Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees

All EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are exempt from payment of tuition fees.

Students liable to pay tuition fees

All non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens (including students holding a British national overseas passport) are liable to pay tuition fees.

Exempt from payment of tuition fees are students:

  • on a bilateral exchange agreement.
  • holding a permanent residence permit in Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands).
  • holding a temporary residence permit “with a view to” or “with the possibility of” permanent residency in Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands).
  • who are 'permanently resident' in one of the other Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland), cf. Article 1 of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Order No 54 of 17 June 1999 between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden regarding access to further education, provided they maintain their official residence in that country while enrolled at Aarhus University. Before the commencement of each semester, applicants and students must provide documentation of the continued official residence in the other Nordic country e.g. by submitting documentation of their tax liability in that country.
  • with a residence permit granted on the grounds of family reunification;
  • having become EU citizens pursuant to the Executive Order on Residence in Denmark for Aliens Falling within the Rules of the European Union (EU Residence Order). Before the commencement of each semester, the applicant must submit documentation that the EU spouse is currently and expected to continue working in Denmark, e.g. by submitting copies of payslips or employment contract.
  • having been granted a full scholarship pursuant to the Ministerial Order on Scholarships with Grants to Cover Living Costs Incurred at Universities (Scholarship and Grant Order);
  • children of workers from non-EU/EEA countries having been granted a residence permit pursuant to Section 9M (previously 9C) of the Danish Aliens Act and whose parents have been granted residence permits pursuant to Section 9A of the Danish Aliens Act.
  • with a dual citizenship (EU/EEA + non EU/EEA) who decide to enter Denmark as an EU/EEA citizen (using both citizenships to enter Denmark is not possible).

Payment and study residence permit

You cannot obtain a study residence permit in Denmark without having paid your tuition fees. Aarhus University is not allowed to inform The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration of your expected arrival before you have paid your tuition fees. In addition, after that date, the Agency will spend up to two months dealing with your application for a study residence permit. Thus, for you to obtain your study residence permit in due time before commencement of studies, we strongly advise you to pay your first tuition fee instalment two-three months in advance.

Documentation

If applicable, your current residence permit in Denmark must always be uploaded in your application(s) for admission in order for Aarhus University to determine whether or not you are liable to pay tuition fees.

In case of changed residence status during your enrolment, you must always notify Aarhus University and submit your new residence permit. Please use the contact information below.

Questions and contact

For further information, please contact AU Studies Administration, Admissions:

Annual tuition fee rates

The tuition fee rates are determined by the university faculties and may be subject to change, also for enrolled students during their degree programme.

Tuition fee rates for non-EU/EEA students for academic year 2017-18

Tuition fee rates for non-EU/EEA students for academic year 2016-17:

Tuition fee rates for non-EU/EEA students for academic year 2015-16:

Terms of payment and refund policy

Valid from 1 January 2012

Payment and fees

  • Tuition fees are payable biannually before the start of each semester.
  • The instalment paid per semester corresponds to 30 ECTS credits.
  • Top up students must always pay for the total number of remaining ECTS for the Bachelor’s degree programme before commencement of studies.

  • It is not possible for full-degree students to pay tuition fees in smaller instalments.
  • Students with a workload in excess of 30 ECTS credits per semester are billed separately for the additional ECTS credits.
  • The tuition fees are paid for the total number of ECTS credits, regardless of the period of enrolment.
  • Students who take single-subject courses are billed for the specific single-subject ECTS credits.
  • Books and other course material are not included in the tuition fees.
  • The tuition fees payable for the individual study programmes are shown in the list of tuition fee rates.

Payment on commencement of studies

  • The tuition fees must be received by the university prior to the date of commencement of studies, however with the following exceptions:
  • When starting an English-language Bachelor’s degree programme (via admission under Quota 3) or a Master's degree programme (candidatus) with restricted study places, payment must be received by 1 July at the latest. The early deadline for paying tuition fees is to ensure that places not paid for can be allocated to other qualified applicants prior to the commencement of studies.
  • In the case of non-payment of the tuition fees by the due date, the offer of admission is withdrawn.
  • No refunding of tuition fees is possible after the date of commencement of studies.
  • Students who receive federal aid from the U.S. government to fund their studies are not required to pay tuition until they have received their first loan disbursement, which occurs around the month of October for the autumn semester, and February for the spring semester.

