The South Gate Society Degree Program requires prospective students hold a minimum of a high school diploma or upper secondary school exit exam. Due to the rigorous amount of reading and writing, students should have a high level of language skills and abilities. Below, you will find information on Admission Requirements, Language Level, Tuition, Scholarships & Grants, Housing, Residence Application, Health and Safety, Living and Working in Denmark, Learning Danish for Free, and Banking.
English Language Requirements
All courses are taught in English and therefore require students to be proficient in the language. Most assignments will be written in English until the fourth year, in which students choose to write their final projects in English or their native language.
Students do not have to take one of these tests, but for reference, your English proficiency should be at one of the levels listed below. Your English level will be evaluated through your Personal Statement and Writing Sample within your application. For Danish students, a B-level is required.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
An overall grade of 6.5 is preferred, with nothing lower than a 5.5 in any of the subcategories.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
A minimum score of 85 for the internet-based test with no scores lower than 80 in subcategories.
Documented evidence of English language proficiency
The South Gate Society reserves the right to request further documentation of the applicant’s English proficiency according to section 9 of the Danish Ministerial Order no. 1212 of 17 December 2012 on Access, enrollment and leave etc. This documentation must be made up of one of the English tests listed above as well as an interview.
Tuition payment per semester: 25.000 DKK*
Upon acceptance into the program, students must pay their first tuition payment, which is a non-refundable deposit, in the amount of 4.167 DKK to reserve their spot in the degree program. Subsequently, students are billed monthly from the Bursar.
Examples: If a student is accepted into the program in May, they will pay their first month tuition within 30 days, and their subsequent bill will arrive on August 1. If a student has been permitted late-acceptance in August, they will pay July + August tuition, and receive their next bill on September 1.
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* Degree Programs in Denmark are not charged 25% tax. So, the tuition is “simply” the tuition; no additional costs.
All applications to The South Gate Society must include the following materials listed below. Please gather the information and documents, and then get started on your application: The South Gate Society Student Application
- Official Contact Information: Your official contact information includeing your Danish CPR Number or Passport Number with a scanned copy of document.
- Résumé or Curriculum Vitae: Submission Details: 1-3 Pages. Format in .doc, .docx, or .pdf
- Personal Statement: Specify your reason(s) for applying, the project(s) you want to develop, your future writing goals, and your expectations of the degree program. Please write this essay in English, as it is part of our evaluation process to know our students will understand the course content in the language. Submission Details: 3 pages, double spaced, 12 pt, Times New Roman.
- Writing Sample: Submit up to twenty (20) pages of the work that best represents you as an artist within the specialized track for which you are applying (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s literature, screenwriting, or playwriting). This can include samples of short stories, chapters, poems, book proposals, scripts, or anything relevant to the degree program of your choice. Submission Details: Written in English (or your native language with an English summary). Max: 20 pages, double spaced, 12 pt, Times New Roman.
- Financial Aid Request: For students applying for a scholarship or Work-Study Program. This one-page document should explain why you are applying for either a Scholarship or the Work-Study Program (or both) and describe your current financial situation as well as why you would make an excellent candidate to represent the scholarship awards and/or the skills you can lend to a Work-Study position at The South Gate.
- Letters of Recommendation: Provide two (2) Letters of Recommendation. At least one must be from an academic reference. Ideally, your academic reference is a previous teacher, instructor, or an authority on your academic acumen as well as your ability to achieve your future academic goals. The other letter can be a personal reference from someone who can describe you as a person, artist, and your artistic aspirations.
- Transcripts: Include a copy of your school transcripts. At minimum, you must include high school (or upper secondary) transcripts. If you haven’t graduated yet, then you may send transcripts of the first half of your final year.
EU/EEA Citizen Application
If you reside in Denmark for more than three months, you will need a residence permit. You will need to fill out this form and submit it with your admission letter, passport, and two passport photos.
