Admission Requirements

In Denmark, each institution is responsible for its own admissions. Requirements vary from programme to programme. Here is what you need to know about how and when to apply.

Assessment of your Qualifications

Non-Danish citizens who do not have a Danish entrance examination are appropriate for admission if they have qualifications accepted as being equivalent to Danish entrance qualifications.

The institution in Denmark will require certified copies of your educational accomplishments. That is, you must provide copies with original stamps and signatures, or have two people who are not related to you sign the back of the copy with their name, address and birth date. Some institutions require that they receive the documents directly from the publishing institution. This can often take several months, so be sure to line up the documentation in time.

For an certified pre-assessment of your accomplishments visit ufm.dk/en/recognition. The judgments briefly states your qualifications correlate in Denmark and will enhance your application. The assessment serves only as a guideline since the individual institution in Denmark is responsible for its own admissions.

General admission requirements

English language requirements

All higher education programmes in Denmark require a high standard of English .In Danish upper secondary school education, English is taught in levels:

A – Advanced   B – Intermediate

Candidates for English-taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes must provide as a minimum prove of English proficiency language tests TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge ESOL examinations (CAE) are often used. The score equivalents are determined by the separate institution i.e. IELTS 6.5 and 6 bands (English A & B respectively). If you do not meet the specific admission requirement, you have the opportunity to take an English-language test. The various other tests and required minimum scores for approval is displayed below.

IELTS TOEFL Cambridge Advanced English
* English B - test score of at least 6.0 bands * English B - test scores in the ranges of 550-583 (paper-based), or 213-237 (computer-based test), or 79-93 (internet-based test) * English B - Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
English A - test score of at least 6.5 bands English A - test scores in the ranges of 587-610 (paper-based), or 240-253 (computer-based test), or 94-101 (internet-based test) English A – Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)

Note: * Some programmes require 'English A', which is one level higher than 'English B'

Applicants who are native English speakers are excluded from these test requirements. Also, applicants who can document English proficiency at an equivalent level may contact the institution's International Admission Office to figure if their English level is sufficient.

As a non-EU/EAA citizen you may be granted a Danish residence permit in order to study in Denmark. To be granted a residence permit, you must prove in writing that

  • You have been accepted as a student for a higher education course/programme at a university, college or institute that has been authorized by the Danish government.
  • You are either complete an entire educational programme offered by a Danish institution of higher learning or you can be a visited/guest student attending part of a programme that you have already commenced in your country of residence.
  • You can support yourself financially for the period of your stay. If you are paying your tuition fee, you may document that by showing that you have paid the tuition fee for the first semester or year, instead of documenting that you can support yourself. If you submit a bank statement to document that you can support yourself financially, please note that the bank statement must be less than 30 days old and clearly state in which currency the account is held. Your name must appear from the bank statement.
  • Please note: foreign students do not usually receive state grants or benefits in Denmark. If you receive state grants or benefits in Denmark, your residence permit may be revoked and you risk deportation.
  • You can speak and understand the language of instruction and have a functional command of either Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German.

Admission Requirement

The admission requirements are depending on the level of study which also applies the application procedure and deadlines. Tuition in Denmark is free for all EU/EEA members as well as for students participating in the exchange programmes. All other students have to pay a tuition fee. All programmes require a high proficiency in English and that you hold qualifications comparable to a Danish qualifying examination. For admission to programmes in Danish, you must also prove sufficient command of Danish by taking The Study test of Danish as a Foreign Language (Studieprøven i dansksomandetsprog) or The Danish Test 2 (Danskprøve 2). Some programmes may even require that you have passed The Danish Test 3 (Danskprøve 3).

Depending on the education you could be asked for additional admission requirements, such as specific subjects, level of subjects or practical work experience. In order to apply for the master programmes in Denmark you need an internationally recognized bachelor's degree or the equivalent. You also need to show proficiency in English, or if you are applying for programmes held in Danish, proficiency in Danish. Regarding the PHD programmes the requirement is at least a master level qualification.

For general assessment and if you have any questions concerning studying in Denmark; entrance qualifications, supplementary tests, and the possibilities of transfer of credits visit the www.ciriusonline.dk (Assessment and recognition).

Application deadlines in Denmark

Most of the undergraduate programmes in Denmark begin in fall and the application deadline is the 15th of March. Some institutions offer admission in January or February and then the deadline the 1st of September. You will find the application forms at the institutions about two months before deadline. The application deadlines concerning the summer courses differ depending on the institution at which they are held. Also the deadlines for the Postgraduate programmes vary, so you need to keep an eye on the relevant institution when it is time to send in your application.

How to apply for a student residence permit

Make sure you fill out the application form correctly. You are pledged to give true and correct information to the Danish Immigration Authorities, and you may risk having your application denied or the processing time of your case can be delayed, if you fail to do so. The process is as follows:

  • First, a representative of the educational institution in Denmark will complete section two of the application form, attach the required documents and send it to you.
  • Next, complete section one of the application form and attach your own supporting documents.
  • Submit the application in its perfection at the nearest Danish Embassy, General Government office or VFS-station. It will then be forwarded to the Danish Immigration Service for processing. You may also submit your application online. In this case, you must consequently within 14 days submit your biometric features at one of the above mentioned Danish Representations.

IMPORTANT: Biometric residence cards required for all Non-EU students

As of 20 May 2012, all non-EU citizens who wish to study in Denmark must have their photograph, fingerprints and signature registered digitally when they submit their application for a Danish residence permit. If the application is uploaded online the applicant must submit his biometric features within 14 days.

The International Office can help you if you need help when applying for a Danish residence permit, contact the International Office at the institution where you have been confirmed to. They can monitor you, if for example it is not possible to apply for a biometric residence permit in your home country.

How do I get a Danish ID-number? (CPR)

To attain your personal ID-number as a foreign student in Denmark you will need to register with the Danish Civil Registration System to obtain your personal ID number ('CPR number') while studying in Denmark. Once you are enrolled you will be allotted a Civil Personal Registration (CPR) number. The CPR number is unique to the person and is used in Denmark as an ID number.

Almost all public authorities use the CPR registry rule to e.g. avoid dualistic registration and errors with regards to a person's identity. The private sector will often ask for your CPR number, for example when you want to open a bank account.

Accommodation:-Danish universities do not have a culture for on-campus housing. Most students live in student halls of domicile situated some distance from campus. An economical public transport system also makes it easy to travel between your accomodation, campus and the city centre.

Other Residence Links On the following websites, individuals and firms offer rooms and apartments for rent and sale. You can also place your peculiar ad in English. Some of the websites will charge you a fee to approach contact details.

Free websites

 

Pay-to-view

 

How much does it cost?

Here are some examples. Please note that these are some conclusions.

Room in a student’s hall of domicile (Collegiums)

  • EURO 240-460 /month
  • USD 350-610 /month

Privately rented room in a house/flat (with access to shower)

Estimated price, 12-20m2 room

  • EURO 270-600 /month
  • USD 350-780 /month

Privately rented flat

Estimated price, 35-60m2 apartment

  • EURO 470-940 /month
  • USD 600-1200 /month

Habitation Benefits (‘boligsikring’)

EU/EEA citizens are capable for habitation benefits (‘boligsikring’) – an allowance for rent from the local committee. Yet, other subsidies for housing mortgage and security are not available. For technicalities on the conditions and how to apply, please contact your local committee.

You can find Student Residence in the four biggest Danish cities:

  • Aarhus
  • Odense
  • København
  • Aalborg

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