Payment for subsequent semesters

  • As from the second semester, tuition fees must be received by the university prior to the start of the semester, i.e. by 1 September for the autumn semester and by 1 February for the spring semester.
  • The payment of tuition fees is for 30 ECTS credits per semester for the prescribed standard number of semesters for the completion of the degree programme. After the prescribed standard period of study, the degree programme is deemed to have been paid for, and enrolment may be prolonged without additional tuition fees being charged.
  • Students who are granted a credit transfer from earlier studies may be charged reduced tuition fees. The reduced tuition fees are charged for the semester in respect of which the credit transfer is granted and based on the ECTS weighting approved by the university.

Delays and special leave

  • Tuition fees corresponding to 30 ECTS credits are paid in advance for each semester until the degree programme has been paid for, regardless of delays relative to the prescribed standard period of study.
  • The tuition fees entitle students to three exam attempts in accordance with the applicable exam regulations.
  • No tuition fees are payable by students who have been granted special leave from the start of a semester, regardless of the period of leave. The payment of tuition fees is resumed as from the first semester following the end of the period of leave.
  • If special leave is granted after the first date of a semester in respect of which tuition fees have been paid, the tuition fees will not be refunded to the student, but will be transferred to the first semester following the end of the period of leave.
  • The study activity rules on special leave apply irrespective of the payment of tuition fees.

Payment in connection with full scholarships (tuition waiver)

  • Students who have been granted a full scholarship are entitled to sit three exam attempts for each course.
  • The tuition waiver and monthly grant is cancelled for students who do not meet the study activity requirements for retaining the scholarship as stated in the student’s scholarship letter, and such students are required to pay for the remaining ECTS credits if they wish to remain enrolled in the degree programme.
  • Students who have started writing their thesis, but who have been delayed relative to the prescribed period of study, are not charged for the ECTS credit weighting of the thesis. However, an agreement concerning the submission of the thesis must always be made pursuant to applicable rules.
  • Other terms regarding full scholarships with or without a grant to cover living costs are set out in the contract made by the student and the university (the scholarship letter).

Payment in case of changed residence status in Denmark

  • Students who are granted a permanent residence permit in Denmark in the course of a semester will still have to pay tuition fees until the following semester if the validity of the residence permit falls after 1 March for the spring semester and after 1 October for the autumn semester.
  • Students who are granted a permanent residence permit in Denmark which is valid from before 1 March in the spring semester and before 1 October in the autumn semester may apply for a refund of the tuition fees paid for the relevant semester, always provided that proper documentation for the new residence permit is submitted. If the residence permit is valid from a later date, the tuition fees paid for the relevant semester are not refunded.
  • In the event that a student’s status changes in the course of a semester to the effect that the student no longer holds a permanent residence permit in Denmark, tuition fees must be paid from the following semester.
  • Students are required to provide the university with documentation of any such change of status.

Payment in case of changed residence status in the EU/EEA

  • Non-EU/EEA students with a residence permit in the EU/EEA, but without EU/EEA citizenship, cannot be exempted from payment of tuition fee.
  • Students who are granted status as an EU/EEA national, valid from before 1 March in the spring semester and before 1 October in the autumn semester, may apply for a refund of the tuition fees paid for the relevant semester, always provided that proper documentation for the new residency is submitted.
  • Students who change their residency status from non-EU/EEA national to EU/EEA national in the course of a semester will still have to pay tuition fees until the following semester if the validity of the change to EU/EEA national status falls after 1 March for the spring semester and after 1 October for the autumn semester.

The above is stipulated pursuant to Section 3 of the

Ministerial Order no. 598 of 8 March 2015 on Funding and Accounts, etc. at Universities.