Get Started: EU Residence Application
As a non-EU citizen, you must obtain a residence permit prior to moving to Denmark. Once your application is accepted and your deposit is paid, The South Gate Society International Office will send you the official residency permit application via email. You complete the first part, and The South Gate Society will have completed the second part. You will then submit the application to the nearest Danish Embassy in your country, who in turn will forward the application to the Danish Government for processing. The application process takes approximately three months, so apply as early as possible.
Please note: you must create a Case Number and submit the processing fee before submitting your completed application to the Danish Embassy in your country.
Get Started: Create your Case ID
Denmark: The Land of Light
Denmark is the land of light and dark. The long, light summer nights peaking at the summer solstice; offset by the long, dark winter nights, where Danes turn to candles and Christmas lights to create “hygge”. Artists, writers and painters alike, have found inspiration in the changing light. The Skagen painters found inspiration in the summer light, and Scandinavia’s many crime writers find inspiration in the dark.
Northern Denmark has embraced the creative energies and is emerging as an up-and-coming mecca for cultural projects in all art forms: writing, music, painting, performance arts. Most recently, it has become the home to Northern Denmark’s first private school of higher education in creative writing, The South Gate Society!
The South Gate Society, School of Creative Writing, is located in the city of Aalborg in Northern Jutland. Aalborg’s history stretches back over a thousand years, leaving many exciting historical locations to be explored by visitors to the region. More recently, Aalborg has been developing its many attractions with a focus on the waterfront and the city’s cultural offers such as Musikkens Hus, The Utzon Center, and Nordkraft to name a few. In addition, Aalborg is both a university city and a congress city, creating a buzzing atmosphere with many different events happening all year round, such as the annual Carnival, the Christmas Market, and “Ordkraft”, a writer’s fair.
Places to visit in Northern Denmark
Aalborg and Northern Denmark have many venues for the performing arts, offering something for all tastes.
Aalborg Teater dates back to 1878 and is located in the city center. It offers both classic and modern plays and musicals on its three stages.
Teater Nordkraft experiments with modern and alternative plays in their new venue located in the old power plant.
Det Hem’lige Teater offers various genres, sometimes taking the theater out into the streets of Aalborg.
Aalborg Congress and Cultural Centre lends its many stages to both big and small productions, and during the winter they put on the annual Winter Revy, a sketch show.
Outside Aalborg, you will find many bigger and small venues such as Himmerlands Teater located in Hobro south of Aalborg, Det Musiske Hus in Frederikshavn on the east coast, Hjørring Teater located in the old theater in the city center, and the all new Vendsyssel Teater with its indoor amphitheater stage in Hjørring as well.
Northern Jutland is a haven for music lovers and you can find events covering many genres all year round.
Musikkens Hus in Aalborg, located by the newly modernized water front, offers a varied selection of concerts and events with Jazz concerts and the resident Aalborg Symphony Orchestra providing musical experiences to satisfy any ear.
Aalborg Congress and Cultural Centre hosts concerts with both Danish and international music stars all year round, as well as internationally touring musicals.
During summer, Aalborg takes full advantage of the light days and uses the many outdoor spaces for both big and small concerts.
Beyond Aalborg, you will find many exciting musical experiences, such as musicals in amphitheaters, choir music in churches and monasteries, jazz by the water, pop and rock in parks, opera on the street, and chamber music in theaters.
And of course, you can’t miss the many music festivals all over Denmark offering a myriad of genres. In Northern Denmark, the Skagen Festival showcases international folk music, Sæby hosts a jazz festival by the harbor, at Løkken Koncert big Danish artists entertain, and the Nibe Festival plays pop and rock on five different stages.
Northern Jutland’s history with the arts stretches back centuries. Therefore, you will find many art centers around the region.
The Utzon Center in Aalborg is designed by Jørn Utzon, the architect behind the Sidney Opera House, as a salute to his home town of Aalborg. It displays his own work and is home to many changing exhibits.
