Computer Science

Computer game development is a booming multi-billion dollar industry. With its flourishing independent gaming culture and public funds for game developers, Denmark is a unique place to study this subfield of computer science.

Program Highlights

  • You will design, develop, and test a beta version of a 2D or 3D game individually or in small groups
  • Gain inspiration and build a professional network in the gaming industry by visiting start-ups and established firms on faculty-led study tours in Denmark and Germany
  • Immerse yourself in the Danish indie gaming community, meet with European peers and experts, and participate in game jams, hackathons, and more

 

Student Profile

This program is right for you if you are interested in computer science or math and want to gain experience in applying programming skills to the creation of games.

Core Course Week was incredibly valuable in developing my computer skills and immersing myself in Danish culture. Vallekilde Højskole hosted our game jam, where we developed a video game. Working as a team, bouncing ideas off of our classmates, as well as with the Danes, made the final result unbelievably satisfying. Beyond the time spent working, spending time with Danish students was probably my favorite part of the study tour. Hearing their perspectives on everything from computer science to the education system to cultural differences, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the højskole.”

-Grant McClure, Dickinson College

Why Study Computer Science in Denmark?

  • Denmark has fostered a number of famous computer scientists, such as the inventor of the C++ programming language and the author of the V8 JavaScript engine used in Google Chrome
  • There is a range of innovative game companies, including IO Interactive (the Hitman series), Playdead (Limbo), Kiloo (Subway Surfers), and the indie game company Knapnok Games (Affordable Space Adventures), in addition to the small, enthusiastic independent game developers eager to make the next big hit
  • Denmark is home to the largest game jam in the world, the Nordic Game Jam
  • There is a strong tradition for entrepreneurship using IT, where many successful and internationally used applications have been created, such as Skype, Endomondo, and Podio

Core Courses