Rules for Danish Education

Who can apply?

Danish education is a free Danish 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.

As a general rule, you are entitled to free Danish education for a maximum of 5 years from your arrival to Denmark.

You are offered to participate in one of 3 Danish educations. That means you can participate in Danish education 1, 2, or 3. Once you have completed the Danish education you are placed in, you are finished.

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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.


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. You can get your deposit back – or transferred to the next module – if you complete the module within the deadline.

If you do not complete the module within the deadline, you will lose your deposit and you will have to pay another deposit to be able to continue to the next module.


Read more on deposit rules and deadlines and pay here.

Self paying students

If you are not eligible for the free Danish course, you can participate as a self- paying student.



Danish education 1 & 2: DKK 140,- per lesson (45 minutes).

Danish education 3: DKK 840,- per week.

More information

Find more information on Danish education at the Education Guide and at


See executive order on Danish language teaching here.