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Incoming students

Become a student at University College South Denmark



University College South Denmark offers a wide range of higher education study programmes and courses at all levels, with an emphasis on first-cycle bachelor degrees in the field of Educational Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Communication Sciences.

University College South Denmark welcomes international students and staff. If you are looking to study abroad in Denmark you have come to the right place.

While this page gives an overview of what UC SYD offers international students, we have also collected an assortment of practical information that will help you with the admission process and your stay in Denmark.

We also encourage you to review the information in the Student Handbook to learn everything you need to know about procedures, policies, and activities at UC SYD.

Download the Student Handbook here.



University College South Denmark offers four short courses under the Erasmus+ programme. Spend a semester as an exchange student and expand your professional and personal horizons while you get friends for life from all over the world.

We do also offer one Professional Bachelor's Degree program in Education in a wide variety of subjects.


Inclusive Practice

Campus Esbjerg

You will be able to plan, implement, evaluate and develop inclusive teaching sequences. Both special needs as a focus and Danish school culture in inclusive perspectives will be part of this course.

Living and Learning Together

Campus Haderslev

You will become aware of the qualities of other teaching and learning traditions which will make you a reflective teacher, thinking creatively and innovatively.

Playful Learning - Exploring Cultural Expression

Social Education
Campus Esbjerg

A new exchange course is being developed with a focus on active pedagogies. More information will follow as soon as possible. 

Pædagogik på dansk - perspektiver og tendenser i dansk pædgogik

Campus Esbjerg eller Campus Kolding

Er du studerende i Norden? Eller blot en nordisk talende studerende? Så tag et semester i Danmark, hvor du får både teoretisk og praktisk viden om perspektiver og tendenser i dansk pædagogik på dagtilbudsområdet.

Exchange course only for Nordic speaking students.

Full degree

Teacher Education

Campus Haderslev

We invite you to Denmark to accomplish an international BA in Education in a wide variety of subjects.



Admission for Exchange Courses

Exchange students coming from our partner universities, who are nominated by their home university, can apply for an exchange semester at University College South Denmark. Contact the International Office at your home institution for more information. After the nomination you will receive further info about the application process from the International Office at University College South Denmark.

Application deadlines
Application deadlines are November 1st for spring courses and May 1st for autumn courses. The processing of your application will take a few weeks, and if it is successful, you will receive an official “Letter of Aacceptance” from our International Office.

Exchange students coming from a non-EU/non-EEA country, who do not hold a passport from an EU country, will have to apply as soon as possible.

University College South Denmark uses the online application system MoveOn for our exchange students.

Admission for our full degree programme

Find out how to apply for our full degree Teacher Education right here.

More information

Visa/Residence Permit

Exchange students coming from a non-EU / non-EEA country, who do not hold a passport from an EU country will have to apply for a visa. When you have been nominated for a course and have submitted your application, the International Office at University College South Denmark will contact you and help you start your visa application process. You can find more info about visa here and here.

Registration certificate

As an EU/EEA citizen or Swiss national, you may stay in Denmark for up to three months without a residence permit. If you wish to stay longer, you will need a registration certificate (this only applies for EU/EEA citizen and Swiss national). The international office at University College South Denmark will help you get this when you arrive to Denmark.

CPR number

When you have obtained your Registration Certificate you must register in the Danish Civil Registration to obtain your personal ID number (CPR number). The CPR number entitles you to get free health care while staying in Denmark. You can read much more about it here.


You are entitled to work in Denmark when you hold a residence permit/residence certificate and a CPR number. Nordic, EU/EEA or Swiss citizens can work in Denmark under the EU rules regarding the free movement of people and services, with no restriction on the number of hours.

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens may work in Denmark for up to 15 hours a week and full-time during June, July and August. However, this requires a work permit sticker in your passport. 

We encourage our exchange students not to take a job while studying in Denmark, as the semester will be filled with lessons and activities. Full degree students can have a student job alongside the studies, but it is recommended to wait until the second year, as learning Danish will take up much time in the first year.

