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Higher education options in Denmark, if you are a refugee from Ukraine

Overview of your options if you are a refugee in Denmark from Ukraine since 24th of February.

If you are a refugee from Ukraine since 24th of February and you wish to continue studying your higher education programme in Denmark or begin a new higher education in Denmark, you can

  1. apply for a transfer from your Ukrainian higher education programme to a Danish higher education programme or

  2. apply for admission to a new full time higher education programme in Denmark.

Transfer from your Ukrainian higher education programme to a Danish higher education programme

If you have passed the equivalent of at least the first year of a specific Danish programme, you can apply for a transfer from your Ukrainian higher education programme.

It is required that:

  • You fulfil the general and specific admission requirements of the particular Danish higher education programme and
  • There are available study places at the higher education programme.

The higher education institutions in Denmark set their own procedures for applications for transfers, so you need to contact them directly in order to know more about the possibilities for a transfer. The individual higher education institution will also be able to guide you regarding ongoing higher education programmes at the institution.

Admission to a new full time higher education programme in Denmark

If you haven’t passed the equivalent of the first year of a Danish higher education programme, you can apply for admission to the higher education programme in quota 2.

You can apply on Optagelse.dk. Application deadlines are 15th of March every year. The higher education institutions have the option of giving a dispensation from application deadlines given unusual circumstances.

In the 2022 admission round there are 12 English taught higher education programmes on an academy profession level or professional bachelor level, where Ukrainian applicants with an Ukrainian upper secondary diploma do not have to pass a test in order to be admitted.

If you want to apply for a bachelor’s programme and you have a Ukranian upper secondary diploma, you must have passed at least one year of studies at a higher education programme besides your Ukrainian upper secondary education.

All programmes taught in Danish have Danish language requirements.

Vacant study places

You might also have the possibility of applying for a vacant study place at this year’s admission round. The education institutions themselves decide, if they will allow applications from international applicants for vacant study places.  

An overview of vacant seats will be available on ufm.dk on the 28th of July. You must send the application directly to the higher education institution. Information about the application procedure can be found on the website of the higher education institution.

Do you need study guidance about your options regarding studying a higher education in Denmark?

Studievalg Danmark (Study and Career Guidance Denmark) is a nationwide guidance institution with seven regional education and career guidance centers.

Studievalg Danmark provide personal guidance to young people and adults about the choice of higher and vocational education in Denmark and prospective career opportunities.

eVejledning offers personal guidance by chat, email, text messages and telephone daytime, evening and weekends. You can find their contact information on their website

All guidance counselling in Denmark is free

last modified Apr 08, 2022