University College Northern Denmark School of Technology and Business is a training institution offering pragmatic and professional academic programmes to students who need quick access to a business career.
The departments are located at three attractive settings of the city of Aalborg, both with easy accessibility via public transport. Aalborg is a lively city with events day and night. For example, the largest carnival in Northern Europe that takes place in Aalborg at the end of May. All the facilities are well-equipped and open for students 24 hours a day. The students can use the wireless internet everywhere inside the buildings.
The city of Aalborg offers various activities for its students, for example the Student House, a very popular meeting point of all international and Danish students.
Why choose UCN?
- Practice-oriented programmes
- Small classes - dialogue and project based
- Programmes within Business, Tourism, Design, Sports, IT & Architecture taught in English
- Dynamic and informal study environment
- The City of Aalborg guarantees a temporary accommodation for all incoming international students. The university also provides help in finding accommodation.
Important! Only first priority courses will be forwarded to the university!
Denmark has become an attractive study destination for international students for many reasons. The following overview will give you the most important information and guidelines about Denmark.
Denmark has a high standard of living and combines social security with an attractive business climate and a clean and safe environment.
As Denmark is located in the Northern part of Europe then the geographic position makes Denmark an excellent gateway for those, who wish to study in Europe and explore Europe and Scandinavia.
Denmark's infrastructure is well developed. The railway network is extensive, the roads are of high standards and are relatively uncongested. The aviation system is among the most developed in the world and the airports have connections to most of the big international airports in the world.
As most Danes speak English, you will find it easy to live in Denmark even if you do not speak any Danish. Approximately 80% of the population speaks English and many speak French, German or Spanish. When you go shopping, use public transportation and visit official buildings etc. you will find that you can manage perfectly well in English.
Danish higher education
Danish higher education is famous for its innovative teaching approach and high international standards. The Danish institutions offer a dynamic study environment with an emphasis on independent study, initiative and project-oriented learning.
As a student at a Danish higher education institution you are encouraged to play an active role in your learning process and take responsibility for planning and carrying out your projects, either independently or together with other students. In addition to attending lectures, you will be expected to participate in discussions and continuously develop your critical thinking and analytical skills.
For international students, the Danish approach to teaching and learning can introduce a whole new way of studying and thinking, which will challenge you and provide you with an excellent platform for your future career.
Danish higher education institutions are located in modern buildings with excellent facilities such as libraries, lecture, class and study rooms, laboratories, IT equipment, canteens etc. The libraries are public, so all students can borrow books, tapes, language learning materials, etc. for free.
The main reasons why go to study to Denmark
1. Quality of education - there are great courses offered by Danish institutions that use innovative study methodologies, e.g. project based learning. Several Danish institutions are among the best 200 universities in the world according to different rankings.
2. English based programs – there are many interesting and innovative courses available in Danish institutions that are meant for international students and are taught in English. You don’t have to know Danish to go to study to Denmark.
3. State funded education – for students coming from EU/EAA, studying in Denmark is free as Danish government is paying for the studies to attract international students to the country. For NON-EU the tuition fee for one year is usually between 8,000€ and 14,000€ but there are scholarships available.
4. Good student job opportunities – there are good student job opportunities depending on the study location. Students need to work usually 12-15 hours a week to cover all their living costs. Of course, finding a job might be easier in some places than others.
5. International education – students in study groups are usually from different countries and that makes the education really international.
More info about studying in Denmark: http://www.studyindenmark.dk/
Currency rate: 7,45 DKK = 1 €
Education: Please find this information on the left side of this page.
Living cost in Denmark varies place to place and universities to universities. However, in average the cost of living for international students in Denmark is approximately between 500€ and 800€ per one month. The cost of living in Copenhagen is higher that in other parts of Denmark.
- Living place is in average 250-350 € per month (2500 DK).
- Transportation is around 40-60 € per month (400 DK). Many students prefer bicycles as it is very easy in Denmark to get around by bicycle.
- Food & other costs are in average 200-300 € per month (2000 DK). Compared to other European countries, food and personal care items are expensive in Denmark. To get an idea of the price level, please visit the websites of supermarket chains in Denmark, such as Fotex, Netto, Aldi, Lidl, etc.
