If I got a dollar every time someone asked me how I studied masters in Denmark, I would have moved back to my develop my village. One of the tricks that my husband used to lure me from my legal career in Kenya, was the chance to do my masters for free in Denmark. We had a back and forth on whether he would move to Kenya or I to Copenhagen. Well, we all know how that went. A year into moving, I was looking at options to start my Masters studies.
The first thing I did was to check around what courses offered and whether I was eligible to study a Master for free in Denmark. Fortunately, I did. Afterwards I submitted my original Bachelor’s certificate to the ministry of higher education for validation. This took about two months and my bachelor’s degree qualified as an equal to a Bachelor of Laws in Denmark. The next step was to sit for an English test, TOEFL. This was actually ridiculous since I considered myself to be a native, I mean British colonisation made us mini them 👀. Anyway, lets not get political.
My first interest was to pursue a Master of Laws. However, I didn’t see many opportunities to practice Law in a country that used a different language of court. After a lot of consideration I went with Master’s of Science International Development and communication studies. I was exempted from tuition in Denmark by virtue of being married to a Danish citizen.
In the case of a non EU resident, you may be required to pay a certain fee for application. You shouldn’t let this discourage you. An accepted application opens opportunities to apply for scholarships.
The admissions are mostly twice a year. There is the fall semester which is in September/October and the Spring semester in Feb/March. I officially commenced my Masters in February 2018 and it is 2 year program.
Research about the country you are applying to. For instance, you might be required to take Danish language classes.
Scholarships and tuition
Tuition is very expensive for non EU citizens. There are a couple of scholarships you can apply for to help with master’s tuition in Denmark. In case you are from an EU country, you qualify for the free education in Denmark. However to receive the student’s subsidy, you have to take up extra jobs for a number of hours a week. I will share a few links for scholarships here:by