We invite you to Denmark to accomplish an international BA in Education in a wide variety of subjects.
Combine your study with unforgettable cultural experiences:
- meet new friends from all over the world
- learn new languages to broaden your career opportunities
- gain independence and confidence while living away from home
- challenge yourself and shift expectations of what you are able to achieve!
If you are still hesitating if you should choose Denmark as a country of your international study experience, we would advise you to research on the Danish Educational System and consider the following statements:
- Our qualifications are recognized all over the world
- We concentrate on your unique personality and talents
- We promote creativity and innovation
- We provide a fair balance between theory and practical experience
- You are safe here (Denmark is the safest country in Europe)
Four students experiences of Denmark
Meet four of our international students and hear their experiences of studying in Denmark.
Meet Melina: ‘Living abroad has made me realise I am more German than I thought I was’
Meet Marcus: ‘I feel happier than I have been in a very long time’
Meet Priya: ‘I can’t help but ask myself, “why do I deserve a better life than the schoolchildren I left behind in India?”’
Meet Flóra: ‘When my Slovak friends told me about life in Denmark, I didn’t believe them’
What will you learn?
Bachelor of Education is a four-year programme, which qualifies you to be a teacher of primary and lower secondary levels in Denmark (see facts on Danish educational system) in three subjects of your choice. This programme is a mixture of theoretical instruction and educational studies combined with the practical experience of teaching.
Structure and Curriculum
If you would like some more general information about the Bachelor of Education programme, please check the fact sheet from the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.
For our specific programme, there will be a specially designed syllabus for the incoming international students. Here is an overview of the structure of the four-year programme.
During your first year you are taught to become a teacher of a foreign language - English or German (the language of instruction is accordingly English or German - a matter of your choice). You will be integrated in a class of Danish students. You will also be studying modules in psychology and education taught in English, as well as participating in the first period of teaching practice at a school. During the first year, you will receive intensive training in the Danish language at the local language centre, planned in cooperation with the college (read more about language).
From the second year and onwards you will follow most of the curriculum in Danish; however, there will still be some modules offered in English. There will be educational modules during the 3 years, e.g. teaching skills and classroom management, special needs education, school and citizenship, general education. Furthermore, you are to choose two more subjects as your teaching subjects: mathematics, science, physics/chemistry, geography, biology, English, German, art, music, home economics, sports (PE), history, social science, religion (RE). (Read more about the Structure and Curriculum).
The academic year runs from Mid-August to January (autumn semester) and from Mid-January to Mid-June (spring semester). Exams take place in June and January.
Teacher education in Haderslev has a strong profile in using new technologies in teaching and learning, thus, for example, the use of interactive boards is an integrated part of classroom teaching. One of the characteristics for the Danish way of teaching and learning is a friendly and informal atmosphere, which is highly appreciated by our international students. The syllabus is a mixture of lectures, group work, student presentations, and project oriented learning. Read more here.
After graduating the Danish Bachelor of Education, you have a great variety of job possibilities. First of all, you are fully prepared to be a teacher in Danish primary and lower secondary schools: public, private and international. Moreover, as a native language speaker you have even better chances to get employed as a foreign language teacher compared to Danish students.
A Danish Bachelor of Education Degree is fully recognized and accepted in Europe and all over the world. However, you might need to take some additional courses or practical lessons connected with teacher education, according to the requirements of the country in question. In case you are not planning to work straight after graduation, you can apply for Master's Degree based on your Bachelor of Education at Universities in Denmark or other countries.
No matter what you choose to do after graduation, you can be sure you are well prepared for a future full of new horizons and opportunities!
You can apply if you have an upper secondary school leaving certificate - high school diploma - Abitur - Fachabitur or have graduated with a similar level. You are also welcome to apply if you are in the final year at secondary school
Applicants applying for the Bachelor of Education Programme must have an average mark of 7,0 according to the Danish grading scale. If the average mark is below 7,0, you will have to participate in an interview. Furthermore, if you are just finishing your upper-secondary school in June and do not have the final results yet, you will also have to participate in a formal interview.
To see if your qualifications fulfill the requirements for Higher Education programmes in Denmark, please check the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.
Language requirements: You have to be willing to work hard to learn the Danish language within the first year or 18 months. For requirements in English or German, see “Language”
Facing an entrance interview?
If your average grades are under 7, or if you do not know your final average grades yet, you will have to attend an entrance interview. You might think that sounds a bit scary. But an entrance interview is not an exam. It’s an interview and a discussion in which you can tell us why you want to apply for teacher training.
