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CONTACT INFORMATION If you have questions about the University of Southern Denmark, find updated and relevant contact data at or call +45 6550 1000



Universitetsparken 1, 6000 Kolding, Denmark



Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M, Denmark (Main campus)

Niels Bohrs Vej 9-10, 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark

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Sønderborg Alsion 2, 6400 Sønderborg, Denmark

Slagelse Sdr. Stationsvej 28, 4200 Slagelse, Denmark

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The University of Southern Denmark is a modern institution offering education and research at the highest level. Every day more than 2,000 researchers and 30,000 students build on the university’s reputation as a centre of academic excellence

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“I was greeted at the train station and brought to my apartment. That was an awesome introduction!“ – Derek from Canada

A Multi-Campus University

As a multi-campus university, there are several locations around the country. The largest campus is located in Odense. The remaining four campuses lie in Kolding, Esbjerg, Sønderborg, and Slagelse. The University of Southern Denmark has over 27,000 students across its five campuses. With over 5,400 of these students coming from outside Denmark, there is a rich and vibrant international environment. With over 70 full-time study programmes taught in English, graduates of the University of Southern Denmark are now members of virtually every profession in the international community. More than 500 exchange agreements exist with partner institutions around the world, meaning that we are a truly global university.

Benefit from a global approach

The University is committed to thinking and acting internationally at all levels. We have strong ties with business, both locally and globally. This opens doors for many of our graduates.

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Work together

Group work is a component of many programmes, and is valuable training for the workplace. By improving your communication in multicultural and multidisciplinary settings, you will develop key skills for your future career. You are encouraged to think independently, and class sizes are usually small, which enables participation and discussion with your teachers and fellow students.

Equip yourself

You will have high-tech facilities and the university’s international network of businesses, institutions, and researchers at your disposal. Whether you want to gain work experience or conduct research, the university can help you get in touch with the right people.

Enjoy support

You will probably have many questions, both before and after arriving at the university. You can seek advice and support from SDU International, which has eleven permanent staff members. Before you arrive, staff can help with issues such as the application process, language requirements, and enquiries about the cost of living in Denmark. After you arrive, staff will ensure you can access the right information and find your way around.

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Independent learing

Our study programmes encourage students to take on an active role in their education. Under guidance from a supervisor, students often choose their own project work topics, and decide how to explore the subject. Such project work allows students to develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Students also learn how to search for, and how to process information. Normally conducted in small groups, project work offers students valuable experience in teamwork, communication, and project planning. These skills are highly valued in today’s workplace, where small teams are often required to work t

Get accredited

Course workloads are measured using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) system, which ensures that your education is more easily recognised across Europe. One semester is equal to 30 ECTS credits. Modules taken at Master level often count as 10-15 ECTS credits (i.e. a third to one half of a semester).

Enjoy quality in education

World-class resources and dynamic teaching at the University of Southern Denmark enable you to get the best out of studying abroad. Whether you are learning a new language, or researching science, the university puts the tools you need at your disposal.

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Challenge yourself

By getting involved in the University of Southern Denmark’s many extracurricular activities, you will enrich your experience abroad, settle in fast, and make friendships that last a lifetime.

First-class resources

E-learning and state-of-the-art laboratories offer a vibrant learning environment where innovation and tradition go hand in hand.

Extensive contacts

Researchers and students work directly with industry and business thanks to the University’s extensive regional, national and international networks.

Contribute to world class research

Research is about making a difference to the world. As an international student, you will have the opportunity to engage in research at a high academic level with cutting-edge resources at your disposal. The University of Southern Denmark’s reputation is built on expertise in areas such as biotechnology, stem cell research, robotics, political science, management, literature, and history. Discover how your research can make a difference.Learn hands-on Our high-tech laboratories enable you to put your knowledge to the test!

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”You may have been told that Danes are reserved. If so, you will probably be surprised at the informal tone that is so natural for Danes, even in educational situations”

Work with the best

The University has several centres of excellence, chosen for pioneering research at national and international levels.

New adventures

Participate in clubs and societies

From badminton and swimming, to cinema and literature, the university will have a club or society to interest you.

Foreign cultures, interacting with people that do not speak your language, soaking up new experiences in a different country, learning how to live with other people in the same house - all this will definitely be a part of your new and adventurous life!

Experience student life

Join the Erasmus Student Network

Academic activity in Denmark is an egalitarian dialogue between student and teacher, participating in a mutual exchange of knowledge and ideas. Contemporary teaching tools are used to shape a dynamic and world-class learning environment which extends beyond the classroom.

Open to all international students, ESN offers activities several times a week, from sightseeing to skating. The club also pairs exchange students with current students who meet you on arrival, take you to your accommodation, and help with practicalities. Many international students stay friends with their student buddy long after their programme has ended.

Cultural connections

The international café takes place every Monday, and is an opportunity for you to get a taste of food and culture from around the world.

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By living with other students, you will be part of a lively community where local and international students socialise regularly.

World class learning environment

Ask our international students

87% of international students have described their entire stay as ‘very good’ or “good”. 87% described the university as ‘internationally orientated’. 78% described the study environment as ‘good’, or ‘very good’.

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TOP 2 %

of universities globally

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Student Life The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the biggest student associations in Europe. ESN is not just for European students, but for all international students. The main branch of ESN in Denmark is located at our main campus in Odense. It is run by both local and international student volunteers, who work to enrich the exchange student experience by: • O  rganising events, trips, and activities for students. This includes many parties throughout the year, discounted trips to neighbouring cities, where over 2000 students are on a cruise ship in the Baltic Sea.

If you like Icelandic sagas, Finnish saunas, new Swedish rock, or the mountains of northern Norway, the Association of Nordic Youth may be for you. The association works to promote language and cultural under­standing across borders.

