Education in Greenland

Greenland is located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, within the Kingdom of Denmark. It is the third largest country in North America, world’s largest island and dependent territory by area. The climate in Greenland is very cold and the temperature varies from -8 degree Celsius to 7 degree Celsius in Nuuk.

In Greenland, there are ten years of compulsory education.  All children aged between 6 and 16 must receive education for ten years. Primary schools in Greenland are free of charge for everyone.

Primary school is divided into three steps: 
  • First step: 1st-3rd grade
  • Middle step: 4th-7th grade
  • Third step: 8th-10th grade
The upper secondary (high school) education in Greenland is available from GUX in Aasiaat, Sisimiut, Nuuk and Qaqortoq. The upper secondary education can be taken over two, three or four years.

Further education in Greenland is divided into short-cycle, medium-cycle and long-cycle study programmes.
  • Short-cycle programmes of further education, 2-3 years
  • Medium-cycle programmes of further education, 3-4 years
  • Long-cycle programmes of further education, 5-6 years
  • PhD programmes
Special conditions apply to receiving a student grant in Greenland. You must be:
  • A Danish citizen
  • Resident in Greenland
  • Enrolled in an educational programme and actively studying.
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