Study in Denmark
Each year students from around the world come to Denmark to get a quality education in a friendly, safe and innovation-driven environment. With their different perspectives they contribute to a diverse and enriching learning environment.
Residence permit to study in Denmark
As a non-EU/EAA citizen, you can be granted a residence permit to study in Denmark. To do so, you must prove in writing that:
- You have been accepted as a student to a higher education course at a university, college or institute that has been approved by the Danish government
- You are either completing an entire educational programme arranged by a Danish institution of higher learning or a guest student following part of a programme that you have already commenced in your country of origin
- You can support yourself for the duration of your stay. (Please note: foreign students do not usually receive state benefit payments in Denmark. If you make a false claim for such assistance, your residence permit may be revoked)
- You have paid for at least the first semester of your course in advance, if you are paying tuition fees.
- You can speak and understand at least one of the following languages: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German
Be careful when filling out your application. An incorrectly completed form could jeopardise your chances of success. The process is as follows:
First, a representative of the educational institution in Denmark should complete section two and attach the required documents. Then, you complete section one and attach your own supporting documents. It is up to you to submit the application in its entirety. You can do so at your nearest Danish embassy or consulate general in your home country. It will then be sent to the Danish Immigration Service for processing.
Higher education in Denmark is free for students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland. Similarly, if you are participating in an exchange programme your studies in Denmark are free. You also don’t pay for tuition if you have a:
- permanent residence permit (‘permanent opholdstilladelse’)
- temporary residence permit that can be upgraded to a permanent one (‘midlertidig opholdstilladelse mmf varigt ophold’)
- parent from a non-EU/EEA country who is already working in Denmark
All other students must pay tuition fees. Annual tuition fees for full-time degree students range from DKK 45.000-120.000 (≈ USD 8.000-21.000 / Euro 6,000 to 16,000). Please check with the institution of your interest.
Scholarships and grants
Most Danish institutions have bilateral agreements with foreign institutions of higher education. These agreements are usually designed for the mutual exchange of students, researchers and teachers. National and European programmes offer scholarships for international students wishing to study in Denmark through an institutional agreement, as guest students or as a part of an international double or joint degree.