• T  he Buddy program, where SDU students are paired with incoming students to hand over accommodation keys, to help them get settled in, and to show where all the best bars in town are.


 romoting mobility and cultural exchange • P among local students. Involving international students in the •  local community by organising charitable, environmental, and educational activities.

Student life can include politics

While a student, you can get involved in political organisations, such as the Social Democratic Students and the Conservative Students at the University of Southern Denmark.

Professional and social networks

Most sports are catered for in Odense, and you can join many sports clubs throughout the university. Along with the swimming pool, playing fields and sports halls, 2014 saw the opening of an award-winning new running track and gym at the Odense campus.


Every Friday, the campus ‘Friday Bar’ opens its doors at around 14:00. The staff are student volunteers, and there will be live music and special events throughout the semester. The biggest party of the year is the Semesterstartfest. This is where the entire university turns into a nightclub to celebrate the start of the new semester. Over 3,000 students attend, and many of the top musicians in Denmark turn up, making it a night to remember.

You can also join social networks together with other young people, for example Rotaract, which is independent from political, religious, and financial interests.

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The Campus in Odense is situated just fifteen minutes from the city centre by bicycle. Frequent bus services mean that you can travel easily throughout the town. The buildings are constantly redeveloped to complement the university’s growth. Campus Odense is the biggest campuses with over 12,500 students within the five faculties of Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Business and Social Sciences, and Humanities, offering over 50 basic courses and an even greater number of degree courses. Modern facilities such as reading rooms, laboratories, an indoor swimming pool, computer rooms, lecture theatres, a bar, cafés, libraries, meeting places and cosy areas help to make your life at Campus Odense be more than just an experience of a place learning environment. However, you will still find yourself embarking on a life where a whole new world of knowledge opens up before you.

Wide horizons

“I am very happy to be here. In fact, I regret not making this decision earlier” Kostas from Greece

And open minds... Campus Odense has a high level of professionalism and a vibrant study environment. Almost all students are gathered under one roof, and this means that you will meet lots of different students from various courses every day. You will be able to socialise and extend both your knowledge and your circle of friends.

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When you come to Odense, you will arrive at the campus square, where you will find the Starbucks café, Studenterboghandlen (the university bookshop), and several peaceful reading rooms. Moving further down along “Gydehutten” – the main corridor on campus – you will see seating and open areas, the University canteen, relaxation areas, footbridges and narrow passages. You can read, undisturbed, in the study zones in a peaceful area. Some way down Gydehutten you will find the newly refurbished Syddansk Universitets-bibliotek (SDU university library) where you will find textbooks and journals galore.

Student life

Campus Odense offers a varied study life with opportunities for masses of social and studyrelated experiences. If, for example, you want to see some qual-ity films in the university’s own cinema, you can join Filmklubben (the university film club). Club members watch a new film every week free of charge.

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SØNDERBORG The visionary architectural complex - Alsion - is beautifully situated overlooking Alssund, the inlet that separates Sønderborg from the mainland.

An extensive range of advanced international study programmes is offered at Alsion. The campus is home to some 1,000 students and offers an international study environment, as the only teaching language is English. Many international students choose to study at the University in Sønderborg, and the University’s link with Flensburg University in Germany means that many students divide their study between Denmark and Germany. Danish and foreign students, lecturers, and researchers are able to realise their dreams in an exceptionally unique architectural framework. The university provides state-of-the-art laboratory and teaching facilities ensuring optimum conditions for researchers and engineering students. At the same time, the ­research park provides a particularly innovative and international research environment with

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strong focus on close cooperation and interaction with Useful the business knowledge community. Many cafés offer 10-15% Sønderborg discounts to students. has 700 square Just show your student metres of stateID card. of-the-art clean room facilities. The Bitten & Mads Clausen Foundation associated with Danfoss donated more than 3 million Euros for the design and layout in order to promote high-tech research in micro-electronics and nanotechnology. You can always relax at the Campus Bar Cafe, where fun events are organised every Friday.

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Campus Slagelse is characterised by the close and fruitful cooperation with local businesses and organisations.

The recently renovated campus stands out as an elegant combination of urban space blended with an educational institution. Campus Slagelse strives to cultivate an environment of connections, fostered by its many activities that bridge between the city’s students, citizens, researchers, entrepreneurs, and business community.

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This brand new campus opened in September 2014. The University of Southern Denmark in Kolding is a fantastic piece of modern architecture. It is situated near the city centre. The atmosphere is intimate, and it is practically impossible to get lost in the crowd. Nevertheless, it is the city’s biggest educational institution, with around 2,000 students receiving education within the two main ­ areas of Business and Social Sciences, and Humanities. The University of Southern Denmark Kolding is characterised by close cooperation across academia, and a strong collaboration with business and industry. The university assigns a high priority to the opportunity for the students to build and tailor their own education. The main programmes taught here are within the spheres of entrepreneurship, communication, design, culture studies, and language.

Social life

The campus Friday Bar is called CafĂŠ U-boat, and it is open every Friday until the final guests go home! The U-boat is a great meeting place on campus and is available for a number of functions such as football nights. At Studenterhuset Klostergaarden, students from any higher education institution in Kolding gather to talk, listen to music and have fun. You will find that your fellow students are more than happy to join in with the student social activities here!

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Student politics

The Kolding Student Council is a nonpolitical student organisation for all students at the University of Southern Denmark in Kolding, where you will have an opportunity to influence the study environment, and all initiatives are considered constructive.

