Danes spend less time on their bachelor studies than European peers

Education minister wants standards improved

Have you ever been a student in Denmark and found yourself enjoying more leisure time than you did at university back home? Well, perhaps there's a good reason for that.

Danish students taking the bachelor's degree don't work full time on their studies and spend far less time on their education than most other students in Europe, according to a new report from Eurostudent.

The report (here in English) showed that the students taking the Danish bachelor's courses on average spend 34 hours per week on their studies during a semester. That's lower than 14 other European nations.

”It can't be right that so many manage a full-time education part-time,” said the education and research minister, Sofie Carsten Nielsen.

”As opposed to many others, Danish students receive a free education and SU, so we should be positioned better in the international spectrum. I want to increase the study time to further improve the quality of the Danish students.”

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Armenian study beasts
Nielsen wants the educational institutions to raise their standards in order to further challenge the students in Denmark to reach their full potential.

According to the Eurostudent findings (tables here in Danish), Armenian students spend the most time on their studies with 54 hours per week, followed by Malta (43), Italy (39), Russia (38) and Slovenia (37). The Czech Republic finished rock bottom with just 25 hours, followed by Montenegro (30) and France (31).

When it comes to master's degrees, the Danes are doing better, spending 35 hours per week, which is better than most other European countries and fourth overall behind Armenia (50), Italy (38) and Sweden (37).