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B BJØRN’S INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Bjørn’s International School aims to give a democratic education to children from all over the world regardless of race, religion or colour. 1

We have 150 students aged from 6-16 years from 50 different countries.


We have 2 sections. The Danish section (grades 0-9) where students can take the Danish State School leaving examination.


The English-speaking section (grade 0-9) where students can take the International General Certificate of Secondary Education.


Only transit students with a stay in Denmark of 1-4 years in the English speaking section.


We encourage parent co-operation.


We take into consideration the individual needs of the children.


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DuCatiOn is important. Wherever they move in the world, be it across town or across the planet, one of the first things that parents look at are what kind of schools their children will be attending. Fortunately for anyone whose path leads them to Denmark, the


Danish public school system is well-regarded and welcoming to expats. Denmark also has a number of highly reputable private international schools and preschools where teaching is conducted in English (as well as French and German schools). Most primary schools follow the Cambridge international Primary Programme, while high schools are more likely to offer the international Bacca-

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laureate (iB) diploma. Public or private? now there’s a debate that can go on long into the wee hours, especially with anyone who was educated in Denmark, where every school puts a premium on learning rhetorical skills and learning how to stake out a position and defend it. Whichever path you opt for, we hope that this supplement offers you the advice and information you need to make an informed decision

about one of the most important choices your family will make. schools tend to have long waiting lists and there’s a lot to prepare for, so our advice is to start planning now, well in advance of the start of the school year in august. Once you get the little darlings sorted, consider taking advantage of Denmark’s rich adult educational opportunities; this supplement includes plenty of programmes open to adult.

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Maintaining foundational values while meeting the needs of modern students By Ray Weaver

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nstitut Sankt Joseph has been educating children in Copenhagen since 1858. Throughout its long history, the school has seen many changes as it constantly evolves to meet the educational needs of an ever-changing world. The 2013 version of Institut Sankt Joseph is continuing the school’s mandate of maintaining its foundational values while meeting the needs of modern students. A private, Catholic school, Sankt Joseph’s is located in Copenhagen’s Østerbro district. The school’s campus has a large main building, an annex building for kindergarten and after-school clubs, a theatre and a large gymnasium. The school is directly across from

the US embassy, minutes from the heart of the city and the coast. The self-governing school’s primary aim is to develop accomplished, thoughtful and caring students who take their lives, responsibilities and choices seriously. “We focus on humanistic values and challenge our students to find out what it means to be human and, in the end, what it means to be themselves,” says school spokesperson Thomas Mulhern. To that end, the school has developed a set of guidelines that focus on the values each student will take away from their time at Sankt Joseph. Values-based instruction includes understanding the importance of community, a re-

Institut Sankt Joseph has come a long way since its founding as a French inspired all-girls school. Today, the school is rooted firmly in the Danish values of solidarity and community and the student body is an even mixture of boys and girls from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. The Catholic humanistic values that inspired the sisters to create the school over 150 years ago continue to inform the school’s heart as it heads toward its second century.

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spect and recognition of other cultures and religions, the desire to give back and to be polite and empathetic towards others. “We don’t believe that students should sacrifice politeness for the sake of modernity,” said Mulhern. Mulhern stressed that although Sankt Joseph is a Catholic school, the student body is diverse both religiously and ethnically. “Only 25 percent of our students are Cath-

olic,” he said. The rest are Protestant, Jewish, Muslim or have no religious affiliation.” The current student body is made up of students from 59 different countries with 33 different mother tongues. Currently all classes are taught in Danish, but the school expects to start a Cambridge international track, with English as the primary language of instruction, in August 2014. The first step toward that goal occurs this


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A Saudi student gains both knowledge and potential colleagues at Copenhagen Business School By Bjarke Smith-Meyer

The right education and the right connections


aisal Alamro wanted more than just a good education. Sure, he wanted a strong understanding of business, marketing and sustainability, but, perhaps more importantly, he wanted to broaden his international horizons. Alamro found what he was looking for at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). The CBS Master’s course in Business Administration (MBA) includes a wide range of international perspectives intertwined into the curriculum. “It’s amazing,” said Alamro, a 30-year-old from Saudi Arabia. “I now have friends and colleagues from Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Iceland and Greece. It is a great crowd with diverse and interesting backgrounds and cultures.” The course’s international make-up offers not only a diverse social environment, but it also ensures that academic debates include a vast array of differing opinions and theories. “You learn so much about people’s cultures in this course,” Alamro explained. “We recently

had a discussion about corporate incentives, and you wouldn’t believe the wide range of strategies that were put forward. Some focused on promoting good business practice, others on financial packages, while several highlighted the prestige of international recognition. There’s just no end to it.” Along with the attraction of the international flavour at CBS, the opportunity to learn more about the Scandinavian business model also drove Alamro to Copenhagen. “Business as a whole has really suffered through the crisis,” he said. “But during the global downturn in the economy, Scandinavian countries have really set themselves apart from the world thanks to their successful and longterm sustainable business models. And that’s something the whole world can learn from.” CBS’s focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) also appealed to Alamro, along with what he sees as the common ground that Scandinavian and Saudi businesses share in regard to corporate and social responsibility. “There seems to be a strong focus on human

