Basic and youth study programmes
You can be granted a residence permit in order to follow a basic or youth study programme
In order to be granted a residence permit you must document:
That you are enrolled in a basic or youth study programme which has been approved by a state authority or which is offered by a publicly accredited educational institution
that you can support yourself with your own means for the duration of your stay in Denmark. You must document that you have at your disposal an amount equivalent to Danish student grants (SU) for the period of time your residence permit is to cover, with 12 months being the maximum requirement. The monthly amount (2016 level) is DKK 5,941, making the maximum required amount 12 x 5,941 = DKK 71,292
- that you do not receive public assistance / benefit payments during your stay in Denmark
that you can speak and understand the language of instruction and have a working knowledge of either Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German
that you have been given parental/guardian consent if you are under the age of 18
that the place of study will assist in ensuring proper residence and study conditions if you are under the age of 18
High school programmes
In order to be granted a residence permit for one school year at a high school (or equivalent), you must meet one of the following conditions:
Your stay must have been arranged by a student exchange organisation
Your year in Denmark must be the continuation of a high school programme already started in your country of origin
You are applying to follow the first year of high school and can document that you will continue the programme in your country of origin
Trade school programmes
You cannot be granted a residence permit in order to follow a basic programme at a trade school. However, it is possible to be granted a residence permit for an educational stay as part of international collaboration or exchange agreements.
If you are to follow a basic or youth study programme you will be granted a residence permit for a maximum of one year. It is a condition for your residence permit that you are active and enrolled in the study programme. If this is not the case, the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration can revoke your residence permit. The school is obliged to inform the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration if you are not actively following the programme.
In special cases – e.g., severe illness which has made it impossible for you to complete your programmes as planned – your residence permit may be extended by up to one year to enable you to complete your programme as planned.
If you have previously been granted a residence permit for a year for the purpose of following a basic or youth study programme, you cannot be granted an extension of your residence permit in order to complete the programme.
As a student at a basic or youth study programme, you cannot bring your family members to Denmark.
You cannot be granted a work permit as a student at a basic or youth study programme.
If you work in Denmark without holding a work permit, the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration may revoke your residence permit. This can happen even if you otherwise meet the conditions for your residence permit, e.g. if you are still actively enrolled in your course or study programme.
If you work illegally in Denmark, you risk deportation, and you and your employer risk fine or imprisonment.
How to apply
Read more about how to apply for a residence permit as a student