Danish Language Course
Danish Language Course
What is the Danish Language Course?
The “Danish Language Course” is the name of the official Danish Language Education Programme – in Danish “DanskUddannelse” (DU) = “Danish Education”. It is a program to all foreigners 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, if you wish to apply for admission to an education or if you need to document your language skills e.g. applying for a job.
At VSK you will additionally have:
- 9 lessons in a day class
- An internship focused on language learning
- Staffed study centres at all language schools
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 be likely to complete within 2 years.
We offer classes for all three Danish Language Courses – DU1, DU2 and DU3. You only have to complete one of the Danish Language Courses. Once you have had an interview with a counselor, you will decide together which Danish Language Course is best for you. The counselor will also show you a model of what you can expect to learn on each Danish Education program.
Each Danish Language Course consists of 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 your Danish Language Course with a state-controlled examination. The examinations (Prøve i Dansk 1-3) are held twice a year – summer and winter.
Danish Language Course 1 (DU1)
DU1 is for you who have not learned to read and write in your mother tongue or do not know the latin alphabet.
Our goal is for you to master the Danish language at a level so that you can manage an everyday life in Denmark. For example, you will feel at ease communicating in a practical job. You will be able to speak Danish when e.g., you go shopping, see 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 to read and write small texts. You will learn about the 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 for you who have 8-10 years of schooling in your home country.
Our goal is for you to master the Danish languge at a level where you can participate 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 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.
Our goal is for you to master the Danish language at a level so you can attend further education in Denmark 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 – eg 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.
Time and place
You can attend Danish classes during the day, in the evening, on Saturday (Glostrup) 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.
Before you can start, you need to have an interview with a counselor. Together you will find the best Danish Language Course for you. Afterwards, you will find a class that fits into your schedule.
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 have completed the Danish Language Course or
- when you have passed 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.
Entitled to the Danish Language Course
Foreigners in Denmark are entitled to the free Danish Language Course. But the right to learn Danish is for a limited 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 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 the voucher will expire. 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 you have for the module test.
Here you see a timetable of the validity of each voucher in the voucher system:
|voucher||number of mounths||module||completed at|
|#1||4||1||module 1.1, 2.1, 3.1|
|#2||5||2||module 1.2, 2.2, 3.2|
|#3||7||3||module 1.3, 2.3, 3.3|
|#4||8||4||module 1.4, 2.4, 3.4|
|#5||9||5||module 1.5, 2.5 Prøve i Dansk 3|
|#6||9||6||Prøve i Dansk 1, Prøve i Dansk 2. Studieprøven|