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Questions and answers to students

On this page the Ministry of Higher Education and Science will regularly update information that can been relevant for students in relation to the situation with COVID-19.

NEW

April: 2021

March

New agreement on plan for partial reopening has been made 22 March

NEW 24 February 2021

The COVID-19 restrictions are extended up to and including 5 April 2021 - with the exception of Bornholm

The Higher Education institutions can submit questions about COVID-19 via the Ministry's mail address: .

For the latest information, please visit the Danish authories’ common website about COVID-19/Coronavirus:

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When will parts of health science programmes reopen? 

From 15 April, seven health science programnmes can begin a controlled reopening for final semester students.

Will lessons/instruction continue? 

Answer:

There will be no teaching or instruction that requires students to attend in person.

We urge educational institutions instead to carry out lessons where possible through the use of Skype and other online solutions. Practical challenges may also arise making it impossible to provide the required instruction. Some classes or subjects may therefore be postponed.

You must continue your studies and actively study at home in so far as it is possible.

If you as a student are in doubt about your situation, you should contact your educational institution

Should I participate in planned study trips as part of my education? 

Answer:

Your institution will advise you what that means for any planned study trips as part of your education, including potential postponement or cancellation of these trips. Your institution will refer to the latest travel advisories, as communicated on the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.

If you as a student are in doubt about a particular planned study trip, you should contact your educational institution.

Have you a right to receive education even if you are sent home?

Answer:

As a starting point, all students have the right to receive their education, Education institutions will provide teaching/lessons where possible (e.g. via Skype, video or other online tools) or reorganise teaching activities so that the students' education programme is not delayed.

What should you do if you become sick?

Answer:

If you become sick and therefore cannot participate in learning activities in your own home, it is a question of a special circumstance and requires specific action. Questions from higher educational institutions regarding COVID-19 can be directed to: info-covid-19@ufm.dk

Exam and completion of education programme

Will my exam go ahead as planned?

Answer:

If this extraordinary situation makes it impossible to hold an exam as planned, the individual institution will work to offer you an alternative form of examination (e.g. a replacement assignment or an online exam).

If the institution decides that it is impossible to replace the exam, they will schedule an extraordinary exam instead. Your institution will inform you further.

If you as a student are in doubt about your exam situation, you should contact your educational institution.

What happens if I as a student cannot complete my education within the maximum study period?

Answer:

If the extraordinary situation leads to you being unable to complete your education programme within the fixed maximum study period, you will have the possibility to extend your study period, also in the situation of your maximum study period being exceeded. The institutions will manage this issue through the use of exemption competence in the area.

Internship

What should I do if I am a student participating in an internship? 

Answer:

If you are a student currently taking part in an internship, you should attend your place of work, unless instructed otherwise, and should follow their recommended advice.

During this period, there may be problems in completing the relevant educational activities, meeting with your supervisor, etc. But in the coming three weeks you are urged to carry out your internship work and contribute as best as possible. This is particularly the case for students in internships/clinical placements in the health sector and in other critical functions in the coming weeks.

For other students e.g. in health science education programmes, who are not in an internship/clinical placement during this period, but who want to contribute to the readiness level of the health system, there will be an opportunity for you to volunteer. Each individual Region will have a set point of contact. The Regions will communicate this to all relevant organisations and fora.

What rules apply to my internship as part of my education?

Answer:

If this extraordinary situation results in your internship being disrupted, your institution will decide if your internship can be considered complete with the fixed learning goals based on the period of internship you have already completed. If this is the case, you can continue your education as planned.

If your internship cannot be considered complete, your institution will decide which vocational elements remain outstanding and inform you of these, including how the missing elements can be rectified (e.g. through a later internship period during your education). Thereby allowing you to continue your education as planned to the best possible extent.

We are aware that challenges with internships can mean that you cannot complete your education within the maximum study period. In this case, the extraordinary situation means that you will have the opportunity to extend your study period, even if the fixed study period has been exceeded.

If the extraordinary situation results in your internship period being cancelled, and your institution cannot offer another internship, the institution may arrange an alternative course which can replace your internship. Alternatively, the institution may decide to offer a subject or course, usually found later in your education programme with the aim of making room for the internship in its place. If the cancelled internship means that your maximum study period is exceeded, you will have the possibility of extending your study period.

If you as a student are in doubt about your internship, you should contact your educational institution.

What about education programmes where there are tests, interviews or other entrance exams? 

Answer:
Some educational institutions, where there is a requirement to attend in person as part of the quota 2 assessment,  are reorganising their quota 2 criteria so the assessment can be carried out remotely, or by postponing the planned attendance dates. Educational institutions are working on finding solutions, and will provide regular information about potential changes both directly to the applicant and via their websites

International students

Can I (as a foreign student enrolled at a Danish educational institution) enter Denmark? 

International students residing in Denmark:

If you reside in Denmark, that is, have a national register of persons address in Denmark, you can enter Denmark regardless of whether your educational institution is open or not.

If you are travelling to Denmark by plane, please be aware that you must be able to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

We recommend that you follow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel instructions. These travel instructions include information on what you should do when returning back to Denmark after a trip abroad.