5,800 € per year will typically cover accommodation, food and general personal expenses.
Additional info about UCN
A laptop is required and study costs for books and study trips vary from program to program. For the AP degrees it is approx. 700€ for the full 2-year program and for the Architectural Technology and Construction Management program around 375€ per semester.
Finding a place to live often takes time, so we advise you to contact your Danish education institution for information about accommodation as soon as you have been admitted in case you have not received the information with your admission letter.
The institutions will be able to assist you in finding a place to live. There are several accommodation options:
- room in a hall of residence, price: 240-400 € per month.
- privately rented room in a house or a flat, price: 200-500 € per month.
- privately rented flat - either alone or shared with other students, prices vary considerably.
Accommodation in UCN
The institution offers accommodation at Aalborg Technical College Hostel. The hostel accommodates many international students, so you will enjoy the life run with community spirit in mind.
Study-bedroom at the hostel costs DKK 1995 per month. Initial payment to Landlord is comprised of a monthly payment and deposit (deposit is equivalent to monthly payment).
A hostel flat (unit) consists of two separate study-bedrooms. Each student occupies one study-bedroom. Two flat-mates share entrance, small corridor, WC, shower, fridge. It is a self-catering hostel with a kitchen on each floor. Each room is equipped with network connection point.
The amount to be paid on arrival is first month’s rate and 3990 DKK security deposit (5985 DKK).
The institution also co-operates with AAB College. There the price for a double room is DKK 4.200 per person for one month which is very fair as it includes also meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
There is a refrigerator as well a sink and a small kitchen table. The rooms are furnished with new nice beds, nice big working table, wardrobe, and a small bed table. Additionally, there is also free internet/TV-plug in all rooms.
A refundable deposit of DKK 4200 needs to be paid but you will get the deposit back if you leave the room in the same condition.
AAB-College also has excellent washing facilities where a wash costs DKK 10. Students are not allowed to drink alcohol at AAB College.
UC House is UCN Technology & Business’ new dormitory. UC House is situated just opposite the largest shopping area in Aalborg and is less than 2 km from UCN Technology & Business (by car) and about 800 m (by bike).
Rooms are refurbished, spacious and equipped with beds, computer tables and lamps. The center of the house is the main living room with direct access to a closed garden with barbeques. There are large sofas in the living room for hanging out with your friends or for watching TV on the big flat screen. Furthermore, there is free high speed wireless Internet.
The UC House has laundry facilities with new washing machines and tumble dryers as well as fully fitted kitchens with a place to sit down and enjoy a home cooked meal.
Most rooms have the size of 20 m2 and have private toilets. Prices range from DKK 1,850 to 2,450 for a single room and DKK 1,325 to 1,525 per person for two people in a shared room. On your request a new refrigerator can be installed in your room for the price of DKK 50 per month.
If you want to rent a private room in Aalborg you should register at www.aku-aalborg.dk. The City of Aalborg guarantees that all incoming students have a place to stay during their study period. This is a unique service which is not an offer that many other cities in Denmark can live up to.
Most Danish students supplement their income by working alongside their studies as Denmark is relatively expensive country. However, student jobs pay very well. The minimum wage per hour in Denmark is approximately 12 Euro.
EU/EEA nationals apply for the work permit from the Danish authorities upon arrival in Denmark. Finding work may be somewhat difficult if you don’t speak Danish, however there are many possible student jobs (cleaning jobs, restaurants and cafes etc). The golden rule is that if you really need and want a job, you will find one. If you have special skills, such as computer programming, it may be easier to find a job.
Jobs can be found through local newspaper ads, through special agencies or through other students who already have a job or who have been studying there for some time. It is not recommended for you to work more than 15 hours per week - otherwise you may neglect your studies. You may work full time during the summer holidays. You should keep in mind to have at least 4 month’s money before arrival as it may take time to find a job. If you don’t then it’s advisable to work for a year and then start your studies.
The Danish Employment Services provide information on living and working conditions and job opportunities for foreigners at: www.eures.dk.
Another possibility is the website www.workindenmark.dk where you can find in-depth information about Denmark, the Danish society as well as the conditions and possibilities for working in Denmark. The site also contains a job database.