Tailor-made Danish courses on Campus

Aarhus University and Lærdansk Aarhus offer Danish language courses for internationals at all levels. No matter what your current language skills and qualifications are, you will find a course and class that suits you.

We focus on everyday language. You will learn words and phrases that are immediately applicable to your life in Denmark both at work and off work. We believe this creates an engaging language education.

All our classes are taught by highly educated and experienced teachers to ensure a fast and efficient learning process. Within the first several weeks of studying, you will develop the basis of an active Danish vocabulary. Later on, while unfolding the language, you will gain insight into the Danish culture and local ways, while meeting other internationals from Aarhus University.

2 different schemes + Speaking Danish courses

We offer you Danish lessons through payment courses and through two official schemes at Aarhus University: Danish courses (FVU) for free or Danish Education (DUX) for a fee. To help you get an overview of the two schemes, we have made a table comparing FVU and DUX.

See the table about FVU and DUX

Danish courses (FVU)

The first option is Danish courses taught through the official FVU system (stands for preparatory adult education). FVU is a series of five courses (Start, 1, 2, 3 and 4), which gives access to the same educations and tests as the Danish Education. With FVU you will gain Danish language skills above level B2.  

FVU does not fall under the Danish Education law and therefore has no strict rules on what subjects to cover. Therefore, teaching will be based on what is needed in your everyday life at work and in your free time.

After each course, it is possible to take a test. Tests are however not mandatory in order to continue to the next course/level. You are mainly tested in your writing skills, not in oral.

It is always possible to change between FVU and the Danish Education (within 5 years of initiating your Danish education) and it is always possible to do Prøve i Dansk 3 at a cost.  

The FVU courses require some basic knowledge of Danish before you can start. Lærdansk therefore offers a preparation course for FVU, which costs DKK 1250. In the end of the course you will do a screening before you can start the FVU course.  

Preparation course READY. STEADY.

Our preparation course starts from scratch, but in a matter of weeks you will be able to make yourself understood and continue in the FVU system.

You will learn to:

  • understand common words and phrases,
  • follow basic conversations in Danish,
  • give and receive short messages
  • use our online language learning portal

The preparation course READY. STEADY costs DKK 1250. It consists of 50 lessons (including online classes) and will take between 2-9 weeks to complete depending on your preferences.


We cannot guarantee that you will reach the sufficient level needed to start FVU after the preparation course. This depends largely on your own efforts during the course. But if you attend regularly and do the assignments, you should be able to reach this level.

Danish Education (DU)

The second option is Danish Education. It is the Danish language Education for internationals offered by the Municipality of Aarhus with a fee of 2,000 DKK per module (5-6 modules in total), plus a deposit of 1250 DKK. The fee is determined by governmental regulations. Payment is required to begin every module.

The Danish Education is organized in 5 modules. Each has specific goals for the Danish language skills that participants learn during the module. Between modules, there is a test that you must pass in order to continue to the next module. You can reach level B2 in the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR) when you pass ‘Prøve i Dansk 3’ after module 5.

The Danish Education is subject to a number of rules, please read more about the rules on the Lærdansk website 

Speaking Danish Courses

SPEAKING DANISH is a Danish course with an emphasis on spoken everyday language. The tuition focuses on pronunciation and conversations about work, news, society and other topics that you and your fellow course participants find relevant. The course is a mix between lessons in class and online.

You will learn to

  • participate in conversations,
  • discuss current topics,
  • pronounce letters, sounds, words and sentences
  • apply grammatical rules and structure sentences,
  • speak everyday language and slang


40 lessons per level, 4 weeks (daytime) / 8 weeks (evenings)

Daytime: 2  times x 2,5 lessons in class per week + 5 lessons online/preparation

Evenings: 1 time x 2,5 lessons in class per week + 2.5 lessons online/preparation.

Exact content, start dates, hours and days can be arranged with coordinator Ann Elveberg.

Course options

Crash Course in Danish

Kickstart your Danish language learning with a Crash Course. The course is offered at a beginner level only and it is a fast lane into Danish language and culture. It consists of 50 lessons in class and online and the classes are held every day for two weeks. At the end of the course, the participants are encouraged to continue in a Full semester course.


