Changes to the law on Danish language courses

New rules take effect for Danish language courses on 1 January 2018

Learning Danish is free of charge when you are a newcomer in Denmark. As a rule, you can learn Danish for free at Copenhagen Language Center if you:

  • are at least 18 years old,
  • have a Danish CPR number and residence in Denmark,
  • and have lived in Denmark for less than 3½ years.

On 1 January 2018, new rules for free Danish classes were implemented. It is important to be aware of how these changes impact your right to free Danish language courses. The basis for your residence in Denmark determines which rules apply to you. The rules distinguish between those who are self-supporting and those in an integration programme. Read more about:

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Danish language courses for those who are self-supporting

To qualify as self-supporting, you are in Denmark:

  • to work or study, or
  • as an accompanying spouse, or
  • through family reunification based on EU rules, or
  • to work as an au pair.

The following conditions apply regarding your right to free Danish language courses:

You are entitled to free Danish language courses for up to 42 months (3½ years) within a five-year schooling period. Read more about the five-year schooling period.

You must pay a refundable deposit of DKK 1,250 before you can begin taking Danish courses. Persons in Denmark who work as an au pair are not required to pay a deposit. Read more about the deposit rule.

You will be assigned a voucher for up to six courses. Each course comprises one module in a Danish language programme (Danish 1, 2 or 3). Read more about the voucher for Danish courses.

Contact our office staff for more information about determining your basis for residence and the applicable rules.

Danish language courses as part of an integration programme

Danish language courses as part of an integration programme

As an “integration resident” you are in Denmark:

  • as a refugee, or
  • through family reunification with a Danish citizen, under the rules of the Danish Aliens Act and with an integration contract.

The following conditions apply regarding your right to free Danish language courses:

You are entitled to free Danish language courses for up to five years.

You are not required to pay a deposit before you start taking Danish courses.

You will not be assigned a voucher for Danish courses.

Contact our office staff for more information about determining your basis for residence and the applicable rules.

Useful information about the five-year schooling period

When you move to Denmark, you must contact your municipality and report your entry into the country. Within one month, you will receive a letter from your municipality (via e-boks) containing information about your right to free Danish language courses. The letter also constitutes the start of your schooling period.

You are entitled to free Danish language courses for five years from the date of the letter. Your right to free Danish language courses automatically expires five years later, regardless of how many courses you have taken by that time.

NOTE! Within one month of receiving the letter, you must contact a language school about enrolling in Danish courses.

You can postpone the start of your Danish courses by sending written notification of postponement to the language school you wish to attend. The notification must also indicate when you expect to be able to begin taking Danish courses.

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If you are self-supporting, you will also be assigned a voucher. If you have not contacted a language school within four weeks of receiving the letter, the first course on your six-course voucher will be automatically deducted. Read more about the course voucher.

Voucher for Danish courses

The new voucher scheme for Danish courses will take effect on 1 January 2018, and all self-supporting students will be assigned a voucher. The voucher represents your allotted time for free Danish courses and will be valid for up to six courses. Each course comprises one module in a Danish language programme (Danish 1, 2 or 3).

In all, you are entitled to free Danish language courses for 3½ year within a five year period. Special rules apply to the five year period and are especially important for newcomers. Make sure to read the chapter above about the five year period.

As a self-supporting Danish resident who starts taking Danish courses on or after 1 January 2018, you will be assigned a voucher for up to six courses. Students who are placed in a higher module than Module 1 when beginning their studies will only be assigned a voucher for the remaining modules in the corresponding Danish language programme.

If you are a self-supporting Danish resident who has already begun a Danish language programme before 1 January 2018, you will be assigned a voucher when you are referred to a new module. You will be assigned a voucher for the remaining modules in the corresponding Danish language programme.

For example, a self-supporting student who is referred to Module 3 after 1 January 2018 will be assigned a voucher for four courses, corresponding to Modules 3, 4, 5 and 6.

NOTE! It is extremely important that you fully understand the voucher scheme and the rules on voucher validity.

If you do not pass a module test within the allotted time, an additional course will be automatically deducted from your voucher for the same module. This means that you will have one less course left on your voucher for subsequent modules, which may ultimately mean that you are not eligible for free Danish language courses during the final part of your Danish programme.

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Will I be assigned a voucher?

You will be assigned a voucher if you:

  • study or work in Denmark, or
  • are an accompanying spouse, or
  • came to Denmark through family reunification based on EU rules, or
  • work as an au pair.

It is expected that all self-supporting students will be assigned a voucher by mid-2018.

You will not be assigned a voucher if you:

  • have a Danish residence permit as a refugee, or
  • came to Denmark through family reunification, under the rules of the Danish Aliens Act and with an integration contract.
How does the voucher scheme work?

As a self-supporting Danish resident, when you begin a new module in your Danish studies after 1 January 2018, you will be assigned a voucher corresponding to the remaining modules in your Danish programme.

The first course is deducted from your voucher when it is assigned, regardless of whether you attend classes or not.

