Danish rules

If you are a foreign citizen, you can be granted equal status according to Danish rules and apply for SU for a study programme in Denmark.

There are different Danish rules according to which you may apply for equal status with Danish citizens so that you can receive SU. There are different conditions you must fulfil depending on the rules under which you apply for equal status:

You came to Denmark with your parents

You can apply for equal status with Danish citizens if you came to Denmark together with your parents

You are married to a Danish citizen

You can apply for equal status with Danish citizens if you are married to a Danish citizen

You work or have worked in Denmark

You can apply for equal status with Danish citizens if you work or have worked in Denmark for a minimum of 2 years

You have resided in Denmark for a minimum of 5 years

You can apply for equal status with Danish citizens if you have resided in Denmark for a minimum period of 5 years

You belong to the Danish minority in Southern Slesvig

You can apply for equal status with Danish citizens if you belong to the Danish minority in Southern Slesvig

You fall within Section 2(2), (3) or (4) of the Act on Integration of Aliens in Denmark

You may apply for equal status with Danish citizens if you fall within Section 2(2), (3) or (4) of the Act on Integration of Aliens in Denmark

You are a Turkish child of a Turkish worker

You can apply for equal status with Danish citizens if both you and your parent are Turkish citizens, and your parent is or has been a worker in Denmark, and you and your parent have residence in Denmark at the time of the application

Equal status according to several rules

You can apply for equal status according to several rules simultaneously. However, you only have to fulfil the conditions of one of the rules in order to be granted equal status with Danish citizens. Please note that there are different rules for how equal status can be revoked, depending on whether you are granted equal status on the basis of Danish rules or EU law.

You can lose your right to reside

If you are a third-country national (i.e. a citizen of a country outside the Nordic countries or the EU/EEA) and you hold a residence permit in Denmark as a student, you may not receive public assistance / benefit payments, including state educational grant (SU). It may have consequences for your right to stay in Denmark, if you receive SU (which is public assistance / benefit payments). It is your responsibility to make sure that you keep to the rules, which apply for your right to stay in Denmark. If you have questions regarding the rules of your stay in Denmark, you must contact the immigration authorities – please see nyidanmark.dk.

Facts - danish rules

If you have been granted equal status according to Danish rules, you cannot receive SU for a whole study programme abroad.