The Crash Course costs  

  • DKK 1250 as a preparatory course READY.STEADY (qualifies you for the free Danish course FVU)

Time and place

  • Days Monday to Friday
  • Hours: 8.30 - 11.30 or 15.00 -18.00 (2 weeks)
  • Location: International Centre Aarhus University, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4 or Nobelparken, Jens Chr. Skous Vej, 8000 Aarhus C

Next up

  • Week 4-5 (Janurary 21st - Februray 1st) from 8:30 to 11.30 /
    The deadline for signing up for this course will be January 13th.

Semester Courses

Go all in with a full semester course. Two lessons twice a week will give you a thorough knowledge of Danish language and Danish culture. The course is a mix between classroom and online lessons. The classes are designed specifically for international staff and their accompanying partners.


  • The full semester course is offered as part of the FVU scheme for free. You need to know a little Danish to start on FVU. If you don't know Danish yet, you can start with the preparation course for FVU, which is called READY.STEADY. You can follow the preparation course twice a week, once a week or as a crash course. The READY.STEADY course costs DKK 1250.
  • The full semester course is also offered as part of the Danish Education scheme at a cost of DKK 2000 per module plus a deposit of DKK 1250.

Contact Lærdansk to hear more about the difference between FVU and the Danish Education or read more about the 2 different schemes

Time and place

  • Days: Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday
  • Hours: 16.15 - 17.45 or 18.00 - 19.30
  • Location: Nobel Park, Aarhus University, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 

Visit Lærdansk website for sign up and upcoming courses

Tailored One-to-One courses

At Lærdansk we also offer tailored one-to-one courses. The One-to-One course focus 100% on your specific needs. We can spot any areas you need to strengthen and work with you to meet your individual goals. We offer our one-on-one course as a stand-alone class or combined with our normal classes for a fee.

With a One-to-One course, you’ll get a personal teacher that can focus completely on your specific needs. The topics that you will study are decided between you and your teacher to make sure that you achieve the goals you are aiming for. Whether you want to improve your general Danish for example extra pronunciation and speaking practice, but also specific work-related topics for example preparing for a specific meeting - we can help you!

We also offer Two-to-one courses. Here you should be of approximately the same level and have the similar aims & requirements.

Please contact us to know more about the courses.

Pre-arrival online Danish course

Lærdansk provides a pre-arrival online Danish course for future international staff and accompanying partners.

Option 1:

An online course of 25 lessons (approx. 50 self-corrected exercises). You can complete the course anytime and anywhere as often as you want within 6 months. 

Option 2:

Teacher-supported online course of 30 lessons (approx. 50 – 60 exercises). You can complete the course anytime and anywhere as often as you want within 6 months. You will receive individual feedback for a proportion of the papers.

Please see the flyer for further information and signup 

Danish courses throughout Denmark

Lærdansk offers Danish language courses for international staff at Aarhus University and their accompanying partners throughout Denmark. Below you will find the Lærdansk language centre that organises Danish classes near you.

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Additional courses

Danish courses at Lærdansk school

Lærdansk offers courses during the day, afternoon, evening and Saturdays at the Lærdansks premises. Read more about Lærdansk Aarhus 

Netdansk - 100% online and 100% flexible

Netdansk is online Danish language education anytime, anywhere ... convenient when you juggle the hours of the day working or traveling. At Netdansk you receive individual instructions and interactive assignments about topics that match your level and your interests. You work with music, video, podcasts, magazines and more which make the course both engaging and exciting. Netdansk is online, but you still get quality feedback from a real teacher. And help is never far away as your teacher is online as well.Read more about Netdansk

Nordic citizens

Semester courses for Nordic citizens who understand the language but want to reduce their accent and focus on the pronunciation part of the language. Find out more about courses for Nordic citizens   

Extra offers

The school provides several means of practicing the language together with Danish volunteers and other internationals through programs such as Conversation Training (Taldansk Café), International choir, Language network and many more. See the details about these offers

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