Danish education for international staff and accompanying partners

As an international with an official Danish address (folkeregisteradresse) you can take the state supported Danish education. The education is open for you and your accompanying spouse or partner and take place either at the language school or at an AU location.

General conditions for taking the state supported Danish education

AU staff and accompanying partners can take Danish courses via the Danish Education or DU programme. The Danish Education is the official Danish language teaching programme for adult foreigners in Denmark. The Danish Education is offered at all language schools that AU collaborates with.     

5 years to complete 6 modules

The state supported Danish Education (DU) consists of six modules, and each module is finished with a test. You have 5 years to complete the six modules. There are certain rules if you wish to take breaks in the middle of a module or in between modules. Therefore, it is essential that you familiarise yourself thoroughly with all aspects of the system, to understand the consequences of the choices you make. Contact your preferred language school to learn more.   

Participants' fee

The state supported Danish Education is free of charge. However, you need to pay a deposit of DKK 2.000 when you sign up for Danish language classes. The deposit is fully refundable under certain conditions. Contact your preferred language school for further information about deposits. 

Who can participate in the courses?

The courses are open for all internationals with an official Danish address (folkeregisteradresse) and Danish CPR number.

How to get started with Danish

  • 1. Meet the conditions to register

You need to be registered with a CPR number to be eligible for the state supported Danish Education. Once you have registered and received your CPR number, you may contact a Danish language school, and they will help you with the registration. 

  • 2. Contact a language school with courses for AU staff

A2B, Sprogcenter Midt and CLAVIS offer the state supported Danish Education (DU) for AU staff and accompanying spouses or partners.

The location of the courses and the time varies according to which language school you choose. We therefore recommend you contact each language school to hear about their specific offers to find the right option for you.

Important upon arrival

When you register for your CPR number, you will receive a referral letter from the municipality in which you live. Please contact your preferred language school within two months of receiving this if you do not wish to start your Danish education immediately, to put your Danish education on hold. Else you will lose time, and this time will be deducted from the 5 years you have to complete the Danish education. 


CLAVIS language & competence offers Danish classes for all international residents in the municipality of Aarhus. The classes are intended to give you the necessary skills you need for your work and your daily life in Denmark. Each module is completed with a test and the Danish Education can be completed with a final exam at the facilities in Aarhus. 

You can join Danish classes morning, day, evening and weekends. The location is CLAVIS, Ingerslevs Boulevard 3 in Aarhus or online from your own computer. 

Contact CLAVIS coordinator Mette Brandt for further information:

Current courses

You find current course options on the CLAVIS website


A2B offers courses for staff and accompanying spouses. The school is specialized in teaching certified Danish courses to highly educated professionals, and you will experience an ambitious Danish course taught by dedicated teachers.

The courses are customized for your work schedule and teachers come to the University departments to teach. 

Contact A2B coordinator Tina Raakjær Mølgaard for further information:

Current courses

Find current course options on A2B’s website or contact A2B.

Sprogcenter Midt

Sprogcenter Midt provides Danish classes for all faculty, visiting scholars, PhD and accompanying spouses at Aarhus University. 

The school specializes in teaching highly trained professionals and have developed courses to meet your need for flexibility, efficiency and a social appreciative learning environment. 

The courses in certified Danish Education provide you with language skills and an understanding of Danish culture and society for living in the Danish society and pursuing a career in Denmark.

Please contact coordinator, Sophia Frovin Stampe Dahl, for further information:  

Current courses  

Find current courses at the Sprogcenter Midt website or contact Sophia Frovin Stampe Dahl

Anne Pletschette Langer

International Coordinator and Web Editor

"We recommend all to seriously consider learning Danish, especially if you intend to stay long-term or to establish a career in Denmark."   

Anne P. Langer, International Coordinator

Private Danish lessons

Private Danish course providers with customized offers at a cost.

Intensive Danish courses at FOF

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