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Is your education inadequate?

Is your education inadequate?

In case your educational background and your certificates are inadequate to access the program you wish to study, you can take supplementary courses.

In this sections you will find the courses that you can take in order to accomplish the requirements to be eligible to access a higher education program.

GIF (Gymnasiale indslusningsforløb for flygtninge og indvandrere - High school entry course for refugees)

What is it?
The “Gymnasiale indslusningsforløb for flygtninge og indvandrere” (GIF) is a one-year upper secondary education programme for refugees and immigrants who have a high school education which does not give access to higher education in Denmark or which only gives access to higher education in Denmark in Quota 2.

You can choose between the two courses Mat-GIF and Hum-GIF, depending on your academic prerequisites and future wishes. Mat-GIF stands for a math/physics subject package, and Hum-GIF stands for a humanistic subject package.

What does it give you access to?
With a GIF diploma you can access most higher education programmes on an equal footing with Danish students in Quota 1.

If you are still missing some requirements at an academic level after finishing a GIF, this gives you access to GSK courses, as well as some more  specific courses such as “VUC forkurser and Adgangskurser.”

How long does it take?
1 year

In which language is the programme?
Danish

What are the access requirements?  

Academic requirements:

  • Completed 12 years of schooling and a high school certificate in your home country.
  • Completed 4 years of English education and have English linguistic skills corresponding to the Danish primary school’s (Danish Folkeskole) final exam.
  • For admission to Mat-GIF: mathematical knowledge equivalent to at least the high school B level in Denmark and C level in physics and chemistry.

Language requirements:

  • Studieprøven” or “Dansk D” or “Dansk som Andetsprog D” with 4/4 as the final grade give access to GIF. Applicants with “Prøve I Dansk 3”/”Danskuddannelse 3, modul 5” with the grades 7/7/7 will also be processed and taken into consideration. Applicants in the latter category will probably also be tested.

How much does it cost?
It is free of charge.

Is it legally binding?
Yes, upon finishing the course you will receive an official document, which can be used in every institution.

Can you apply for grants while doing the programme?
You can apply for SU. GIF is also eligible for “Statens Voksensuddannelsesstøtte” SVU.

Where can you take the courses?
The courses take place at Hvidovre Gymnasium and HF&VUC. Find the cone losest to you on UddannelsesGuiden.

For further information check UddannelsesGuiden

FIF (Forberedelseskursus for indvandrere og flygtninge - Preparatory course for immigrants and refugees)

What is it?
The “Forberedelseskursus for indvandrere og flygtninge” (FIF) is a 1 year programme preparatory course for immigrants and refugees.

It provides prerequisites for professional bachelor’s degree programme. The course is available in various versions and focuses on specific programs, such as pedagogy or teaching education.

The course gives an introduction to the desired field of study and also puts emphasis on Danish language (written and oral), together with Danish culture, Danish social relations and cultural issues. It also includes internships that give an insight into work in the field.

What does it give you access to?
These courses give you access to different professional bachelor’s degrees. It allows you to apply for admission through quota 2 on an equal footing with other applicants.

Please note that there are different institutions that provide different FIF courses that prepare you for different educations. Therefore you have different options depending on your background and desired further education.

The courses are oriented to promote access to professional bachelor’s programmes in the following areas: Engineering, teaching, education, social work, bioanalysis, ergo-therapy, animation, administration, nutrition and health, physiotherapy, psychomotor therapy, nursery and christianity, and culture and communication,

How long does it take?
1 year

In which language is the programme?
Danish

Which are the access requirements?

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Some FIF programmes may also have requirements at the level of school education and possibly for professional experience, either from Denmark or from your homeland.
  • Requirements may vary among places of education. Therefore, ask specific questions to the institution offering the course.
  • You should not have finished a primary education in Denmark. This means that FIF courses are not available for people that have completed an AVU.
  • Language: ‘Prøve i dansk 2’ or Prøve i dansk 3’, depending of the education institution. Equivalent qualifications such as the correspondent level at ‘FVU dansk trin 4’ or ‘Dansk som andetsprog’, g. from VUC, level D, are also valid. Ask the institution providing the FIF course what other Danish linguistic qualifications are accepted.

How much does it cost?
It is free of charge.

Is it legally binding?
Yes, upon finishing the course you will receive an official document.