International students with a student residence permit:

If you have a valid student residence permit, you can enter Denmark regardless of whether your educational institution is open or not. Your residence permit states when you may travel into Denmark.

If you are travelling into Denmark, you are required to bring a certificate documenting a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entering the country.

You should find out about the current conditions of entry and what documentation you must bring.

International students in general

Foreign nationals who do not reside in Denmark and who do not hold a valid residence permit may enter Denmark if they can show that they have a worthy purpose.

For the time being, with the current restrictions being a student is not in itself considered a worthy purpose for entry. Students residing abroad who can show that they have one of the other worthy purposes (for example, that they have a job in Denmark) will still be able to enter the country.

Please note that special rules concerning worthy purposes apply to travellers from the UK and South Africa.

Particularly for people resident in border regions

If you live in a border region, that is, Schleswig-Holstein, Southern Sweden and Western Sweden, you may enter Denmark if you can present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry.

If you live in a border region and have a worthy purpose for travelling to Denmark (for example, that you have a job in Denmark), you may enter Denmark if you can present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than seven days before entry. For the time being, until and including 28 February 2021, being a student is not in itself considered a worthy purpose for entry.

General information about entry:

Please be aware that the Danish authorities do not issue prior approvals. At all times, the police carrying out the border control will make the final decision as to whether a person is allowed to enter Denmark or not.

If I as an international student in Denmark interrupt my study visit in Denmark, what will happen regarding my education programme? 

Answer:
You should contact your educational institution where you are enrolled in your home country, with a view to the institution assessing what can be done to take your Danish study visit into account in your educational programme. It is your home educational institution that will help you with queries regarding consequences for your continued education in your homeland.

If I am an international student paying tuition fees and remain in Denmark, what consequence is there for my student residence permit if my teaching and exam is postponed? 

Answer:

If your course of studies or exam is postponed to a later date, on which your student residence permit as a foreign student has expired, you must contact The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) for further information concerning the options for extending your residence permit.

When can I travel to Denmark? 

If you have a student residence permit, you can enter Denmark regardless of whether your educational institution is open or not. Your residence permit states when you may travel into Denmark.

We recommend that you find out what rules apply to your entry on coronasmitte.dk

Do I have to be quarantined or tested for COVID-19 when I arrive in Denmark? 

All incoming passengers are advised to take a rapid test immediately upon arrival in Denmark at one of the free rapid test facilities available upon entry. The Danish health authorities further recommend that you self-isolate for 10 days. This self-isolation can be broken upon receipt of a negative result from a PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

If you are travelling to Denmark by plane, please be aware that you must be able to show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry. You are also advised to take a rapid test upon arrival and to self-isolate for 10 days. This self-isolation can be broken upon receipt of a negative result from a PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

Please note that students who do not hold a valid residence permit in Denmark (that is, a National Register of Persons address) must be able to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 24 hours before entry, no matter whether they arrive by plane or in some other way. .

You are also advised to take a rapid test upon arrival and to self-isolate for 10 days. This self-isolation can be broken upon receipt of a negative result from a PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry. 

Study abroad

Can I go on a mobility period abroad?

Denmark has tightened its travel guidelines for all destinations worldwide from the previous level 'orange' (advising against all unnecessary travel) to 'red', thus advising against all travel to all destinations worldwide. This step is one of the efforts being made to manage the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19 in Denmark; the limitation on travel activity is an important element in efforts to control the spread of infection, since coronavirus mutations are appearing in a number of countries.

This tightening of the travel guidelines means that study periods and work placements abroad, which are otherwise considered necessary travel, are advised against in principle.

Some practice placements may in certain circumstances be equated with the exception: "I have work abroad”. In such cases, students may start their practice placement, if this is otherwise considered a responsible move. Whether a particular practice placement comes under this heading is up to the individual place of practice placement, the educational institution and the student to assess together. A number of factors must be considered, for example: How long is the placement expected to last? What potential risks are connected with it? And it is possible to begin the practice placement virtually?

If you choose to take a student mobility period in a country to which all travel is not recommended (category 'red'), make sure that you find the latest information about particular countries on the Danish embassies' websites. This may be information about entry restrictions and other measures taken by local authorities to curb the spread of infection. You should also make a practical, individual risk assessment of the trip in consultation with your educational institution and your work placement destination. This will include consideration of repatriation assistance in the case of acute illness in a situation where the local capacity for treatment is under severe pressure. Since all travel is discouraged (category 'red'), it is vital that you make sure that your insurance covers the trip. You are therefore strongly recommended to contact your insurance company prior to the trip; they will also be able to advise on the matter of assistance in the event of an emergency journey home.

When returning home, all travellers are encouraged to take a rapid COVID-19 test immediately upon arrival in Denmark. In addition, all incoming travellers are strongly encouraged to self-isolate for 10 days, an isolation which may be terminated by a negative PCR test taken no earlier than the fourth day after entry. Travellers must follow the recommendations of the health authorities regarding measures to prevent infection, for example, the wearing of face masks on public transport, and recommendations concerning social distancing, hygiene, etc.

You should always follow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice:


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last modified Apr 16, 2021