Denmark Study Visa
Students looking for options to study abroad can choose Denmark. This country is a good choice for many reasons. Denmark has many top-ranked universities and offers scholarships and grants to deserving students. The housing and living costs are reasonable and students will get an opportunity to experience the unique culture, cuisine, and traditions of Denmark.
What are the visa requirements for students?
The visa requirements for studying in Denmark is dependent on your country of origin. If you are from any of the Nordic countries i.e. Norway, Sweden or Finland, you can study in the country without the need for any documentation. You will only need a personal identification number which will be given to you when you submit your passport or any other personal identification on arrival.
If you belong to the EU or EEA or Switzerland, you can stay in Denmark for up to three months if you have a valid passport. However, if you plan to stay for more than three months, you will need a Danish registration certificate. With this certificate you will get a personal identification number which is essential if you want to work in the country.
If you are not from the EU or EEA, you will require a permit to study in Denmark. The kind of permit will depend on the duration of your stay. If you are planning to stay here for less than three months, you will need a visa and for a longer stay of more than three months you will need a residence permit. Here are more details:
Visa for short term stay
You can apply for this visa at the Danish embassy or consulate in your country. This visa however does not allow you to work in Denmark.
Residence permit for long-term stay
If you must stay in Denmark for more than three months for your studies, then you will have to apply for a residence permit. You can make the application at the Danish embassy in your home country. With the residence permit, students can work in Denmark for 20 hours per week.
The residence permit will be valid for the duration of your program, so you need not bother about renewing it during your program. It is better to begin your application process three months before you travel to Denmark.
- A valid passport
- Proof that you have the financial resources to support your stay during your course
- Proof of proficiency in either English or Danish based on which language you are doing the course
- Proof of travel insurance purchase
- Proof of having planned for your accommodation during your stay
Open an account on the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Apply Visa website.
Fill out the online form for Denmark.
Then, depending on the type of permit, pay the necessary fees.
Schedule an appointment at one of the approved VAC in Denmark. You can do so by visiting the website of the VAC in your region.
You can then visit the VAC with the cover letter that you received via e-mail and submit your biometrics there.
How can Y-Axis help you?
Advise you on the required documentation
Advise you on the funds that need to be shown
Fill out the application forms
Review your documents for the visa application
QS university ranking of Danish Universities
Name of university
University of Copenhagen
Technical University of Denmark
University of Southern Denmark
When should you apply for a student visa in Denmark?
The best time to start applying for your residence permit is three months before your arrival date. Because some documents must be signed, sealed, and delivered, as well as biometrics, the entire duration and processing times may vary based on your nationality.
What are the criteria under which you are permitted to work in Denmark?
As an international student, you are permitted to work in Denmark if you meet the following legal requirements:
From September to May, non-EU/EEA and non-Nordic students are allowed to work 20 hours per week, and from June to August, 37 hours per week.
What are the standards that you must meet in order to be awarded a residence permit?
You must be admitted into a government-approved higher education study program or one offered by a publicly accredited educational institution.
Documents demonstrating that you (or a sponsor) are financially capable of covering your expenses in Denmark for the duration of your stay.
The residence visa will be provided for the duration of the study program, with the option of an extra year of extension.
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