Free Danish language courses

As of July 1, 2020, state-funded Danish language courses will once again be free of charge. The current  tuition of 2,000 DKK per module is being phased out for these schools. In other words, you can (hopefully) once again learn Danish without making much of a dent in your pocketbook.

Details of the new policy have yet to be announced, including how the free Danish language courses funded by the government will impact other regulations governing Danish language schools and courses.

The future remains unclear for three key elements of the existing policy:

  • Student deposits
  • The voucher scheme
  • The limited period of eligibility for state-funded courses.

At present (February 2020) we only know that the deposit for participation in Danish courses remains in force and has now been raised from DKK 1,250 to DKK 2,000 per module.

We also know that the rules on deposit refunds have been amended so that a portion of the deposit is deducted for unexcused absences – the specifics regarding implementation of this policy are yet to be determined. Learn more about the rules for public Danish classes.

In this respect, it is important to note that Copenhagen Language Center is a private language school. As such, our course fees will remain in effect after July 1, 2020. In return, however, choosing us will free you from the hassle of complicated bureaucratic rules and offer much greater flexibility on your journey of learning Danish.

Which option should I choose?

You have the choice between (perhaps) free Danish courses at one of the public language schools or a paid Danish course at a private language school such as Copenhagen Language Center.

We probably aren’t completely unbiased when it comes to choosing a Danish course provider. Nevertheless, the following is our honest attempt at an objective overview of the pros and cons of free vs. paid Danish courses.

Free Danish language courses

Danish courses at a private language school

  • Danish courses for those who want to learn Danish with classmates whose situation and ambition match your own. The right choice if you are looking for quick progress without much hassle. In fact, you can get started right away – even before you get a CPR number.
  • Short, flexible courses adapted to your needs and daily life give you more ways to customize your language learning process.
  • Danish courses without a deposit, voucher scheme or limited eligibility rules.
  • You always have the option of enrolling in one or more refresher courses, even if you took the course previously. You can also always go back to a private language school - even after living in Denmark for many years.
  • You can get personalized private danish lessons for specific purposes. Fx. for an upcoming exam you need to pass or a certain subject area you want to master for use in the workplace.
  • The course instruction is focused, with rapid progression. If you find it difficult to keep up, instruction at one of the private language schools may not be for you.
  • If you have a high absence rate, it can be very difficult to catch up on the things you’ve missed. (Use the school’s online platform for independent studies to catch up)
  • The officially-recognized exam (Danish Exam 1, 2 or 3) is not part of the program offered by the private language schools. These exams are administered exclusively by the publicly-funded schools. However, you can always take the exam without having attended the publicly-funded schools, and the private schools offer preparatory courses for the exams.
  • The private language schools charge course fees.

Free Danish courses at a public language school

  • Danish courses for everyone. This may be the right choice if you have difficulty learning languages.
  • If it is difficult to keep up, you can continue studying in the same module for the entire time allowed by the voucher scheme. (Three to five months, depending on the module and Danish course.)
  • Depending on your absence rate, all you have to pay is a deposit, which will (possibly) be refunded after the course.
  • The officially-recognized exam (Danish Exam 1, 2 or 3) is free as long as you complete all of the modules within the allotted time.
  • The deposit, voucher scheme and limited eligibility period make everything more of a hassle.
  • The curriculum content is stipulated by the government (module test targets) and does not necessarily focus on what you want to learn.
  • Once you’ve started a module, the entire module must be completed (4-6 months) before you can take a break from your studies.
  • You cannot take the same module again – not even if you have taken a break and believe that you need more instruction at the same level.

Read more about the differences between private and public Danish courses

FVU Reading – the perfect choice for learning even more Danish


Although Copenhagen Language Center is a private language school, we still offer a special type of Danish courses free of charge. FVU Reading gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the language. Perhaps you could use more practice in reading and writing Danish. Or maybe you’re just really into learning languages and want to master all of the mind-bending exceptions of Danish grammar. The course instruction is in Danish, so you will also have the opportunity to practice your Danish listening, comprehension and conversational skills.

We’re delighted to offer these FVU courses, which provide thorough and systematic instruction in Danish reading, writing, spelling and grammar – free of charge!

Copenhagen Language Center offers FVU Start, FVU Reading and FVU Mathematics courses, all of which are tuition-free and publicly funded. To enroll in these courses, you must already know some Danish (A2+ level or higher). We test your level in an admissions screening process.

Find out more about FVU here (in Danish)

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