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Extending your stay

As your academic journey with us draws to an end, it is a good idea to consider your next steps. We hope you have enjoyed your time at AU and in Denmark. If that’s the case, you might be planning to extend your stay to undertake further studies or find a job. Find all the relevant information about extending your Student Residence Visa and your Post-Study Work Rights below.

EU / EEA citizens

If you are an EU/EEA citizen and want to extend your studies you do not have to do anything. If you are studying as a full degree and plan to stay and work in Denmark after graduation find out more at newtodenmark.dk.

Non-EU/EEA citizens

If you are a non-EU citizen you have to apply for a residence permit. The residence permit is issued by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). Find more information regarding residence permit for non-EU students at our website.

Extending your residence permit during your studies

Exchange student at AU

To apply for an extension of your stay as an Exchange student in Denmark, you must get approval from your AU coordinator and your home institution. Once you have received both, please contact the International Center – ic@au.dk.
The International Center at Aarhus University will then initiate the extension application process at Official Portal for Foreigners in Denmark - newtodenmark.dk

You can submit your application for an extension no sooner than three months before your residence permit expires. However, if you are a student at a higher educational programme that has been approved by a state authority, you can submit your application for an extension four months before your residence permit expires. It is crucial that you submit your application for an extension before your current residence permit expires.

If you are residing illegally in Denmark you risk being expelled and given an entry ban, i.e. you will be banned from entering Denmark for a certain period of time. You also risk being reported to the police for illegal residence.

Full Degree student at AU

You can apply for an extension no earlier than three months before your current residence permit expires. Once you have submitted your application for an extension to SIRI, and received confirmation that your application has been received, you will be permitted to stay in Denmark until SIRI has processed your application, even if your current residence permit expires.

Find out more about extending your stay at this website. 

Extending your stay up to 2 years after graduation

Full Degree graduate from AU

Your student residence permit will generally be valid for the prescribed time to complete your degree and an additional six-month residence permit after you complete your degree.

Post study work rights

After you graduate from Aarhus University you can apply for a 2-year extension of your visa through the establishment card scheme (etableringskortordningen). 

The establishment card scheme is a "post-study work visa" for people from non-EU countries with a completed (professional) Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree who need a residence permit to seek relevant paid work in Denmark after graduation.

You can now apply for the scheme up to 12 months after graduation.

Learn more about extending your stay during your studies and after graduation.