For current international students

Residence Permit & Visa

As a foreign national, you can be granted a residence permit or visa in order to study in Denmark. However, different rules apply, depending on your nationality and whether your studies include practical work.

EU Citizens, EEA Citizens and Nordic Citizens

EU citizens, EEA citizens and Nordic citizens do not need to apply for a residence permit to study in Denmark.

EU citizens are citizens of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus (only the Greek-Cypriot area), The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithunia, Luxembourg,Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

EAA citizens are citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Nordic citizens are citizens of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and the Faeroe Islands.

If you are a citizen of Switzerland, the same rules as above will apply.

However, if you plan to stay in Denmark to study for more than 3 months, you must apply for a registration certificate. You may obtain a registration certificate by applying to the Regional State Administration (‘Statsforvaltning’) within three months of arriving in Denmark. And don’t forget your passport or ID card. Like everyone else, you should be able to identify yourself and prove your nationality to the Danish police.

Visit this website to apply for your registration certificate or residence card.

Non-EU Citizens without visa requirements

Here you can see which nationals are required to have visas in order to enter Denmark.

You may stay in Denmark without a residence permit for up to 3 months. If the duration of your studies in Denmark is more than 3 months, you need a ST1 residence permit. You will recieve the application form once you have been accepted at UCL.

If you are doing an internship/practice placement, or if your stay in Denmark includes clinical studies, you must have a residence and work permit that allows for this.

Please note that the residence permit application process may take up to 3 months, and it is therefore important that you proceed with the application as soon as you have recieved the necessary documents from UCL.

Non-EU Citizens with visa requirements (including Turkey)

Here you can see which nationals are required to have visas in order to enter Denmark.

If you are doing an internship/practice placement, or if your stay in Denmark includes clinical studies, you must have a residence and work permit that allows for this.

Please note that the residence permit application process may take up to 3 months, and it is therefore important that you proceed with the application as soon as you have recieved the necessary documents from UCL.

Here you can read more about applying for a short-term visa to Denmark

Here you can read more abour applying for a residence permit in Denmark

Non EU citizens within the Erasmus Programme

The first step in the process is to be admitted to the programme you have applied for at University College Lillebaelt.

Please be aware that since you will not be paying tuition and fees for your stay as an Erasmus student, the Immigration Service will require you to prove in your application that you have adequate funds to live in Denmark for the programme period.

Proof may be bank statements or documentation for a scholarship or grant you will receive during your stay. In the application, you can read more.

Non EU citizens NOT part of the Erasmus Programme

Students who are not part of the Erasmus programme and who must pay tuition and fees for the programme they will attend, must pay the full amount for the first semester or first year at University College Lillebaelt, before we can initiate the residence permit application. This of course excludes students who will recieve a Danish scholarship (see more here).

Due to immigration procedures, this payment in full is required, as University College Lillebaelt must guarantee to Immigration Services that payment for the first semester has been received.

As soon as admission, and when necessary also payment, has been completed, University College Lillebaelt will send the residence permit application to you by email.

It is then the responsibility of each student to complete the application and apply for a visa at the nearest Danish embassy or consulate. Applications are processed partially at the local representation and partially in Copenhagen at the Danish Immigration Service, and the typical processing time is up to 3 months.

University College Lillebaelt will do everything we can to assist and guide you in the visa application process, but ultimately you are responsible for your visa application. While we offer all the support and follow up possible, we can not influence the decision on your application which is made solely by the Danish Immigration Service.

Fee to the Danish Immigration Services

All students applying for residence permit in Denmark must pay a fee prior to applying for the permit. You can read more about the current fees here.

More information

If you want to know more, please visit the homepage of the Danish Immigration Service.

You can also visit the National Student Guide for further information.

 

About this page

This page is updated by Stephanie Sørensen May 22, 2015.