Let’s take a look at the beautiful country that we will handle during this article, Denmark. The proper part of this northern European country, Denmark proper, occupies the peninsula of Jylland (Jutland). Next to proper Denmark, the Kingdom of Denmark also includes Greenland and the Faroe Islands. This North Atlantic archipelago consisting of 443 islands is located approximately 200 miles north of Scotland, about halfway to Iceland. This unified Kingdom of Denmark split off from the monarchy of Denmark-Norway in 1814. In this article, we will be looking at the universities in Denmark with high acceptance rates.

The country of Denmark has around six million inhabitants, with the Faroe Islands and Greenland having approximately another 100,000 inhabitants. Denmark belongs to one of the most progressive and prosperous nations in the world. For example, both health care and education are paid for by taxes so not only do the wealthy have a chance at education and good health care, most Danes are very liberal and accepting of different cultures and views and the country is considered to be the least corrupt country in the world.

This makes it no surprise that Denmark was reported to be the happiest country in the world. Coming back to the fact that education is paid for by taxes in Denmark, this is true for those from the EU/EEA and Switzerland or those that have a permanent residence permit at the time of your application. Students that do not fall into this category are required to pay tuition. These range between 8,000 – 21,000 USD$ (6,000 – 16,000 Euro), depending on the institution. In this article, we will present to you the top three universities in Denmark that have the highest acceptance rate for their undergraduate programs.

Universities in Denmark with High Acceptance Rates

1. Aarhus University

  • Confirmed acceptance rate for 2019: 83%

The first university on our shortlist today is Aarhus University (AU). The university was founded in 1928 in the Danish city of Aarhus. In recent history, AU has been consistently taking up a spot in the most important world’s top universities rankings. For example, the university was placed 65th in the 2018 Shanghai university ranking and 115th in Times Higher Education world university rankings 2020. Huffington Post has also awarded Aarhus University to be one of the 15 most beautiful universities in the world, which might not be as important but could make your years studying at Aarhus University even more enjoyable.

Even though the university was not recently founded, it is known to be a young and modern university that has grown to be a very important research institution that covers all the topics of modern science. Because of this, most teachers at AU are actively involved in research and aim to bring this way of scientific thinking and analysing to their students.

All of the programmes AU offers are heavily involved in research and innovation. The university is very international-friendly as it offers more than 60 programmes that are fully taught in English, both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Aarhus University has multiple locations. Next to the main campus in Aarhus, Denmark, Aarhus University also has campuses in the Danish cities of Herning and Emdrup. AU is actively involved in research in over 15 different locations in Denmark, Greenland, and Tenerife. The university houses 26 departments and schools, which all have their own bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees.

2. Aalborg University

  • Confirmed acceptance rate for 2019: 82%

Next up is Aalborg University (AAU) in the Danish city of Aalborg. This port city is the fourth largest in the country with a population of around 140,000 citizens. Aalborg is located more up north in the country and has been an important harbour since the Middle Ages. Later in history, it became a bustling industrial centre.

Aalborg University was founded in 1974 and is a public university that counts approximately 20,000 students. The university also has a campus in Esbjerg since 1995 and a campus in the capital city of Copenhagen since 2005. The institution has developed its own method of teaching, called the Aalborg model. This model for Problem Based Learning has been highly accredited both in the country as nationally. For students, this means that each semester they will be working closely together in groups to complete a large written assignment. This will make sure that students that complete their degree at AAU will be highly skilled in problem-solving and very important skills which have become more and more important on the job market, being able to work closely together in a team and communicating with colleagues. Graduates will be both academically and socially equipped to tackle their next challenges ahead when starting their careers.

As has already been mentioned above, international students are required to pay a tuition fee but will be able to apply for free health care and hospitalisation if they have received a residence permit for Denmark. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees are offered in Danish or English through an abundance of departments.

AAU is part of the Erasmus programme, which offers international students opportunities to enrol in exchange programmes in countries around the world, both bachelor’s and master’s programmes.

3. Roskilde University

  • Confirmed acceptance rate for 2019: 79%

The third and final institution that we will present to you within this article is Roskilde University (RUC or RU). This public university was founded at around the same time as Aalborg University, in 1972. It is therefore also the youngest university on our shortlist today. The university is located in the eastern part of the Roskilde municipality in the city of Trekroner. RUC offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and postgraduate or Ph.D. degrees. The university counts around 8,400 students and 900 employees. The university focuses mainly on contributing to new and innovative research projects that will contribute to the development that society is currently going through.

In order to prepare its students for the complexity of challenges that the world will face in the future, all of the programmes at RUC are interdisciplinary so students will be equipped with the correct tools to be able to solve these complex problems and become researchers, leaders, and professionals of tomorrow.

Bachelor’s degrees at Roskilde University will take three years to complete, with the first year being the basic introduction section where students will get acquainted with the methods and theories of the subject. The second and third years of the programme will give students room to dive deeper into the areas they are interested in. This allows students to shape their own academic path after acquiring the basic knowledge that is necessary. A bachelor’s degree consists of around 50% course work, and 50% project work, where students from different disciplines will combine their theory and knowledge to find new solutions to modern-day problems.


I hope that this article on universities in Denmark with high acceptance rates was helpful. If you are interested in studying in Europe, make sure to check out Available Programs in Europe for International Students.