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Teacher Education

Challenge yourself and shift your expectations



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!

Open International counselling via zoom

We invite you to open online counselling
It is important that you participate from the start, as there will be a joint presentation.

If you have any log-in problems, you can send an email to acje@ucsyd.dk


(We will add links to the online meeting rooms when we are approaching).

Why Denmark?

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

Melina is smiling

International student

Meet Melina: ‘Living abroad has made me realise I am more German than I thought I was’

19-year-old Melina from Germany shares her story of how she fell in love with everything Danish, and reveals that she has not once worn a dirndl.
Marcus standing outside smiling

International student

Meet Marcus: ‘I feel happier than I have been in a very long time’

21-year-old Marcus from North Carolina, U. S. shares the highs and lows of his life thus far, and fears he may have played the most expensive game of Uno ever.

Priya standing outside smiling

International student

Meet Priya: ‘I can’t help but ask myself, “why do I deserve a better life than the schoolchildren I left behind in India?”’

32-year-old Priya from India explains how she became an impassioned advocate for social change, and reminisces about meeting the love of her life by chance in the cobbled streets of Ribe.
Flóra standing outside smiling

International student

Meet Flóra: ‘When my Slovak friends told me about life in Denmark, I didn’t believe them’

19-year-old Flóra from Slovakia muses on the differences between Slovak and Danish schools, and reveals her alter ego from the Harry Potter novels.

What will you learn?

Structure and Curriculum

If you would like some more general information about the Bachelor of Education programme, please check here.

For our specific programme, there will be a specially designed syllabus for the incoming international students. Here is an overview of the structure. 

Bachelor of Education is a four-year program, 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 program is a mixture of theoretical instruction and educational studies combined with the practical experience of teaching.

During your first year you are taught to become an English teacher. You will be integrated in a class of Danish students.

You may have heard of former students who had German as their first subject. There have been new rules, and from August 2023 you must start with English. You can then choose German as your second or third subject.

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 center, 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 few modules offered in English. There will be educational modules during the following 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: science, physics/chemistry, geography, biology, 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, blended learning. 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.

International Teacher Education Florence and Julia

Florence and Julia interned at Starup School

Florence from Kenya and Julia from Finland interned at Starup School

The sole task of the Danish primary school may seem to be educating children, but this is not their sole teaching obligation. It is also an integral part of our teacher students education, and a place for them to practice their theoretical learning through the four internships that are a part of...

Post-graduation opportunities

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

Specific requirements

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:

During the first year, you’ll be attending mandatory intensive Danish language classes two days a week at Haderslev language centre. After the first year, until you reach level C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), classes take place in the evening.

As a general rule, we do not accept applicants who have lived in Denmark for two years or more prior to starting the degree course.

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.

Who has to attend an entrance interview?

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

What happens during 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:

  • Motivation
  • 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.

All interviews will be carried out online.

How long do the interviews take?

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.

What’s the best way to prepare?

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?

What happens after the interview?

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!

2)  Send your signaturepage to vejledning@ucsyd.dk, and send a brief letter of motivation for applying to become a teacher in Denmark and your CV to Sabina Gosch-Andersen, sgan@ucsyd.dk 

If you have any questions you can write an e-mail to international@ucsyd.dk

Our concept for pre- and onboarding

Read more about our pre- and onboarding of all accepted students 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 outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. The tuition fee is approx EUR 4335 per semester.

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.


Study environment

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.

Read more about Haderslev.



Alongside the usual course offered to all teacher students, you will receive intensive training in the Danish language. The Danish language training is free of charge if you reside in Denmark.

During the first year, all lessons are taught in English.

As part of the degree course, you must choose 3 teaching subjects (your specialized subjects).

First teaching subject, English

All our international students must choose English as the first teaching subject. You must be sufficiently fluent to participate in classes 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:

  • ets.org: minimum score 83
  • coe.int: minimum score B2 (for students studying to become English teacher)
  • ielts.org: minimum score 6,5

An intensive course in Danish

During the first year you will take an intensive course in Danish, preparing you to teach in Danish from your second year of studies.

At speakdanish.dk you will find a few links to online Danish lessons so you can start in advance.

If you need further information which is not provided in English, 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 skbr@ucsyd.dk). We are always ready to help. We look forward to meeting you!


Contact us

Do you have any questions? Please contact us

Contact our international department


Contact our team of counselors

7266 2250

Open International counselling via zoom

We invite you to open online counselling
It is important that you participate from the start, as there will be a joint presentation.

If you have any log-in problems, you can send an email to acje@ucsyd.dk


(We will add links to the online meeting rooms when we are approaching).