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Higher Education Institutions

Featured below is a list and description of the following Danish higher education institutions: Universities, Artistic Higher Education Institutions University Colleges, and Schools of Maritime Education & Training


IT University of Copenhagen (ITU)

The IT University of Copenhagen is an independent educational and research institution, dedicated to the digital world. The university works to make Denmark exceptionally good at making value through IT by providing contemporary study programmes and research at the highest academic level. 

University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) offers world class education and is committed to an international perspective, at all levels. The largest campus is located in the city of Odense (Funen) and other campuses are located in the cities of Kolding, Esbjerg, Sønderborg (Jutland) and Slagelse (Zealand).

Aarhus University (AU)

Aarhus University is a young, modern university established in 1928. It has grown to become a leading public research university with international reach covering the entire research spectrum. 

Copenhagen Business School (CBS)

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) was established in 1917. Today, with over 22,000 students and 1,500 employees, CBS is one of the largest business schools in Europe and one of the 8 Danish universities

Aalborg University (AAU)

Aalborg University (AAU) has been providing students with academic excellence, cultural engagement and personal development since its inception in 1974. It offers education and research within the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technical and health sciences.

Roskilde University (RUC)

Roskilde University (RUC) is a Danish public university founded in 1972 and located in Trekroner in the Eastern part of Roskilde. Roskilde University offers higher education at bachelor-, master, and Ph.D. levels within four main areas: humanities, humanistic technologies, social science and science.

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university with a world-class reputation. One fifth of DTU's scientific staff is recruited internationally and an increasing number of the students are also from abroad. DTU has contributed to Denmark achieving a leading position within Technical Design, Wind Energy, Biotechnology, Electronics and Telecommunication.

University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

With over 38,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is one of the largest institutions of research and education in the Nordic countries. The University offers more than 200 study programmes in health sciences, humanities, law, life sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and theology.

Artistic Higher Education Institutions

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation

KADK is Scandinavia's leading academy in the fields of architecture, design and conservation, educating tomorrow's architects, designers and conservators. KADKs teaching is based on a core "DNA" of science, practice, and art. The academy offers a range of bachelor and master programmes in architecture, design and conservation, as well as offering an active PhD and research environment.

Funen Art Academy

Funen Art Academy offers a five year independent higher education in contemporary visual arts. The study at Funen Art Academy is internationally recognized and aims to educate visual artists to the highest professional level.

The Royal Academy of Music - Aarhus/Aalborg

The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg is a state institution under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of Culture, charged with responsibility for the further education courses in music, and for otherwise contributing to the promotion of musical culture in Denmark.

The Danish National School of Performing Arts

The Danish National School of Performing Arts welcomes students from all parts of the world. The school offers several artistic programmes with students from many different countries. 

Design School Kolding

Design School Kolding is an independent institution under the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. The school trains designers at undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Aarhus School of Architecture

The Aarhus School of Architecture is an institution under the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Our aim is to educate architects who can develop the physical environment of the future by engaging with society.

We offer teaching at Bachelor, Master and PhD level within architecture and areas related to the architectural profession. We also offer a range of continuing education and specialised courses.

The Royal Opera Academy

Danish National Academy of Music

Syddansk Musikkonservatorium (SDMK) - Danish National Academy of Music is a higher education Institution (HEI) under the Danish Ministry of Culture. We offer a wide array of educations at the very highest level within the field of music and music pedagogics. SDMK is located in two major cities in Southern Denmark, Odense and Esbjerg and has approximately 260 students incl. a large number of international students, about fifty full time teachers and some hundred affiliated part time. 

Rhytmic Music Conservatory

Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC) offers the most advanced education available in rhythmic contemporary music – a multifaceted concept that embraces widely diverse forms of expression in such genres as rock, pop, jazz, hip hop, heavy metal and electronic music.

The Royal Danish Academy of Music

The Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) specialises in the education and training of classical musicians at the highest international level. The Academy offers programmes in Music Performance, Instrument and Voice, as well as in Composition, Conducting and Sound Engineering, and electives in subjects such as Pedagogy and Church Music.RDAM has an extensive international network and cooperates with some of the world’s leading music academies. More than 200 concerts are staged each year at the academy making RDAM an integral part of Copenhagen’s music life. 

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art is an internationally-oriented educational and research institution continuing a more than 250-year-old tradition of developing artistic talent and enterprise to the highest standards, based upon the independent work of each individual student. 

University Colleges

Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX)

Danish School of Media and Journalism is a training and knowledge center for the media and communications sector with a focus on talent, lifelong learning and innovation.

