Guidance for educational institutions
It is a high priority goal for the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) to ensure that foreign students, who are going to stay and study in Denmark, receive their residence permit in time for the beginning of their study programme.
If your educational institution is planning to enrol a high number of foreign students for the coming semester or year of study, it is a good idea to contact SIRI as early as the planning stage.
You have to complete a list of students. One list of students should be completed for each study programme. It must be specified if the applicants added to the list have been fully or provisionally admitted. It must also be specified if the tuition fee has been paid or not.
The idea behind the list of students is that we can process applications that do not contain all necessary information, if we based on the list can verify that the applicant meets the conditions for granting a residence permit as a student. Additionally, the list should reduce the number of telephone calls between the educational institutions and SIRI which otherwise would be necessary in each single case.
In order to be granted a residence permit, the foreign student must be able to submit documentation of his or hers admittance into a Danish educational institution. In certain cases the student must also provide documentation that he or she has sufficient funds to support him- or herself during the stay as a student.
The conditions for a residence permit as a student are described on the following application pages:
The fact that the educational institution has completed and submitted its part of the online form ST1, is considered sufficient documentation that the foreign student has been admitted to a Danish educational programme. If the printable version of ST1 is used, additional documentation in the form of a list of students must be submitted.
If the educational institution in its part of the online form ST1 indicates that the foreign student has only been provisionally admitted, the institution must however submit a written or verbal confirmation to SIRI once the student has been fully admitted.
If one of the foreign students does not appear for the beginning of the study programme or is not actively studying, you must immediately inform Study at SIRI. We will then decide whether the study permit should be revoked.
It is SIRI’s goal that an application for a resident permit as a student will be processed within 2 months. This service goal requires that all information has been submitted with the application from the beginning. Special verification considerations may extend the case processing time.
Not all foreign students need to have a residence permit to study in Denmark.
Nordic citizens can freely enter and study in Denmark.
EU citizens that have been admitted to a private or public institution, which has been certified by the government or publicly funded, with the aim of following an educational programme, including a vocational educational programme, can apply for an EU residence document.
SIRI in Copenhagen offers a number of special opening days in relation to the beginning of the fall term in August and September. Here it will be possible for students from EU countries to submit an application for EU residence document and in most instances receive the residence document on the same day.
In order for the students to be prepared in the best possible way, we have collected a set of documents to be used when submitting the application.
The set consists of:
- A revised application form (OD1) adapted to EU students incl. a declaration of self-support (page 8 of OD1) which must be completed by the student
- Declaration of study activity to be completed by the educational institution, if the student is not yet in possession of a final letter of acceptance containing the same information
- Check list in English for the student detailing the documents which must be submitted to SIRI and the application process when appearing at SIRI etc.
- Overview of special opening days / opening hours for EU students incl. address and map
The special openings days at Carl Jacobsens Vej 39 are only for EU students and it is not possible to book an appointment for EU students on the special opening days.
Please note that applications that are not from students from EU/EEA countries or Switzerland must be submitted to SIRI in Njalsgade (or one of our nationwide branch offices – see addresses here). Please note that for these addresses it is mandatory to book an appointment.
Students from the Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland) do not need to apply for a residence document. They should instead contact the municipality of residence directly (or International House in Copenhagen) in order to register an address, receive a CPR-number etc.
EU students in Jutland (Jylland) and Funen (Fyn)
In addition, SIRI has made special arrangements with a number of educational institutions nationwide concerning the submission of applications for residence documents for EU students. You can see which institutions below.
We refer EU students to contact the educational institution to receive information regarding time and place:
Start of the term in Aarhus and Aalborg
- Business Academy Aarhus
- Aarhus University, incl. the branch in Herning
- Via University College – Aarhus, Horsens, Herning and Viborg
- Dania Randers and Dania Viborg
- Aalborg University
- Professionshøjskolen UCN
Start of the term in Odense and Aabenraa
- University of southern Denmark in Odense, Kolding and Esbjerg
- UCL University College in Odense
- Aalborg University in Esbjerg
- Business Academy Southwest in Esbjerg, Kolding and Sønderborg
- University College South Denmark
- International Business Academy IBA in Kolding
- Design School in Kolding and Sønderborg
EU students at educational institutions without a special arrangement with SIRI, must book an appointment in order to submit an application to SIRI
Educational institutions in Denmark have the option to mass transfer data about future students for later use in the online application form ST1 – Residence and work permit for students.
The institutions must first enter the relevant information into an Excel-template which can be downloaded here (in Danish only).
The transfer of data about the future students should be done out in a specific system which can be found here.
The system requires that the employee in the educational institution must login using NemIDs signature for employees. The transferred information is linked to the educational institution’s CVR-number. Other individuals with an employee signature from the same institution will be able to access the transferred data and afterwards set up online applications.