Denmark’s minister for higher education has revealed a new 31-part plan to increase the number of Danish students spending time abroad from 17% to 50%.
The new plan, titled ‘Increased Insight through a Greater Global View’, includes a proposed loan scheme, which would allow Danish students to borrow an additional DKK100,000 (US$17,000) to cover tuition fees abroad. It also includes strategies to improve students’ foreign language abilities, and stresses the importance of integrating study abroad periods so that students are not delayed from graduating.
The plan proposed that curricula have a “mobility window” for a study period abroad, and also proposed the introduction of new legislation for more flexible recognition. It said it was vital that students not lose time-to-degree because of studying away from home, so integration of study-abroad periods should be mandatory. It should also be possible for at least 15% of the degree requirements to be taken abroad, and universities should implement such curricular options through collaborative arrangements with institutions overseas.
Some of the proposals requiring new legislation will be introduced to the Danish parliament later in the spring term. A new web page will be launched with information for the country’s students going abroad.