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Denmark

As a YFU student in Denmark, you'll get to experience hygge wherever you go and whatever you do!

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Study in Denmark

Hygge (pronounced 'hooga') is a traditional Danish word meaning "creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people." Hygge is probably the reason why Danes are the happiest people in the world! As a YFU student in Denmark, you'll get to experience hygge wherever you go and whatever you do!

“That first week was one of the best ones of my life. Meeting people from all over the world made me someone more open and understandable. And I know the friendships… will be forever.”

- Antonino

+ More About Denmark

Hej! As a student in this Scandinavian country, you will undoubtedly experience many moments of what the Danes call hygge, a special word for comfort that means an all-embracing feeling of warmth and well-being. Hygge may come when you are eating with your host family or laughing with friends at a club!

Very few countries can boast to have a history as interesting as Denmark. Danish history dates back to 12,500 BC. It is home to the infamous Vikings whose stories and tales are still remembered. Today, Denmark has a very rich and unique culture. For one, the Danish people are dedicated to maintaining a clean, green environment. Despite having automobiles, many use bicycles, which are a popular form of transportation and do not emit pollution into the atmosphere. Apart from having clean air in Denmark, you'll also be eating some very healthy food. The Danish cuisine, due to its long winters, consists primarily of fish and other meats, which are said to prolong a person's lifetime and improve their health.

Danes consider themselves thoroughly modern, relaxed, casual, and tolerant. Perhaps this is why several studies have named the Danes the happiest people in the world! The government and its services are geared towards supporting family life and the middle class with public amenities, and the Danish government even funds college education for all its citizens! Denmark also has a very impressive literacy rate of 99%. With Denmark taking care of your schooling needs, your education is undoubtedly in good hands!

As a teenager in Denmark, you will have many opportunities to participate in fun and exciting activities! Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the country, brought to Denmark in the 19th century by British laborers. Water sports such as sailing are also quite popular in Denmark. You could also go to the cinema, and discover popular Danish genres such as folk comedy.

Your time in Denmark will indeed be time well spent! Whether you spend your days learning about the Vikings, sailing, or watching Danish movies, you will be learning an interesting language and culture while enjoying yourself along the way. With a clean environment and a healthy diet, you may find yourself returning home in the best shape of your life!

Pastimes

Sports, music, and other after school activities are not a part of the school, but it is very common to be involved in local clubs and associations after school.

Online Resources

To learn even more about Denmark, we recommend:

  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, Danish language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Royal Danish Embassy in Washington, DC web site
  • Danish Tourist Board
  • Danish Museums Online
  • Legoland Denmark

+ Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Learn more about scholarships.

+ Programs & Tuition

Classical Music Year: $18,995
Fall Year: $13,995
Fall Semester: $12,995

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Students must obtain a temporary residence permit (visa) from their designated Danish Embassy or Consulate prior to their arrival, a process which may take up to 3 months. The cost for the permit from the Danish Immigration Service is around $290 and is not covered in your program tuition. Fees associated with applying for a visa or residence permit are not included in the YFU program price. More information will be sent upon enrollment.

Additional Costs

While many students may bike to school each day, some students will ride the bus. Students are required to cover any costs associated with transportation to and from school. Program tuition does not include personal spending money. YFU Denmark recommends that students plan for about $200 for every month that they are on program.

Important Information

If you will turn 18 during your exchange in Denmark, you will be charged a media license fee by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation if you have a computer, tablet, or smart phone with internet access.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

The Danish equivalent of high school is divided among three different types of schools: gymnasiums offer general academic education, business schools offer business and commercial studies, and technical schools offer technical and vocational training.

