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Denmark Student Visa Requirements & Process

A complete guide to obtaining a student visa in Denmark, including a list of the required documents, an explanation of how to apply, and frequently asked questions

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Danish Student Visa - The Simple Guide

A Denmark student visa is required for students seeking higher education in Danish institutions. Student visas let you live, study, and work (part-time) in Denmark if you’re accepted to a university. The educational program can be completed fully or partially as a guest or exchange student.

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Danish student visa overview

Studying in Denmark for more than three months requires a visa for everyone except European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), and Swiss citizens. Applicants for a Denmark visa for studies must apply to the Danish embassy or consulate abroad up to six months before the start of their courses.

Our immigration consultants regularly assist international students in moving to or extending their stay in Denmark to pursue their education. Fill out the contact form to get started with your Danish study visa application process.

Denmark student visa requirements

Denmark student visa applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Admission to a higher education program is required
  • Proficiency in the English or Danish language
  • Approval of your educational institution and program is required
  • You will need to be able to support yourself financially (DKK 6,397 a month)

In the case of admission to a preparatory course:

  • In accordance with the Ministry of Higher Education and Science, attendance is mandatory
  • One year is the maximum length of the course
  • A student must be accepted into the higher education program that the preparatory course is associated with

Denmark student visa process

The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) must receive your student visa application. To apply for a Danish student visa, you must complete the following steps:

  • Create a case order ID
  • There is a fee associated with the application for a visa
  • Ensure that the necessary documentation is complete
  • Fill out the application
  • Submit the visa application
  • Visit a Danish diplomatic mission to register your biometrics
  • Receive an answer

For your visa application, you must create a case order ID. Select the case type Higher Education and fill in the gaps with your personal information as needed. You will receive the case order number once you have completed the form.

Upon creating your Case Order ID, you will need to pay a fee of 1,890 DKK (253.95 EUR), otherwise, your application will be rejected. 

Certain cases do not require the fee:

  • The Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey
  • Denmark’s international obligations

A case order ID is still required even if you are exempt from the fee.

You must prepare a set of Denmark visa requirements. This includes a letter of acceptance from your school, proof of financial support, etc. Your visa may be at risk if you do not submit all the required documents.

It is your responsibility and the responsibility of your educational institution to complete the application. You can choose from two forms: an online form and a print form. 

  • In the case of online applications, your educational institution must fill out the first two parts of the application. You will receive a reference number and a password after which you will be able to access the other sections of the application.
  • For printable applications: You must fill out part 1 and the educational institution must fill out part 2. The application should be submitted together after both parts have been completed.  

In the event that you applied online, your application has already been submitted to SIRI.
It is also possible to submit your application to a Danish diplomatic mission or an application centre in the country you are residing if you did not apply online.
A SIRI branch office can assist you with your application if you legally reside in Denmark.

Generally, the processing time for a Danish student visa is two months (60 days). To keep you updated on the status of your application, you will receive an email or SMS.
As soon as your visa has been approved, you can begin the enrollment process for your courses in Denmark.

Supporting documents for Denmark student visa application

In order to obtain a Danish student visa, you will need to provide the following supporting documents:

  • Payment proof from SIRI. The payment receipt should be attached.
  • Copy of your passport (all pages).
  • Letter of acceptance. If you are a guest or exchange student, you will need to show that you are enrolled in an educational institution in your home country.
  • Proof of finances. You must prove that you can support yourself financially during your time in Denmark.

After you arrive in Denmark

After obtaining your student visa and entering Denmark, one of the first things you need to do is register your Danish address with the local municipality. After registering your address, you will receive a Danish CPR (personal registration number).

If you have any questions regarding the process, you should contact your university’s student services department.

How long can I stay in Denmark with a student visa?

You are allowed to stay in Denmark for the duration of your education program if you actively participate in it.  You must apply for an extension of your permit if you do not complete the program within this time frame. One year is the maximum period for which you can extend your permit. Exceptionally, your permit can be extended for a maximum of two years if you prolong your studies due to pregnancy or parental leave.

Health Insurance for students in Denmark

  • The Danish welfare system provides free medical care to international students studying in Denmark. Social security or registration numbers (CPR numbers) can be obtained by students who have stayed more than three months. As a result, they will be able to use the National Danish Health Service and receive free medical treatment.
  • You will be assigned a GP (General Practitioner) after receiving a health insurance card. When you finish your studies and want to leave Denmark, you must return your medical card to the local citizen service.

Questions? You’re covered

Yes! As an international student in Denmark, you are entitled to work in the following positions:

  • Part-time (20 hours per week) is available from September to May during the normal period of study
  • Full-time through June, July, and August

It is illegal to work more hours than you are allowed to. Depending on the situation, you may receive a warning, a fine, or have your student residence permit revoked. 

A Denmark family visa can be obtained by your family members if you receive a student permit. It is possible for them to stay in Denmark for the same period as you if they are granted a permit. 

Yes! Denmark student visa extensions are available if:

  • There has been a delay in your studies.
  • Due to your passport's expiration, you were granted a shorter permit.

During the time SIRI processes your extension application, you can stay in Denmark and continue your studies and work. It is necessary to apply for an extension four months before your study permit expires. A request for an extension must meet the following conditions:

  • You must remain enrolled in your higher education program
  • You must be an active student
  • Applicants must be financially able to support themselves

You can apply for a six-month residence permit if you complete a higher education program in Denmark. After completing your studies, you have a period during which you can look for a job. It is called the job-seeking period in Denmark. During this period, if you are offered a job, you will need to apply for a new residence and work permit.

Denmark Student Visa Eligibility Check

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Our immigration consultants regularly assist international students in moving to or extending their stay in Denmark to pursue their education. Contact us to discuss your Danish student visa application.

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