New voucher system for Danish language courses by 1 January, 2018

Information concerning the new voucher system

Danish language courses are now offered within the framework of a voucher system. The number of units – or ‘clips’ in Danish – allocated to you is determined by which module you are placed in during the assessment procedure. A maximum of 6 units – the equivalent of 3½ years (42 months) of Danish language courses – can be allocated. The voucher is valid for 5 years from the time the you can begin attending classes (from the date of referral).

At IA Sprog we have a varied course program with numerous ways of combining classes and modules, so you can complete one of the three Danish language courses, including the final examination, within the time limits set – in the way that suits you best.

We will do our best to help you during the process.

 Who can obtain a voucher?

  • If you are in Denmark to study or work or as an accompanying spouse
  • If you are family reunified with a Danish citizen in accordance with EU rules
  • Au pairs

The voucher system does not apply to foreigners with residence permits as refugees or individuals who are family reunified with a Danish citizen in accordance with the Aliens Act.

How do you obtain a voucher?

Shortly after arriving in Denmark and applying for a social security number, you will receive a letter from the municipality where you live, about your right to Danish lessons. The 5-year period begins from the date in the letter in which you are referred to a Danish Language Course.

If you wish to benefit fully from the period, you must contact the language centre where you want to start your Danish lessons as soon as possible and no later than one month after having received the referral.

If you are already enrolled in a Danish language course, your voucher starts when you have passed a module and are about to begin a new module.

The right to Danish lessons

The offer of free Danish tuition includes lessons in one of the Danish language courses for up to 3½ years within a 5-year period. The period is counted from the time you have received the referral and can begin your Danish lessons.

This is how the voucher system works

  • When you start the first module, you simultaneously activate your voucher, even if you do not show up for the assigned class.
  • When a unit is activated, it is valid until you have passed the module test – you cannot halt it during a module.
  • When you have passed a module test, the unit ends, and the next unit is automatically activated – you cannot transfer time from one unit to the next.
  • The school manages your voucher, and you will get an email or text message with a notification when a unit is about to expire. Your teacher will also be able to tell you how many units you have left at any given time.
  • If you need to, there is room for you to take a break for a vacation, for maternity leave or the like. You can only take breaks between modules, meaning when you have passed a module test. If you choose to take a break in the middle of a module, the unit will expire and be lost.
  • If you don’t pass the module test within the designated time, you have to use the next unit of your voucher.