The Building

Students are greeted with a sprawling atrium space, warmed by wooden materials and coluor throughout. Students can meet friends or teachers in this informal area. Going up the staircase, you will find big cosy sofa pods for reading or chilling out with friends. Besides this, there are green terraces and a clean, modern feel to the glass meeting rooms. This building is a signature statement reflecting the interplay of creativity and learning. Architecture, art, education and creativity all merge to form a vibrant and energetic campus which promotes dis-covery and thinking out of the box.

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Campus Esbjerg is situated ten minutes from the city centre by bike. The modern buildings provide for about 1,300 students studying public health, environmental and resource management, sports and event management, business economics and cultural sociology. Campus Esbjerg offers highly specialised research environments, inspiring places to connect, and a fine atmosphere for learning. There is space here for differences spanning disciplines, interests and backgrounds to come together, and new thinking, ideas and interplay to emerge. At Campus Esbjerg, you are not merely a number in the sequence. Everybody knows you, and we are all on friendly terms. You will therefore quickly come to know your fellow students and lecturers. You can meet other students in our “Beach Bar”, the popular Thursday bar. The activity room next to the bar offers table tennis, pool and video game consoles and table football. You have influence on the study environment, and all initiatives are received in a positive way. You will find that your fellow students are happy to join in student social activities. The Student Council is your voice on campus. The council deals with all matters of educational policy, has a tutoring scheme, and arranges various courses. The Students’ Sports Club offers foot-ball, hockey (floorball), basketball, badminton and table tennis. SDU sport in Esbjerg offers different sport activities see www.sduidræ

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Campus life

There is an intimate study environment, which is to create the context for an optimal contact between teachers and students. The lectures take place in small groups, making it easier to ask questions. You come quickly in close contact with fellow students and find it easy to find older students to share and discuss new impressions. Although SDU Esbjerg is a small campus, it is a highly professional environment, and the facilities are excellent. At SDU in Esbjerg, there are specific and unique opportunities to combine the theoretical knowledge with the practical uses in the business community that cooperates closely with SDU.

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Survival Guide Do they? Why? Can I? How?

On the following pages you will find practical information, and some tips and tricks...

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Velkommen... This guide is written for prospective international students, and we are ­delighted to introduce to you the University of Southern Denmark - more commonly known as Syddansk Universitet (SDU). University is one of the most life-changing, academically-rewarding and enjoyable times in life. At SDU, 1 in 5 students are not from Denmark. International students play a crucial role in enriching the university experience for every student, by bringing different views, cultures, and perspectives. As students or recent graduates of SDU ourselves, we know that you will have many questions before you leave home, and the aim of this guide is to answer as many of them as possible. Living and studying in Denmark is a very exciting time but it can also be a challenging time. Here you will find useful information about studying at the university, but also about living in Denmark, its culture and customs. By choosing SDU, you will become part of a dynamic and modern University with a worldclass academic reputation. SDU is recognised for its excellence in research, and is among the top 2% of universities globally. We believe you will find student life to be busy, intellectually stimulating, and full of memorable experiences. Both SDU and Denmark have much to offer. Denmark is famous for its high quality of life, beautiful countryside, friendly people, and cosy atmosphere. The university does everything it can to make international students feel welcome. You can find help from us during the application process, as well as before and after your arrival. This guide is just one of the many resources available to you. More information about the University and the programme descriptions can be found on the website If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SDU International. We hope that we can help guide you throughout your application to the University of Southern Denmark. This is a decision we guarantee you’ll not regret!

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“I definitely encourage everyone that is in doubt or feels afraid to leave their home country. It is a tremendous experience, a chance to become very openminded, to grow as a personality and get onestep closer to where you imagine yourself in the future.” Mingle from Lithuania

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Become an

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT Education should not be restricted to the classroom! Life experiences and personal development are just as important as passing your exams on the road to success. Combine all these by studying abroad. See the world, make new friends, and broaden your horizons. Stand out and get a life’s-worth of experience alongside your education. What are you waiting for?! New perspectives

We welcome your perspective!

Home away from home

Enjoy support

You will meet new people from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds. You will make friends for life, and build an international network of contacts, which you can use in the future. You will learn to cope with unfamiliar situations and learn a lot about yourself. In a world with social media, it is easy to keep in touch with home. Being abroad shouldn’t change anything, and friends and family will be excited about your new experiences. Every other international student is in the same position as you, so you will share new experiences, and form bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Nothing to lose, everything to gain

Home will always be there, no matter how far you roam. But when you return, you will be different. You will have gained so much more than just an education.

Equip yourself

By being an international student, you will equip yourself with a range of skills and experiences that will increase your employability. You will improve your ability for both individual and group work, while gaining a much sought-after amount of international experience.

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Studying in Denmark is all about you – pushing boundaries, applying critical thinking, working with others, and being creative. We invite you to study in Denmark - to be inspired and to gain an excellent foundation for your future career. You will have many questions before and after arriving at the University. You can seek advice and find support from SDU International, which has eleven permanent staff members. Before you arrive, staff can help with issues such as the application process, language requirements and the cost of living in Denmark. After you arrive, staff ensure you can access the right information and find your way around.

Explore Europe

You can travel while studying in Denmark - a modern country steeped in tradition. The nation has a vibrant city life and cultural scene. And, as Scandinavia’s gateway to Europe, Denmark is close to historical cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Oslo, and Paris.

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Good to know ABOUT DENMARK

Ideally placed as Scandinavia’s gateway to Europe, Denmark is a kingdom of thriving cities and idyllic landscapes, and an innovative society with a green lifestyle.