Grants and scholarships

Please note that Aarhus University is generally unable to offer financial support to foreign students, which means that you must either have sufficient financial means to pay your tuition fees and cover your stay in Denmark or apply to your own national authorities for a study grant.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

Aarhus University does not offer any scholarships for EU/EEA/Swiss students, who should be able to support themselves.

Danish State Educations Grant and Loan Scheme ("SU")

As a rule, foreign students enrolled in Danish degree programmes are not eligible for educational support. Exceptions are made on the basis of specific conditions for refugees and relatives of refugees and for other foreign citizens provided - among other stipulations - that they have been living and working in Denmark long enough.

As far as EU rules and regulations make it possible, EU citizens can gain support from the Danish system.

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss students

Aarhus University administers four scholarship programmes funded by the Danish state for highly qualified non-EU/EEA/Swiss applicants admitted to two-year Master’s degree programmes. Aarhus University also collaborates with a small number of countries on selected national scholarship programmes.

Tax in Denmark

Students from so-called developing countries (as defined by the Danish Tax Council) can be exempted from paying tax in Denmark.

Student loans

Aarhus University does not offer any student loan service.

Payment of scholarship

Scholarship payment procedure

This page is aimed at scholarship recipients.

A Danish state scholarship is usually a combination of a full or partly tuition waiver and a monthly scholarship towards living expenses.

Please be aware that the scholarship may not cover all your living expenses in Denmark, and that you may have to supplement your monthly scholarship with your own savings, a students loan from your home country or a student job. Especially at the beginning of you stay in Denmark, you should expect additional settling-in-costs in terms of paying a deposit for your room, buying some furniture, a bicycle or bus card, etc.

Aarhus University is not able to grant you any further financial assistance.

To receive your monthly scholarship payment, please follow the below instructions after your arrival in Denmark:

Payment to your Easy Account

In order to receive your monthly scholarship on your bank account you must have a so-called Digitial Payslip (E-Boks) and a Danish NemKonto account (“Easy Account”). You can learn more about these facilities at the following websites:

Ask your mentor or our International Centre for assistance with regard to applying for a permanent Danish CPR number (social security number).

When you have received your CPR number – which may take a couple of weeks – you must set up an Easy Account with a Danish bank. Aarhus University is then automatically informed of your Easy Account.

Until you have a Danish tax card, 55 % of your scholarship is automatically deducted as tax, but regulated later when you have received your tax card.
To get a tax card, please contact the Danish Tax Authorities after your arrival in Denmark. Remember to bring your scholarship letter. The tax card is digital and information about your tax rate in Denmark will be transferred to Aarhus University electronically and connected to your CPR number and Easy Account.

Your first monthly payout

We do not expect you have set up a Danish Easy Account before your first scholarship payment is due. Instead, your first scholarship payment will be paid to your international bank account. Aarhus University will contact you well in advance of your first monthly payment and ask you for the banking information needed to make a bank transfer to your specific country.

The first payment cannot be made until the last work day before the first day of your official scholarship period. All other monthly payments will also be made in advance.

You are expected to set up a Danish Easy Account as soon as possible after your arrival in Denmark, and after that, your monthly payment will be transferred to your Easy Account.

Income tax in Denmark

As a rule, all scholarship holders must pay regular Danish income tax. Read about taxation in Denmark.

Scholar­ship holders from so-called developing countries may be exempted from paying income tax from their scholarship.

The income tax will be deducted before the monthly payout. If you do not have a tax card in Denmark, you must contact a tax centre to obtain one. As long as you do not have a tax card, 55 % per cent of your monthly grant will be withheld as tax, but regulated later when you have received your tax card.

Too much deducted tax will be reimbursed by Aarhus University and transferred to your Easy bank account.

You must renew your tax card for the following year at the end of each year to avoid a 55 % taxation of your scholarship from January the year after.

Read more about taxation when Coming to Denmark to study.

