Danish as the Language of Internationalization

Haberland, H. (Lecturer)

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution


Foreign students from other than the Scandinavian countries usually work through English when they come to study in Denmark. At Roskilde University, we experience that many (but not all) of these students learn Danish rather fast and often go on to finish their studies in Danish. In this way, Danish becomes their language of internationalization. This paper is about the options of choosing between languages to learn and language to use, and the motivation behind these choices. The data come from questionnaire surveys and interviews; I also have observed patterns of language choice in intra-university mailing and discussion lists.
Emneord: internationalisation, language learning, transnational student mobility
Period19 Jun 2008
Event typeConference
LocationHong Kong, Hong Kong


  • internationalisation
  • language learning
  • transnational student mobility