5627235 (2014) Capital: Copenhagen / the most livable city in the world 1246611 (2014)

Other major cities

Århus 259754, Odense 172512, Aalborg 109092 (2014) Language: Danish


Denmark is a small country, consisting of 406 islands and has 7314 km of coastline. The Danneborg - Denmark’s national flag - is the oldest national flag in the world in continous use. Country dialing code: +45


Danish Kroner, DKK 1 Krone = 100 Øre (1 EUR = 7.5 DKK)


UN, OECD, EU (since 1973), NATO, Schengen, OSCE, IMF, WTO, and others

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The Kingdom OF DENMARK

According to the 2015 Global Peace Index, Denmark is one of the most ­peaceful nations in the world to reside in - ranking second behind Iceland. Time and time again, the Danes have routinely come out on top of The World Happiness Index.

The Kingdom of Denmark

The country has a high degree of redistribution, which is facilitated by the tax system, resulting The Kingdom of Denmark includes two in there being in a relatively small gap between autonomous countries in the North Atlantic the rich and the poor. Ocean: the Faroe Islands, and Greenland. On its own, Denmark is a small country, with a population of 6 million, and nowhere A safe country in Denmark is more than 50 km from the sea. People who have visited Denmark often Just a few kilometres from Denmark’s major emphasize how safe the country feels. cities of Odense and Copenhagen, you will Children walk to school on their own, and even find idyllic villages and pristine the Queen can be seen doing her woodlands and lakes. own shopping with a minimum Denmark’s location makes it of security. The statistics confirm “There is a unique a gateway to other Scandinavian this image of Denmark, as the atmosphere here countries and the rest of Europe. country has one of the lowest that we like to Berlin is just an hour’s flight away, crime rates in the world. call “hygge” and London and Paris can be - once you Health and Cycling reached in less than two hours. experience it for Everyone has a bike here, and Barcelona, Rome, Vienna, and yourself, we know they are used for almost every Prague are all just a few hours you’ll love it” trip! It helps that the country is flight away. breathtakingly flat, so there are no Having the oldest continuous hills to climb. Danes are also big fans of having Monarchy in the World, Denmark is steeped a balanced diet, and organic products are in history. It is also famous for modern design, often at top of the list when it comes to food such as that of Georg Jensen, and Pandora. priorities. Several major global companies are based in Denmark, such as Mærsk, Bang and Olufsen, Workplace culture and LEGO. A flat hierarchy and open dialogue between Welfare State management and employees is characteristic Denmark is a highly advanced welfare state, in the workplace. Many workplaces regularly characterised by universal healthcare, free offer continuing education to their employees. education, and social security for all citizens.

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Foreign national workers usually express a Equality high level of satisfaction with the leisure and Freedom of expression and equality for all are cultural opportunities in Denmark. part of the Danish philosophy. In 2014, Denmark Denmark stands as one of the world leaders had the fourth highest level of gender equality in in different fields of industry – agricultural the world. goods, furniture and clothing, interior design, sea freight, wind turbines, medicine and Academic culture assistive medical technologies, IT, equipment The relationship between student and teacher for automatic cooling and heating, and highly in Denmark is quite informal. Both students sensitive measurement instrumentation. and teachers like to consider one another Denmark is recognized for its high equals. You are always encouraged to ask quality research in areas such as questions, both inside and outside biotechnology, food, and environ­ of the classroom, and to express mental science. The country is your opinion on themes discussed “The more time I internationally focussed, and during the courses. The informal plays an active role in global busi­ spend outside of my atmosphere does not mean ness and politics. Denmark is a “comfort zone” the that an overly-relaxed attitude more I learn and member of both the EU and the towards one’s studies is taken. On UN, and is influential as a member develop personally.” the contrary - the independent Arne from Germany. nature of university studies in in both organisations. Denmark requires students to Hygge show initiative and to take responsibility in the The closest translation of hygge is cosiness, planning of their studies, and to keep to their but it is so much more than that, and has to own schedules. be experienced. It could be time spent in good Students are expected to be able to analyse company, enjoying nice food, drinks, and good and discuss material, both in class, in group work, humour. It is a very important aspect of the and in the final examination. Most programmes Danish mentality. make use of both oral and written exams.

Why study in Denmark? The emphasis is on practice rather than theory. Innovation is encouraged.

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Good career prospects.

Direct contact with potential employers.

International and dynamic environment.

Friendly atmosphere between students and teachers – no hierarchy.

Over 600 programmes taught in English. It’s free for EU citizens!

An innovative educational system of high international quality. One of the best education systems in the World.

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A Safe Country Denmark is one of the safest countries in the World. The Danish way of life is based on mutual trust and tolerance. Arrival

For many full-degree students and exchange students, you will be greeted by your Buddy when you first arrive at your campus city. This person is a current SDU student, and they will give you the keys to your apartment if you decide to use the university accommodation. You may also receive a welcome package with some food, kitchen utensils, bedsheets, and gadgets! Your Buddy can answer any specific questions you have about the town.


Bicycles are the most common form of transport in Denmark, so in most towns there are bicycle lanes. When you are interested in buying a bike you either buy a new one, or a second-hand bike from one of many local bike dealers, or from other students through Facebook page.


For transportation within the city, most of the students prefer a bicycle, however you can still reach most destinations by bus. Visit www. to get more information concerning timetables, routes, and price. Be aware that you can get a discount if you by in bulk, and that your train ticket often also allows you to use the city buses on the same day for free.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Denmark is similar to that of other northern European countries. You should estimate spending between 600 and 700 euro monthly. A typical monthly rent for a room in a flat is about 300 euro. You also need to consider the cost of books and other

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teaching materials, transport, and going out. Here are a few examples to illustrate the prices in Denmak: 1 litre of milk = 1€ 1 kilo of pasta = 1€ Beer at a pub = 4€ Meal at a restaurant = 15€ Cinema ticket = 10€ Meal at McDonald’s = 7€


All Danes have a personal ID number, called a CPR number. This is used by education institutions, and all public organisations (e.g. the healthcare system). Any person staying in Denmark for more than three months must register at the National Register and get a CPR number when they have received their residence permit. Citizens of one of the Nordic countries must register at the National Register after six months. They do not need to apply for a residence permit first.