values within the course,” Alamro said. “And it’s a social link that I think is very important. In Saudi Arabia, for example, we have many charities and have a strong consideration for social needs.” As much as Alamro is enjoying the student life in Copenhagen, he is also looking forward to putting his newly acquired skills into practice. “There are so many possibilities,” he explained. “A couple of friends and I have played with the idea of starting something up back home. But I would also love the chance to stay in Denmark if given the opportunity. I’d love to work for one of the big companies here like Maersk, Danske Bank or Nordea.” While Alamro admits he does miss the warmer weather in the Middle East, he insists he would strongly recommend CBS to any of his friends back home in Saudi Arabia. “Not only is Copenhagen an incredibly friendly and welcoming city,” Alamro said, “but the international networks I have built up during my time here will prove to be invaluable. To know that, wherever I end up in the world, I will have business contacts from all corners of the earth is just priceless.”

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The LEGO Foundation recently established the International School of Billund.The head of the school, Richard Matthews, talked to The Copenhagen Post about the school’s vision and hopes for the future.


By Jessica Hanley ow would you describe the school’s curriculum?

The curriculum is a combination of three elements: Danish learning traditions, International Baccalaureate (IB), and the creative approach of the LEGO group, which encourages students to think creatively, reason systematically, work collaboratively and engage respectfully. The idea behind the curriculum is that children will learn through inquiry, play and selfdiscovery. Teachers provide students with ‘guiding questions’, which encourage them to develop their own ideas and questions in an investigative and collaborative way. How does this differ from traditional learning methods?

We do not eschew traditional methods (which are many and varied!) but we focus more on giving students significant choices and challenges while increasing their skills. If a task is too dif-

ficult, the student makes no progress and gets frustrated. The key is to find tasks that are sufficiently challenging while avoiding frustration or boredom. We believe that the best people to find the right levels are the children themselves, and we want them to become so absorbed in their studies that their time at school will really fly! But it’s not just about playing, right?

Play is very important in the learning process, but yes, it is still a school! There will be times when academic studies might not seem like play, but we hope that more often than not students will be so engaged with their studies that school seems closer to play than work. We focus on themes that encourage students to look at the connections between traditional topics and the real world – and through those, they learn more about core subjects like mathematics or social studies. International education encourages global awareness, but starts with local thinking. We don’t just dive into learning about ancient Egypt, for example. The students first learn to understand their local history, and thus might find out about ancient travellers to and from Denmark. They would discover that the Vikings used to

The international school of Billund travel to the Mediterranean (a little-known fact!). It might seem a long-winded route, but the engagement and global understanding are greater. The teacher acts most often as the facilitator; a sort of ‘guide on the side’ rather than ‘sage on the stage’. We will also engage every member of the school community in the learning process. How so? Does that mean parents are involved in the development as well?

Absolutely. Parents and educators each see children from a different perspective. So we will be constantly feeding parents’ ideas into our development through brainstorming and workshops. Children’s own ideas will also be included in the development of our programmes.

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How do you envision that students will develop holistically from their education?

Mr. Richard Matthews, Head teacher We hope our students will become lifelong learners who will make a positive contribution to the world. We don’t just want them to succeed academically – we want each child to learn what it means to be a compassionate individual and have a positive impact on the world.


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n DEnMaRk “går alle på kursus” – everyone takes classes. life-long learning is one thing that makes Danes Danes, if you listen to popular opinion and the Education Ministry. the ministry’s Facts and Figures 2009 publication reports that over 30 percent of the population between the ages of 25 and 64 participated in educational activities – a percentage that outstrips all other Eu countries except sweden. sure enough, as soon as you move here and get a civil service number, you receive an invitation to attend adult education courses, namely Danish for foreigners. Taking classes is, in that sense, the first step towards integrating in Denmark. and it doesn’t take long before you begin to notice references to VuC, which stands for ‘voksenuddannelsescentre,’ or adult education centre in English, all over the place. adult education centres throughout Denmark offer preparatory courses for higher education and careers, as well as requisite, single-subject courses for entrance into specific education programmes. in addition, VuCs offer a variety of foreign language classes, as well as Danish for Foreigners. torben nielsen, who heads the Danish


for Foreigners language programme at VuF, Frederiksberg’s adult education centre, says the combination of professional and academic preparatory courses plus Danish for foreigners at VuF makes for a lively atmosphere of true integration. Danes and foreigners study side by side and newcomers can graduate from learning basic Danish to taking professional and academic courses, taught in Danish, all at the same school. that is something that sets VuF apart from schools that only offer Danish for foreigners, said nielsen. Just over 80 percent of VuF’s 4,000 students are taking courses to prepare for higher education or a career, while a little less than 20 percent are enrolled in Danish for foreigners. VuF offers the full spectrum of Danish courses for foreigners, from a study track for illiterate language-learners to a highly accelerated course for fast language-adapters and ‘module six’, the preparatory course for studieprøven, a test which gives foreigners access to higher education programs taught in Danish. those who want to develop business-oriented language skills in Danish can also take tailor-made courses at VuF on themes like business telephone conversations, letter and report writing, customer service, and developing ease and speed with the notoriously diffi-

