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.
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.
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.
Self paying students
If you are not eligible for the free Danish course, you can participate as a self- paying student. The price is DKK 122,- per lesson.