Credit cards

Credit cards are accepted in almost all shops and restaurants, however, a few supermarkets only accept a certain Danish debit card called ‘Dankort’. Cash points for the withdrawal of cash can be found outside several banks in the city centre, and in shopping centres. Please be aware that your bank imposes a limit as to the amount which you can withdraw at any time.


220 volts AC (50 Hz) is the Danish standard. If you are travelling with electrical or electronic devices, be sure to bring a two-pin continental adapter with you.

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Electronic equipment

eaten at school or work, and often consists of a packed lunch. At lunch, the speciality Smørrebrød (open sandwiches) is normally eaten. It consists of buttered rye bread covered with sliced meat, cheese, etc. The summer dessert Rødgrød med fløde – its name being a test in pronunciation for all non-Danes – is a dessert usually made of redcurrants, raspberries and blackcurrants. The berries are and boiled until they are are soft, sweet and thick, “Denmark is the and are served with cream or milk.

Laptop computers capable of operating on both 110 and 220 volts can be used in Denmark, but remember to bring a two-pin continental adapter with you since the prongs in Denmark may differ from those in your home country. For laptop computers working on 110 volts only, converters are necessary.


The Danish constitution assures religious freedom for all citizens, fourth most but also emphasises that the gender-equal Evangelical Lutheran Church is Happy Hours societies in the Danish state church. Denmark There are a lot of offers for stuthe world.” has introduced a strong law on dents. Including free beer hours ethnic equality, which bans ethnic for students! discrimination and states that it is illegal to treat people differently on the grounds of Health insurance gender, race, and religion. According to the All residents in Denmark are entitled to World Economic Forum 2014, Denmark has free emergency treatment, linked to your the fourth most gender equal society in the own personal CPR-number. In case of an world. emergency, dial 112 to contact the police, the fire brigade or the ambulance. Emergency calls Food and traditions from payphones are free of charge. The Danes celebrate many holidays during the For more information on how to obtain year. Some of them are religious holidays and access to the Danish health care system visit: some have cultural or historic roots. Specific traditions with regards to food, decorations, If you become ill and celebration are connected to most of the International students living in Denmark for holidays, which are usually celebrated with more than three months are covered by the friends and family. Breakfast and dinner are Danish health insurance. It offers free doctor typically eaten at home, whereas lunch is

Do’s and don’ts Do signal when stopping and turning on a bike. Always! Do not greet a Dane with a kiss on the cheek!

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Do take a number at the post office/bakery. Do not show up early or late when invited. Do take your shoes off entering a home.

Don’t ask “how are you?” and not expect an answer! Don’t be alarmed about unisex toilets!

Do not ask “what is the occasion?” when presented cake (no need for a reason is the answer!)

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Danish is taught at several universities consultations and hospital treatment. You around the world, but there are also a number register for health insurance at the same time of private or public organisations that offer as registering for the Danish National Register lessons in Danish at different levels. Contact and you will receive a personal identity number a language centre in your home and a health insurance card, which country. The Danish Embasies you should always bring when and consulatetes can also refer going to a doctor’s surgery or to you to activities relating to the hospital.Your health insurance “You don’t have comes into effect six weeks after to speak Danish to Denmark in your you arrive in the country. You study in Denmark” should therefore consider taking Pharmacies out health insurance to cover you Opening hours: for this initial period. EU citizens are covered Monday - Thursday: 09:00 - 17:30 from arrival when they bring along their Friday: 09:00 - 19:00 European Health Insurance Card. Saturday: 09:00 - 14:00.


Denmark’s infrastructure is well-developed. The railway network is extensive, the roads are of a high standard and are relatively uncongested. The aviation industry is among the most developed in the world, and the airports have connections to most large international airports in the world. You can fly to capitals like Amsterdam, Berlin and Stockholm in an hour, and, in less than two hours, all the way to Paris, London, Dublin and Prague, to mention a few.

Learning Danish

Post offices

The opening hours of post offices can vary greatly from region to region, and even from district to district within cities and larger towns. As a guide, post offices are generally open Monday to Friday from 09:00/10.00 to 17:00/18:00. Some post offices are closed on Saturdays. Opening hours for those that are open are usually from 09:00/10:00 to 12:00/14:00. Some post offices are located within shops, but you will always find a post office sign on the front of the building if this is the case..

You do not have to speak Danish to study in Denmark, but understanding the local language will enrich your stay here.

Don’t leave home without A check up at the dentist, it is very expensive in Denmark. Google translate app.

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Passport photographs (you’ll need when applying for residence and they are expensive in DK).

Gloves, hat, scarf (winter).

This helpful Student Guide.

Flip flops, shades (summer).

A sense of adventure.

Rainclothes (x2), even if the sky is blue – you would not believe! Bicycling skills.

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Public holidays

January 1st - New Year’s Day (nytårsdag). The Thursday before Easter Sunday - Maundy Thursday (skærtorsdag). The Friday before Easter Sunday - Good Friday (langfredag). The Monday after Easter Sunday - The Second Day of Easter (2. påskedag). The Fourth Friday after Easter - Prayer Day (Store Bededag). 40 days after Easter Sunday - Ascension Day (Kristi Himmelfartsdag). The Monday after Whitsunday - Second day of Whitsun (2. pinsedag). June 5th - Constitution day (grundlovsdag). December 24th-26th - Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (Juleaften, 1. og 2. juledag).

