The Danish Language Course

The Danish Language Course

The Danish Language Course

The Danish Language Course

What is the Danish Language Course?

“The Danish Language Course” is the official Danish course – in Danish: DanskUddannelse (DU). It is a state-subsidized program to all newcomers free of charge.

The Danish Language Course can open doors to further education and work. The exam is useful if you wish to apply for a permanent residence permit, citizenship, admission to an education or if you need to document your language skills e.g. when applying for a job.

At VSKdansk you will additionally get:

  • 9 lessons in a day class
  • Individual language training in a study center
  • Access to a library

How long it takes to complete the Danish Language Course differs from student to student, but if you follow the program and do not take long breaks, you will likely complete it within 2 years.

Time and place

You can attend Danish classes during the day, in the evening, on saturdays and online.

Classes take place at our three language schools in Greater Copenhagen (Glostrup, Ballerup and Amager). You can walk to all three language schools in 10 minutes from a nearby train or metro station.

Day classes are three days a week (minimum 9 lessons).

Evening classes are two evenings a week (6 lessons).

Online classes take place via e-Sprogcenter.

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Special courses

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Three Danish Language Courses

The Danish Language Course is actually three different programs – DU1, DU2 and DU3. We offer classes at all three. Which program is best for you depends on your educational background. Each program constitute a complete education. You only follow one of the programs.

At the interview, the counselor will show you a model of what you can expect to learn following DU1, DU2 and DU3 respectively. Together you will find out from which program you will benefit from the most.

Test and examination

Each Danish Language Course is divided into six modules. You conclude each module with a module test. Once you have passed the module test, you move on to the next module. After the last module, you complete the Danish Language Course with a state-controlled examination. The examinations (Prøve i Dansk 1-3) and “Studieprøven” are held twice a year – summer and winter. We start up exam classes in January and August.


The students at VSKdansk are doing well at the exam. You can see the grades here.


Danish Language Course 1 (DU1)

DU1 is for you who have not learned how to read and write in your mother tongue or do not know the latin alphabet.

The program will educate you to master the Danish language at a level making you capable of managing an everyday life in Denmark. You will e.g. feel at ease communicating in a practical job. You will be able to speak Danish when you go shopping, consult the doctor or when you attend a parent-teacher meeting at your children’s school.

We start with the basics. You will learn the latin alphabet. We focus on your spoken language, but you will also learn how to read and write small texts. You will learn about Danish culture and social customs too.

The Danish Language Course 1 consists of six modules, and you complete module 6 with “Prøve i Dansk 1” (PD1). You can use PD1 as documentation for your Danish languge skills when you apply for a job.

Danish Language Course 2 (DU2)

DU2 is a program for you who have 8-10 years of schooling from your home country.

The program will educate you to master the Danish language at a level where you are capable of participating in qualifying professional courses, further education and succeed in the labor market.

Danish Languge Course 2 consists of 6 modules, and you complete module 6 with Prøve i Dansk 2 (PD2). The exam is useful if you wish to apply for permanent residence in Denmark.

Danish language Course 3 (DU3)

DU3 is a program for you who have attended school in your home country for more than 10 years and speak at least one other foreign language. DU3 is at the highest level within the Danish Language Courses Program.

DU3 will qualify you to be admitted to an education in Denmark using Danish as a learning language and succeed in a job function requiring good Danish skills. Furthermore, our ambition is that you will be capable of participating in the Danish society – for example by doing voluntary work or sitting in the board of an association – e.g. a sports club.

We emphasize that you become good at debating, conversation, reading and writing. In class, you will learn about Danish culture and social customs too.

DU3 consists of 6 modules, and you complete module 5 with Prøve i Dansk 3 (PD3), which gives you access to qualifying courses, education and job opportunities in Denmark. You can use PD3 in your application for Danish citizenship.

Module 6 (Studieprøven) is an additional module. At this level you will learn how to write and speak Danish at an academic level. You will need Studieprøven if you wish to be admitted to a higher education (University) in Denmark.



There are many rules related to The Danish Language Course, and it is important that you have knowledge of the overall principles.

5 years

All newcomers have the right to 5 years of free Danish lessons from the day they receive their CPR-number (the yellow card).

Free of charge

The Danish Language Course is free of charge, but employees and students have to pay a deposit of 2000 DKK.


Refuges are obliged to learn Danish and exempt from paying deposit.

How much is the deposit?

The deposit is 2000 DKK and only payed once.

Who should pay deposit?

You should pay the deposit if you work, study, or in other ways are self-supporting in Denmark.

When to pay deposit?

You pay the deposit after a language counselor has enrolled you in the school. You cannot start before we have received your payment.

How to pay deposit?

You pay from our website. You can pay here.

When do I get my deposit back?

You will have the deposit refunded when you pass the Danish Language Course, or when you pass a module test and do not wish to continue with The Danish Language Course.

Can I lose my deposit?

Yes, you can lose the deposit if you do not complete a module within a timeframe. Here you can see how much time you have to complete each module. The timeframe is the same pr. module at all three Danish Language Courses. You can continue having free Danish classes even if you lose your deposit.


Number of months to complete the module

1 6
2 6
3 7
4 8
5 9
6 9