Danish courses for international academic staff

As an international with an official Danish address (folkeregisteradresse) you can take state supported Danish courses for free. The courses are both for you and your accompanying partner and take place either at the language school or at an AU location.

Language schools with courses for AU staff

A2B, Lærdansk and CLAVIS offer state supported Danish courses, also called the Danish Education (DU) for AU staff. You can take courses in Aarhus, Emdrup, Foulum, Herning, Roskilde, Risø and Silkeborg. The Aarhus University courses are for international academic staff, guest researchers and accompanying partners and they take place either on campus or at the language school.

Which language school do I choose?

  • We recommend you to contact each language school to inquire about the next course and location to find the right option for you.
  • There are no great differences between the different language schools. The main difference is the location of the courses and when they take place. 

General conditions for taking the state supported Danish courses

The courses that are targeted at AU staff and accompanying partners are part of the Danish Education or DU programme. The Danish Education is the official Danish language teaching programme for adult foreigners in Denmark. The Danish Education is offered at all three language schools.     

5 years to do 6 modules

The state supported Danish courses (Danish Education or DU) consists of six modules, and each module is finished with a test. You have 5 years to take the six modules. There are certain rules if you for example wish to take breaks in the middle of a module or in between modules. Therefore, it is essential that you familiarise yourself thoroughly with all aspects of the system, in order to understand the consequences of the choices you make. The language school will tell you more about this.   

Participants' fee

As of 1 July, the state supported Danish education is free of charge. However, you need to pay a deposit of DKK 2.000 when you sign up for Danish language classes. The deposit is fully refundable under certain conditions. Contact your preferred language school for further information about deposits. 

Conditions to register

You need to be registered with a CPR number to be eligible for the state supported Danish courses. Once you have a CPR number, you may contact a Danish language school, and they will help you with the registration. 

When you register for your CPR number, you will receive a referral letter from the municipality in which you live, please contact your preferred language school as soon as possible when you receive this.   

Who can participate in the courses?

The courses are open for all internationals with an official Danish address (folkeregisteradresse) and Danish CPR number.

About the language schools


A2B is specialized in teaching Danish to highly educated professionals and you will experience a Danish course customized and tailored for your work life and everyday life at the university and in Denmark. 

Contact A2B coordinator Marie Steiness for further information:

  • Marie Steiness, International Coordinator A2B
  • Phone: 24 88 48 15 or 27 61 16 39
  • E-mail: sprogaarhus@a2b.dk


Curent courses

You find current course options on the A2B website. Scroll down on the page to find more information about the courses for AU staff and accompanying partners. 

Read more about Danish course options at A2B 


Lærdansk Aarhus offers 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.

Contact the Lærdansk coordinator for further information:


Curent courses

You find current course options on the Lærdansk website, or by contacting the Lærdansk coordinator.  

Read more about Danish course options at Lærdansk 


CLAVIS language & competence offers Danish classes for international employees and students at Aarhus University. The course is intended to give you the necessary skills you need for your work, education and your daily life in Denmark. Each module is completed with a test and the Danish Education can be completed with a final exam at our facilities in Aarhus. 

You can join Danish classes morning, day, evening and weekends. The location is CLAVIS, Ingerslevs Boulevard 3 in Aarhus or online from your own computer. 

Contact Simone Rams Rasmussen for further information:

Curent courses

You find current course options on the CLAVIS website or by contacting Simone Rams Rasmussen at CLAVIS.

Find course options for the Danish Education (DU1, DU2 and DU3) in Aarhus 

Read more about Danish course options at CLAVIS