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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 EU Residence Certificate when you arrive in Denmark. We strongly recommend that you apply for your EU Residence Certificate during the AU Intro Days at the same time as you apply for your Danish CPR number.

Gather the following documents which you will need when you apply for your EU residence certificate:

  • 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)

You will receive further instructions via e-mail on how to apply for your EU residence certificate 1 month before semester start.

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.