Practical University Info
The Danish academic year starts by September 1st of each year. Some universites will hold classes in late August. It is normal for the spring semester to start around February 1st, after the winter-exams, which are often in January. The summer break usually takes place from late June to mid-August.
Most universities and faculties use the 2-semester model, but some schools have a “block”-structure, where the academic year is divided into 4 smaller blocks with exams after each one. Summer break and start-of-year dates are usually the same throughout the different universities.
Remember to check up on when your semester starts, so you will have enough time to get settled before you have to be in class. Account for time for pre-semester activities and courses.
Your stay here will be far more more enjoyable if you don’t have to get a CPR-number, find an apartment AND start class on the same day.
Your courses are measured by the ECTS system, which determine how much of a “full time study” the course constitutes. One year of full time studies is 60 ECTS points.
The system is used to compare courses across universities and countries in Europe, and is valuable when you need to transfer your merits from one university to another.
A bachelor’s degree in Denmark is normally 180 ECTS points and a master’s degree is 120.
The Danish School system uses a 7-point grading scale. It was introduced in 2007 to make Danish grades easier to compare in an international context.
The top grade is a 12 (an “A”) and the lowest passing grade is 02.
Some of your classes might have an attendance requirement for passing, while some courses might simply be pass/fail, in which case will be determined at the end of the semester.
The type of grading normally depends on what kind of exam you take for the course and what kind of curriculum is required and used.
When you start a new course, remember to check the form of the curriculum, the method of exam and what kind of grading system your professor plans to use.
Your professor should know the above and be able to tell you. If not, your institute’s student counsellor can help you.