Danish courses after July 1, 2018

Effective July 1, 2018, it is no longer free to learn Danish at a language school if you are in Denmark to work, study or as an EU citizen.

From July 2020, Danish classes at a public language school will once again be free of charge with a deposit of DKK 2,000. We at Copenhagen Language Center applaud the Danish government for prioritizing Danish language courses for all in the 2020 national budget. We look forward to learning more about how the new agreement will impact the rules governing Danish language programs for non-native speakers. Current and future students can rest assured that our Danish courses will continue to be of high quality and offer maximum flexibility.

Read more about the pros and cons of free vs. paid Danish classes

At Copenhagen Language Center, we will continue to offer high quality Danish language courses at competitive prices after the new policy takes effect. You can already register for our courses starting in August:

NOTE! You must have at least 12 years of schooling and good English proficiency in order to sign up for our Danish courses as from August 2018. We are planning to offer Danish courses for all students as from January 1, 2019.

Wait, whaaaaat? Danish courses aren’t free anymore?

As a self-supporting resident of Denmark, you must pay for your Danish courses as of July 1, 2018. Refugees and other “integration residents” will be able to continue learning Danish for free under the Danish Education Act.

If you are in Denmark to work or study, or as an EU citizen, you can choose between learning Danish at a public language school under the Danish Education Act, or through a private provider of Danish courses.

Copenhagen Language Center offers high quality Danish language courses on private sector terms. This means that we can now offer you a more flexible and individualized learning process than in the past.

Regardless of your choice between public or private provider, you will now have to pay to learn Danish – and both choices have their pros and cons.

Private language schools
Public language schools
User fees
No deposit required
Danish courses at all levels
Supplementary courses focusing on spoken Danish and pronunciation
Unlimited timeframe to learn Danish
No voucher scheme limiting completion time and access to courses
No pressure to quickly start your Danish courses after moving to Denmark
Exam-oriented preparation and instruction
Free Danish Exam

In addition to the user fee, a public language school will also require you to pay a deposit. Politically-influenced policy also pressures you to learn Danish and complete the modules as quickly as possible after moving to Denmark. As a result, Danish language courses at public institutions are rigidly planned and monitored, including the use of a voucher scheme and limited eligibility for Danish courses.

With Danish language courses at a private language school like Copenhagen Language Center, you can choose to enroll in a short course when it suits you. You only pay for the period and the courses of your choice, and you can take breaks between courses for as long as you wish. Read more about our courses.

Read more about the rules for self-supporting residents under the Danish Education Act.

danish classes july

So ... What will I get for my money?

At Copenhagen Language Center, we offer high quality Danish language courses on private sector terms. With more than 25 years’ experience in providing Danish language courses for more than 6,000 customers annually, we are a popular choice among foreign citizens living in the Greater Copenhagen region.

Our highly dedicated teachers possess strong professional expertise and special qualifications in teaching Danish as a second language. We offer short, flexible Danish courses that combine intensive classroom instruction with independent exercises on our digital platform.

Learning a language is a process, and can be difficult to combine it with a hectic work-life balance.

Our new Danish courses give you greater flexibility and the power to choose when and how fast you learn Danish. You can take breaks between the courses for as long as you wish. And every time you start a new course, you can choose between the following options:

  • in the morning or evening.
  • on Saturdays or weekdays.
  • online or classroom instruction.

All of our Danish courses are based on CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. By setting clearly defined, CEFR-based learning objectives for your progress, we ensure that you get the most out of the courses.

You also play an active part in shaping your Danish courses. We engage in a dialogue with you about your expectations and satisfaction before and after each course to make sure that you get the best possible learning experience.

CEFR - Common European Framework Reference of Languages

Let’s go! How do I sign up?

You must have at least 12 years of schooling and good English proficiency to enroll in our Danish courses as from August 2018 – but we are planning to offer Danish courses for all students beginning in January 2019.

We will be introducing additional courses this autumn and early 2019, so keep an eye on our website or sign up for our newsletter.

Until then we recommend that you sign up for FVU Danish. Through FVU, we provide free Danish classes starting in August 2018.

Sign up as a complete beginner

If you have never learned Danish before

If you’ve never taken Danish courses before, you can sign up here on the website or contact our administration during our opening hours.

