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Medium-Cycle Higher Education

These statistics contains yearly data about the activity on medium-cycle higher education in Denmark. This includes the number of entrants, the number of completed and the number of active students. The statistics are divided by education and the students' age, sex, ancestry and national origin.

Data description

The statistics about medium-cycle higher education shows the number of students on a medium-cycle higher education in Denmark. The statistics are a part of the Student Register and is publicized yearly as a part of this. In StatBank Denmark, you can sort by students per 1 October, completed students and new students distributed by educational fields, age, ancestry, national origin and sex (see under "Begreber og definitioner").

Classification system

Statistics Denmark's education classification DISCED-15 is used to define medium-cycle higher education. A description of it can be found at: DISCED

Sector coverage

Not relevant for these statistics.

Statistical concepts and definitions

Enrolled: Persons enrolled at an education per September 30th in a given year.

Entrants: Persons beginning their education in the period between October 1st and September 30th the following year.

Completed: Persons completing their education in the period between October 1st and September 30th the following year.

Statistical unit


Statistical population

Persons who have been enrolled on a medium-cycle higher education in Denmark which is publicly regulated. In detail, this means that the Ministry of Higher Education and Science or another ministry has set the rules for the education through a law or an executive order. Since 2007 private education giving access to public grants is also included.

Reference area


Time coverage

The current time series in StatBank Denmark covers the time period from 2005 and onwards.

Base period

Not relevant for these statistics.

Unit of measure

The measuring unit is the number of persons.

Reference period

The newest data collection was for the period of 1 October 2018-30 September 2019.

Frequency of dissemination


Legal acts and other agreements

Law on Statistics Denmark § 6 and § 8 stk. 3. Regulation (EC) No 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2008 concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning.

Cost and burden

The respondent burden is minimal. Data are collected from local school-based administrative registers although a few institutions report via spreadsheets.


Further information can be found on Statistics Denmark's homepage: Fulltime education or by contacting Statistics Denmark directly. On the homepage, notes about historic revisions of the statistics can be found.