cult number system. VuF’s study hall and language lab look out over a green, tree-framed quad. With highly-regarded schools such as Copenhagen Business school and the university of Copenhagen’s Faculty of life sciences just a stone’s throw away, the atmosphere at VuF is collegiate and international. in fact, more than 100 countries are represented in the student body. Chinese, Polish and German students are among the largest foreign groups at the school. VuF has a sophisticated program, developed in cooperation with the dyslexia research institute, Ordeblindeinstituttet, for identifying students with dyslexia, and supporting them with specialised tools and tutoring from welltrained dyslexia experts. Henning Engelbrecht Jensen, the head of VuF’s higher- and upper-preparatory study programmes (HF and stX) noted that since VuF’s special dyslexia programme was established four years ago, more dyslexic students are mastering their studies and succeeding with their education goals. Both VuF and Copenhagen’s adult education center, kVuC, also offer special course packages that prepare students for careers as healthcare assistants and for educations in nursing and teaching.

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Even the most conscientious student has to get out of the classroom once in awhile. Here is some valuable information on libraries, the internet and other leisure activities By Ray Weaver


ometimes taking a break from the classroom and getting outside is a good way to refresh a weary brain and stimulate new ideas. One of the best friends to new students in Denmark, or to anyone new to the country, is the public libraries. Public libraries in Denmark are free. Students can borrow books, music, DVDs and computer games, access the internet and read international newspapers. Perhaps more im-

Taking a ... portantly, local libraries are clearinghouses for all sorts of important public information. The librarians can also help find books and journals in other languages than Danish. If the material is not available at their library, they can often find it at another branch. “When I first came to Denmark from New York to study, I went to the library in Aarhus almost every day,” John Connelly, an advanced engineering student, told The Copenhagen Post. “It was a great comfort zone to have as I adjusted to living in a new place.” Many libraries also feature clubs for young

people, arrange exhibitions, screen films, organise children’s theatre performances and invite guest speakers. Others offer homework assistance for primary school students, language learning activities and other social events. For a free overview of the types of material available at public libraries, visit www. Getting Connected

Although most Danish educational institutions offer free internet access, students these

days seem to need to be plugged in all the time. Most residential student halls provide Internet access included as part of the monthly rent. However, internet may not always be offered to students subletting privately or sharing a flat. Many Danish internet providers are a bit lacking when it comes to providing information in English on how to connect to broadband services. Some do not even offer subscriptions if a customer doesn’t have a social security (CPR) number. Jakob Pedersen is the founder of Bredbå His site offers many options to

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break anyone looking to get a broadband connection. “We try to keep both the Danish and English guides up to date with the information you need when looking for internet connections in Denmark,” said Pedersen. “Our goal is to provide quality information in a non-technical, easy to understand fashion.” Clubs and associations

Another way for students to enjoy time out of the classroom and to get better acquainted with their Danish hosts is through clubs and associations. Danes love to socialise! Membership in clubs and associations in Denmark is among the highest in the world and there are plenty of activities to choose from within the arts, sport and culture. Many sporting facilities, including public swimming pools, offer special student rates. Workplaces also often hold social events and maintain their own sporting clubs. And all Danish towns and most urban neighbourhoods have community centres and culture centres crammed with year-round programs, festivals and events. For those of an altruistic nature, there

are a myriad of charitable organisations and interest groups of every kind and that champion worthy causes and help people in need. Get outside

Study after study proclaim Danes as the happiest people on the planet, due in no small part to their healthy work-life balance – work and play are equally important parts of everyday life. The great outdoors in Denmark vary from drifting sand dunes to rocky islands accessible on foot, by bike, kayak – even on horseback. Since most students will wind up in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg or another of the country’s larger cities, it is definitely a plus that they all offer a wide choice of cultural experiences – from heritage centres and arts festivals to some of Scandinavia’s largest and most popular theme parks. Danish cities also host many sports activities. And, of course, there is the legendary Scandinavian nightlife jammed clubs, music venues, bars, restaurants and open-air festivals. So get out, have some fun, and come back to the books refreshed and ready to learn.

