If you are from the Nordic countries, you do not need a residence permit, but if you want to stay for more than six months, you need to bring the internordiske flyttepapirer from your home municipality. You do not need a work permit.
EU students and Switzerland
EU-citizens or swiss citizens planning to stay in Denmark for more than three months must apply for an EU residence permit. The residence permit can be obtained before you arrive in Denmark, but it is easier to do it once you are here.
If you apply for the EU residence permit after your arrival, you must contact:
Borups Allé 177
2400 København NV
Tel. +45 72 56 70 00
Bring your passport, two passport photos and your 'Letter of Admission' when you apply.
Students from other countries
If you are not a Nordic or EU/EEA citizen, you need to get a residence permit and maybe also a visa before entering Denmark. You should apply for the residence permit at the Danish Embassy or Consulate in your home country after you have been accepted for admission at the educational institution. You must be able to provide documentation that you can pay all the costs related to your stay (currently minimum DKK 4.200 per month). For further information, please contact your host university. The application for a residence permit is also an application for a work permit, allowing students to work for up to 15 hours work a week during the academic year and full time during the summer holidays (June, July and August).
Danish Civil Registration Number (CPR-number)
All Danes have a personal number, called a CPR number. This is a personal ID number which is used by education institutions and all public organisations (e.g. the health care system, etc). International students, teachers, etc. therefore are required to obtain a CPR-number. A CPR-number can be obtained by contacting the civil registration office ( Folkeregisteret ) in your local council. Please take your residence permit and an ID card, e.g. your passport, with you. You will also need to bring proof of your address in Denmark. The CPR number will then be sent to you within approxiomately seven days. As a post-secondary education student, you are allowed to work up to 15 hours weekly and full time over the summer i.e. 37 hours weekly. Work permit is automatically granted with your residence permit.