A perspective from an international student
Text: Skyler Bentley Hall
Danish Universities attract ambitious and talented internationals keen to learn in a modern environment with globally recognised industries. So, what is it like to study in Denmark, and what opportunities are available for graduates?
Marta Baryczka, a highly motivated Polish international, transitioned from Northern Ireland to Denmark in 2019 after graduating from Belfast University with a BSc in International Business and Spanish. Marta commenced an MSc in Business Development at Roskilde University (RUC) last year and is currently thriving in the programme. I connected with Marta last month, and she offers some valuable insights about her experience.
Q: Why did you choose to study at Roskilde University?
I was attracted to the problem-oriented projects that RUC is proud of. I enjoy challenging myself, and this was a different teaching approach compared to my experience in Northern Ireland. Thanks to our international community, group work has allowed me to look at problems from different perspectives.
Q: How diverse is your group at RUC?
We have a very international group of people, including students from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, The Netherlands, United States, Mexico, Spain, Lithuania, Hungary, and Poland.
Q: What kind of support is offered for students integrating in Denmark?
I participated in a two-week Foundation Course that provides information about studying at RUC; the university's history, philosophy, and learning principles; Danish culture, language, and practical matters when moving to Denmark.
Q: What other experiences have you enjoyed while studying in Denmark?
I am thoroughly enjoying my experience with Young Professionals in Denmark. YPD is a free one-year career development and networking programme for full-degree international Master's, MBA, or Ph. D students enrolled at a Danish University. Students network with Danish companies that actively recruit, learn about the Danish job market, and participate in various events that improve their chances of securing their first job in Denmark.
Marta Baryczka commenced an MSc in Business Development at Roskilde University (RUC) last year and is currently thriving in the programme.
Do you have any tips for internationals applying to a Danish University?
Tip #1 - Motivational Letter
Research how to write a great motivational letter. Universities must get to know your motivations behind studying for a specific degree. Each university has a guide, and there is plenty of advice on YouTube.
Tip #2 - accommodations
Think about accommodations early. If you live outside of Denmark, get to know the area for your chosen university. Choose a reliable housing agency or temporary apartment while searching for accommodations. If you want a dorm, get in touch with the university as soon as possible since spaces are limited.
Tip #3 - network
Connect with students that are studying for the same degree via LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. These networks can answer questions and share first-hand experiences. I joined a Facebook group, Polish Students in Denmark, where students offered advice throughout the process.
Tip #4 - ask questions
Contact the universities about any concerns you may have. They are always happy to help, so take advantage of this resource.
If you are ready to pursue an undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate degree in Denmark, take that first step and start your search with www.studyindenmark.dk