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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.


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 – OPU (Oplæring i udlandet)

The OPU-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.

Every year around 1500 students participate in a traineeship abroad through the OPU-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

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