Kunsten in Aalborg offers a variety of changing exhibits of modern art housed in a beautiful building designed by Alvar Aalto.
Walking around in Aalborg, you will also see the many displays of street art on the sides of buildings. The artwork is created by international artists during art festivals.
Skagens Museum, at the top of Denmark, houses artworks by the famous Skagen painters and shows the long history of the artist colony in Skagen. Walking around the town, you will also find the homes of the Skagen painters. Skagen is a must-see to experience the special atmosphere and the light that has inspired artists both in the past and present.
Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum og Exlibrissamling showcases changing displays of both Danish and international modern art.
If you wish to view and possibly buy artworks, you will find many small art galleries all over the region.
Arts & Crafts
With the many artists finding inspiration in the region, it is no wonder that Northern Jutland also houses many arts & crafts workshops.
Arts & crafts artists have created hubs of galleries and workshops in many small towns in Northern Jutland. Løkken and Lønstrup are former fishing towns on the west coast housing painters, jewelers, glass blowers, and ceramic artists. In Sæby, on the east coast, you will find arts & crafts galleries, amber jewelers, and shops in the quaint narrow streets and overlooking the harbor. In Skagen, you will likewise find many arts & crafts artists inspired by the special location at the tip of Denmark.
Northern Denmark is rich in natural wonders and you will find a wide variety of landscapes to inspire you.
To start at the top, Skagen is home to Grenen, the tip of Denmark where the North Sea collides with Skagerrak. It also houses Råbjerg Mile, a large sand dune slowly moving across the region, a church enveloped in sand, a lighthouse from 1747, and moors surrounding the town.
On the east coast you will find the calm and slightly warmer waters of Kattegat. On the west coast you will find the wild and stormy North Sea. Both coasts boast many longer stretches of beach and summer houses aplenty.
Just outside Lønstrup on the west coast, you will find Rubjerg Knude Fyr, a lighthouse slowly being buried in sand. It has recently been restored and it is now possible to go up to the top to take in the view over the sea. If you prefer the solid ground, you can take a walk among the dunes and the largest thicket of buckthorn in Denmark.
You could also take the ferry to the island of Læsø and experience the salt works, the wellness centers using Læsø salt to pamper you, or just enjoy the serene nature.
Just North-East of Aalborg you will find Hammer Bakker, hills coated in forest and moor and home to an abundant number of animals roaming the area.
In Frederikshavn, you can go hiking in Pikker Bakker and explore the many bunkers spread out in the hills left over from WWII.
In Nørresundby, just across the Limfjord from Aalborg, you will find Lindholm Høje. At the museum, you can view the history of the area dating back to the Iron Age and take a stroll in the large burial site just outside the museum.
Castles, manors, and monasteries
Are you in need of inspiration for a good ghost story? Or perhaps you are working on a historical novel?
Visit some of the historical castles, manors, and monasteries spread out around the region to get inspiration.
Aalborghus Slot is located in Aalborg by the water. Its history dates back to the 1300s, but the present building dates back to the 1500s. It was both the birthplace and scene of death of King Hans and it has been owned by the Danish monarchs since Queen Margrethe I took possession of the castle.
Dronninglund Slot was originally a monastery dating back to the 1200s, but after the Protestant reformation, the monastery became property of the crown. Across the street from the castle, you will find Storskoven, which, as the name says, is a large forest.
At Voergård Slot, you will find plenty of inspiration for your ghost stories. The castle boasts juicy ghost stories and a mysterious blood stain that can’t be washed off.
Sæbygaard Slot dates back to 1682 and was the manor home of Stygge Krumpen, a Bishop who had a large impact on the region. It is surrounded by a moat and hosts a cozy Christmas market.
Bangsbo Hovedgård is located near Pikker Bakker in Frederikshavn. With a magnificent view anda botanical garden, it is an excellent destination for a rejuvenating excursion.
