Aside from being the second happiest country globally, Denmark is the home of excellent universities that offer various programs. For years, many international students choose Denmark as their next destination for their studies, and they get to experience the culture and people there.

One of the things that you need to prepare for is getting a Denmark student visa. If you plan to stay there for more than three months, you will be required to get this document to continue your studies. By the way, they call student visas a “residence permit.” So, we will be using the term “residence permit” while discussing the whole process of getting this document.

In this article, we will be talking about the cost, documents, and the steps in getting a residence permit. If you’re planning to study in Denmark, you need to create a time frame since it may take some time.

What documents do you need to apply for a student visa in Denmark?

If you’re from the EU/EEA countries or Switzerland, you won’t need to get a residence permit. Instead, you’ll need to get a residence document.

So, if you need to get a student visa in Denmark (residence permit), the average processing time for this document is two months. So before these two months, kindly prepare the documents you should have before directly applying for a residence permit.

Here is the list of documents needed:

  • A letter of acceptance from a Danish educational institution
  • Proof of language proficiency (The language depends on the study program you’ll be taking, whether it’s an English taught or Danish taught program.)
  • A copy of your passport
  • Passport sized pictures
  • A signed and completed ST1 form
  • Proof of financial resources funding your studies (DKK 6,321 per month)
  • Proof of accommodation in Denmark (letters from dormitories, apartments, and others)
  • Complete information regarding your chosen study program
  • Travel insurance

How much money do you need for Denmark’s Student Visa?

The cost of a residence permit is DKK 2,000. Kindly keep the official receipt of your payment because you’ll need to present it when submitting your requirements. Denied applications are not refunded.

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Steps on Applying for a Student Visa in Denmark

You need to process your residence permit before you fly to Denmark, and as mentioned earlier, the processing time for a Denmark student visa is two months, so make sure to apply three months before your flight. If you apply six months before starting your academic year, there is a higher chance that they will reject your application.

Before applying for a student residence permit, you should be admitted to a Danish university or enrolled in a preparatory course. There are eight universities, eight colleges, and eight academies opened to these incoming foreign students. If you haven’t chosen your place of study yet, you can check some Danish universities such as the Technical University of Denmark, the University of Copenhagen, and others.

After being accepted into the university, you may now start your Denmark student visa application.

1. Start your online application and pay the processing fee

All residence permits are made through The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). They are the ones responsible for processing all residence permit applications. To start your online application, you need to create an account on their website.

First, you will be creating a case order ID by providing personal information such as your complete name, passport number, and email address. Then, you’ll bone asked to pay for the processing fee, and you should keep the payment receipt.

2. Complete the documents needed

We’ve already mentioned the documents needed in applying for a student permit. The Danish Immigration advises to gather these documents beforehand, and they should be translated into the Danish or English language.

3. Answer the ST1 form

After completing the previous steps, you will now fill up the ST1 form. It is the application form required for getting a residence permit for work and study purposes. You have two options in answering the ST1 form. It can be online, or you can download the printable. Before deciding the method of answering the form, kindly consider that your university will also be a part of it because they will answer some parts.

If you choose the online form (kindly click “use the online form ST1”), your university will answer their part, and right after filling it up, they will return it to you with a given password reference number. Please prepare scanned or digital copies of your documents to attach them. On the other hand, if you choose the printable application, your university will answer part two, and all forms will be submitted with the attached documents

4. Submission of ST1 form

When you choose the online application, the submission will be automatic. But for the applicants who chose the printable ST1 forms should be submitted to their country’s nearest Danish centers or embassies.

Before your submission, it is advisable to visit the website of your Danish center to know if there are added requirements.

5. Record your biometrics

Whether you answered the ST1 form online or by print, you need to book an appointment in a Danish center or embassy in your country to record your biometrics. You should book an appointment within 14 days after your online application.

If you haven’t recorded your biometrics within 14 days, you can email SIRI to extend the time frame to avoid being rejected.

6. Wait for the results

After doing the previous steps, it’s time to wait for the results. If you completed the other steps correctly, you’d expect results with their average processing time, which is two months. If SIRI needs additional documents to support your application, they will contact you through your respective Danish centers.

Meanwhile, you can track your application status on their website.

7. Get the results

If your Denmark student visa application is successful, they will give you an official letter informing you that your application is granted. They will also provide you with a visa allowing you to enter Denmark.

On the other hand, if your application is denied, you can email or write a letter to SIRI, appealing the decision. You should appeal within eight weeks after you received the results.


I hope that this article on how to get a student visa in Denmark was helpful. If you are interested in studying in Europe, make sure to check out Available Programs in Europe for International Students.