Residence and work permit

Any student studying for more than three months in Denmark must apply for a residence permit. Special rules apply to Nordic citizens. If you are a citizen of the EU or the EEA countries, you must apply for your residence certificate once you have arrived in Denmark. If you hold a non-EU/EEA citizenship, you must apply for residence permit through the Danish Embassy or Consulate in your country before you come to Denmark. You must apply at least three months before the semester starts to get your residence permit in time. For more information visit

Smoking and smoking restrictions

Smoking is banned in all indoor public places (except some bars), making it illegal to smoke in most enclosed and partially enclosed public places, and workplaces. Anyone who wants to smoke during study or work hours must go outside.

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Suggested shopping facilities for daily needs (foods, etc.) are: Bilka, Brugsen, Kvickly and Føtex. Low-cost supermarkets are: Fakta, Netto, Aldi, KIWI, Lidl and Rema 1000. Department stores and supermarkets are ­usually open: Weekdays 09:00 - 19:00/20:00 Saturday 09:00 - 16:00 On the first Saturday of each month many shops are open until 16:00 or 17:00. Most shops are closed on Sundays. However, many kiosks and petrol stations are open outside normal opening hours and they may sell quite a large range of groceries (milk, bread, cheese, etc.).

Sport, music and leisure

Danes love sports. About three out of four children and young people, and half of the adult population are engaged in sporting activities in their spare time. Denmark has the highest number of sport facilities per capita among the European countries. Many Danes join sports clubs. The most popular activities are gymnastics, football, badminton, swimming, and handball. Gym, aerobics, rollerskating, and jogging are other popular activities. Being a country surrounded by water – all places in Denmark are less than 50 kilometres from the sea – sports such as sailing, windsurfing, fishing and rowing are also popular. Considering the size of the country, Denmark achieves outstanding results in international sports competitions. Denmark won the European Championship in football in 1992, and the women’s national handball team won the European Championship in 1996, the World Championship in 1997 and an Olympic Gold medal in 1996, 2000, and 2004. The men’s national team won the European Championship in 2008.

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Denmark is densely populated and the land is cultivated, so the many national natural parks consist of small reservations such as woods, plantations, and beaches. It is quite common for Danes to go for a walk or to ride their bikes on Sundays, perhaps bringing a “madpakke” (a packed lunch) with them. Almost all Danes have a bike, and many use it daily. Denmark is known for its many music festivals. Duing the summer, there is a comprehensive international programme of rock, folk, and jazz music to choose from. The most famous festivals are the Roskilde Festival, the Folk Festival in Tønder, and the Copenhagen Jazz Festival. The Roskilde Festival is one of the largest and most trendsetting events on the European rock scene.

Student discounts

With your student card, it is possible to get student discount at a few places in town. Various fitness centres may offer discount. Ask around! The university book shop also gives 10% discount on books. As student discounts are often not listed, it is a good idea to ask whether a store or museum gives student discount. See the ‘Train’, and ‘Happy Hour’ sections for more ideas.


For telephone calls to foreign countries, dial ‘00’ + country code + subscriber’s number, omitting the initial 0 (when calling Italy, do not omit the initial 0), if any. Country codes and instructions for using the telephone can be found on the first pages of the telephone

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Time zone

Denmark operates on Central European Time - 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, and 9 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time. From the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October, Denmark is on summer time, which means the clocks are put one hour forward.

Trains and student discount

The train service in Denmark is one of the best and safest in Europe. When registered as a student, you can get a discount card for the train service, called an ‘Ung Kort’. Get your DSB Ung Kort at


Tips are generally included in the bill, so in Denmark, leaving a tip is not required or expected at restaurants, in hotels, or when taking a taxi. Though of course, extra is always appreciated. There are no set percentages for what is appropriate, though. If you decide to leave a tip, one would normally just round up the total. For example, if the bill is DKK 152 you could round up to DKK 160.


At present, no vaccinations, health certificates or the like are required when entering Denmark from another country.

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You don’t need to bring:

Kitchen utensils, bed sheets, duvet depending on where you go. Read what is provided when you opt for university accommodation in each campus city here:

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The grading system IN DENMARK

The grading system used in all state-regulated education as from August 2007 is the 7-point grading scale. The grading scale is compatible with the ECTS-grading scale Grade




 or an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all F aspects of the relevant material, with no or only a few minor weaknesses.



 or a very good performance displaying a high level of command of F most aspects of the relevant material, with only minor weaknesses.



 or a good performance displaying good command of the relevant F material but also some weaknesses.



 or a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant F material but also some major weaknesses.


For a performance meeting only the minimum requirements for acceptance.



 or a performance which does not meet the F minimum requirements for acceptance.



For a performance which is unacceptable in all respects.



Apart from the 7-point grading scale, pass/fail assessment may also be used. 02 is the minimum grade for passing an exam. The student’s performance must be assessed according to academic targets set for the specific subject or course (absolute grading method). The relative grading method cannot be used.

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Academic system

Bachelor level = undergraduate (3 years or 3.5 years) = 180 or 210 ECTS credits. Master level = postgraduate (2 years) = 120Â ECTS credits on top of the 180/210 ECTS credits from the Bachelor level. ECTS = European Credit Transfer System.

Academic calendar

Autumn semester: Classes start September 1 and run to mid December. Exams take place in December and/or January. Spring semester: Classes start February 1 and run to mid May. Exams take place in June.


You must arrive in time for our orientation day(s) which take place a few days before the semester starts. In rare circumstances, late arrivals can be accepted upon request.

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Orientation day

A few days before classes start in August/ January, each campus has an orientation programme for new international students.

ECTS credits

A full semester workload is equal to 30 ECTS credits. Two semesters are equal to 60 ECTS credits. Modules taken at Master level often count as 10 ECTS credits, i.e. a third of one semester. Master students typically have 10-15 teaching hours per week.

