One of the world’s oldest monarchies; twice named the happiest people on earth; highly developed public welfare system; bicycle culture; green energy; many traditions and great modern design - But Denmark is so much more! Why not apply for a Fulbright Scholar grant to Denmark and come see for yourself?
Higher education began here in 1479 with the creation of the University of Copenhagen and the culture it engendered has produced Tycho Brahe, Hans Christian Andersen, Soren Kierkegaard, Niels Bohr, Karen Blixen, Johannes V. Jensen and countless others.
Denmark is very design and energy conscientious with its windmill industry, focus on renewable energy, innovative solutions, and clean simple lines in classic creations. It is also one of the leading organic nation with Danes being pro-organic consumers and health-oriented. The cuisine itself is also somewhat of an attraction with everything from a typical Danish hot-dog stand to the New Nordic cuisine and Michelin-starred restaurants.
Take a moment to imagine yourself as a Fulbright scholar in Denmark living amongst a population that consistently ranks above average on OECD’s Better Life Index in environmental quality, civic engagement, well-being, personal security, and a great work-life balance. Denmark offers a relaxed and friendly, yet pragmatic and modern lifestyle.
During your grant period, the Danish-American Fulbright Commission will be highly supportive and help you settle into your Danish life. The Commission will arrange for three meetings during the academic year; an Arrival Orientation in early fall, a seminar and Thanksgiving Dinner in November, and a Wrap-Up Seminar in spring. Should you arrive outside of these meetings, the Commission staff members will look after you and provide you with the same information on an individual basis. The Commission works closely together with all institutions of higher education in Denmark and can be your broker into the Danish educational system and culture. The Commission urges you to make use of its knowledge while you are contemplating or planning to apply for a grant to Denmark.
There are eight research-based universities in Denmark: University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Roskilde University, University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University, Copenhagen Business School, IT University of Copenhagen, and Technical University of Denmark. There are also a number of mid-level institutions all over Denmark. These are called University Colleges, Academies of Professional Higher Education and they may best be compared to U.S. community colleges. There are also national artistic programs of higher education offered under the Danish Ministry of Culture.
Most of the higher education in Denmark is public and regulated by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. These are some of the degree programs offered in Denmark: Academy Profession programs (2 years), Professional Bachelor’s programs (3-4 years), Fine Arts programs (3-4 years), University study Programs (Bachelor’s (3 years) and Master’s (2 years), PhD programs (3 years). You can read more about the degree programs on the Ministry’s website, specifically the The Danish Higher Education System and the Ministry of Culture.
General information about the Danish academic year:
The fall semester runs from the end of August or beginning of September to approximately December 20. January is exam month. The spring semester runs from the beginning of February to approximately May 20. Part of May and June are for exams. There is a one-week break in mid-October and another at Easter. The Commission will not consider grants for the summer semester.
There are ample opportunities to liaise with colleagues and give guest lectures at other institutions in the country, and to participate in the Fulbright Inter Country Travel Program with guest lectures in other European countries.