Børglum Kloster looms over the surrounding area from its hilltop location where it has resided for over a thousand years. The looming white buildings include several different exhibitions showing the life at the monastery and surrounding areas, and have a church which hosts occasional art exhibits.
Aalborg is home to a large variety of food from all corners of the world and in a variety of prize ranges.
Travel around Asia and visit the spicy kitchen of India, the tasty Thai foods, the refreshing Japanese restaurants, the authentic Vietnamese cuisine, or the varied Chinese buffets.
Take an inter-rail trip around Europe and visit the Italian, Spanish, Greek, Irish, and, of course, Danish restaurants.
Aalborg has also become home to several new Mexican restaurants presenting a variety of authentic Mexican cuisine.
And if you are more into burgers and fries, there is a myriad of burger places, stretching from experimental burgers, over gastro-pub, to low-brow fast food joints.
In the summer, many of the restaurants and cafés open up their out-door patios, so diners can relax and enjoy their food in the sun.
For the partygoers, Aalborg has Jomfru Ane Gade, the biggest party street in Denmark. Bars and clubs lie side by side and offer something for everyone.
If you are more interested in a calm atmosphere, Aalborg has a brewery and various pubs scattered about town, offering a great assortment of craft beers, drinks and hearty food.
You can also gather together some friends and do the Aalborg Beerwalk. You will receive a small beer glass and then visit several of the participating pubs to taste their craft beers. It is a nice relaxing way to test the atmosphere of the various pubs in Aalborg.
Throughout the year, bigger events will take place at Aalborg Spritfabrikker right by the water. Aalborg Spritfabrikker is the distillery where Aalborg Aquavit used to be produced, but the buildings are now used for events and art exhibits.
If you just wish to hang out with cheap beer, the Student House in Aalborg is the place to go. Every Wednesday, they host an international evening where you can meet some of the many international students living and studying in Aalborg. The Student House also hosts concerts, a heavy metal festival, and the occasional poetry slam.
Denmark has a long history of organized sports. Northern Jutland is home to a diverse range of sports ranging from competitive to fun pastimes.
In Aalborg you can join the most common sports in Denmark such as football (soccer for the Americans), handball, swimming, badminton, tennis, gymnastics, basketball, and running. Aalborg also offers the more uncommon sports like fencing, shooting ranges, archers clubs, kayaking, rowing, surfing, table tennis, and martial arts.
For entertainment you could spend the day in Action House in Løkken. They offer Go-Karting, bowling, laser game, paintball, and more.
Annual events in Aalborg
In April, “Ordkraft” fills Nordkraft with literature lovers when the word festival begins. Danish authors, publishers, book shops, and writing schools take turns to inform, entertain, and inspire the many visitors.
In May, the annual Carnival takes over the city. It has Northern Europe’s biggest Carnival procession, taking all the Samba dancing participants straight through the inner city, culminating in a big colorful party in Kildeparken.
All summer long, you can find a myriad of music events as Chill i Parken (chill in the park) takes place. Musicians and DJ’s will entertain at the free events that take place in the many parks and at the harbor in Aalborg.
At the end of May/beginning of June, the International Food Fair stops by Aalborg. Here you will find a large assortment of goodies from around the world.
In June, the Viking Fair allows visitors to sample authentic Viking food, watch Viking battles, spin wool or write runes in the workshops or simply walk among the many booths offering handmade wares.
In July, Zulu Sommerbio stops by Aalborg. Zulu Sommerbio is a free-for-all outdoor movie theater that tours around the country showing some of the newest blockbusters.
In September, there’s the annual EDU Days where you can learn about studying abroad for a semester.
In December, the Christmas market starts up and visitors can sample Christmas foods, do some Christmas shopping, or take a turn on the big Ferris wheel.
Living in Aalborg also means living in a university city. Therefore, you have the opportunity to attend open lectures and seminars at Aalborg University. There will be open events all year long so keep an eye on their websites.
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