Can you get grants while doing the programme?
You are eligible for SU.

Where can you take the courses?
In different professional education institutions. Find the one closest to you on UddannelsesGuiden.

For further information check UddannelsesGuiden.

VUC forkurser (pre-courses at VUC)

What is it?
Pre-courses VUC are a series of courses offered at VUC centres. Each of them ensures the formal qualifications to be admitted to the professional bachelor’s to which the course is directed.

They are typically a mixture of HF and AVU courses depending on what bachelor programme you wish to access.

What does it give you access to?
The courses give relevant high school subjects and ensure formal qualifications to access a professional bachelor’s on pedagogy, nursery and social work studies among others.

How long does it last?
½ – 1 year

In which language is the programme?
Danish

Which are the access requirements?

Academic:

  • Danish primary school’s for adults “Folkeskole level” 9th or 10th grade, or equivalent, depending on the course. If you do not fulfil this requirement, you can do so by taking an AVU.

Language:

  • “Prøve i dansk 3”. Danish at level D or some equivalent such as ‘FVU dansk trin 4’ or ‘Dansk som andetsprog’ at D level are also valid. Ask the institution providing the course what other Danish linguistic qualifications are accepted. If you do not fulfil this requirement, find out how to do so.

How much does it cost?
The price range is 450-1100 dkk for each course. However, if you pass all the subjects in the “pack”, you can apply to get all, or part, of the costs refunded.

Contact the centre providing the course to get information about how to do it.

Is it legally binding?
Yes, upon finishing the course you will receive an official document.

Can you get grants while doing the programme?
You are eligible for SU and SVU.

Where can you take the courses?
At Voksenuddannelsescentre (VUC). Contact VUC to receive information about where the closest centre is that offers these type of courses.

For further and updated information, check UddannelsesGuiden

HF (Højere Forberedelseseksamen - Higher preparatory examination)

What is it?
HF is an option if you need to have a Danish high school education certificate. The HF courses can be taken in two years, as a self-learning programme.

It is a good idea to choose the type of HF programme and the subjects it should contain based on which higher education programme you want to access.

Contact the institution delivering the HF courses to receive personal assistance on what is the best option for you.

What does it give you access to?
If you pass the final exam at HF, you are eligible to apply for a higher education programme.

How long does it take?
The length of the course depends on what type of HF programme you choose.

In which language is the programme?
Danish

Access requirements:

Academic:

  • Danish primary school for adults “Folkeskole level” 9th grade, or equivalent. If you do not fulfil this requirement, you can do so by taking an AVU. Additional requirements may exist depending on the specific composition of the HF programme you choose. Contact the institution delivering the HF courses to receive further information about it.

Language:

  • “Prøve i dansk 3. Equivalent qualifications such as “FVU dansk trin” or “Dansk som andetsprog” are also valid. Ask the institution providing the course what other Danish linguistic qualifications are accepted. If you do not fulfil this requirement, find out how to do so.

How much does it cost?
Subjects can cost up to 450 dkk each, but you have the possibility of getting the payment refunded in case you pass all the necessary subjects.

Contact the centre providing the course to get information on how to do it.

Is it legally binding?
Yes, upon finishing the course you will receive an official document.

Can you get grants while doing the programme?
You are entitled to receive SU and SVU. However, it depends on what type of HF you choose to take. Contact the centre providing the course to get personal assistance about it.

Where can you take the courses?
At Voksenuddannelsescentre (VUC). Contact your local VUC Center to receive information of where is the closest center that offers this type of courses.

Find further information about HF contacting your local VUC Center.

GSK (Gymnasial supplering - High school supplementation)

What is it?
GSK are supplementary courses that you can take in specific subjects at upper secondary level.

These can be necessary in case you need some subjects you have not taken in the past or the grade you have received in those subjects is not high enough to ensure your access into higher education.

What does it give you access to?
These courses give you access to higher education.

How long does it take?
It depends on the courses you take, but it is often around 3 to 12 weeks.

In which language is the programme?
Danish

Which are the access requirements?

Academic:

  • In order to take these courses you need have a high school education recognised in Denmark. This could be a Danish high school education diploma, such a HF; a high school diploma that gives you access to higher education in Denmark “Adgangsgivende til videregående uddannelse i Danmark” from your home country; or a GIF diploma.
    It is also possible to access GSK courses with a EUD diploma with minimum one subject at C level. You can find whether the high school education diploma obtained in your home country gives you access to higher education in Denmark through at the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. If you do not meet these requirements, you can find how to do so at HF or GIF depending on your situation.

