Teaching Danish

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 VSK you will additionally get:

  • 9 lessons in a day class
  • Induvidual 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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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) are held twice a year – summer and winter. We offer special exams classes.

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.

All newcomers have the right to free Danish lessons, but it is important that you get started soon after coming to Denmark. If you wait too long, you may lose your right to free Danish lessons.

It recommend you to plan your progress in order not to be in lack of time in the end. You should not take a break in the middle of a module. The rules for how long you can stay an each module is described in “The voucher system.

The Danish Language Course is free, but you must pay a deposit.


The Danish Language Course is free of charge but you must pay a deposit of 2000 DKK, before you start. You will have the deposit refunded:

  • when you complete the Danish Language Course or
  • when you pass a module test and do not wish to continue with the Danish Language Course.

Be aware that not everyone has to pay a deposit. For example, you do not have to pay a deposit if you have come to Denmark as a refugee. At the interview with the counselor, you will be informed whether you have to pay a deposit or not. read more abour deposit here.

Entitled to the Danish Language Course

Foreigners in Denmark are entitled to the free Danish Language Course. But the right to free Danish classes is for a limited period of time. It is important that you take advantage of your right to learn Danish while you have it.

The rules apply to you if you:

  • work in Denmark
  • study in Denmark
  • are married to someone who works in Denmark
  • are family reunified under EU rules

Please note that other rules apply if e.g. you have come to Denmark as a refugee.

The voucher system "Klippekort"

Officially, you have 3 ½ years of education to complete your Danish Language Course. You must complete it within 5 years. There are rules as well, for the duration of the individual modules. You can see the rules for the so-called “voucher system” (in Danish “klippekort”) below.

When you start your Danish Language Course, you also start spending vouchers. Each voucher corresponds to a module. Once you have completed a module, you have spent a voucher – no matter how long it has taken you to complete the module. If you have some knowledge of Danish in advance e.g. you start your Danish Language Course on module 2, you only have vouchers left for the modules 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. It is not possible to save a voucher.

The vouchers are only valid for a period of time. That means you must complete each module within a time limit. If you wish to take a break from learning Danish, you must wait until you have passed the module test. If you pause in the middle of a module, you run the risk of the voucher expiring. If this happens, you will have to pay for the rest of the module yourself.

If you want to take a break, you must notify the language school before your next module test.

Here you see a timetable of the validity of each voucher in the voucher system:


number of mounths


module completed at:
#1 4 1 module test 1.1, 2.1, 3.1
#2 5 2 module test 1.2, 2.2, 3.2
#3 7 3 module test 1.3, 2.3, 3.3
#4 8 4 module test 1.4, 2.4, 3.4
#5 9 5 module test 1.5, 2.5, Prøve i Dansk 3
#6 9 6  Prøve i Dansk 1, Prøve i Dansk 2, Studieprøven