Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Studieretninger... Study Lines

Jeg får mange spørgsmål om gymnasiet og hvordan det er forskellig fra USAs skoler.... Så jeg prøver at forklare forskellene i få blogs i kommenede uger. I dags emne: Studieretninger.

I get a lot of questions about the gymnasium and how it is different from the schools in the US..... So I will try to explain the differences in a few upcoming blogs. Today's subject: Study lines.

Først-- Gymnasiet er ikke ligesom en amerikansk højskole. I stedet for, er det ligesom en "junior college". Elever gå på universitet fra gymnasiet og gå direkte ind til deres universitet program (fx: jura, medicin, uddannelse). De har ikke "2 år basics" ligesom vores universiteter i USA. Deres "basics" kommer i gymnasiet.

First--The gymnasium is not like an American high school. Rather, it is much more like a junior college. Students go to the university from the gymnasium and go directly into their university programs (e.g.: law, medicine, education). They do not have "two years of basics" like our universities in the US. Their "basics" come at the gymnasium.

Eleverne vælger en studieretning på gymnasiet som de vil gerne studere. De tager klasser i deres studieretninger som vil hjælper dem at fortsætte på universitet. Vi har mange forskellige studieretninger hos Herning Gymnasium--som er i 4 forskellige hovedfag--1. Sproglige, 2. Samfundsvidenskab, 3. Naturvidenskab, 4. Kunstneriske.

Students choose a study line at the gymnasium in which they would like to study. They take classes in their study line which will help them as they continue at the university. We have lots of different study lines at Herning Gymnasium--which fall under four different main subjects--1. Languages, 2. Social Sciences, 3. Natural Sciences, 4. The Arts.

Alle elever tager den samme grundforløb klasser i deres første termin på gymnasiet imens de lærer mere om de forskellige studieretninger. De vælger deres studieretning i december som betyder at de flytter ind til deres studieretning klasser i januar og fortsætte 2.5 år.

All students take the same foundational courses in their first semester at the gymnasium while they are learning about the various study lines. They choose their study line in December which means that they move into those courses in January and continue in them for 2.5 years.

Den bedste del af de studieretninger er at eleverne har de samme lære alle 3 år så vi plejer dem som en hold imens vi lærer dem. Elever tager klasser som de har selv valgt med lærer som har muligheden at investere i dem i tre år.

The best part of the study lines is that the students have the same teachers all three years so we are able to take care of them as a team while we teach them. Students take classes that they have chosen for themselves with teachers who get to invest in them for three years.

5 comments:

LadyFi said...

Interesting! Sounds very much like gymnasium in Sweden too.

Kevin said...

How old are the kids when they enter gymnasium?

Then do they go on to 4 years at the university?

Which study line would nursing students take? Natural sciences?

(Just thought I'd add to your list of questions ;-))

PS. Glad you're back safely and without that hideously painful brain swelling!

nettielouise said...

Sounds probably like the closest comparison in the US would be magnet schools, only here, the kids I think rotate teachers more still. I really like the idea of having the same group of kids for a few years. Every year, I feel like I am just getting to know my kids when they fly out the door never to return.

Mads and Kelli said...

To answer Kevin's questions:
How old are the kids when they enter gymnasium?
Most are 16 and leave when they are 19... if you want to equate it to "grades" in the US, it is like 11th, 12th & 13th (so junior, senior & an extra grade).

Then do they go on to 4 years at the university?
Some university programs are 4 years and others are 5.... but you directly enter your program so if you are prelaw, you start in prelaw classes that first year...

Which study line would nursing students take? Natural sciences?
Yes, anyone that wants to go into a medical field would go that route. I have 1 group this year in that field and have discovered that about a half dozen of them plan to be vets.....

Pete said...

Danish and other European university degrees are based on ECTS-credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Credit_Transfer_and_Accumulation_System
Quote: "For successfully completed studies, ECTS credits are awarded. One academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS-credits that are equivalent to 1500–1800 hours of study in all countries irrespective of standard or qualification type and is used to facilitate transfer and progression throughout the Union".


To get a bachelor's degree at a Danish univesity requires 180 ECTS-credits (3 years).
After this most students continue to take the cand. degree. In Denmark the title candidatus or candidata (female) abbreviated cand. is used as a master's equivalent.
A cand. title requires the obtainment of a bachelor's degree.
A Danish candidate degree requires aditional 120 ECTS-credits (2 additional years, so 5 years total).


Candidate degree is a term used in all the Scandinavian countries. But to make it more confusing the Swedish "kandidatexamen" (kand.) only equals a Bachelor's degree in Denmark and other countries.
In Sweden they also have "magisterexamen" and "masterexamen". The Swedish magisterexamen (1 additional year) is in between kandidatexamen and masterexamen.