 

Language requirements:

  • In case of entering with a passed GIF or HF final examination, there are no further language requirements. In case of entering with a foreign high school education diploma that gives access to higher education in Denmark, you will need a “Prøve i Dansk 3” or a “Studieprøven” level in Danish, depending on the institution offering the courses.
    If you do not fulfil this requirement, find out how to do so.

How much does it cost?

The courses are free if you start within 2 years after you have finished the high school education that gives you access to GSK courses (HF, GIF, or FIF). Afterwards the prices is of 450 dkk. per course.

In case of being currently enrolled in a HF, a EUD, a GIF or any other form of high school education and this is finished before the GSK courses start but after the application deadline, you can still apply and then send your diploma after you have passed the final exams.

Is it legally binding?
Yes, after finishing the course you will receive an official document.

Can you apply for grants while doing the course?
You can receive SU if you are enrolled for a minimum of 16 hours a week for a maximum of 12 weeks.

Where can you take the courses?

VUC Centres and Upper-Secondary Education Institutions

AK (Adgangskurser - Entrance Courses)

What is it?
Some specific higher education programmes offer the possibility of accessing them without having an upper secondary education.

This is the case for engineering degrees, and technology management and marine engineering degrees in Danish “Maskinmester”. You can access those education programmes by taking an “Adgangskursus.”

What does it give you access to?
Higher education programmes in engineering, technology management, and marine engineering.

How long does it take?
6 months – 18 months

In which language is the course?
Danish

Which are the access requirements?

Academic:

  • The general requirements demand that you have 10 years of schooling, which correspond to the 10th grade in the Danish primary schooling “Folkeskole” system with specific subjects or to have completed an AVU education with specific subjects.
    Another requirement demands that you have 2 years of experience in the job market. The type of job experience required might be different depending of the institution offering the programme. You can find more information about the minimum requirements of access and institutions where you can take these courses by contacting UddannelsesGuiden.

Language requirements:

  • In order to access these courses you will need to be able to speak, write and understand Danish. Contact the institution providing the courses to receive information about what is the level of Danish required to access.

How much does it cost?
The courses are free, when enrolled full-time.

Is it legally binding?
Yes, upon finishing the course you will receive an official document.

Can you get grants while doing the programme?
When enrolled full-time, you have access to SU.

Find more information about “Adgangskurser” for engineering degrees

Find more information about “Adgangskurser” for technology management and marine engineering (maskinmester) degrees.

MOOC (Massive Online Open Course)

What is it?

MOOC is a massive open online course that provides interactive user forums that help build a community for the students and professors. Most significantly, MOOCs build on the engagement of learners, who self-organize their participation according to learning goals, prior knowledge and skills and common interests. Those courses aim at providing skills to students to further pursue higher education programmes.

The courses is done remotely via the internet and does not require physical attendance at a classroom; therefore it can be accessed by anyone from anywhere. For most of them you only need to create your account by registering your email.

What does it give you access to?

Please note that the MOOC courses does not give you direct access to higher education. It is an option if you want to train your academic skills.

How long does it take?
Variable depending on the course.

In which language is the course?
There is a wider offer in English byt they can be also found in Danish.

Which are the access requirements?

The courses are usually open to everyone and do not require prerequisites such as possession of a qualification or a level of performance in earlier studies.

How much does it cost?

The access to educational resources (videos, lecture notes) should be free og charge, but other things, like being able to ask direct questions to the teacher, the correction of the activities, or obtaining a certificate at the end of the course, may have an economic cost.

Is it legally binding?
Yes, upon finishing the course you can receive a certificate stating that you have taken part on the course. Sometimes you will be required to pay to receive the certificate.

Can you get grants while doing the programme?
No.

 

There are several platforms where you can find a list of MOOCs that can be of your interest.

In class central  you can find 40 different websites which offer MOOCs in different fields.

The following links will also lead you to platforms where you can take MOOCs:

https://www.mooc-list.com/

https://www.openlearning.com/courses/

https://www.edx.org/

http://mooc.org/

https://www.futurelearn.com/

https://www.canvas.net/