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Preparing to relocate to Denmark and Aarhus University

Moving to a new country raises a lot of questions and requires various preparations.

Below you can read more about the different areas we recommend that you look into before your arrival to Denmark.


Permissions to reside and work in Denmark

Permissions to reside and work in Denmark depend on your nationality. If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen you need a work and residence permit to work in Denmark. You need to apply for the work and residence permit before you come to Denmark. 

Read more about permissions to reside and work in Denmark

Documents to bring

There are a number of documents you need to bring to get registered in Denmark. If you are married or bringing family, you need to bring documentation from your home country in officially translated copies (German, English or Scandinavian languages). 

Documents to bring to get registered

  • Nordic citizens
  • EU/EEA citizens
  • Non-EU/EEA citizens

Additional documents to bring

  • Insurance documents (you need to take out private travel insurance to cover you untill you regsiter for healthcare in Denmark)

US citizens only

  • Social security card (a requirement by FATCA to open a Danish bank account)

Housing search

The rental market can be quite competitive. Therefore, we recommend that you acquaint yourself with the rental market and that you start looking for accommodation in due time (minimum 2-3 months) before your arrival to Denmark.

Information about housing options:

Children

If you bring children with you to Denmark, we will be happy to assist you with information and guidance about childcare options, school enrolment, language tuition etc.

Read more under Children

Healthcare

Everyone residing in Denmark for more than three months has the right to receive national health service treatment for free. This means that as soon as you are a registered resident here and have a CPR (civil registration) number, you have the same rights to medical assistance as Danish citizens. 

Before coming to Denmark we advise you to make sure that you are coverd by private healthcare until you get registered in Denmark. EU citizens should bring their blue EU health insurance card. We also advise you to bring your medical and dental records. 

Read more about healthcare under on arrival 

Insurance

When you work at Aarhus University you will be covered by workers' compensation insurance during your work time. However, it is your own responsibility to sign insurances to cover you during your free time. Some insurances are optional others mandatory. 

Please note that you cannot sign Danish insurance before you are a registered resident and have a CPR (civil registration) number. You should make sure that you are covered by private insurance, eg. a travel insurance, until you get registered in Denmark. 

Read more about insurance under on arrival

Import of goods and pets

Read about the taxation and custom rules for importing goods and the rules and requirements if you wish to bring animal products or a pet with you to Denmark under Import of goods and pets

Moving your personal belongings

Custom regulations 

If you move to Denmark, get married or acquire personal belongings by inheritance, your personal belongings may be introduced duty-free. You are not liable to pay VAT if you meet the conditions that apply.

Read more about custom regulations on the Danish taxation authorities (SKAT) website 

Moving companies

Travelling to Aarhus

Aarhus University has made an overview of different travel opportunites when going to Aarhus.  

See the Getting to Aarhus and Aarhus University page

Learning Danish

Lærdansk, CLAVIS and A2B provide pre-arrival Danish courses or online platforms for future international staff and accompanying partners.

Pre-arrvial online Danish courses with CLAVIS

CLAVIS provides an 8-week online course in Danish for new international employees and accompanying partners at Aarhus University. The course gives you the opportunity to kick-start and train your Danish skills before you arrive to get the best possible start in Denmark.

Contact CLAVIS for further information: 

Pre-arrival Danish courses with Lærdansk

Lærdansk offers Netdansk, which is a pre-arrival Danish course for employees and accompanying partners at Aarhus University. Netdansk is an online Danish course independent of time and place.

Please see the flyer for further information and signup 

Pre-arrival Danish digital learning platform with A2B

A2B Online Danish is first and foremost intended as a digital learning platform, where you will receive online language teaching with various interactive assignments, video and sound clips as well as self-directed assignments before arriving to Denmark. In addition, you will gain access to practical and general knowledge about Danish society and Danish Culture.

Contact A2B for further information about the online Danish platform:

Read more about Danish courses at Aarhus University  


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