Denmark aims to attract more international students

15 September, 2015

As part of an effort to recruit more international students, Denmark has issued a code of conduct to provide guidelines for institutions, including advice on working with agents.

Credit: Kim Wyon / Visit Denmark

The new Code of Conduct has been established by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science and the Ministry of Labour Market and Recruitment, and has been agreed by higher education institutions.

The preamble to the Code of Conduct states that Danish institutions are obliged to ensure national and international students are treated similarly, but states that targeted information is required for overseas scholars.

“The Danish higher education institutions agree to provide proper, relevant and adequate information on their educational programmes, including on the quality of programmes, their placement in the Danish higher educational system, services offered to international students, possible tuition fees and living costs,” states the code.

The Code of Conduct acknowledges the role that agents can play in the recruitment of international students, and outlines that agents partnered with Danish institutions must similarly act in accordance with the regulations.

With regards to the usage of agents, the Code of Conduct requires that institutions ensure the partner agencies are “competent, well-informed and in all respects dedicated to safeguarding the interests of international students and the institution”.

Contacts must contain a clause stipulating who is to remunerate the agent and the scale of the remuneration. Institutions are obliged to monitor agent adherence to cooperation agreements and track international student experience in dealing with the agents.

Elsewhere, the code states the minimum information regarding programmes, entry requirements, fees, refund policy and work rights that institutions must publish, with all guidelines to be made available in English and Danish.

The code also states, “Danish higher education institutions are obligated to help international students integrate in the local study environment, academically as well as socially.” It also states they must strive to place students in groups from different backgrounds with a “substantial proportion of Danish students”.

The Minister for Higher Education and Science, Esben Lunde Larsen, said, “The education systems of different countries can be difficult to understand. These new common guidelines will encourage students to choose Denmark by providing them with an overview of Danish education institutions and the high quality of their programmes.

“Danish companies have made it clear that they will lack a highly qualified workforce in the future.  These common guidelines are an important tool in tackling that challenge.”

Denmark was the first Scandinavian country to introduce tuition fees for non-EU students, but remains free for domestic and EU students.

The full Code of Conduct is available on the Ministry of Higher Education website.

Matthew Knott
News Editor


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