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hen it comes to barriers to attracting highly skilled foreign labour to Denmark, businesses c o n s i s te n t ly point to two things: the nation’s high tax rate and its lack of international schools. Unable to do much about the first, many companies have begun to pledge their support for new schools that teach in English and follow internationally recognised teaching programmes. Commercial organisations like the Danish Chamber of Commerce applaud the trend, but at the same time, they point out that the national government should be doing more as well. “A lack of access to proper schooling is something that prevents foreign employees from coming here,” says Jannik Schack Linnemann, the Chamber’s head of education policy. “As the three biggest hurdles, schools are right up there with taxes and a bureaucracy that often only communicates in Danish.” According to Jan Rose Saksen of Copenhagen Business School, foreign workers are necessary to maintain corporate productivity. But keeping them here is a problem if the wellbeing of their families isn’t taken into account, he says. A recent study by the American Chamber of Commerce in Denmark (AmCham) found that Copenhagen alone needed space for an

additional 2,400 international students. Law changes implemented since that study was completed have made it possible for schools like the Copenhagen International School (CIS) to set up satellite campuses. Thanks to the establishment of a new CIS facility in the Østerbro area, the school has been able

to whittle down its waiting list – “for now at least”, says school admission officer Thomas M. Nielsen. “Still, there is a lot of interest in the school. For many, the school issue is decisive when deciding whether to choose to work in a country.” But even with the new CIS Østerbro campus and the establishment of international schools in Ikast, Aarhus and Kolding, AmCham Denmark executive director Stephen Brugger says more needs to be done. “More international schools would be a

boon for Denmark. Studies have shown that some of the foreigners who come here to work for Danish companies consider moving again if their children can’t enrol in schools that offer international programmes that are also recognised in other countries.” The new Aarhus Academy for Global Educa-

federation of Danish Industry to sit on the school’s board, admits that it is in the interest of companies like Vestas to support international schools. “It makes it easier for us to attract skilled foreigners, and then to keep them here,” she says.

A lack of access to proper schooling is something that prevents foreign employees from coming here tion recently opened its doors with a curriculum that is offered at 3,400 schools worldwide. The school’s chair, Karina Boldsen, is also head of human relations for Vestas. The windturbine manufacturer’s headquarters are in Aarhus, and according to Boldsen, partnering with the school makes it easier for companies in the eastern Jutland area to hire foreign employees. “The school makes it possible for Aarhus to offer international programmes from preschool through university,” Boldsen says. Boldsen, who was selected by the Con-

But according to the Confederation’s Charlotte Rønhof, schools are only part of the puzzle. Improved networking opportunities and lower taxes are also important. She also points out, though, that no matter why foreign workers come to Denmark, they benefit more than just individual companies. According to Confederation statistics, for every 1,000 highly skilled foreigners working in Denmark, 1.3 billion DKK in economic activity is generated – the same amount it takes 1,500 Danish workers to create.


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n tHEsE WWW times, more educational programmes are being offered as online courses – where the virtual classroom has replaced the traditional learning environment, where students meet at webinars instead of seminars, where the teacher–student relationship is maintained over skype, and where geographic location doesn’t matter. Danish courses are no exception to this trend. But before you log on to learn, there are a few things to consider. The social network

Motivation is one of several factors that can positively or negatively affect your languagelearning progress. if making new friends and acquaintances through your Danish course is something you consider a motivational factor, then a purely online course may not be the best choice. a regular course with other students, coffee breaks and social events hosted by the school will enhance your chances of establishing a network. and for many newcomers, doing this – making new friends in a new place – is the key to a good start in Denmark. another thing is the interaction between teacher and students in the classroom, which is just more personal

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when meeting in real life. it’s like starting a running routine – an obligation to turn up at a specific time and place is sometimes just the push you need to start! Flexibility – and some perseverance

if working long hours and travelling frequently make following a class with a fixed time schedule close to impossible, the world wide web offers viable alternatives. But before choosing online classes, you should consider your preferred learning style – do you like to work independently? are you self-disciplined enough to work on your own? are you more focused on learning Danish as fast as possible, rather than making friends in the classroom? if you can say ‘yes’ to these questions, then online courses will probably suit you. The flexibility of being able to choose any language school in the country is another advantage of online courses. You can choose the school that will offer the best course for your needs without having to consider the geographic location. online courses or blended learning?

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go with one where all the interaction with peers and teachers takes place in so-called ‘webinars’, making the course completely online. Others offer a basic course online, but supplement it with monthly seminars at the school with a focus on verbal proficiency and pronunciation. last but not least, you can also go for a language school that offers blended learning, a combination of regular, weekly classes with online resources. For many students, this presents the best of both worlds: a social network and the positive energy of meeting with your peers on a regular basis, and the chance to go online and revise and practice what you learned in class – at your own pace. some language schools offer online courses or blended learning as either an alternative or a supplement to more traditional language courses. and many of these courses are even free of charge, as they fall under a foreigner’s right to free language courses for up to three years. and now you can just log on and learn – enjoy! The author is a head of department and language teacher at CLAVIS, a private language school with more than 25 years of experience of teaching Danish to foreign nationals.

