You may need or may not need a residence permit to study at International People’s College. Below, we have briefly listed the rules for Nordic citizens, European citizens and citizens outside the European Union. Please note that if you are accepted at our Danish Folk High School, you will receive instructions and we will guide you as what to do. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us by email.
If you are from Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, you do not need to apply for a visa. Remember to bring your national ID or health insurance card – as well as your passport.
EU citizens can stay in Denmark for 90 days without registering. Before the 90 days expire, you must register at the State Administration in Copenhagen. We will provide you with the necessary application form and instructions as how to get to the State Administration. You need to make sure that you have 700 Euro on your bank account – you will need to show a current bank statement on the day that you apply at the State Administration. After a few weeks you will receive a letter of residence – with that in hand we can register you with the municipality in Helsingør and get a public Danish health insurance including a CPR-number. You need a CPR-number to open a bank account in Denmark. Link here for more information.
In general, all other citizens – than those from the EU member states or Nordic countries – must apply for a residence permit aimed at studying in Denmark. Some countries are visa free and other countries require a visa to enter Denmark. Please check what applies to you here (you will need to scroll down to find the visa free countries).
If you have a residence permit at arrival in IPC, we will register you at the municipality in Helsingor and you will then receive a public Danish health insurance (Yellow Card) as well as a CPR number – the latter will allow you to open a bank account in Denmark.
Citizens from visa free countries may enter Denmark and stay for 90 days without a visa; however, if they stay for more than 90 days in the Schengen area (EU) they will have to apply for a residence permit aimed at studying before the 90 days expire. At the date of entry, a stay in another Schengen country within the past 180 days will count towards the 90 days – except for some exceptional cases. You may also choose to apply for residence permit from your home country.
If you are a citizen from one of the countries requiring a visa, you will have to start the process from your home country. Once you have paid the fees to IPC you will receive instructions as how to apply for visa/residence permit from the IPC office.
Please note that when you are granted a residence permit, the Embassy will stamp your passport granting you a 90-day visa just to enter Denmark. Once you are registered in Denmark this visa is void and the date of expiry in your residence permit will be the valid date for leaving Denmark.
You will have to pay a processing fee to Immigrations to get a case order ID – in 2018 an amount of 2.110 DKK; we will include this in your acceptance letter and we will transfer the amount to Immigrations when we start the process.
As soon as you have paid the school fees including the processing fee for immigrations, IPC will start the visa application process online and send you the link to complete the application. You will need to print out a receipt for having completed your part of the application form. You will have to make an appointment with the Danish Embassy or representation in your area within 14 days of having received your link from IPC (it expires after 14 days)! At the Danish Embassy or representation, you will hand in the application receipt as well as submit your biometrics (photo, fingerprints and signature) and participate in an interview concerning the purpose of your stay in Denmark. Once the above is done, you will have to wait for the result – it may take as long as 60 – 90 days to get a visa / residence permit for Denmark.
Thank you for your interest in applying to International People’s College. Admission is a three-step process.
If you are coming for the winter or summer term, either way it is always good to prepare for your stay. Read about the dos and dont’s of packing here.