Apply for your tax card and possible tax exemption at your local Tax Centre.

Tax Centres - Contact information

Tax Centre Aarhus (Skattecenter Aarhus)
Lyseng Alle 1, DK - 8270 Højbjerg
For other cities with tax centres in Denmark see this page.

Office hours (may be subject to change)

Monday

10:00 - 16:00

Tuesday - Friday

10:00 - 14:00

Telephone hours (may be subject to change)

Monday

9.00 - 17.00

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9.00 - 16.00

Friday

9.00 - 14.00

Tel: (+45) 7222 1818 (press 8 for information in English) – www.skat.dk

You can also contact the Danish tax authorities by email using this contact form.

Notify your salary administrator

Please notify your salary administrator when all the formalities regarding your permanent CPR number, Easy Account and tax card are completed, allowing your salary administrator to acquire your tax information electronically from the tax authorities and transfer your future payments to your Easy Account.

Your monthly scholarship will subsequently be regulated in accordance with your tax card and paid to your Easy account every month in advance.

Find your salary administrator here.

Study activity requirements

To retain your study permit in Denmark, your enrolment at Aarhus University and the continued payment of your monthly scholarship and tuition waiver, you are required to meet all three types of study activity requirements described below. 

Your active involvement in a study programme is evaluated twice a year at the beginning of March and at the beginning of September. 

1. Your study residence permit

To retain your study residence permit, the Danish Agency for International Integration and Recruitment requires you to be an active full-time student. 

To be actively involved in your study programme as a full-time student, the minimum number of examinations you must sit each semester corresponds to 30 ECTS points (as a minimum). 

You must make a serious effort to pass your exams. An examination attempt which the examiner has been unable to mark is not considered a serious effort, i.e. the exam result ‘BF’ (used attempt) is not accepted. Cheating at exams is not tolerated and will also not be considered a serious attempt. 

Aarhus University is required to inform the Danish Agency for International Integration and Recruitment if you are not to be considered an active full-time student. 

2. Your tuition waiver and monthly scholarship payment

Following the rules of the Danish grants and loan scheme:

To retain your monthly Danish state scholarship, you must never be more than 30 ECTS credits behind schedule in terms of passed exams. 

Failure to meet the above study activity requirements will result in termination of your tuition waiver and monthly scholarship without the possibility of recommencing it. In this case, your continued enrolment will be conditioned on payment of tuition fees based on your remaining ECTS workload. 

Students who have started writing their thesis, but who have been delayed relative to the prescribed period of study, must send a copy of their thesis contract stating their new expected end date to ma.admission@au.dk  

3. Your enrolment at AU (The Study Progress Reform)

Danish universities have been obligated by Danish law to ensure faster completion times for students. Thus, as a student at Aarhus University you are always required to follow the current study activity requirements of the so-called Study Progress Reform. 

To retain your active enrolment at Aarhus University, you are never allowed to be more than 45 ECTS behind schedule in terms of passed exams.

In addition, please be aware that the maximum time of study is the stipulated time of study plus 6 months. 

Please consult www.students.au.dk for further information regarding the details of these regulations concerning your own study programme. 

Exceptions to the study activity requirements
Exceptions to the study activity requirement with regard to your tuition waiver and monthly scholarship can be made in certain docu­men­ted circumstances, such as e.g. serious illness or the death of a close relative, in which your tuition waiver and monthly scholarship can be extended by up to six months. 

 

Written applications for an extension regarding your forthcoming semester are processed by AU Education, Admission. Email: ma.admission@au.dk

Questions and contact

Please always contact your salary administrator directly by email or telephone with any questions or problems regarding the payment of your scholarship.

Only questions regarding the conditions of your scholarship should be sent to Administrator, Annette Larsen (Ms), Admissions Office, ala@au.dk

Apply as a free mover

Aarhus University welcomes international students to apply on individual basis as free movers.

This applies to foreign students who wish to take only a few courses at Aarhus University, or who plan to study in Aarhus for one or two semesters.