The following conditions apply for the voucher scheme:

  • Your voucher is valid for five years from the date of the letter regarding Danish language courses from your municipality.
  • A voucher for six courses entitles you to Danish courses for 3½ years within a five-year period.
  • Each course on the voucher corresponds to one module in your Danish programme for a limited period of time.
  • When the validity of a voucher course expires, a new course will be automatically and immediately deducted from your voucher.
  • It is not permitted to take a break in your studies once you have started a module.
  • A new course is automatically deducted from your voucher after passing a module test, and any surplus time under the current voucher course is forfeited.
  • You can take a break from your studies and put your voucher on hold after passing a module test and before starting a new module.*
  • It is only possible to extend the validity of the voucher in the event of serious and prolonged illness. Pregnancy and parental leave are not grounds for such an extension, but you are of course always able to take leave in between moduls.

*By written agreement with your language school.

Contact our office staff to learn more about the voucher scheme.

Vouchers, modules and expected duration

By law, the maximum time allowed for each module is provided with the voucher. You are expected to complete the modules and a full Danish language programme as quickly as possible.

At Copenhagen Language Center, we plan the Danish language programmes and the underlying modules so that you can quickly and effectively complete the modules with intensive courses.

Below you will find information about the estimated time it takes to complete the individual modules in the Danish 1, 2 and 3 programmes.

Please note! The average duration may vary depending on the school’s holiday calendar and/or test and exam dates.

Danish language course 3

is for you with more than 12 years of schooling. This course is tailored for students who have completed a higher education.

  • Module 1 2 MTH

    0%
  • Module 2 3 MTH

    0%
  • Module 3 3 MTH

    0%
  • Module 4 4 MTH

    0%
  • Module 5 5 MTH

    0%
DANISH LANGUAGE COURSE 3 IN TOTAL

Danish language course 2

is for students with a short or medium educational background. You may have completed the 9th grade and vocational training.

  • Module 1 3 MTH

    0%
  • Module 2 3 MTH

    0%
  • Module 3 3 MTH

    0%
  • Module 4 4 MTH

    0%
  • Module 5 3 MTH

    0%
  • Module 6 5 MTH

    0%
DANISH LANGUAGE COURSE 2 IN TOTAL

Danish language course 1

is for students with less than 7 years schooling, who need to learn to read and write the Latin alphabet. 

  • Module 1 3 MTH

    0%
  • Module 2 4 MTH

    0%
  • Module 3 4 MTH

    0%
  • Module 4 4 MTH

    0%
  • Module 5 4 MTH

    0%
  • Module 6 5 MTH

    0%
DANISH LANGUAGE COURSE 1 IN TOTAL

*If you’re enrolled in a module that concludes with a final exam, you are always entitled to take the exam on the first available exam date.

The maximum completion times can be found in annex 2 of the executive order (in Danish)

Klippekort/Voucher en español

Nuevo sistema de vales para las clases de danés (“klippekort”)

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Free Danish courses with deposit

With a Danish CPR number, you can learn Danish for free at Copenhagen Language Center. As of 1 July 2017, most new students enrolling in Danish courses will be charged a refundable deposit of DKK 1,250.

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Do I have to pay deposit?

Students who started learning Danish at a language school in Denmark before 1 July 2017 can continue without paying a deposit.

You will have to pay deposit, if you are in Denmark:

  • as an international student, or
  • as a wage earner or his or her spouse
  • following family reunification persuant to EU regulations

You do not have to pay deposit if your grounds for residence permit are:

  • as a refugee
  • came to Denmark through family reunification, under the rules of the Danish Aliens Act and with an integration contract.
  • as an au pair
Rules for the refundable deposit:

The following rules apply for the refundable deposit:

  • You may not begin attending Danish courses until the refundable deposit is paid.
  • The refundable deposit is charged regardless of the module at which you begin.
  • After passing the module test, the refundable deposit will be automatically transferred to cover the next module or it will be paid out to you if you take a break from your studies following the module test.
  • The deposit is refunded in full once you complete your Danish studies with the final exam.

* Only applicable for new students who begin taking Danish classes for the first time on or after 1 July 2017.

How do I pay the refundable deposit?

When you have been assigned to a Danish class, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to pay your deposit.

Deposit refund

The deposit can be refunded once you have passed a module test. The refundable deposit can either be transferred to cover the following module or paid out if you wish to take a break from your Danish studies after the completion of a module.

Please be advised that it can take up to 4 weeks for us to return the deposit back to you.

The deposit is refunded in full once you have completed your Danish studies with the final exam. 

The following rules apply for deposit refunds:

  • The deposit will be automatically refunded once you have passed the final exam.
  • The refundable deposit can be transferred to cover the next module or paid out if you wish to take a break from your Danish studies after the completion of a module.
  • If you wish to transfer to a new language school during your studies, you must first pass your module test. You can then continue with the next module at the new school.
  • In exceptional cases, you may be eligible for a deposit refund without completing your module/passing your module test. Please contact our office staff for more information.

Contact our office staff for more information about the refundable deposit.

To learn more

If you have questions or would like more information about the deposit, voucher scheme or five-year schooling period, you are very welcome to contact our office staff.