Study Psychology in Denmark
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Psychology Studies in DenmarkAre you a student who is either studying or planning to study psychology at the undergraduate or graduate level? Have you always dreamed of studying and living abroad in Europe for a portion of your education? If you answered yes to these two questions, you simply must check out the wide array of psychology education programs now available in the beautiful and historic country of Denmark.
Denmark is a Norse country situated in the northern part of the European continent. The sovereign nation shares borders with Sweden to the northeast, Norway to the north and Germany to the south. The Kingdom of Denmark, as the country is officially known, consists of Denmark and two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The country has a total area of 16,639 square miles (43,094 sq. kilometers) and hosts a population of approximately 5.6 million inhabitants. Geographically, Denmark consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and the Danish archipelago, made up of 407 islands of varying size, of which roughly 70 are inhabited. The islands are characterized by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevations and a temperate climate. A Scandinavian nation to the core, Denmark shares strong cultural and historic ties with its neighbors Sweden and Norway, and the national language, Danish, is also closely related to and mutually intelligible with Swedish and Norwegian.
Denmark’s constitution was ratified on June 5, 1849, thus ending nearly two centuries of the absolute monarchy system of government, which began in 1660. The new constitution establishes the country as a constitutional monarchy—the current Queen of Denmark is Magrethe—organized as a parliamentary democracy. Executive political power in the country is exercised by a cabinet, led by the Prime Minister, currently Helle Thorning-Schmidt. The cabinet and Parliament are seated in Copenhagen, the capital city. Denmark became a member of the European Union in 1973, and is among the founding members of NATO, the Nordic Council, OECD, OSCE, and the United Nations.
The Danish population enjoys a very high standard of living and the country consistently ranks highly in numerous global indexes measuring national performance, including the areas of education, health care, protection of civil liberties, democratic governance, prosperity, and human development. Denmark is frequently ranked as the happiest country in the world in cross-national studies of happiness, and ranks as having the world's highest social mobility, a high level of income equality, and one of the world's highest per capita incomes.
Psychology Education in Denmark
As a program of study, Psychology—the study of the human mind and human behavior—is offered by the majority of universities in Denmark at both the undergraduate and graduate level, leading to Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Science degrees, respectively.
The excellent faculty members at universities throughout Denmark challenge students to move beyond common sense and personal history and to acquire an understanding of how questions about human functioning are answered through systematic investigation and hypothesis testing. Even more, the faculty makes psychology meaningful and relevant so that the information students learn can be applied to real-life skills such as parenting, interpersonal relationships, health, conflict resolution, motivational and emotional difficulties, and personal development.
The coursework students are likely to encounter while studying Psychology in Denmark is very similar to what they’d find in other developed nations, with core and elective classes that include:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Statistics for the Social Sciences
- Research Methodology
- Professional Ethics
- Social Psychology
- Human Development
- Forensic Psychology
- Abnormal Psychology
- Juvenile Delinquency
- And more…
Why Study Abroad in Denmark
The country of Denmark is renowned for the quality of its higher education system, with many of its major universities ranked among the world’s best. The country is also home to a number of world-famous sites and attractions—places students can explore when they get a break from their classroom studies. A couple of these sites include:
Tivoli Gardens is a globally renowned amusement park located in the very heart of downtown Copenhagen—Denmark’s bustling capital city. Tivoli is only a stone’s throw away from the city’s Central Train Station, making the park very accessible for international students who must rely on public transportation.
Tivoli Gardens is the most visited attraction in Denmark, and the third-most visited amusement park in Europe. The park was built by Georg Carstensen and opened for business on August 15, 1843. This makes Tivoli Gardens the second oldest amusement park in the world behind another Danish amusement park, the Dyrehavsbakken, or “Deer Park Hill.”
Tivoli Gardens features over 30 restaurants, 25 rides, 400,000 flowers and many vibrant arts and crafts exhibits. Over 150 concerts are hosted by the park each year, from international ballet troops and symphony orchestras to well known international rock and roll bands. Twice a week there is also a very impressive fireworks display, a flurry of sounds and colors that illuminate the night sky above Tivoli Gardens .
Rundetårn (Round Tower)
The Rundetårn is one of the oldest astronomical observatories in Europe, and the oldest one still in use today. Situated in downtown Copenhagen on one of the main walking streets that crisscross the city, the tower stands an impressive 34.8 meters in height and is attached to the Trinitatis Kirke, or “Trinitatis Chuch.”
The Rundetårn was constructed during the reign of King Christian IV, one of Denmark’s most famed historical monarchs. Construction of the tower began in 1637and concluded five years later in 1642. The Trinitatis Chuch was completed shortly after the tower in 1656. In Europe, the intermingling of science and religion was quite uncommon at this time—a testament to how progressive Denmark was during the mid 17th century.
The Round Tower boasts a very unique architectural feature that was seldom used on other such projects in Europe during that era: an enormous spiral walkway that winds its way to the top of the tower. The walkway is 210 meters in length and is wide enough to accommodate an automobile. Two of the most famous astronomers to work and study at the Rundetårn were Ole Romer and his assistant Peder Horrebow. Ole Romer made the first accurate calculation of the speed of light in 1676.
The tower is open daily for visits with the exception of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.