Danish language courses

You can sign up for free Danish language courses at language schools in town. These take place during the semester.

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Må jeg be’ om to øl

Can I have two beers

Hvor er du fra? Skål

Hvor meget er dette?


Where are you from

How much is this

Hjælp Help



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Thank you

Undskyld Sorry

Hvordan har du det? How are you

Fint tak

Fine thanks

MĂĽske Maybe

Det ved jeg ikke I don’t know

Taler du engelsk Do you speak English



Nej No

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GUARANTEED ACCOMMODATION Finding a place to live often takes time, so we advise you to apply for accommodation at the same time as you apply to become a student at the University of Southern Denmark.

In that case, we will assist you in finding a place to live. There are several accommodation options: - Rooms in a hall of residence (Kollegium), price: 260-400 euro per month. - Privately rented rooms in a house or a flat, price: 250-500 euro per month. - Privately rented flat - either alone or shared with other students, prices vary considerably Please note that accommodation policies are different for each campus. Read the details on our webpage.

SDU Odense

International students can get a room in student halls, or in private rooms. Note that all student halls are off campus. The rooms vary in size, and are typically between 10-16 m2.

SDU Sønderborg

Rooms are from 16m2. The rooms have a separate shower and lavatory, as well as a freezer/refrigerator. Some have a shared

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kitchen with a locker for each room (18 rooms for each kitchen), and others have a separate kitchen.

SDU Kolding

In Kolding, there are no student halls. Instead, international students can opt to live in singleperson studio flats, or shared flats with a common kitchen - either en-suite, or not.

SDU Slagelse

SDU has two types of student flats – single and double room flats. The single-room flats are 24 m2, while the double-room flats are 39 m2. The rooms have a shower and toilet, as well as a fully equipped kitchen.

SDU Esbjerg

International students can get a room in student halls or in private rooms.

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Part time

STUDENT JOBS Many students in Denmark hold a part-time job. As an international student in Denmark, you will have the right to work while you live here. You will also have the opportunity to seek full-time employment after you have completed your studies The rules

A maximum of 15 hours is possible per week, and full time during the summer months (June, July, and August). If you work more than this, your residence permit will be revoked. A general idea of a minimum expected wage is about 100 DKK (13.5€) per hour. You should get a contract. Check

Where do non-Danish speaking students work?

Danish jobportals in English language (official government website for international recruitment) (IT-jobs) (temporary positions)

Cafés, bars, or restaurants Hotels Newspaper delivery Cleaning jobs: The word for a cleaning company in Danish is “Rengøringsfirma”. You may find something there. Greenhouses: Look up the word “Gartneri”. Learn Danish to open up many more job possibilities!

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“There are jobs out there, it’s just difficult to get them! Get in there, be persistent, and you will find something eventually... hopefully!” Daragh from Ireland

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After graduation CAREER IN DENMARK

There are numerous reasons to work in Denmark. Foreign national workers in Denmark routinely cite many of these benefits:

- D  enmark ranks top in the world in work-life balance surveys. - A welfare state: Taxes pay for child care, education, access to doctors and hospitals, elderly care, etc. -  A high quality of life: Foreign national workers express a high level of satisfaction with leisure and cultural opportunities in Denmark. - Danish business culture: A flat management structure and open dialogue between management and employees is typical in the workplace. Most workplaces regularly offer continuing education to their employees.

Work after graduation

Denmark offers a wide variety of possibilities for working after graduation. Whether you are strictly focused on advancing your career, or want to find a job with a great work-life balance, the Danish job market will have opportunities for you.

Residence and Work Permit

1. Nordic citizens: Citizens of Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden are free to enter, reside, work, and study in Denmark. They do not need a visa, residency, or work permit. 2. EU/EEA or Swiss citizens: Citizens of an EU country, an EEA country or Switzerland must apply for a certificate of registration at the Regional State Administration. 3. Non EU/EEA citizens: Non EU/EEA citizens must apply for a work and residence permit at the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment, Danish Embassy, or Consulate in your country before you come to Denmark. Read more here: at

Fun Fact

The Danish word “arbejdsglaede” - meaning “Work Happiness” - is an important aspect of work in Denmark. The workplace, and one’s job should be enjoyable.

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*ARE YOU A FULL DEGREE STUDENT AND DO YOU COME FROM THE NORDIC COUNTRIES, EU/EEA COUNTRIES OR SWITZERLAND? – If “yes” is the answer, you can study for free at The University of Southern Denmark. We do not charge tuition fees for full degree students from the Nordic countries or from the EU/EEA countries or Switzerland.

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SDU hands out a number of scholarships to especially gifted students applying for a master’s programme. Tuition fees vary according to the programme you want to study.


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The University of Southern Denmark provides top quality research-based postgraduate education, and choosing a postgraduate education at SDU will ensure you have a solid basis for your future career. SDU constantly seeks students of the highest quality, and, in recognition of the important investment that overseas students are making in their education, we are pleased to offer scholarships to high-achieving applicants. SDU offers scholarships to highly qualified students across a number of study programmes which produce graduates in the most sought-after disciplines by Danish industry. Students who are awarded such scholarships will be well-placed to pursue a rewarding career in Denmark.

Who can get the scholarship?

Candidates must come from a non-EU/EEA country and be liable to pay tuition fees. The scholarship will be awarded to the best qualified of the eligible applicants to our master degree study programmes.

Get to know more

More information on other scholarships can be found here: Please go to our website for updated infor­ mation on scholarships and how to apply.


