Study abroad grant to spend a
study period abroad
From 2008 onward, it became possible
for Danish students to receive a study
abroad grant to cover partially or in
full the tuition for a study period or
for an entire graduate degree abroad.
The purpose of the grant is to make
more Danish students study abroad
by subsidising all or parts of the
tuition fees charged by foreign educational
institutions. The existing
exchange agreements are subject to a
rule of equivalence that has as consequence
that the number of outbound
Danish students cannot exceed the
number of inbound students received
by the Danish institutions unless the
students themselves find funding for
tuition fees, if any, to the foreign
Study abroad grants awarded cover a
maximum of two years of study corresponding
to 120 ECTS points –
however, for students in academies of
professional higher education only
one year of study corresponding to 60
Grants are given to pay, partially or
in full, the tuition fees charged by
foreign educational institutions.
However, the maximum grant is
equivalent to the amount that a
Danish educational institution would
have received for carrying out the
education in Denmark.
Study abroad grants may be given
to partial study programmes or to
complete postgraduate programmes.
Study period abroad
Study abroad grants may be given to
study periods abroad that are a part of
a Danish university bachelor or postgraduate
degree, an academy profession
education, a professional bachelor
It is the Danish
educational institution where the
student is studying that determines if
full credit pre-approval may be given
in the Danish study programme and
thereby approve a study abroad grant.
Additionally, the student must meet a
number of other requirements in
order to receive a study abroad grant
for instance, be eligible for Danish
educational support (SU), be admitted
to a foreign fee-paying study
programme, be required to pay
tuition fee, etc.
Complete postgraduate degrees
It is possible to obtain study abroad
grants for full postgraduate degrees
abroad provided the degree is
included in one of four ‘positive lists’:
The university list, the Ministry of
Culture list, the Ministry of Education
list, or the cooperation agreement
The university list consists of the 100 most reputable universities (THES top
100) augmented by the best universities in countries with otherwise highly
reputable universities (THES top 400). The Ministry of Culture list consists of
postgraduate programmes at internationally highly reputable institutions
abroad that offer degrees that in Denmark fall under the field of responsibility
of the Ministry of Culture. The Ministry of Education list is a supplement to
the university list and the cooperation agreement list for professional bachelors.
Finally, the cooperation agreement list contains the foreign education
programmes that are included in a cooperation agreement entered with a
Danish university. The four lists are revised annually.
It is also possible to obtain a study abroad grant for foreign postgraduate
studies not on one of the four lists. In such case, a Danish university, university
college, engineering college, or Danish School of Media and Journalism
shall assess the quality of the foreign postgraduate degree to see if, in principle,
they could have a cooperation agreement regarding the postgraduate
degree abroad in question. If the degree in question is approved based on this
criterion, the student may be awarded a study abroad grant for the foreign
postgraduate degree provided the student otherwise meet the conditions to
receive a study abroad grant. Danish educational institutions that do not
offer postgraduate degrees ( university colleges, engineering colleges,
Danish School of Media and Journalism) discuss these questions about the
professional quality of the foreign postgraduate degree with the Danish
university(ies) with which they cooperate regarding the academic field in
The first year after the introduction of the study abroad grant scheme, a total
of 629 students have started a study abroad at a foreign educational institution
while 226 students have started a full study.
Only 7 of the 629 students who have studied abroad are academy profession
students, and 86 are university college students, whereas 252 are university
bachelor students, and 284 postgraduate students.All the 7 academy profession
students concerned study humanities or art, while 34 of the 86 professional
bachelor students study social sciences, 27 of them study health and welfare
sciences, eight study pedagogy, nine study engineering, and seven are
students of information technology 10.
Funds to establish and market parallel study programmes and joint
It was agreed to utilise the globalisation funds to create a pool for establishing
and marketing parallel study programmes and joint study programmes.
Within the area under the Ministry of Education, the amount of DKK 2.6
million was granted in 2008 and the amount of DKK 9 million in 2009. The
funds have been allocated from a pool of funds in response to applications
from academies of professional higher education and university colleges
relating to concrete projects for the establishment and marketing of parallel
study programmes and joint study programmes.
The funds that have been allocated in 2008 have been granted to projects that
comprise 29 parallel study programmes and two joint study programmes. Not
all negotiations about parallel study programmes and joint study programmes
are expected to be completed before the expiration of the project period
(October 2009). The projects spread over several subject areas (health, biotechnology,
IT, media and communication, technology/engineering, commerce,
and pedagogy) and cover countries such as Australia, China, USA, Russia, and
Europe in general.
The preliminary results of the initiated projects were reported in April 2009,
and a satisfactory activity and good enterprise was noted.
10 Source: Danish Education Support Agency. The data has been extracted from the registry of study
abroad grants on 15 August 2009.