In Denmark, you can get a qualification, recognized at international level, or you can add points to a degree, obtained in their country. Denmark has much to offer for students who are coming to study, and the Danish higher education institutions are always welcome talented students from all continents. The education system in Denmark is under state control. General principles of education are set by public authorities. All secondary and higher education institutions are mostly state subordinate by the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Culture.
The Danish education system operates since 1994. The law provides for compulsory education from 7 to 16 years. The compulsory education is free. Primary education in Denmark is called «den Danske Folkeskole» ("The Danish secondary school"). It begins with the kindergarten class («bornehaveklasse») and ends the 10th class.
The higher education system in Denmark
Structure of higher education in Denmark are divided into two sectors:
- University sector
- college sector, ie professionally oriented higher education sector.
The university sector includes 12 universities, some of them consisting of several departments, while others specialize in areas such as construction, education, veterinary science, agronomy, pharmacy and business. In addition, there are 13 institutions for training specialists in architecture, art, music, etc.
Training in such institutions should be based on the research: it is a fundamental principle for all universities that aim to achieve high standards for all programs. The university sector includes only those institutions that offer various degrees, including the highest academic level, such as a doctorate.
College sector comprises about 100 specialized institutions
of higher education offering professionally oriented programs:
- Colleges that offer programs of secondary cycle, mostly undergraduate degree
- Professional colleges that offer programs to reduce the cycle, mostly 2-year academic professional degrees
Under the act, signed by the Parliament in 2000, most colleges offering professional bachelor degree, merged to form centers of higher education more generalist (CVU). Colleges CVU - a new type of institutions formed to strengthen the provision of professionally oriented higher education and creating new opportunities for further education.