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tudents in Denmark are expected to play an active role in their own learning process. Apart from attending traditional lectures, students engage in project work and are encouraged to participate in open discussions with their teachers and fellow students. As a student in Denmark you will attend lectures, study independently and undertake projects – on your own and in groups of students. These projects will challenge you to think freely, to use your initiative and be creative. They will also give you experience in using new knowledge to solve complex realworld problems. In addition to project work, Danish professors often have experience as working

How teachers teach in Denmark professionals, offering students an invaluable practical perspective. Moreover, many Danish educational institutions are partnered with local companies and public organisations for research purposes, and many programmes offer students internships and thus work experience. A typical week of classes will consist of ten hours of tuition and around 30 hours of preparation, self-study and project work. This, however, varies depending on the type higher education institution. The on-going evaluation of your progress will take place through oral and written exams. The government website at is filled with useful information for any student considering studying in Denmark.

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Fact Niels Steensens Gymnasium Chinese classes for all students in the primary school and a Chinese study program in the high school Niels Steensens Gymnasium (NSG) is a private school with a primary and a high school section. Students are admitted from the 6th. class. NSG is part of a worldwide network of Jesuit-schools with more than 1 million students from universities, high schools and primary schools in more than 69 countries. All are characterized by catholic values, a high professional standard and the development of students to become reflecting individuals that take care of their fellow human beings. International activities The international dimension is an important part of the NSG profile. The students are exposed to the international dimension during education, but also by interacting with teachers and staff from many different countries. In addition, the students have diverse national, religious and cultural backgrounds.

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The students take part in study tours and are invited across classes to visit some of NSG’s partner schools in Germany and France. In addition, they can participate in two-week exchange programs at schools in Kentucky and Ohio during the 2nd year in high school.


Chinese culture is of special importance for NSG as a Jesuit school. The Jesuits were present early in China and made significant contributions to the exchange of science and culture between east and west. Inspired by this work, and in order to provide the students with optimal qualifications, everybody in primary school attend Chinese classes. We are proud to say, that our school is among the most experienced in Denmark in providing Chinese and that we are the Danish school with the highest number of students attending Chinese. The NSG high school section offers Chinese both at the basic and at the advanced level and additionally, in cooperation with the Confucius Institute at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) a course that includes Chinese A, social science A and mathematics B and an exchange program with The High School Affiliated with Renmin University in Beijing. Training and education take place in Danish. However, NSG has considerable experience in teaching students of non-Danish origin.

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Are you an international full degree student residing in the municipality of Copenhagen and pursuing a career in Denmark? Copenhagen Career Program is an initiative funded by the city council of Copenhagen. The purpose of Copenhagen Career Program is to improve the welcoming and retaining of highly skilled workers and students in Copenhagen. In the spring 2013 Copenhagen Career Program offers the following lectures to international full degree students residing in Copenhagen. The focus of the lectures is to help you gain insights in the Danish labour market and prepare you for job seeking in Denmark.

Jobsearching and Competencies Everybody tells you what to do to find your next job. You should search for a variety of jobs; send unsolicited applications and network, network, network. This is all true but how? It can be very difficult because it’s tricky to find both the positions and the right networks. Explaining your Competencies and Qualifications in the CV and applications is difficult. Examples of “Danish” CVs will be presented.

Thursday the 4th of April at 17 – 19.30 Lecturer: Niels Bertelsen, project coordinator, First Job in Denmark ( 

Business-Dances with Danes. Decoding Danish workplace culture DOs and DON’Ts in Denmark. The social norms, their backgrounds and practical suggestions on how to deal with them. “Cultural” hints & tips for job searches / applications / interviews to match the Danish style.

Wednesday the 17th of April at 17 pm – 20 pm Lecturer: Dagmar Fink, Worktrotter CEO & speaker (

 Applications and Job Interview Writing an application is a challenge for everybody, especially if you come from areas where the focus has been on the CV. We will talk about how to exemplify your qualifications in the applications. The job interview part can be very confusing for foreigners since a lot of interviews in Denmark appear to be quite different from what you might be used to. Different do’s and don’ts in the process will be discussed.

Monday the 29th of April at 17 – 19.30 Lecturer: Niels Bertelsen, project coordinator, First Job in Denmark ( 

Networking and Personal Branding with Linkedin How using LinkedIn for online networking and personal branding can benefit your job search (and how to actually do it!).

Monday the 6th of May at 17 – 19.15 Lecturer: Morten Vium, Speaker, Author and Blogger (

For registration go to: Participation is free of charge! Please notice that you will receive final confirmation by mail. We have 40 available seats for each lecture – first come, first served. Please notice that you need to be an international full degree student residing in the municipality of Copenhagen in order to register. The lectures take place in our new International House, Gyldenløvesgade 11, 1600 Copenhagen V.






