To study in Denmark, you must obtain a residence permit for the purpose of studies.
The main categories of studies that you can apply for are:
|Employment during higher educational studies||If you are completing a higher educational programme you can work 15 hours a week and full-time in June, July and August.|
|Employment during basic or youth studies, or for pupils in folk high schools||If you are following a basic or youth study programme or enrolled in a folk high school, you are granted a work permit in very specific cases, e.g. if you would benefit educationally or professionally from the traineeship.
The job must have an educational purpose. The permit will only be valid for a specific place of employment.
If you are under 18, you will be entitled to a work permit only if you have a written offer or contract for a specific job, and if the employer confirms to the Immigration Service that Danish workplace environment legislation is being upheld.
|Employment after studies||If you are completing a higher educational programme, you are granted an additional six months of residence to look for a job in Denmark.|
|Family reunification||Your spouse, cohabiting or registered partner and children under 18 are eligible for residence permits if you are completing a higher educational programme.
If you are following a basic or youth study programme or enrolled in a folk high school you are, as a rule, not entitled to bring your family to Denmark.
|Permanent residence permit||If you have held a Danish temporary residence permit for at least four years, you can apply for a permanent residence permit. To qualify, you must obtain at least 100 points.
A total of 70 points are awarded if you meet the following conditions, all of which must be met.
An additional 15 points will be awarded if you prove you are an active citizen by serving on a board or being an active member of other organisations for at least 12 months. In the future you may be able to fulfil this requirement by passing an Active Citizenship Exam, which is currently being developed.
The final 15 points are awarded if you meet one of the following integration-related requirements:
Download the application form for a permanent residence permit
Exemptions to one or more of these requirements may be available for pensioners, applicants under the age of 19, applicants with strong ties to Denmark and applicants who are entitled to a waiver under Denmark's international obligations.