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Study MBA in Denmark 2024

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Basic monthly living cost

  • Rent in a shared flat

  • Share of utilities

  • Internet subscription

  • Local transportation


Sample lifestyle cost

  • Fast food combo

  • Cinema ticket

  • Pint of local beer


About Denmark

Located in Northern Europe, Denmark is the southern-most Nordic country. It is located near Sweden and Norway and bordered by Germany. It shares a strong history with Sweden and Norway and has a very similar culture to these countries. It is home to more than 5.6 million people most of which speak Danish, though many do speak English here as well. Copenhagen, the country's capital and largest city, is known for its modern lifestyle and high standard of living. The country has a very high level of focus on creating happiness and living in a way that protects civil liberties. Its culture is very strong in the areas of religion, architecture, and literature, but it also has a strong sport and cuisine focus as well.

Business Studies in Denmark

Business degrees in Denmark allow international students to explore a new culture and way of living. The country has a three-tier degree system in place, which is recognized as a very strong educational system. It is possible for students to enroll in bachelor, masters, or doctoral studies here. Not all courses of study are offered at the highest level, but universities, university colleges, and professional schools all teach a wide range of educational programs in the area of business at the undergraduate level.

There are more than 40 higher education facilities here with 8 of them being universities. Business is one of the primary areas of study since this is an in-demand area of education for the country. When it comes to paying for education, students from all European Union and EEA nations can receive college education through the master's degree programs without any cost. For students from other countries, costs range from 6000 up to 16,000 EUR per year. However, many schools and businesses offer grants and scholarships to help defray these costs especially for well qualified students.

The academic year in Denmark begins from early September through the end of June. There are two semesters of study. Students will need to obtain a visa unless the student is coming from the EU or EEA countries or Switzerland. However, all schools require proper application and acceptance as an international student.

After graduation, student with a bachelor's degree or a master's degree in business studies, such as in management, human resources, or marketing, are likely to find employment opportunities. Quite in demand are those students with a business degree and good English-speaking skills. A residence permit is required for individuals to remain in the country. With a flourishing and developing economy, business graduates in Denmark are sure to find numerous opportunities.

Visa Requirements

ST1 - residence and work permit for exchange students from non-EU/EEA/Nordic countries.

What type of Visa do you need?

Visa name

Residence and Work Permit (ST1)

Price and currency

EUR 310

Visa application fees depend on your country of origin and can be around 310 EUR. The fees may be subject to change.

Who can apply for the visa?

If you plan to study in Denmark for more than three months, you will need either a registration certificate or a residence permit:

  1. EU/EEA citizens will need a registration certificate, and Swiss nationals will have to apply for a residence card.
  2. Non-EU/EEA citizens will have to apply for a Danish residence permit prior to arriving in Denmark.

You need to be admitted to a higher educational program in Denmark, which is approved by a state authority or offered by a publicly accredited educational institution.

Where can you make the application?

Danish diplomatic mission

You will need to submit in person your ST1 application at the nearest Danish diplomatic mission. The reason you need to appear in person is so that you can have your biometric features recorded (digital facial image and fingerprints). Your biometric features are a requirement for the resident permit. You will most likely need to book an appointment.


How to make the application?

You typically need to provide the following when applying for a student visa to Denmark:

  • Acceptance letter from your university;
  • A signed and completed application form;
  • Language proficiency proof (usually English);
  • A valid passport or another form of travel document;
  • A passport photo;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Visa fee payment proof;
  • Proof of minimum funds (around 1000 EUR/month);
  • Detailed information regarding your study program;
  • Proof regarding accommodation arrangements during your studies.

When should you apply?

The best time to start applying for your residence permit to Denmark is three months prior to your arrival date. It takes, on average, about 60 days for the application to be processed and the duration of your student residence permit depends on whether you are going to complete an entire education program, or only follow part of a program as a guest student. If it is to be an entire program, then you will be granted a residence permit for the duration of that program. However, if you are only enrolled to follow a part of a program, the residence permit will be granted for a maximum of two years.

Processing time

60 Days

Work opportunities

  • Nordic, EU/EEA or Swiss citizens can work in Denmark with no restriction on the number of hours.
  • Non-EU/EEA and non-Nordic students are allowed to work in Denmark 20 hours a week from September to May and 37 hours a week from June to August.

Hours per week


Why do you need this type of visa?

Your visa application may be rejected if you are not able to show proof of the required funds, or if you provide incorrect or incomplete documents.