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Across the nation, more and more schoolchildren are learning English earlier By Ray Weaver

Teaching English early gives kids a bilingual edge


cross the nation, more and more schoolchildren are learning English earlier. Language development is a major milestone for any child, and a growing number of children in Denmark are now tackling not only one, but two languages as early as kindergarten. The Ministry of Children and Education reports that since gaining permission to begin early English education in 2010, 45 public schools have added it to their curriculums. Several other municipalities allowed their schools to start teaching English to kindergarten-age children next last autumn, and many of the country’s private and independent schools have taught students English from their very first school day for the past five years. Research suggests that when very young children learn a second language, it increases listening ability, memory, creativity and critical thinking. Michael Graugaard, the headmaster of Gummerup School, agrees. His school has been teaching English in kindergarten for the past five years. “Students that get a head start in English have more linguistic awareness, and that helps them become better readers,” Graugaard told Jyllands-Posten newspaper. The education minister, Christine Antorini (Socialdemokraterne), is not completely onboard with the plan. She prefers the traditional method of having students wait and start English a bit later. “English education works fine when it is started in the third grade,” she told Jyllands-

Posten. “If a school wants to start earlier, that is up to them, but we do not want to make it compulsory.” Niels Egelund, a professor at Aarhus University and an expert in the Danish school system, disagreed with Antorini. He said that children are ready to learn a foreign language as early as age six. “It is a bit negative to suggest that children should wait until the third grade,” he said. “By the end of kindergarten, children have already learned many English words from video games and films.” Egelund believes if children start to absorb a language from an early age, it will be easier for them to learn and will help them develop critical-thinking skills. He added, however, that that teaching very young students requires a different approach and special materials. “It is absurd to think that one can just take old material from upper grades and use it in kindergarten. They need plenty of songs, games and rhymes.” A child’s ability to learn new languages is strongest between birth and age seven, and becomes much more difficult after puberty, according to research published in the journal Science. Younger children experience ‘sensitive periods’ related to cerebral cortex development, during which neural connections are more receptive to language learning influences. These unique periods of such sensitivity occur before a child reaches the third grade. Following puberty, learning a new language becomes harder. These findings add to an already considerable body of neuroscience research supporting the educational advantages of emphasizing early language learning. The research also shows that when children learn foreign language early, it improves their native language abilities.

Summer School 24th June - 5th July 2013 Looking for a fun and challenging summer for your children? The summer school at CIS is available for children aged 4 to 16. Early registration is advisable since places are limited. For the 4 to 8 age range there is a choice of activities selected from: • Pre-K • English Language Instruction • Art • Drama • Irish Dancing • Sport • Computers

For the age range 9 to 15 there is a choice of activities selected from: • English & Danish Language Instruction • Forensic Science • Art • Cheerleading • GeoCatching • Mountain Biking • Sailing & Kayaking • Computers • Fencing

The Summer School is also suitable for Danish children who would like to upgrade their English language skills. Please contact the school to receive further information and a registration form, or visit our website: and click on News Contact Details Kristjan Jespersen, Copenhagen International School Hellerupvej 22-26, 2900 Hellerup, Tel: 23 96 68 99 • Fax: 35 46 33 70 All emails should be sent to Hellerupvej 22-26 2900 Hellerup T +45 3946 3311

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Denmark is one of the best countries in the world for those with small children, with almost every aspect of society geared towards families. Yet this amount of choice can make decision making difficult – and day care is no exception By Jane Graham


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enmark has one of the most comprehensive childcare services in the world, with places for all children from the age of six months upwards. It’s government subsidised, so those on low incomes can apply for reduced rates, and even those on good salaries shouldn’t find themselves paying as much as in some countries. With such an all-encompassing programme, knowing just which institution is right for you and your child can be confusing. Basically, the Danish childcare system breaks it down into two age groups: the youngest child, from six months up to three years (some councils, Copenhagen included, make the transition at two years and ten months) and the slightly older child, from three up to school age (this is less rigid here than in many countries, varying from five years-old to seven, dependent on a child’s readiness for school). Babies and toddlers can go either to a nursery (vuggestue) or to a registered childminder (dagpleje). Here, children are cared for on a staff-child ration of four children to one childcare worker. According to Danish principles of childcare extolling the virtues of fresh air, the children are laid outside in prams for their midday nap. Older children, meanwhile, attend kindergarten (børnehave). Even here, however, the possibilities appear endless. Here are some of the main options: • Udflytterbørnehave – Copenhagen has more than fifty of these ‘outlying kindergartens’, where children meet at premises in their local area and are driven out to an institution with large grounds and close to fields, woodland or beach. Some will attend the outlying kindergarten only, while

other institutions alternate between countryside kindergarten and the one in the city. Kindergarten with its own bus – Many institutions have their own bus, called a ‘rumlepot’, which they can use to drive out of the city to parks, woodland and other recreational areas. Most institutions will alternate which ‘rooms’ in the kindergarten use the bus each day, and trips will generally be once or twice a week. Integrated institutions – Larger institutions, where younger kids and kindergarten-age are cared for in the same building, although usually in different rooms. Institutions with extended opening times – these kindergartens are reserved for those who work odd shifts, and are often based in hospitals. Some are open at weekends, while others offer late-night opening.

Naturbørnehave – Outside of central Copenhagen, nurseries with larger grounds, access to green areas and policies promoting outdoor activities are known as ‘nature kindergartens’.

