What can you experience at SDC?

Preparation seminar for new SDC students

Every year SDC hosts a seminar in Denmark for students before they go to China to study their master's degrees at SDC. Check out what you can expect to learn at the seminar and meet some of the students.

What you learn from studying at SDC?

Join associate professor Christian Byrge, who teaches at SDC on a regular basis, as he elaborates on some of benefits and challenges of choosing a master's degree programme at SDC.

Great Wall Trip 2019

Meet Yuan Zhe, Sofie, Sakeerthi and Signe who on 30 August 2019 joined all the other newly arrived SDC students, when they finished off the intro weeks with a trip to the Mutianyu part of the Great Wall of China.

Emma-Sophie on going out with her class mates

Join Emma-Sophie and a few of her classmates as they have lunch at a restaurant. Among other things she discusses socialising and what it is like to go out to eat.

Mia on studying and living in China

Mia Bodenhoff studies Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at SDC and will soon hand in her thesis. In this interview she shares the experiences she has gained from studying for almost two years in China.

Wednesday Lunch Lottery

In order to further cultural exchange at SDC, a couple of students came up with the Wednesday Lunch Lottery, where every Wednesday students, faculty and staff could sign up and be matched with random lunch companions from SDC.


Questions? Do not hesitate to contact us:

Anne Karina Lund (regarding admission):
Phone: +45 53545534

Thomas Lykke Pedersen (regarding living in China):
Phone: +45 51715376


The Master's programmes

Q: Do I have to speak Chinese?
A: You don’t have to speak Chinese to study at SDC, but due to national requirements all international students studying in China have to attend language and culture classes. Therefore you will have to attend these classes alongside your studies.

Q: What kind of certificate do I get in the end?
A: Upon completion of a SDC Master's programme you will obtain a double MSc degree with a certificate from the responsible Danish University - e.g. University of Copenhagen - and a certificate from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Q: What grading system will be used?
A: You will be given two grades for each examination result - one following the Chinese grading scale and one following the Danish grading scale.

Q: Who are my teachers and fellow students?
A: The teachers of SDC Master's programmes come from all the Danish universities as well as UCAS and others. You will be studying with students from all over the world, but mainly from Denmark and China. The programmes are taught in English and all examinations will be carried out in English.

Q: When will the programmes start?
A: The programmes begin in September.
In early August SDC invites all new students to a two-day seminar in Denmark, where you will meet the Danish SDC team and the Danish and international classmates.
Ultimo August you will have the opportunity to take part in the introduction week, where the new cohort is introduced to each other. During the week you will receive valuable information concerning your stay at SDC, China and the study programmes. We strongly recommend all students to participate in the introduction week.

Q: Where will I receive my lectures?
A: All lectures and classes will be given in China at UCAS' Yanqihu Campus in Huairou District, Beijing.


Q: Will I receive SU when studying at SDC in China?
A: The SDC Master's programmes are all approved for SU (the Danish students' Grants and Loans Scheme). To find out whether you are eligible for SU visit the website of the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants.
Remember to make sure your study grant is correct. You are responsible for informing the State Education Fund in all matters like enrollment at another programme, interrupted studies, documentation of study activity, extended time of study, notification of illness etc.

Q: How do I apply for SU?
A: If you are eligible for SU (The Danish students' Grants and Loans Scheme) you can apply via the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants on-line Fast Track. Choose "Kina", then "University of Chinese Academy of Sciences" then click "søg".

Q: Are there any scholarships available from SDC?
A: There are no scholarships available from SDC. Students are encouraged to apply for grants from private foundations etc.

Living in Beijing

Q: Where can I live?
A: UCAS offers dorm rooms on campus. We encourage you to stay in the dorm rooms to experience the unique social aspect of studying and living together with your fellow students. However, if you prefer to rent an apartment we recommend you do it through a private real estate agent.

Q: What are the dorms like?
The UCAS campus management offers accommodation on campus for approximately 1,800 RMB a month (excluding electricity and water). Students live in apartments that have 8-10 single dorm rooms (approximately 7 square meters each), and they are equipped with necessary furniture. Each apartment has a common room and shared bathrooms and showers.

Q: How expensive is it to live in Beijing?
A: The cost of living is relatively low, and as a student it is possibly to live fairly comfortably even on a tight budget. To get an idea of the price range, check some of the ‘cost of living’ indexes, e.g.