School

"Learning for life" is the philosophy at school in Denmark. This means that students always play a very active democratic role in lessons and very often assignments are given to be solved collaboratively in groups. The school day normally starts at 8 a.m. and finishes at 4 p.m. Many students will bring their laptop to class. After school, students typically hang out with friends or do homework. Danish students don't usually wear uniforms and the dress code is quite liberal. As a new student, you may get a mentor to help you in the beginning, but you should be prepared to get actively involved and not wait for your classmates or teachers to tell you what to do.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Once in Denmark, students will participate in a one week arrival orientation focused on Danish language and culture, and 3 day weekend mid-year orientation and re-entry orientation.

Optional Excursions

Students who go on the yearlong programs to Denmark have the option to go on a 3 day cultural trip to Copenhagen during the spring 2019. The trip may include sightseeing and other activities in the Copenhagen area together with other YFU exchange students. The cost is usually around $300 and includes lodging and transportation, breakfast and dinner.

Year program students may have the option to participate in the YFU Young Europeans' Seminar, a week-long program of seminars, educational workshops, inspiring guest speakers, panel discussions, and other activities. The Seminar takes place in Germany in late June and is attended by around 500 other YFU exchange program participants from across the continent. Space is limited and participation requires an additional application and fee.

Classical Music Program

Students with an interest in music are encouraged to apply for the Classical Music Program! As part of the admissions process, students must complete an additional Skype interview and be accepted to a special music high school prior to enrollment. Students participating in this program will live at a boarding school focused on classical music, offering classes, individual music instruction, concerts, a band, and school trips. YFU students will have the opportunity to stay with a host family on some weekend and during the school holidays. The program tuition includes meals and accommodation at the boarding school, all of the school activities listed above, a band uniform and other school materials. Students must bring their own musical instruments. Students interested in this program are encouraged to apply early.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Classical Music Year 1266 late July late June $18,995
Fall Year 0041 late July late June $13,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family or at the boarding school (Classical Music Program)
  • Enrollment in a local Danish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Denmark Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Age Requirement

2019 Fall departure: August 1, 2001 - July 26, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Danish. Previous language study is not required, but encouraged. All students will receive basic language training during their 1-week arrival orientation. After the orientation, students can request information or training materials for private language lessons.

Host Family Placement

Mostly in small towns or rural areas throughout the country. Students are normally not placed in large urban centers.

+ Semester Program

The Danish equivalent of high school is divided among three different types of schools: gymnasiums offer general academic education, business schools offer business and commercial studies, and technical schools offer technical and vocational training.

School

"Learning for life" is the philosophy at school in Denmark. This means that students always play a very active democratic role in lessons and very often assignments are given to be solved collaboratively in groups. The school day normally starts at 8 a.m. and finishes at 4 p.m. Many students will bring their laptop to class. After school, students typically hang out with friends or do homework. Danish students don't usually wear uniforms and the dress code is quite liberal. As a new student, you may get a mentor to help you in the beginning, but you should be prepared to get actively involved and not wait for your classmates or teachers to tell you what to do.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Once in Denmark, students will participate in a one week arrival orientation focused on Danish language and culture, and 3 day weekend mid-year orientation and re-entry orientation.

Optional Excursions

Students who go on the yearlong programs to Denmark have the option to go on a 3 day cultural trip to Copenhagen during the spring 2019. The trip may include sightseeing and other activities in the Copenhagen area together with other YFU exchange students. The cost is usually around $300 and includes lodging and transportation, breakfast and dinner.

Year program students may have the option to participate in the YFU Young Europeans' Seminar, a week-long program of seminars, educational workshops, inspiring guest speakers, panel discussions, and other activities. The Seminar takes place in Germany in late June and is attended by around 500 other YFU exchange program participants from across the continent. Space is limited and participation requires an additional application and fee.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester 0143 late July late December $12,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Danish high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Denmark Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Age Requirement

2019 Fall departure: August 1, 2001 - July 26, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Danish. Previous language study is not required, but encouraged. All students will receive basic language training during their 1-week arrival orientation. After the orientation, students can request information or training materials for private language lessons.

Host Family Placement

Mostly in small towns or rural areas throughout the country. Students are normally not placed in large urban centers.