If you are a citizen Iceland, Norway, Sweden or Finland, you can live, study and work in Denmark without a visa, residence permit or work permit. You can enter Denmark without a passport. However, you must be able to identify yourself if required – you can use your credit card or driver’s licence.
EU/EEA and Swiss nationals
Students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland may reside in Denmark for up to three months without any further documentation than a valid passport. Those planning on staying longer than three months will need a Danish registration certificate. A registration certificate can be obtained from the Regional State Administration and you will need to apply for it within three months of your arrival. A registration certificate makes it possible to get a personal identification number and a health insurance card.
If you are from outside the EU/EEA, then the kind of permit you need to study in Denmark will depend on the duration of your stay. For a short stay of less than three months, students will require a visa, and for a long stay of more than three months a residence permit is required. The details are as follows:
Visa (short-term stay)
Those studying in Denmark for less than three months will need to apply for a tourist visa (this is not necessary for some non-EU countries). You can apply for a visa at any authorized Danish mission in your country of origin, including all Danish embassies and consulates abroad. To find out where to apply for a visa, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. Obtaining a visa does not enable students to work in Denmark.
Residence permit (long-term stay)
Those studying in Denmark for more than three months will need to apply for a residence permit, which you can do at the Danish embassy in your home country. This permit allows non-EU/EEA students to work part-time in Denmark for a maximum of 20 hours per week.
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