Students who are foreign citizens can if they fulfil some specific conditions, be granted equal rights status with Danish citizens and thus be eligible to apply for SU (state educational grant).
Before you are admitted as a student at University College Absalon, you can gain information about SU via the links above.
If you are admitted to University College Absalon out team of SU-counsellors can guide you on how to apply.
If you are granted equal rights status, you must have a Danish CPR-number, Nem-ID and a Danish ‘Nem-account’.
Rules and conditions for foreign citizens (non-EU/EAA citizens)
You may be able to obtain equal status according to Danish law if you fulfil some specific conditions.
Rules and conditions for foreign citizens who are or are related to an EU/EAA citizen
One of the conditions for being granted equal rights as an EU/EEA citizen is that you are expected to work in Denmark while you study.
It´s Uddannelses- og Forskningsstyrelsen who makes the decision whether you are entitled to SU.
As a general rule, they expect that you as a minimum work 10 – 12 hours a week. They also expect that you, as a starting point, have employment to this extent every week for a continuous period of 10 weeks.
In assessment they also include criteria such as whether you are entitled to paid holiday, remuneration during illness, the duration of the employment relationship and whether a collective agreement applies to the employment. Furthermore, in our assessment they also put emphasis on whether you have a gross income of a certain size every month.
When they assess whether you may be considered a worker, they look at the documents you attach along with the application for equal status for foreign citizens. The documentation of your employment is among other things an employment contract and payslips from your employer in Denmark. After having applied for SU in minSU, you must complete the application for equal status for foreign citizens applying for equal status with Danish citizens. You can access the application for equal status by clicking on the receipt page you get when you have applied for SU in minSU.
When you receive SU because you may be considered a worker, as described in the above, you are, as a starting point, required continuously to work a minimum of 10 – 12 hours each week while you study and receive SU.