FULL DEGREE STUDENTS Engineering • BEng in Electronics • BEng in Global Management and Manufacturing • BEng in Interaction Design • BEng in Mechatronics The tuition fee is 10,700 euro per academic year • BSc(Eng) in Innovation and Business • BSc (Eng) in Electronics • BSc(Eng) in Mechatronics • BSc(Eng) in Product Development and Innovation • MSc(Eng) in Chemistry • MSc(Eng) in Environmental Engineering • MSc(Eng) in Innovation and Business • MSc(Eng) in Mechatronics • MSc(Eng) in Physics and Technology • MSc(Eng) in Product Development and Innovation • MSc(Eng) in Robot Systems

• MSc(Eng) in Software Engineering • MSc(Eng) in IT Product Design • MSc in Maritime Technology The tuition fee is 13,900 euro per academic year Social Science • BACHELOR LEVEL (UNDERGRADUATE) One semester (30 ECTS-points) 3,250 euro One academic year (60 ECTS) 6,500 euro  ASTER LEVEL •M (GRADUATE) One semester (30 ECTS-points) 4,250 euro One academic year (60 ECTS) 8,500 euro Science The tuition fee for the following full degree programmes is 13,280 euro per year. • MSc in Biology

• MSc in Biology-Marine Science • MSc in Biomedicine • MSc in Chemistry • MSc in Computer Science • MSc in Environmental Biology • MSc in Molecular Bioscience • MSc in Physics The tuition fee for MSc in Math­ ematics and MSc in Applied Math­ ematics is 9,090 euro per year. Humanities • F ull degree programmes A full year (60 ECTS) 6,200 euro • SAS course Course fees and participation in study tours and excursions 3,100 euro Health Sciences • Master of Science in Public Health. The tuition fee for nonEU/EEA students amounts to 10,200 euro per year

With a non-EU/EEA-citizenship or non-Swiss-citizenship. Please note that tuition fees may change.

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Apply online to all SDU programmes. You find details on how to apply and the ­deadlines you need to meet at our website. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance in your application process.


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Bachelor’s autumn enrolment March 15th

Master’s autumn enrolment February 1st: non-eu/eea citizens March 1st: eu/eea and Swiss citizens

Master’s spring enrolment

September 1st: non-eu/eea citizens October 15th: eu/eea and Swiss citizens

English requirements

We accept the following English language tests: TOEFL IBT test with a minimum score of 88. IELTS academic test with a minimum overall band score of 6.5. CAE with a minimum result of C, or the CPE (the CAE or CPE are only accepted from a Cambridge Network or from University of Michigan). Tests older than 2 years will not be accepted.

How to apply

EU citizens

Read more:


The application form is accessed online. The application form along with a step-by-step guide on how to apply can be found on our website. Read the entry requirements on the Study Programme webpage. See the option for Application.

We must have the documentation for your English proficiency no later than May 15th for the Autumn enrolment. If you are an EU/EEA, Nordic and Swiss citizen, you may be able to document your English skills by way of your secondary school diploma if you have acquired an upper intermediate level in English comparable to the Danish “English B” level. In order to do so, you need to document the number of English lessons per week, number of weeks per school year and the number of years you have attended high school. An applicant may be able to qualify for an exemption from documenting their English skills if the qualifying first degree (bachelor/ undergraduate degree) was taken in the USA, Canada (English speaking part), Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom or Ireland. See the webpage for more information.

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Education is not restricted to the classroom. Life experiences and personal development are just as important as passing exams on the road to job and success. Combine all three with studying at SDU.


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BACHELOR Faculty of Engineering Electronics - BEng Electronics - BSc in Engineering Global Management and Manufacturing Innovation and Business Mechatronics Mechatronics Product Development and Innovation

Faculty of Business and Social Sciences Economics & Business Adm.– Business Management Economics & Business Adm. – Int. Economics & Business Relationships Economics and Business Adm. - Special Programmes for AP Graduates European Studies Market and Management Anthropology Faculty of Humanities International Business Adm. and Modern Languages

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See the world, make new friends, and broaden your horizons. Stand out and get a life’s-worth of experience alongside your education at SDU, and be on track for an in international career.


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MASTER Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Health Sciences


Public Health

Electronics Environmental Engineering

Faculty of Science

Innovation and Business

Applied Mathematics


Biochemistry and Molecular biology

Operations Management


Physics and Technology


Product Development and Innovation

Computational Biomedicine

Robot Systems (Advanced Robotics Technology/Drone Technology)

Computer Science

Software Engineering

Medical Chemistry

Mathematics Physics

Faculty of Business and Social Sciences Accounting and Finance Brand Management and Marketing Communication Comparative Public Policy and Welfare Studies Cultural Sociology Economics Environmental and Resource Management Finance Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management Global Marketing and Consumer Culture

Faculty of Humanities American Studies Business, Language and Culture (Sønderborg/Flensburg) Business, Language and Culture (Chinese) Business, Language and Culture (negot) MA in English Studies European Master in Tourism Management Int. Business Communication and Communication Design

Human Resource Management

International Tourism and Leisure Management

International Business and Management

Maritime Archaeology

International Business and Marketing

Middle East Studies

International Security and Law

IT Product Design

Management Accounting

Web Communication Design

Market Anthropology Marketing and Innovation Management of Innovation Processes Sports and Event Management Strategic Entrepreneurship Strategy and Organisation

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Follow us online

Get to know about student life Keep an eye on our Facebook page and our website to learn about our study programmes, international student life, guaranteed accommodation and Denmark as a hub for exploring ­Europe. Also get to know the dates for the next open days and study-try-out days.

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CONTACT INFORMATION If you have questions about the University of Southern Denmark, find updated and relevant contact data at or call +45 6550 1000



Universitetsparken 1, 6000 Kolding, Denmark



Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M, Denmark (Main campus)

Niels Bohrs Vej 9-10, 6700 Esbjerg, Denmark

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Sønderborg Alsion 2, 6400 Sønderborg, Denmark

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