Education in Denmark & at IBA

Read about learning and teaching, the grading system and how to learn danish.

Learning and Teaching at IBA

Teaching takes place in classes normally comprising between 25-35 students, which gives you an excellent opportunity to engage socially with your fellow students. You will experience teaching approaches that emphasise theory as well as practice. The instruction is based on projects, often in cooperation with local and national businesses, and the tasks are normally carried out in groups. You must be prepared both to make an independent effort and to cooperate with your fellow students.

Some coursework and the final project in particular are independent tasks based on the theory that you have learned.  You will be given advice and constructive criticism throughout. 

The grading system in Denmark

The grading system applies to all Danish educational institutions. The seven-point scale allows you to easily convert your Danish grades to ECTS credits according to the EU’s European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System.

See further information about the Danish grading system.

The Danish Higher Education system

For official description of the Danish higher education system, please visit the website of the Danish Ministry of Higher education and Science.

Accreditation & Quality Assurance

The IBA is an academy of professional higher education, a public institution, which means our activities are regulated by the Act of Academies of professional higher education

We enjoy a high degree of autonomy, but are required to follow national regulations in terms of teacher qualifications, degree structures and examination processes. This ensures high quality educational provision for every IBA student.

Furthermore, IBA has institutional accreditation by two UK institutions (Coventry University and London South Bank University), and international accreditation by the Network of International Business Schools. The IBA has been awarded the Extended Erasmus University Charter for 2014-2020.

The IBA use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), which facilitates international credit transfer. You will receive certificates or other types of official documentation for all completed courses. You complete a full degree or a diploma programme you will receive a Diploma Supplement in English.

All higher education institutions in Denmark have agreed to a set of ethical guidelines - Code of Conduct (PDF) - for the recruitment, admission and education of international students. This is your guarantee that you will receive proper information, guidance and treatment as an international student in Denmark. The Code of Conduct applies to both exchange students and full degree students.

Learn Danish

As an international student in Denmark you can take Danish language lessons offered by a network of private and public language centres. To sign up you need a Danish CPR number. In Kolding you can attend evening courses and learn Danish at Kolding Sprogskole. The courses are concluded with a state-approved test in line with the Common European Framework for Languages.

Online Danish courses
If you have a Danish CPR number, free Danish courses are often available as an online activity at language school. Courses are targeted at both beginners and those who already have some knowledge of the Danish language. Students can use them to reach a good level of Danish proficiency, or as a supplement to ongoing language education. Examples of these online courses are Danish Online studies at IA Sprog, and  Learn Danish online with the Copenhagen Language Center - both of whom offer courses as online long-distance learning.

For further advice on taking Danish classes, contact the international office international@iba.dk.