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Academic culture

The Danish Educational System

The Danish education system consists of grundskole (combining primary and lower secondary education), ungdomsuddannelser (youth education programmes, i.e. upper secondary education) and videregående uddannelser (higher education), as well as a system of adult education.

If you want more information you can read more about the educational system in Denmark on the website of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

Being an Academic Student in Denmark

The Danish academic tradition depends on the ability to make a clear, transparent, and valid argumentation. You will be evaluated based on your ability to work with the course material in a critical and independent manner.

Intended learning outcomes
It is important to understand what you are being evaluated on at your exam.

At the IT University all courses are defined by a number of Intended Learning Outcomes. Students are evaluated based on their ability to fulfil these goals in a satisfactory manner.

Read more about Intended Learning outcomes and how to use them when you prepare for your exams.

Academic work
In Denmark it is important to do credible academic work, which is why literature, citations and references play an important role in written work at the IT University. 
You can read more about literature and references.

The Danish Teaching Style

Students in Denmark are expected to be engaged in their own learning process and most Danish students are raised with the notion of "being responsible for their own learning".

In Denmark, lecturers will seldom practice one-way communication, but the teaching style is rather based on student participant in discussion and exercise classes.

This may be different than what you are used to and may take some time getting used to. If you have questions, you are always welcome to get in touch with The Study and Career Guidance. 

You can read a lot more about the Danish teaching style and what it is like to study in Denmark at

Academic Conduct and Misconduct

If students in Denmark do not live up to the literature and citations requirements it may be considered as academic misconduct. Academic misconduct can also be exam fraud.

These are examples of what can be academic misconduct or fraud:

  • Claiming credit for the work of others without their consent and without proper acknowledgement.
  • Use of ideas or words of others without authorization and proper citation.
  • Use of unauthorized sources.
  • Falsification or fabrication of data or documents.
  • Assisting others in any of the above.

If it is confirmed that a student has done plagiarism or exam fraud it may lead to suspension from the exam, suspension from one or more semesters, or in some cases even expulsion. Read about academic misconduct.

You can also read more about how and when to use references in your academic work.

Where to Get Help

If you experience any problems during your studies, be it personal, educational, or professional, you have different options to get help:

  • The Study and Career Guidance can assist and support you with practical aspects of studying in Denmark. This is also where you get help if you are in doubt about your choice of study, are considering your future career, or wishes to clarify your skills.
  • Student Counselling Service (Studenterrådgivningen) offer free professional help from psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers with psychotherapeutic education