Before we can place you in a course, you have to let us know which course you would like to enroll in and pay the course fee – payment can be made at our office or via our website (payment options will be sent by e-mail).

If you are uncertain about whether Copenhagen Language Center is the right choice for you, you are welcome to sign up to attend one of our orientation meetings for beginners, where you can learn more about Danish courses at Copenhagen Language Center and ask any questions you may have.

If you already speak some Danish

But have not attended classes at our school before

If you already speak some (or extensive) Danish, but have not attended courses at Copenhagen Language Center within the past year, we will begin by finding the right level for you. You can read more about the different course levels here.

To enroll in a Danish course at Copenhagen Language Center, complete our registration form and book an appointment for an assessment of your Danish skills, where our counselors will conduct a placement interview and short test. We hold two group assessment meetings weekly.


Join the discussion

  • Rahul Tewari

    Hi ,
    My Name is Rahul and I am from India. I am in Denmark on work visa and I am here on a project work since last 3 years. I am looking forward to apply for permanent residence permit next year. As I am have paid enough taxes so as per immigration law I can apply for permanent residence permit If I pass Danish Language Test level 3.

    Can you help me if there is any Online course that I can talk Or I can just do self studies and appear for Danish Language Tests.
    Is it possible to pass Danish Language Test 3 in 1 year ?.
    Currently I very little knowledge of the language as I have attended 3 – 4 classes at language school but then could not continue due to personal reason.

    Also I would like to know the cost of online course if there is any which suits my requirement.


    1. Camilla Svane

      Hi Rahul,
      Sorry for the late response. In order to pass the PD3 exam, your Danish skills must be at B2 pre-advanced level. It is up to you, whether you want to prepare for PD3 by attending classes at a language school or with self studies. Copenhagen Language Center offers an intensive online Danish course from beginner to pre-advanced level. Currently, classes cost DKK 1.194,- for 8 weeks.

      Good luck preparing for the PD3 exam.

      Best regards
      Camilla, Kbh Sprogcenter

  • Jonathan Easthope


    I am a UK resident but travel to Denmark every 1-2 months per year and I have a Danish partner.

    I am interested in doing a course to improve my minimal and very basic Danish. Can you recommend the best course for me?



    1. Camilla Svane

      Hi Jonathan,

      We offer Danish course Standard at all levels. Classroom instruction is once a week and the duration of each course unit is 8 weeks. Alternatively, if you are both motivated and disciplined, our intensive online Danish course might be suitable, if you cannot attend classes in person.

      Good luck learning Danish!

      Best regards

      Camilla, Kbh Sprogcenter

  • Daniel

    Hello. I lived in Denmark in 1992 as an exchange student. I Wonder that if I want to take some danish lessons on line, is there any program available for doing it? and what would be the pricing?

    1. Camilla Svane

      Hi Daniel,

      We offer an intensive online Danish course where you can attend classes via Skype once a week. You can read more about the course and the price here: https://www.kbh-sprogcenter.dk/online

      Kind regards

      Camilla, Kbh Sprogcenter

  • Zainab

    I am in Copenhagen on spouse visa do I have to pay the fees for learning Danish?

    1. felicia

      Hi Zainab,

      Thanks for your comment. It depends on the type of visa you have and the rules tend to be a bit complicated. I would recommend that you contact International House Copenhagen, to make sure what rules apply to your particular case.

      Kind regards,

  • Victoria

    Jeg hedder Victoria , og jeg er færdig modult 4 nu. Hvad skal jeg lave? Fordi jeg vil gerne færdig sproskole modul 6.
    Jeg går til fvu trin 2 læsning , og fvu trin1 matematik, fordi jeg vil gerne tage uddennelse.
    Efter sommer ferie, hvad skal jeg betale dig?
    Mange hilsner

    1. felicia

      Hej Victoria

      Du kan fortsætte med at lære FVU læsning og matematik hos os, også efter sommerferien, og det er stadigvæk gratis. Fra den 1. august bliver vi en privat sprogskole. For at færdigøre modulsystemet skal du vælge en kommunal sprogskole i Københavns Kommune (Clavis eller UCPlus) eller i en anden kommune (Hellerup). Jeg håber at det hjælper 🙂
      Venlig hilsen

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