Teaching in Denmark
Options for teaching in Denmark
In Denmark, the public education system is strictly regulated. Teachers with non-Danish teaching credentials looking for teaching jobs in the primary and secondary school systems will need to first apply to the Danish Agency for Higher Education and request that their international qualifications be formally recognized. If necessary, expat teachers may be required to undergo further training.
Alternatively, Denmark offers a number of English teaching job opportunities for expat teachers outside of the mainstream public school system, either in bilingual international schools or private language schools. These schools are, for the most part, concentrated in the main urban cities Denmark like Copenhagen, Fredericia, Glostrup, and Hellerup.
There are a large number of English language schools in Denmark offering opportunities for qualified teachers to teach subjects like Advanced English and Business English. Business English teaching jobs are in huge demand and previous business experience is often considered an advantage for these positions, along with relevant qualifications and previous experience teaching.
Denmark has more than 24 international schools across the country, primarily for children of expats, that regularly employ native English-speaking teaching staff. In Danish international schools, teachers are often in high demand and, consequently, the requirements for teachers looking for jobs at these schools are often more advanced.
Salary and benefits while teaching in Denmark
Salary and benefits for teaching jobs in international schools and language schools in Denmark vary greatly across schools. Having, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree as well as a relevant English teaching qualification such as a TEFL certificate offers teachers the best chance to maximize their salary and benefit packages.
|Teaching Benefit Type||Teaching Benefit Details|
|Yearly Salary||$43,000 – $58,000 USD, depending on the school.|
|Working Hours||40 hours per week, with roughly 19 hours per week of lessons.|
|Relocation Allowance||Not typically provided.|
|Vacation||June to August, in addition to national holidays in fall, winter, Easter and Christmas.|
|Health Insurance||Not typically provided.|
|Contract Duration||One year.|
Teaching in Denmark – Hiring
Qualifications to teach in Denmark
If you want to secure a job teaching in an international school in Denmark, you will usually need to have a postgraduate degree in education along with a wealth of relevant teaching experience.
Visas for teachers in Denmark
If you are a non-EU citizen, however, then you will need to apply for a work permit in order to teach in Denmark. You will also need to be a certified teacher in your home country in order to be granted a visa to work in Denmark.
Living in Denmark
The cost of living and taxes are higher than average, however, the salaries at Danish schools are usually higher to offset this fact.
Things for teachers to do in Denmark
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Denmark at a glance
Population: 5.614 million
Currency: Danish krone
Government: Constitutional monarchy
Major religion: Evangelical Lutheran
Denmark boasts one of the highest numbers of Nobel laureates per capita - 14 in total - of any country in the world.
Hans Christian Andersen, known as the father of fairy tales, was born in Denmark in 1805.
Denmark has the highest employment rate in the world.
The Danish flag, originating from 1219, in the world’s oldest state flag.
Denmark is the birthplace of LEGO. The LEGO company’s headquarters is located in Billund, Denmark.
Copenhagen is home to more Michelin-starred restaurants than the rest of Scandinavia combined.