International students contribute to growth in Denmark

19 August 2016

Today Friday 19 August, the Minister for Higher Education and Science, Ulla Tørnæs, and Kaare Dydvad, who is a Member of Parliament's Higher Education and Science, are speaking about limiting the number of international students on higher educations in Denmark.

Among other things the two politicians focus on, if the business academies and the university colleges have a large group of international students who come to Denmark for free education just to go back to their home country to use their education immediately after.

- The picture that the politicians paint is far from the reality we experience at Cphbusiness, says Michael Huss Svejstrup, Head of Cphbusiness International.

He tells that about 85 per cent of the students at Cphbusiness are from Denmark, and that if you look at the English-speaking classes, they are very popular among Danish students.

- The international students who study at Cphbusiness do not travel back to their home country after they graduate, and the percentage of students who do the obligatory internship in Denmark continue to grow, says Michael Huss Svejstrup.

- This is the result of a great effort from Cphbusiness, and all research show that internships in Denmark are the best admission ticket to future employment in Denmark, no matter if we talk about Danish or international students.

Facts about the extent of international students and programmes at Cphbusiness

  • Approx. 8 in 10 of the international students who get a Bachelor’s degree live in Denmark one year after graduation
  • Approx. 7 in 10 international students do their internship in Denmark
  • 5 in 10 of the students at the English-speaking business academies are Danish students who intentionally choose an education in English rather than one in Danish

Source: Cphbusiness’ student administration’s registers and employment research 

You can read two articles (in Danish) about the topic here and here.


Michael Huss Svejstrup
Head of Cphbusiness International
+45 27 62 42 11