Most interviewees (over 90%) are offered a place after attending an entrance interview, which means there is every chance of you being accepted.
Everyone who has less than 7 as their average grade from their access-giving exam – or if you still do not know if your average will be 7 or over – must apply via Quota 2, and then attend an entrance interview
You will attend two different interview rounds, each lasting 15 minutes, plus preparation time.
One interview will focus on your personal motivation for applying to teacher training and for wanting to become a teacher. It will be based on a case with dilemmas that common in the work of a teacher. These can be a conflict from the playground, or a situation in the classroom. You will take the role of the teacher to deal with the problems in the case.
The second interview, which follows straight after the first one, focuses on your ability to read texts that address aspects from school. What you need to demonstrate is that you can identify key points in those texts. Your ability to analyse will be in focus here.
You will be assessed based on your:
- Cognitive ability
- Ability to work with others, and your personal integrity
- Communication ability
- Ethical approach
- Understanding of vocation-related texts, and how you deal with them
The interview will be conducted in English, and the texts will be in English.
If you cannot attend in person at UC SYD, it will be possible to conduct the interview over Skype. Please ensure in advance that you have agreed with us that the interview can be conducted via Skype, and tell us your Skype name.
The entrance interviews usually take approx. one hour. They can take a little longer via Skype.
If you show up in person for the interview at UC SYD, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the appointed time, to allow plenty of time to register, find the room and prepare yourself.
If your interview is to be conducted via Skype, please ensure you are ready in a quiet room where you will not be disturbed.
Think about why you want to be a teacher. What is it that attracts you? What kind of teacher do you want to be? What challenges are you prepared to tackle?
The interviewer will not tell you whether you have passed or failed. You will be able to see how your interview went in the correspondence system in which you booked your interview a couple of days later.
How to apply
1) Login to www.optagelse.dk (open from February 1st) and apply under the red arrow “Søg videregående uddannelse” (apply for higher education). Remember to upload all your documents!
You can read a guide here!
Students within the EU/EAA/Switzerland are not required to pay tuition.
There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outsite EU/EAA/Switzerland. The tuition fee is EUR 4600 per semester. We also require a non-refundable registration fee of Euros 250 to process your application and guidance in connection with Student Visa applications. This registration fee is payable in advance, and if you are accepted into the programme, the €250 are deducted from the payment of the education.
If you want to learn more about the cost of living in denmark and accommodation we have collected this information on our page for incoming students. Click here if you want to learn more.
The college campus is situated in the centre of Haderslev. The oldest buildings date back to mid 19th century, and our campus is a charming mixture of old and new. You will have around 650 fellow education students.
Haderslev is a medieval town with about 30,000 inhabitants, beautifully situated at the east coast of Southern Jutland on a 12-kilometer-long fjord and surrounded by an extensive lake system, 50 km north of the Danish-German border. There are many leisure time possibilities like sports, concerts, cinema, cafés, etc.
Alongside the usual course that all teacher students will follow, you will receive intensive training in the Danish language. If you live in or move to Denmark, this course is free.
The first year you need to choose between English or German, and if the language you choose is not your mother tongue, we will ask you show your skills in English through one of the test systems of English, or in German (see below).
For German you need to have been taught the language at a high level at school or you need an official test result from a Goethe institute test.
Even if you choose German as your special subject, the general language of instruction in other subjects will be English.
If you choose English as your subject, you have to be good and so fluent that you can participate in education where English is the language and be able to become a teacher of English. We need your school leaving certificate with a specialization of English or certificates in one of the following English tests:
http://www.ets.org/toefl minimum score 79
http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/elp/ELP-REG/Default_EN.asp minimum score B2 (for students studying to become English teacher)
http://www.ielts.org/ minimum score 6,5
During the first year you will have an intensive course in Danish, so you can follow the teaching in Danish from your second year of studies. Below you will find a few links to on-line Danish lessons so you can start in advance: http://www.irsam.dk/default.aspx or http://www.speakdanish.dk/
You might need more information, which is not provided in English or German and then it might be a possibility to use the automatic translator from online translations.
Become a student for a day
Take the opportunity to visit us at Campus Haderslev and follow an ordinary study day along with the current students, so you can get a sense of what the lectures and the educational environment are really like. During the day students and teachers are available for a chat. You can ask all the questions you need answers to.
For more information about your options, please do contact us (email firstname.lastname@example.org). We are always ready to help. We look forward to meeting you!