Exchange students like Denmark for its superior education system and its scenic countryside. A visit to Denmark gives you a once in a life time opportunity to experience the magic and hospitality of this European country. If you crave the Danish experience, you should consider applying for an exchange program to Denmark.
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1. Health Services
All students living in Denmark receive insurance coverage under the Danish National Health Service. Under this coverage, students receive free doctor visits and hospitalization and can access dental and optical services at a discount. However, each student must register for a health Insurance Card at the municipality as follows:
- Nordic Students: Coverage under the Danish National Health Service applies immediately you arrive in the country
- EU Students: Coverage begins 6 weeks after you register with the municipality. However, if you have a European Health Insurance Card, you will have 3 months medical coverage
- Non-EU students: Coverage by the Danish National Health Service begins 6 weeks after registering with the municipality. You will need private insurance for the 6-week waiting period
Danish institutions have no tradition of on-campus housing. Many of their students occupy halls of residences or private housing units located away from the campus. Your accommodation options as an exchange student include:
- Student halls of residence – they offer communal living to students at an affordable rate. You can choose a shared or single room
- Rent from Outgoing Student – the option is most suitable to exchange students. You get a short-term rent from a Danish student who is traveling abroad or taking a break from the school in the same period you are in the country. You can contact students renting their rooms at Housing Anywhere.
- Find a rental option at Findbolig, Boligsurfor Boligdeal. Findbolig is in Danish, but you can use the other two if you are not conversant with the language.
Once you secure accommodation, make sure you sign a contract and pay through a bank. Avoid using a non-reversible or non-traceable means of exchange so that it is easy to get a refund or follow up on con artists.
3. Moving Around
Denmark boasts of an extensive and excellent public transport system; Copenhagen has one of the world’s leading metro systems. You can move around by train, road, bus or ferry, all of which run regularly and offer a reliable means. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the readily available domestic flights and tour the scenic islands that make up the country.
4. The Danish Experience
While in Denmark, take advantage of your stay in the country and visit the various tourist destinations or immerse yourself in activities that are uniquely Danish. For example, experience the underworld by visiting a cave or an abandoned mine; you will get to share the eerie experience with bats. Alternatively, plan for a fossil or treasure hunting trip with your friends. If you like the outdoors, make sure you go camping in the wild or mountain biking.
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While in Denmark, do like the Danish (no kidding). It is the only way to get the full Danish experience and make the most of your exchange program.