600,000,000

Population

5,500,510

Overview of Higher Education

Higher education in Denmark is financed largely by the state. The system falls in line with the Bologna Process, the effort at coordinating higher education within Europe, and comprises 12 universities and technical universities in addition to a host of other institutions, such as professional schools and polytechnic institutes.

A bachelor’s degree takes about three and a half years to complete, though longer for subjects such as engineering or medicine. A master’s degree requires an additional two years of study, and a doctorate requires at least eight years of study over all.

The country also administers a university and colleges in the Faroe Islands as well as colleges in Greenland.

Some 120,000 students were enrolled in Danish universities in 2008.

(Sources: BBC, The Europa World of Learning)

Number of Colleges, Universities, Technical Institutes

Number of Colleges, Universities, and Technical Institutes (total): 155

Number of Higher Education Students

Number of students enrolled: 229,000

Number of international students enrolled: 12,182

Contact Information

Danish Ministry of Education

Frederiksholms Kanal 21, DK-1220 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Web site: http://www.eng.uvm.dk/

Phone: +45 3392 5000

E-mail: uvm@uvm.dk

Contact: Bertel Haarder, Minister for Education and Minister for Nordic Cooperation