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Residence Permit and Insurance
Some students will need to obtain a residence permit before entering Denmark, some can obtain it upon arrival, and others will not need one. Please read the information carefully to find out what you need and how to apply.
When you have arrived in Copenhagen, you are required to register with the local civil registration office (Folkeregistret). To do so you must have your residence permit and a permanent address in Denmark. The civil registration office will provide you with a personal identity number, called a cpr-number, as well as a Health Insurance Card.
The University of Copenhagen does not have a mandatory insurance policy which students are required to take out, and students are not covered by any insurance policies taken out by the University of Copenhagen. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to purchase general insurance (personal possessions, accident and liability) as well as a health insurance prior to your departure for Denmark.
The Danish Health Security Act covers students staying for more than three months. Note, however, that this does not cover the costs of medical evacuation back to your home country, emergency repatriation and personal liability. For this reason we encourage students to purchase general insurance as well. To be covered by the Danish Health Security Act, you must apply for the Health Insurance Card with the local civil registration office upon arrival. Please read the information carefully to find out how you are covered.