Privately-run institutions – Of these, Rudolf Steiner kindergartens are the most common. The Rudolf Steiner movement is popular throughout Denmark, with over 25 Rudolf Steiner kindergartens in the Greater Copenhagen alone.

Whatever option you go with, we highly recommend you visit a place before signing up for its waiting list. Ring first, and they’ll be happy to see you. A list of council-run childcare institutions (and even information on private ones) can be found from your local council. For those in Copenhagen, this is at Pladsanvisningen, located on the third floor at Frederiksborggade 15 or virtually at (English pages are available under ‘Living in Copenhagen’: Childcare & School.’ Note that many institutions have long waiting lists. It varies from council to council

and try to restrict the amount of sugar children consume, you’ll more than likely be expected to take a lunch box for all children over three. There was a government initiative to offer cooked meals for all children in institutions throughout 2010, but it proved less popular than expected. No matter what kind of provision you opt for, one philosophy runs through the entire Danish childcare system, and that is to teach children independence and self-reliance from the very start. To many, this can seem like a very free-floating curriculum, but the sight of a group of twenty Danish four year-olds armed with backpacks for a two-mile hike into the woods is something to behold. The downside of this complete day care package is that parents who choose to stay at home with their toddlers may find it hard to join a playgroup. Mothers’ groups, set up with the help of municipal health visitors shortly after a baby is born, tend to

The sight of twenty Danish fouryear-olds on a two-mile hike is something to behold whether you’ll have to wait for your first choice or if you are offered a guaranteed place when one first becomes available, wherever that might be. While most nurseries have policies on diet

break up after about nine months as the mums’ maternity leave draws to a close and the group drifts back to work. In fact, almost all the playgroups in and around Copenhagen survive thanks to the enthusiasm of expat mothers.

Ladies International Network København (LINK) run two playgroups: Bumps & Babies for children up to 18 months (every Monday from 10-12) and Mums & Tots (every Wednesday from 10-12) for slightly older kids. While both groups are held publicly at Hellerup Church, Margrethevej 9b in Hellerup, the playgroups are run by and for LINK members, and non-members are asked to join after three sessions. The price for nonmembers is 40 DKK. More information is available at



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List of international and private schools throughout Denmark PrEschools Children’s Garden International Preschool Bernstorffsvej 75, 2900 Hellerup (+45) 73 75 29 00 Sunrise International Preschool Norgemindevej 32, 2900 Hellerup (+45) 35 43 23 17 Stepping Stones Pre-school Bernstorffsvej 230, 2920 Charlottenlund (+45) 35 12 33 30 The Little Montessori School Lundtoftevej 97, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby (+45) 45 93 52 95 Montessori International Preschool Valby Søndermarksvej 13, 2500 Valby (+45) 25 36 48 73

Primary & lower secondary schools (Note that most international schools in Denmark follow the Cambridge Certificate of Education at primary and lower secondary level and the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme at higher secondary level.) Copenhagen & Frederiksberg Bjørn’s International School Gartnerivej 5, 2100 Copenhagen Ø (+45) 39 29 29 37 Østerbro International School Præstøgade 17, 2100 Copenhagen Ø (+45) 70 20 63 68 Copenhagen Euroschool (education in Danish as well as English) Gl. Kongevej 15C, 1610 Copenhagen V (+45) 33 25 22 48 Institut Sankt Joseph Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 17, 2100 Copenhagen Ø (+45) 35 38 47 35 Prins Henrik Skolen (Lycée Français) Frederiksberg Alle 22A, 1820 Frederiksberg C (+45) 33 21 20 48 Sankt Petri Skole (German) Larslejsstræde 5, 1451 Copenhagen K (+45) 33 13 04 62 Øresunds Internationale Skole Engvej 153, 2300 Copenhagen S (+45) 32 59 80 02 Greater Copenhagen Bernadotteskolen Hellerupvej 11, 2900 Hellerup (+45) 39 62 12 15 Copenhagen International School Hellerupvej 22-26, 2900 Hellerup & Stockholmsgade 59, 2100 Copenhagen Ø (+45) 39 46 33 00

