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Residence Permit/Certificate

Depending on your nationality, you need to apply for a residence certificate (for EU students) or residence permit (non-EU students) for the duration of your stay in Aarhus. Nordic citizens do not need to apply for residence permit/certificate.

Please note that it is a condition for the residence permit/certificate that you are active and enrolled in an educational programme. 


As a non-EU/EEA citizen, you must apply for a residence permit for studies from the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration before you arrive in Denmark. You will receive information from AU on how to apply after admission to AU.

Please apply well in advance, as it takes up to 60 days to obtain the residence permit.


As an EU/EEA Citizen, you will have to apply for your Residence Certificate when you arrive in Denmark. We strongly recommend that you apply for Residence Certificate during the AU Intro Days activities, organised by the International Centre.

Gather the following documents which you will need when you arrive in DK:

  • 1 COPY OF PASSPORT (photo page) / NATIONAL ID CARD (front and back)
  • 1 PASSPORT PHOTO (not a copy)
  • 1 COPY OF LETTER OF AU-ENROLMENT (printed no more than three months before your apply for residence certificate from mitau.dk)

Download the complete checklist of documents to bring to Denmark for both residence certificate and social security number: http://www.e-pages.dk/aarhusuniversitet/2301/html5/

Nordic Citizens (Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland)

If you are a Nordic citizen, you are free to enter, reside, study and work in Denmark (you do not need a visa, residence certificate/permit or work authorisation). For further information, please see the Danish Immigration Service webpage for Nordic citizens.

Please note that there are some documents you need to bring in order to apply for a Danish social security number, please find this checklist here: http://www.e-pages.dk/aarhusuniversitet/2301/html5/