Rules for Danish Education

Who can apply?

Danish education is a free Dansih course for a newly arrived foreign nationals above the age of 18 who meet the following criteria:

  • Legal residence either temporary residence permit or permanent residence permit, and an address in one of the municipalities in Denmark.


  • Legal residence under the EU-regulations and place of residence in a Danish municipality.
  • EU-border commuters who work or own a business in Denmark, with place of residence outside of Denmark.

Note: It is your municipality of residence that refers you to a Danish course.

S-student or I-student

Under the Danish Education legislation, a distinction is made between S-students and I-students.

You are an S-student, if you reside in Denmark as or due to:

  • Work or study
  • As an accompanying spouse
  • As a result of familiy reunification under the EU-rules
  • Work as an au pair

You are an I-student, if you have a refugee status in Denmark or reside in Denmark under the Alien Act of family reunification.


You are required to complete your Danish language course within the deadlines of a so-called klippekort (a voucher system). You have a set of deadlines to complete the individual modules of your course and the course as a whole:

– If you are a self-supporting student (S-student), the general rule is that you have to complete your Danish Education within 3½ years.
– If you are referred under the Integration Act (I-student), you have to complete your Danish Education within 5 years.

Read more about the “Klippekort” here


When you are referred to a Danish education, the tuition is free.

However, you are required to pay a deposit of DKK 2000,- before you can start. This applies only to S-students.

Read more on deposit rules and pay here.

More information

Find more information on Danish education at the Education Guide and the website of the Ministry of Immigration and Integration