FAQ Danish language courses

Here you can find the answers to some of the questions you might have regarding Danish classes

Below you will finde the answers for the most frequently asked questions in regards to registering for Danish classes and the different Danish courses at Copenhagen Language Center.You can also find answers to questions regarding being a student at Copenhagen Language Center or the Citizenship test and other tests and exams in Danish.

If you do not find the answer for your question in our FAQ, you are always welcome to contact Copenhagen Language Center.

Questions and answers about signing up for Danish classes:

When can I start Danish classes?

You will be able to start within one month from the time you first contact Copenhagen Language Center. We provide introductory courses for beginners.

How much does it cost to learn Danish?

Copenhagen Language Center offers free Danish education to foreign nationals in Denmark.

To learn Danish at Copenhagen Language Center you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • live in Denmark
  • have obtained a Danish CPR-number.

Read about our entry requirements

I am enrolled at another language school. How do I transfer to your school?

While studying either Danish programme 1, 2 or 3, it is only possible to change language school after completing a module.

If you are already attending classes at another language school, but want to register at Copenhagen Language Center, you must first complete your current module and without attending further classes for the next module request a transfer.

To transfer from another language school to Copenhagen Language Center you must apply in person at Valdemarsgade 16 or Flæsketorvet 60.

How do I change from one class to another?

If you want to change your course e.g. from morning to evening classes, you must first speak to your teacher. 

How long does it take to learn Danish?

It depends on a number of factors. For example whether you are used to attend school, whether you practice your Danish every day, how your attendance is and whether you turn in your homework.

You can attend Danish classes until you have passed our finishing exam. Your Danish education must be completed within 3 to 5 years, depending on which munipality you live in.

It is possible to apply for a dispensation from the rules:

  • if you are on maternity leave
  • if you are ill
  • if you due to fulltime work (without wage subsidy) are not able to attend classes.

Contact your municipality to learn more.

Danish 2 or Danish 3?

You do not necessarily have to attend Danish 3 if you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree. There might be several good reasons to why Danish 2 is the right choice for you.

Maybe you need a little longer to learn a new language. Perhaps you do not have the time for a lot of homework due to your job. Or maybe you do not need a Danish 3 exam.

After completing Danish 2 can I continue with Danish 3?

No. The programmes cannot be taken one after the other. If you want to learn more Danish after completing the finishing exam, you can continue with FVU Danish reading and writing or VUC. 

If you wish to apply for FVU classes at Copenhagen Language Center, please fill out our application form or contact our office in Flæsketorvet 60, 1711 København V.

Can I receive Danish language training as a Danish citizen?

The Danish language courses are designed for resident foreign nationals. As a Danish citizen you do not automatically have the right to Danish courses.

However, special rules exist for Danish citizens, who have been raised outside of Denmark and thus have not learned Danish. These citizens have the right to sign up for a Danish programme.

As a Danish citizen you can always sign up for FVU Danish reading and writing or VUC, if you have Danish as a second language and want to improve your Danish language skills.

Questions and answers to the Danish exams and to the Danish citizenship test:

How do I sign up for Danish exam 1, 2 or 3 – and how much does it cost?

You can sign up for Danish exam twice a year in the beginning of May-June and November-December.

Please note that deadline for registering for Danish exam is approx. two months before the exam.

For the exact dates, please visit our Danish exam page. Registration for Danish exam takes place at Valdemarsgade 16 or Flæsketorvet 60.

If you are already a student at Copenhagen Language Center, the exam is free of charge.

As an independent student you will be charged approx. DKK 1.309,- for taking the exam at Copenhagen Language Center.

Can I take the Danish citizenship test here?

Yes, you can register for the Danish citizenship test by personal application at Valdemarsgade 16 or Flæsketorvet 60. The cost is DKK 785,-

Where can I find more information about the Danish citizenship exam?

You can learn more about the Danish citizenship test at Undervisningsministeriet.

What are the requirements for Danish citizenship?

As a rule you must contact Udlændingeservice for the correct information and requirements for seeking Danish citizenship.

However, in most cases you can apply for Danish citizenship if you have passed Danish exam 3. If you pass Danish exam 2, you will be able to apply for permanent residence permit.

You can also read more about the requirements on Justitsministeriet's website.

Can I take the exam in Danish 3 without attending classes?

Yes. You can register for the Danish 3 exam as an independent student. The cost of taking the exam as an independent student is DKK 1.309,-

A diploma from FVU level 4 also qualifies as documentation for language skills when applying for Danish citizenship. A diploma from FVU level 2 qualifies for applying for permanent residence permit.

Can I take any exam in Danish without attending classes?

Yes. You can register for the Danish exam as an independent student. To take the exam as an independent student cost approx. DKK 1.309,-