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Learning danish at AAU

To ensure easy access to Danish courses, Aalborg University (AAU) collaborates with different language centres (in Danish Sprogcenter) depending on location, who offer Danish classes on campus for all international students and staff members affiliated with the university.

Below you find an introduction and contact information to the offer at your campus, as well as tips for where to practice your Danish skills in the area. Should you prefer to join a course off campus you can find the state-approved language centres located across the country via the association De Danske Sprogcentre.

Signing up for Danish classes is always done directly with the chosen language centre, regardless if it is at or off AAU campus.

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    Additional options for learning Danish

    Besides the Danish courses offered by the public language centres there are additional alternative forums where you can learn and practice your Danish skills.

    Join language cafés

    In most areas you find volunteers who offer language cafés where you can practice your Danish language skills. Often the volunteers will also help e.g. translate letters received in Danish and with your home work from the language course. You find your local language café in:

    Some good advice

    Read more tips and tricks to advance your Danish learning under Some good advice.

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    General information on public Danish language courses

    Within the first 5 years of living in Denmark, you can choose to learn Danish at a public language school under the Danish Education Act for a period of up to 3½ years. If you have lived in Denmark for more than 5 years or used your vouchers (see below) you can participate at own expense. In order to learn Danish at the public Danish Language Centres you must:

    • be at least 18 years old
    • have a Danish identification number (CPR)
    • live in Denmark

    Danish language course structure and voucher system

    The public Danish language courses are available for all levels from beginner to advanced courses. There are up to six modules in total and the language centres offering the courses are subject to the National Curriculum for courses, tests and examinations in Danish as a Second Language.

    Participants starting a Danish language course within the first 5 years living in Denmark will be assigned up to six vouchers. One voucher is used per module. It is always the language school, who decides, when a student is ready for a module test and automatically continues to the next module.

    The duration of a module is usually between 3 to 5 months with classes twice a week. You can choose to follow classes during daytime or at evenings after work hours. Please contact your local language centre for specific time options.

    Deposit and participant fee

    Before you can join a public Danish language course you will need to pay a deposit of DKK 1,250. The deposit is refundable, regardless if you finish or discontinue the course.

    A non-refundable participant fee of DKK 2,000 per module is likewise required along with the deposit, according to the law regarding Danish classes under the Danish Education Act.

    Shortly after you have signed up with your local language centre they will send you further information including how to pay the deposit and participants fee.

    Signing up

    Primarily you need to register for a Danish CPR (civil personal registration) number upon arrival to Denmark. Following you will receive an invitation letter from your municipality for Danish language classes. You need to submit this and your residence and work permit (non-EU citizens) or EU residence certificate (EU citizens) to your local language centre.

    You sign up directly with the Danish Language Centre, regardless if your preferred classes take place at their premises or at AAU campus area. Please find further information below depending on your municipality of residence.

    When can I start?

    The language centre will contact you directly once you are assigned to a class, which depends on when they have a full class to start up at your level. Information about time and days for classes will be included.

    If you have any questions regarding the courses or whether you still qualify for publicly subsidised Danish courses, please contact your local Danish Language Centre directly.

    If you have any questions regarding Aalborg University’s agreement with the local Danish Language Centre, please contact the International Staff Unit.

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    In Campus Aalborg

    When and where?

    In the municipality of Aalborg it is Sprogcenter Aalborg who handle the public language courses and offer Danish classes at their premises downtown or at the AAU main campus.

    Classes at their premises (Strandvejen 35b, 9000 Aalborg) take place during work hours three times a week. Evening classes at their premises take place twice a week at 18.00 to 20.30 (Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays). 

    The classes at campus (Kroghstræde 3, 9220 Aalborg Ø) take place twice a week at 16.30 to 19.00.

    Participants can choose to supplement the regular classes with online evening lessons, however, please note that this requires a high level of self-study and is not advised for beginners.

    Signing up

    To sign up you need a Danish CPR number, invitation letter from Aalborg municipality and copies of your residence and work permit (non-EU citizens) or EU residence certificate (EU citizens). See above section with general information.

    Following, you can sign up online via the website of Sprogcenter Aalborg where you fill in the form and upload the documents. You can also sign up in person by visiting their administration or contacting them by phone.

    Deposit and participant fee

    See above section with general information.

    When can I start?

    See above section with general information.

    If you have any questions regarding the courses or whether you still qualify for free Danish courses, please contact Sprogcenter Aalborg.

    If you have any questions regarding Aalborg University’s agreement with Sprogcenter Aalborg, please contact the International Staff Unit.

     

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    In Campus Esbjerg

    When and where?

    In the municipality of Esbjerg it is AOF Language Centre who handles the public language courses and offer Danish classes at their premises close to the AAU campus (approx. 10 min. walk) during and after normal work hours. Please contact AOF directly for updated information on current time schedules of their classes.

    If there is a sufficient number of participants at the same level, AOF also offers classes at AAU campus. Please confer AOF directly or reach out to the International Staff Unit.

    Signing up

    See above section with general information.

    In the event that you have not been invited automatically or wish an earlier start, please contact the Jobcenter at Energivej 1, 6700 Esbjerg, by phone +45 7616 7433 or send an email to cac@esbjergkommune.dk.

    Should you experience any difficulties during the enrolment process, you are welcome to get in touch with Esbjerg Newcomer Service who support internationals on various matters.

    Deposit and participant fee

    See above section with general information.

    When can I start?

    See above section with general information.

    If you have any questions regarding the courses or whether you still qualify for the subsidised public Danish classes, please contact AOF Language Centre.

    If you have any questions regarding Aalborg University’s agreement with AOF, please contact the International Staff Unit.

     

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    in Campus Copenhagen

    When and where?

    In Copenhagen there are various Danish language providers at different locations in the city to choose from. The municipality has agreements with two state-approved language centres, who offer state approved courses that are publicly subsidised. For further information, please visit www.international.kk.dk

    At campus Copenhagen, AAU collaborates with a IA Sprog who is a private provide and offer classes on-site for students, staff and accompanying spouses at selected periods. Each module run for 12 weeks and is a combination of:

    • Classroom lessons – once a week on campus, Tuesdays at 16.30 to 19.00
    • e-learning and 24-7 access to IA Sprog´s online learning platform (blended learning)
    • ”Open study workshops” with a Danish teacher present – once a week on campus

    Please note: in addition to the participants fee you will need to pay an extra fee when following courses with IA Sprog, to do the final exam (PD3) after module five with a state approved language centre (see below) if you wish the official certificate proving your completion.

    Signing up

    To sign up with one of the public language centres you need a Danish CPR number, invitation letter from your municipality of residence and copies of your residence and work permit (non-EU citizens) or EU residence certificate (EU citizens). See above section with general information.

    To sign up with IA Sprog you do not need any documentation and there is no restriction in terms of how long you have lived in Denmark. You sign up online via the website of IA Sprog.

    Deposit and participant fee

    See above section with general information for the public language centres.

    To start a course with IA Sprog you do not need to pay a deposit and the user fee is DKK 1,080 per course. To do the final test (PD3) after module five you need to sign up for this with one of the state approved public Danish language centres and pay an additional fee of DKK 1,335.

    When can I start?

    See above section with general information.

    If you have any questions regarding the courses offered at campus please contact IA Sprog directly. You find the current contact person at IA Sprog for AAU on their website.

    If you have any questions regarding Aalborg University’s agreement with IA Sprog, please contact Anne D. Sand, International Senior Advisor at AAU campus Copenhagen.