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Local Round-Up: International students to protest against government’s decision to cut courses

Ben Hamilton
August 30th, 2021


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The organisers of ‘We Need To Complete Our Studies’ contend they are being left out to dry halfway through their studies

International students have had enough (photo: pxfuel.com)

A protest against the Danish government’s plans to shut down many English-language courses will be held outside Børsen in Copenhagen on October 8 at 16:00. 

READ MORE: Danish government to heavily reduce English-language course availability

According to the organisers of the protest, the decision to end many courses does not only affect international students interested in coming to Denmark to study, but also those currently studying. 

A Facebook group, ‘We Need To Complete Our Studies’, has been set up to discuss matters further. Join here

Incomplete studies
In order to obtain a bachelor’s in many of the subjects under threat, explains organiser Feli Martinez, students have to reapply halfway through their studies – once they have completed their Academy Profession (AP) degree program, a specialised study course, mostly offered by business academies, which provides students with practical skills and a professional qualification.

However, this is not enough to get a job in most cases, contends Martinez.

“After doing that, the plan of most students is to apply for the ‘Top-Up Degree’ which takes one and a half years. When you are done with the top-up, you receive your bachelor,” she told CPH POST. 

“So in lots of cases we won’t be able to get the bachelor. Having just an AP degree is useless for what the professional market requires in every part of the world.”


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