University College of Northern Denmark (UCN)

University College of Northern Denmark is a university of applied science which offers Academy Profession degree (AP), Professional Bachelor degree (PBA) and top-up degree for Danish and international students. They are all accredited by The Danish Accreditation Institution and lead to career within business, education/social studies, health and technology.
Our 14 English-taught programmes are located in Aalborg, known for its vibrant student life.

University College Copenhagen

University College Absalon

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE ABSALON is a regional institution, covering the geographical area of Region Zealand. University College Absalon has approximately 8,500 students and 650 employees at eight campuses. All campuses are easily reached from Copenhagen, the travelling time varying from 30 minutes to 1 ½ hours by train. University College Absalon cooperates closely with a number of companies, where students can gain experience and graduates - employment.

University College Lillebaelt (UCL)

University College Lillebaelt offers higher education programmes contributing to the ongoing development of society. Geographically, University College Lillebaelt covers part of the Southern Region of Denmark and has approximately 7,000 students and 700 employees.

University College South Denmark

University College South Denmark offers a wide range of higher education study programmes and courses at all levels, with an emphasis on first-cycle Professional Bachelor Degrees in the field of Educational Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Communication Sciences. Geographically, University College South Denmark covers Southern Jutland and has more than 6,500 students and 700 members of staff. 

VIA University College

VIA University College has 8 campuses, which are all located in the Central Denmark Region. VIA University College offers a wide range of educational programmes within engineering, health, social education, technology, trade, design, business and animation. 20 research centres in addition to close cooperation with professional practice ensures continuous development of programmes based on the latest knowledge within their corresponding fields.

Schools of Maritime Education & Training

Svendborg International Maritime Academy (SIMAC)

SIMAC is Denmark’s largest maritime educational institution with 500 students and 90 highly educated and motivated employees. SIMAC offers three fields of study

Aarhus school of Maritime and Technical Engineering

Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering educates Marine and Technical Engineers in a stimulating learning environment with the aim of providing the students with in-demand and up-to-date competences.

Copenhagen School of Maritime Education and Training

The Copenhagen School of Marine Engineering and Technology Management has educated marine engineers since 1906. There are approximately 500 students and 40 employees.

Maritime Training and Education Centre (MARTEC)

MARTEC is the maritime and polytechnic education center in northern Denmark.

Danish Business Academies

Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher Education

Lillebaelt Academy is the largest business academy in the Region of Southern Denmark and offers 30 higher educational programmes aimed at employment in the world of business. The academy offers both full-time and part-time programmes all of which are based on a solid foundation of knowledge and close collaboration with companies.

Copenhagen Business Academy

Copenhagen Business Academy is Denmark’s largest business academy and consists of five campuses in Greater Copenhagen and Northern Zealand. Copenhagen Business Academy offers professional higher education programmes in which theory and practical skills always go together, and where the subjects taught can be seen in their proper perspective.

Niels Brock (Copenhagen Business College)

The educational institution, Niels Brock serves more than 20,000 students and course participants within the country, as well as over 1,500 students in China. Niels Brock has over 130 years of experience delivering business and commerce education, and has built a solid network within the Danish business community - a community that knows the school as well it knows them.

Business Academy SouthWest

Business Academy SouthWest is a regional higher education and research institution with locations in Esbjerg and Sønderborg. The aim of the instituion is to develop and provide practical higher education at the academy bachelor level and professional higher level, within the following knowledge clusters: Architectural Technology & Construction, Industry & Offshore, Financial Management, Computer Science, Marketing Management, Design & media, Innovation and General Management/elevation of competencies.

International Business Academy (IBA)

With its roots going back more than 100 years, the IBA is today a major higher education institution in the heart of Denmark, offering programmes in business, marketing, finance, management, entrepreneurship and design.

Dania Academy

Dania Academy is one of nine other regionale academies of higher education in Denmark. Dania has over 1800 full-time students and many part-time AP Degree students and was officially opened January 1st, 2009 

Business Academy Aarhus

Business Academy Aarhus is one of the largest business academies in Denmark with more than 4,500 full-time students, 3,400 part-time students and about 350 employees.

Zealand Institute of Business and Technology (ZIBAT)

Zealand Institute of Business and Technology is a regional academy in the Zealand region of Denmark where you also find the capital city, Copenhagen. Today, approximately 3,000 students study at the five campuses located in the cities of Roskilde, Køge, Næstved, Slagelse and Nykøbing Falster, offering programmes for a steadily growing number of international students as well as Danish students.

Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA)

Copenhagen School of Design and Technology is an Academy of Higher Education which offers over 30 different educational programmes at Bachelor degree and Academy Professional degree levels.