The Danish rules pertaining to residence permits vary depending on citizenship. You can read about the different categories.
In general, EU/EEA citizens can obtain a residence permit upon arrival, whereas non-EU/EEA citizens should obtain a residence permit before arrival.
If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, the process of obtaining a residence permit starts immediately after you have been offered admission. You cannot apply for a residence permit to Denmark until after you have received a letter of admission, and instructions on what to do will be included along with the offer.
The process of obtaining a residence permit for non-EU/EEA citizens may take 2-3 months. However, there are a few things you can do in advance to prepare:
- Passport: Ensure that you have a valid passport.
- Money: Ensure that you have sufficient funding to make the first payment of your tuition fees to the University of Copenhagen. The Danish authorities will not issue a residence permit unless the first payment of the tuition fees has been made. Students who receive a full tuition waiver from the University will not be requested to make the first payment themselves.
- Local guidelines: Locate the Danish embassy in your country or region and read their guidelines on how to obtain a residence permit.