Q: How do I get a visa?
A: If you get accepted into one of SDC's Master's programmes, you will have to apply for a student visa either in your home country or at the Chinese embassy in Denmark. SDC will inform you about this when it is relevant.

Q: Do I need an insurance?
A: Yes. SDC students enrolled at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences are required to take out insurance that covers both physical and mental health issues. Upon arrival UCAS will demand proof of adequate insurance.
Usually travel insurances will not cover for a two-year stay abroad, so often special agreements are necessary. Students must choose an insurance company in Denmark or their home country. A Chinese insurance will not be adequate. Current students have primarily taken out, and recommend, insurance at, Europæiske Rejseforsikring, Gouda and AON (through Danish Students Abroad).
To avoid a possible waiting period between first and second year it is advisable to pay for both years of insurance before leaving Denmark/your home country.

Q: Which vaccines are recommended - if any?
A. Ask your doctor or check Statens Serum Institut to find out you are recommended to get any vaccines. Some vaccinations might have to be administered over a period of time.

The campus

Q: Where is the campus located?
A: The Yanqihu campus is located approximately 60 kilometres north of downtown Beijing, on the shore of the Yanqi Lake in the Huairou District. Huairou’s greater urban area has a total population of approximately 200,000 people and the centre is located 13 kilometres from the Yanqihu campus. In Huairou city centre you find cinemas, shopping malls, restaurants and bars. Huairou is covered in forests and mountains and is called the lungs of Beijing. The area has great options for biking, nature walks, skiing, golfing, and hikes.

Q: Which facilities are available at the campus?
A: On campus you find dormitories, library, coffee shops, convenience stores, supermarket, canteens, and a restaurant. The indoor sports facilities include gyms, ball courts and swimming pool, while the outdoor facilities include football pitches, tennis-, badminton- and volleyball courts and a jogging trail circling the campus.

Q: Where will the classes take place?
A: SDC’s teaching activities take place in the SDC building at campus. In the building you find classrooms, lecture halls, administration, meeting rooms, group rooms, student lounge and much more. The SDC students have established their own gym, arrange movie nights in the lecture halls etc. In the SDC building you will meet Chinese and Danish staff.

Semester calendar

Download UCAS' semester calendar to find out when the semester begin and end.

UCAS Academic Year 2022-2023

This is SDC - Visual Tour

Take a tour of SDC's home at the Yanqihu Campus north of Beijing. It is situated at the foot of the mountains overlooking the Great Wall of China and the beautiful Yanqi Lake.

Leaving with DKK 185,000 in grants

Line Kloster is a first-year Master’s degree student on the Life Science Engineering and Informatics programme. She has had great success with grants applications and you can get her tips and tricks.

'I did not even imagine that all of the money I received would be necessary, but practical preparations, living costs and travel expenses will add up,' says Line who also found extra space in her budget for trips and travels.

Red the full story and get Line's advice.

Tips for grant applications

First of all, start early to apply for grants as many grants have deadlines before you start in China. Remember: If you forget to apply or hear about a grant in your first year, you can always apply for your second year separately.
Grants are a private matter between the student and the foundation/company/persons giving. SDC are not able to help with applications, nor do we have the capacity to know of all grants available in and especially outside of Denmark.

However, a few general tips:

  • Many grants have a specific purpose for granting the money. Describe how you can contribute to this purpose by taking your Master’s degree in China

  • Be thorough and honest in your application and let them know who you are as a person

  • Do not be afraid to “show off” – i.e. in your CV, grades, recommendations etc.

  • Keep it simple, sober and lucid. You do not have to write a novel

  • Take your time and make sure your application is customised to the specific foundation/company

  • There are grants that are very specific and for instance depend on which geographical part of Denmark you are from. Therefore, remember to do your research.

Admission letter

Some grants require an admission letter. The official one from UCAS will not arrive before early July, but SDC can provide you with an admission letter if necessary. In that case, contact SDC at Remember to state your full name (as in passport), Master’s programme at SDC and your birthdate.

Grants recommended by former students

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And how do I prepare myself for the experience?

Luisa Gonzalez Boa studies Public Management and Social Development at SDC, and in CBS Wire she shares her experience in the article “It was going to be easy peasy lemon squeezy. I was wrong”.

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