Rygaards Skole (International as well as Danish departments) Bernstorffsvej 54, 2900 Hellerup (+45) 39 62 10 53 NGG International School Christianshusvej 16, 2970 Hørsholm (+45) 45 57 26 16 Zealand Herlufsholm Skole (Danish private school with many international students) Herlufsholm Alle 170, 4700 Næstved (+45) 55 75 35 00 Skt. Josefs Skole, Roskilde (Danish Catholic School with a new international department) Frederiksborgvej 10, 4000 Roskilde (+45) 46 35 25 26 Køge Privat Realskole Ølby Center 50, 4600 Køge (+45) 56 63 63 93 Funen Henriette Hørlücks School (Education in Danish and English, also teaches German and French) Slotsvænget 1-3 & 4, 5000 Odense C (+45) 66 11 81 59 Jutland The International School of Billund Skolevej 24, 7190 Billund The Cosmo – International School of Southern Denmark Sct. Jørgens Gård, Hospitalsgade 4, 6000 Kolding (+45) 20 52 05 49 Esbjerg International School Guldager Skolevej 4, 6710 Esbjerg V (+45) 76 10 53 99 International School of Aarhus (ISAa) Engtoften 22, 8260 Viby J (+45) 86 11 45 60 Aarhus Academy for Global Education (runs from preschool up to 10th grade) Bushøjvænget 133, 8270 Højbjerg (+45) 86 72 60 60 Sønderborg International School (formerly International School of Als) Grundtvigs Alle 88, 6400 Sønderborg (+45) 74 43 01 10 International School Ikast-Brande Kongevejen 39, 7430 Ikast (+45) 97 15 64 65 Skipper Clement International School (International Dept) Gammel Kærvej 28-30, 9000 Aalborg (+45) 98 12 11 88 Viborg Private Realskole’s International Department Trekronervej 10-14, 8800 Viborg (+45) 86 62 08 88

Upper secondary schools/ high schools Greater Copenhagen Area Birkerød Gymnasium, HF & IB (Danish as well as international school) Søndervangen 56, 3460 Birkerød (+45) 45 16 82 20

Zealand Copenhagen University College of Engineering (Ingeniørhøjskolen i København) Lautrupvang 15 2750 Ballerup (+45) 44 80 50 88

Copenhagen International School Hellerupvej 22-26, 2900 Hellerup & Stockholmsgade 59, 2100 Copenhagen Ø (+45) 39 46 33 00

DTU – Technical University of Denmark Anker Engelundsvej 1 Building 101A 2800 Lyngby (+45) 45 25 25 25

Nørre Gymnasium (Danish school offering International Baccalaureate Programme) Mørkhøjvej 78, 2700 Bronshøj (+45) 44 94 27 22

Roskilde University Universitetsvej 1 P.O. Box 260 4000 Roskilde (+45) 46 74 20 00

Prins Henrik Skolen (Lycée Français) Frederiksberg Alle 22A, 1820 Frederiksberg C (+45) 33 21 20 48


Sankt Petri Skole (German) Larslejsstræde 5, 1451 Copenhagen K (+45) 33 13 04 62 Zealand Herlufsholm Skole Herlufsholm Alle 170, 4700 Næstved (+45) 55 75 35 00 Funen Nyborg Gymnasium Skolebakken 13, 5800 Nyborg (+45) 65 31 02 17 Jutland Grenaa Gymnasium & IB World School N.P. Josiassensvej 21, 8500 Grenaa (+45) 87 58 40 59 Hasseris Gymnasium & IB World School Hasserisvej 300, Oostboks 70, 9100 Aalborg (+45) 96 32 71 10 Kolding Gymnasium Skovvangen 10, 6000 Kolding (+45) 76 33 96 00 Struer Statsgymnasium Jyllandsgade 2, 7600 Struer (+45) 97 85 43 00

Universities Copenhagen Copenhagen Business School Solbjerg Plads 3 2000 Frederiksberg (+45) 38 15 38 15 IT University of Copenhagen Rued Langgaards Vej 7 2300 København S (+45) 72 18 50 00 University of Copenhagen Nørregade 10 1165 Copenhagen K (+45) 35 32 26 26

University of Southern Denmark Campusvej 55 5230 Odense M (+45) 65 50 10 90 Jutland Danish School of Media and Journalism (Danmarks Medie og Journalisthøjskole) Olof Palmes Allé 11 8200 Århus N (+45) 89 44 04 40 Engineering College of Århus (Ingeniørhøjskolen i Århus) Dalgas Avenue 2 8000 Århus C (+45) 41 89 30 00 Aalborg University Fredrik Bajers Vej 5 Postboks 159 9100 Aalborg (+45) 99 40 99 40 Aarhus School of Business (Handelshøjskolen i Aarhus) Fuglesangs Allé 4 8210 Aarhus V (+45) 87 16 40 00 Aarhus University Nordre Ringgade 1 8000 Aarhus C (+45) 87 15 00 00 All institutions of higher education in Denmark use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), which facilitates international credit transfer. Student housing Room or one-room flat in a residence hall (kollegium) Price: 1,400-5,000 DKK per month Privately rented room in a house or a flat Price: 2,500-5,000 DKK per month Privately rented flat Price: varies considerably Student grants Students living with their parents: 2,815 DKK per month Students living on their own: 5,662 DKK per month Both categories of students can take further state loans of 2,897 DKK per month (Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and other international institutions, particularly preschools, may exist.)


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Student iZone put information, offers and events all in one place. The original site focused on Sønderborg, but early this year, the developers started working with an advertising agency that helped them enlarge Student iZone into a new, expandable platform that allows them to include information from all of Denmark’s major cities. Where to eat, what’s on at the cinema, career advice, the hot clubs and cafes ... it’s all there. They hope to continue to develop and expand the site so that students always have a single place to find information about what is happening where they are living and studying, and they encourage students to get in touch and add their own input and information.

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