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Other funding programmes and cooperation on education

The Danish Agency Science for Higher Education administers a range of smaller grant programmes as well as international cooperation agreements. Click on the relevant links below for more information about the programmes.


Cultural Agreements

Through the Cultural Agreements, Denmark cooperates with 34 European countries as well as China, Egypt, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Russia. Denmark offers two types of scholarships for foreign nationals under the Cultural Agreements:  The Long-term Scholarships and the Danish Summer Language Scholarships.

The Long-term Scholarships are aimed at highly qualified exchange students wishing to immerse themselves in studies of Danish language and culture or other fields of study related to Denmark for a period of 3 - 12 months.

The Danish Summer Language Scholarships are aimed at students interested in improving their knowledge of the Danish language and culture.

The Danish Lecturer Scheme

Established in 1937, the Danish Lecturer Scheme aims to promote awareness of Danish language, literature, and culture abroad by providing subsidies for the instruction of Danish at foreign universities.

Over sixty universities worldwide currently offer Danish programs, with more than 2,000 students following courses that range from beginning Danish to Kierkegaard and Existentialism.

The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science has cooperation agreements with approximately twenty-five of these universities about co-funding a visiting lectureship in Danish. In addition, all universities with Danish programs can apply for grants for teaching materials, study trips, organizing conferences, or other activities in support of the Danish language instruction.

Denmark-USA programme

The objective of the Denmark-USA programme is to support transatlantic cooperation within technical and vocational training, and to support the internationalisation and exchange of best practices to benefit the further development of education systems and practices.  

The programme provides grants to students, teachers and leaders from Danish vocational colleges as well as affiliated board and committee members to visit community colleges and companies for education and training purposes.  In addition, the programme also provides grants to staff members from American community colleges guest lecturing in Denmark.

The programme is based on a Memorandum of Understanding between the Danish Ministry of Education and the US Department of Education signed in 2000. The Memorandum has later been extended several times.

For more information please contact Lars Møller Bentsen: lmb@ufm.dk

Work placements abroad – PIU (Praktik I udlandet)

The PIU-programme aims to further internationalisation in the field of vocational education by giving students the opportunity to complete either part or  all of their traineeship abroad as part of their education.

In 2013, 1547 students went on a traineeship abroad through the PIU-programme. Of the students going abroad, more than 40 percent came from backgrounds within the commercial upper secondary school.

For more information please contact Lars Møller Bentsen: lmb@ufm.dk

last modified Jul 09, 2020