English proficiency requirements

At University College South Denmark, students must prepare for each class by reading relevant litterature, discussing it with their group or with the lecturers and writing projects already from the beginning of the semester. This means students must be used to speaking, reading and writing English at a high level.

By national Danish law, you must present test results showing your level of English is B2 (CEFR) or equivalent to be accepted as an exchange student at an English-taught course at University College South Denmark. 

The following tests are accepted:

OLS (Online Linguistic Support – Erasmus+)

Minimum score: 6.5 

TOEFL internet-based test 
Minimum score: 83

Cambridge ESOL examinations (C1 Advanced / Advanced (CAE) or C2 Proficiency / Proficiency (CPE))
Minimum average score: 180 (C1-level)

Oxford Online Placement test
Minimum score: 75 overall + 75 in each subtest

Certificates must be no more than 2 years old at the time of submission.

Native English speakers are exempt, but you must be able to show an official letter from your home institution confirming your status. 

ECTS and Grading System 

Each short course offered by University College South Denmark consists of 30 ECTS. All modules within the short courses are graded according to the ECTS grading scale. You can see a description of the Grading system here.

The international full degree teacher education is graded in accordance with the curriculum.



Citizens of the EU and EEA countries as well as citizens of Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are exempt from tuition fee payments whether they are full degree or exchange students.

Refugees or immigrants living in Denmark with a permanent residence permit are also exempt.

Students coming to University College South Denmark through a bilateral or exchange agreement are exempt from tuition fees.

Anyone else who enrolls as a full degree and exchange student at University College South Denmark is required to pay tuition for the programme in which they enroll. 

The tuition fee for a semester for each programme is listed below. Further costs may also apply, and these costs vary from programme to programme.

Tuition fee

Prices may vary from each semester according to the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

Short courses:

  • Teaching (Living and Learning Together in Spring and Inclusive Practice in Autumn): € 4600 per semester
  • Social Education (Crossing Borders in Spring and Autumn): € 3500 per semester

Full degree:

  • Teacher Education: € 4300 per semester

University College South Denmark uses The European Central Bank Eurosystem for exchange rate.

Payment of Tuition Fee

Prior to the start of semester and immediately after registering/becoming accepted or immediately following the end of the previous semester, University College South Denmark will issue tuition fee invoices for the upcoming term. The invoice is sent by e-mail.

Payment date for invoices is 8th January for the spring semester and 8th August for the autumn semester.

If payment has not been received on the payment date, the student receives a reminder from University College South Denmark informing the student that he/she cannot start the semester without payment of the invoice. University College South Denmark must inform The Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment if a student is not actively studying. This could have implications for the student’s residence permit.

If payment has not been received, the student will be notified that they cannot start the semester/degree course and the student will be deregistered.


Student life

Learning environment

At University College South Denmark, we are committed to create a strong and positive learning environment. It is friendly and students are expected to debate and exchange their views with teachers and fellow students. A cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary approach is emphasized to open up for mutual understanding and inspiration.

We understand that being a student also involves other things than classes and exams. Meeting new people and having new experiences is also a part of it. 

The Erasmus Student Network and buddies at all our study programmes help new students to settle in. Here you can visit their Facebook page.


Geographically, University College South Denmark covers Southern Jutland and has more than 6,500 students and 700 members of staff.

Our study programmes take place at four regional locations: Esbjerg, Haderslev, Kolding and Aabenraa. We see this regional dispersion as a source of strength. Embracing diversity for mutual understanding and inspiration is one of our central values: the meeting of different cultures and professional traditions; cross-disciplinary and cross-professional courses; and an overall emphasis on internationalisation, research and innovation.

The nearest international airport is Billund. Copenhagen and Hamburg (Germany) airports are alternative options, depending on the country/city of departure.



We guide and help international students find accommodation for their studies near our campuses.

Ms. Jane Klæsøe Koefoed and Ms. Anne Jeppesen are ready to help you.

Jane Klæsøe Koefoed (jkly)
Phone: +45 7266 3022
E-mail: jkly@ucsyd.dk

Anne Jeppesen (acje)
Phone: +45 7266 5014
E-mail: acje@ucsyd.dk