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Folk high schools

You can be granted a residence permit in order to follow a course at a folk high school (folkehøjskole) or similar institution - for example, a housekeeping or needlecraft school.

Conditions

In order to be granted a residence permit you must document:

  • that you are enrolled to follow a course at a folk high school (folkehøjskole) or similar which has been approved by a state authority. The head of the school must declare that the course you are to follow is eligible for state subsidies, or state that the course will be carried out without state subsidies. In the latter case, the school must attach a statement about the course from a publicly accredited educational institution ('Danmarks Evalueringsinstitut')
  • that you have paid the course fees
  • that you can support yourself for the duration of your stay in Denmark if you are not offered food and lodging at the school. Please note that a foreign student in Denmark may not receive public assistance / benefit payments. If you do so, your residence permit may be revoked
  • that you can speak and understand the language of instruction and have a working knowledge of either Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German

A residence permit requires that the school is included by the Danish legislation concerning folk high schools, continuation schools, housekeeping schools and needlecraft schools. The Danish Agency for International Recruitment  and Integration will only grant residence permits for attendance at schools approved and monitored by the Ministry of Education.

Duration

You will be granted a residence permit for the duration of the course. You can apply for an extension of your residence permit, resulting in a total maximum of 18 months. The 18 months can be used for several courses at different folk high schools, either as one stay of 18 consecutive months, or as several separate stays.

It is a condition for the residence permit that you are active and enrolled in the school's 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 participating in the school's activities.

Please note that a course at a folk high school (folkehøjskole) does not qualify to admission to a higher education and does not give access to further education or residence in Denmark.

Family members

You cannot bring your family members to Denmark if you hold a residence permit as a student at a folk high school.

Work

You cannot be granted a work permit if you hold a residence permit as a student at a folk high school or similar.

If you work without a work permit, the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration may revoke or refuse to extend 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



Last update: 5/17/2016
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