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Tuition fees and application fee

Wondering if you need to pay application and tuition fees?
Students from outside Europe are generally required to pay tuition and application fee (with a few exemptions). EU/EEA and Swiss citizens are not liable to pay fees. 

Find more information about fees, terms of payment and exemptions below. 

Application fee

Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens must pay an application fee of DKK 750 per applicant (app. EUR 100 per applicant) to have your application(s) processed

The application fee covers up to three applications at Aarhus University. Please note that the Danish universities charge application fees individually.

The application deadline was 15 September 2021 and the webshop is now closed.

Exemptions from paying application fee

Terms of payment

  • Payment can only be made in DKK and only through the web shop.
  • Your receipt for payment must be uploaded to each of your applications for admission.
  • Your application(s) will only be processed if the total fee amount is paid by the application deadline.

Refund policy

  • You application fee will be reimbursed if you accept your offer of admission and are still enrolled at Aarhus University by 1 October (summer admission) og 1 March (winter admission).
  • The application fee will be reimbursed through the web shop to the account from which the payment was made.
  • If you are not offered admission, your application fee will not be reimbursed.

Tuition fee

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizen (or hold a British national overseas passport) you must pay tuition fee.

See exemptions from paying tuition fee

  • Your tuition fee covers all teaching and examinations.
  • You are not required to pay additional fees to cover for instance the costs of issuing transcripts or student ID cards.

 

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.   

Terms of payment and refund policy

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 (first semester)

  • The tuition fees must be received by the university 15 June at the latest (summer admission to Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes).
  • The deadline for payment of tuition fees is 1 December for winter admission to Master’s degree programmes.
  • The early deadline is to ensure that students obtain a study residence permit in Denmark in due time before 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. Any refunds are deposited to the student's account.

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/expired 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.
  • Applicants who at the time of application have a temporary residence permit “with a view to” or “with the possibility of” permanent residency in Denmark that expires before 1 October (for the autumn semester) and before 1 March (for the spring semester) must pay tuition fees, unless they no later than 1 April (commencement of study 1 September) or 1 November (commencement of study 1 February) provide a letter of receipt from the issuing Danish authority that they have applied for a renewal of the current residence permit in Denmark.
  • 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.

 

Other costs and expenses

  • Books and other course material are not covered by the tuition fee.
  • No living expenses are covered by the tuition fee.

Health insurance

Once you have a Danish CPR number, health insurance is covered by the Danish state. Read more about health insurance and other insurances.

Student residence permit

Once you have paid your tuition fees, you can apply for a student residence permit.

To obtain your student residence permit you must:

  • Pay a case processing fee to SIRI (see current rate at the website of SIRI)
  • Document that you have sufficient funds to support yourself financially (read more on the website of SIRI). Students who are receiving a full tuition waiver including a monthly grant towards living expenses should not provide this documentation.

Learn more about how you apply for a student residence permit.

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