Frequently asked questions – University of Copenhagen

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Frequently asked questions

Below are a number of frequently asked questions about Danish for university students - labour market-related Danish. You are always welcome to e-mail to danishcourses@hum.ku.dk if you have further questions or comments.

We also recommend that you read the folder Learn Danish from the City of Copenhagen for general information about publicly funded Danish courses.

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What are the publicly funded Danish courses?

Adult foreigners moving to Denmark are normally entitled to free Danish courses, in accordance with the Act on Danish for Adult Foreigners (Bekendtgørelse om danskuddannelse til voksne udlændinge m.fl.).

Labour market oriented Danish is the publicly funded entrance point to learning Danish. Afterwards you are entitled to further publicly funded Danish courses (“Danskuddannelse” / The Danish Language Training Programme).

You can read more in the folder Learn Danish from the City of Copenhagen.

Is there a course fee?

Danish for university students is free of charge. If you are eligible for the course, in accordance with the Act on Danish for Adult Foreigners (Bekendtgørelse om danskuddannelse til voksne udlændinge m.fl.), the course fee is paid by the your local municipality.

Will I get ECTS points for the course?

The course Danish for university students is a publicly funded extra-curricular course. That is, the course is not a part of curricula for the study programmes at the universities in Denmark and therefore you will not get ECTS points for your participation in the course.

Who can take the course?

University students or other students on a higher education programme can take Danish for university students. You do not need to be a student at the University of Copenhagen.

You must fulfil the following criteria to enrol in the course:

  • you must have a CPR number
  • you must have an official Danish address (folkeregisteradresse)

If you study in Denmark, but live in e.g. Sweden, you may be eligible.

You can find more information about your eligibility for free Danish lessons in the folder Lær dansk - Learn Danish from the City of Copenhagen. Please contact CIP, International Staff Mobilityat UCPH, the study guidance at your department, or the International House Copenhagen, if you have any questions. You can also look at the International Citizen Service if you have any further questions.

If you have already started on a Danish module course at another language school, you can register at Danish for university students when you have completed your current module. You can only register at one language school at a time.

Why should I take the course?

The beginner course Danish for university students provides you with relevant and useful study-related language skills. Through attending the course, you will learn to use simple but appropriate study-specific language, and you will be introduced to Danish study culture.

Danish for university students also focuses on general Danish vocabulary and topics, and you will learn how to use simple but appropriate language about everyday topics.

On the course, we use authentic input from different university study environments and everyday life as teaching materials.

When should I take the course?

We recommend that you begin Danish for university students as soon as you arrive and start studying in Denmark.

Is there a text book?

All material is available on the learning management system of the university, “Absalon”. All participants will get access to this platform as part of the course.

How much time do I have to complete the course?

You are required to complete modules 1-6 within 5 years with 3½ years of active studies. You can take a break if you need to take maternity leave or adoption leave. Citizens in the City of Copenhagen apply for an extension to Jobcentre Copenhagen International. Citizens of other municipalities apply to their local municipalities.

How long does the course take?

It takes 3½ years to complete module 1-6. Each module lasts between 3 - 8 months. You can only register for one module at a time.

Can I change from another language school to CIP?

If you are taking a labour market oriented Danish course at another language school, you can change to Danish for university students at CIP once you have completed your current module. We will ask you for the formal course diploma (“kursusbevis”) and module test, when you change from another school to us, so make sure to ask for the diploma at your current language school. The module test can only be issued once you pass the test.

Where and when does the course take place?

The course takes place in the afternoon/early evening, normally from 17:15-19:45. 

The course takes place at the University’s campuses across the city, e.g. City Campus (“Kommunehospitalet”) and South Campus ("KUA"). All rooms are all equipped for modern language teaching.

For details about coming courses, please look at our course catalogue.

In order to find the course location, please look here.

Who are the teachers?

The teachers at CIP are highly trained within the field of language learning pedagogy and have completed “Master i Dansk som Andetsprog” (Master in Danish as a Second Language) or equivalent. Furthermore, they are trained in using Absalon, the learning management system at the University of Copenhagen, and Emended, the integrated ICT tool we use for feedback on written assignments.

What will I learn?

Danish for university students provides you with relevant and useful study-related language skills. Through attending the course, you will learn to use simple but appropriate study-specific language, and you will be introduced to Danish study culture.

Danish for university students also focuses on general Danish vocabulary and topics, and you will learn to use simple but appropriate language about everyday topics.

Danish for university students consists of 3 interrelated components:

  1. General Danish language skills
  2. Study-related Danish language skills
  3. Study culture

General Danish language skills - topics:

  • demonstration of understanding/non-understanding (repetitions, explanations, paraphrasing)
  • personal information
  • family-related matters
  • transport, getting around
  • leisure activities (sports, clubs, theatre, film)
  • health (body, health problems, illnesses)
  • meals, residence, shopping, food at work
  • public offices and institutions
  • geography and climate

Study related Danish language skills - topics:

  • study-related spoken and written communication
  • communication with professors and peers
  • job descriptions: titles, content, functions
  • meetings in study groups
  • university organisation (units, centres, departments, faculties, administration, programmes)
  • socializing
  • group work
  • student jobs
  • study culture

How much Danish will I learn?

Danish for university students will offer you:

  • Danish language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing corresponding to the A2-B1 level or above on the CEFR scale, equivalent to a lower intermediate level, provided that you attend and participate actively in the course.
  • Study related Danish language skills required for your studies, primarily within academic, administrative and social domains.

Are there any tests during the course?

At the end of each module you must pass the module test (“Modultest”) in order to move on to the next module.

Will I get a course diploma?

You will receive an official course diploma for each module test you pass. This course diploma is required if you want to change to another language school.

What if I miss a lesson?

If you miss a lesson due to traveling etc., you can arrange with your instructor how to catch up on the missed lessons. 

What if I wish to cancel my registration or want to withdraw from the course?

You register for a module by signing an application form. Once you have submitted a signed application form, your registration is binding. If you wish to cancel your registration, you will lose the right to the module for which you have registered.

After each module, we will ask you to register for the next module by signing a new application form.

You can only change to another language school when your current module has finished.

Is there any homework?

Please note that the online lessons are not homework but regular lessons you do from a computer during the week, e.g. at home.

What if I want to register but I don't have a CPR number yet?

To participate in Danish for university students you need to have a CPR number and an official Danish address.

How much time do I have to complete the course?

According to the relevant legislation, you have 5 years from your first referral to complete the 6 Danish modules.

Evaluation

At the end of each part of the course, CIP will send out an online evaluation form, so you can give feedback on the teaching, the course facilities, the course materials etc. 

In addition, participants on the CIP courses Danish for university students have the option of meeting as a group to discuss any issues arising from the teaching etc. If required, CIP will help to find rooms to host this meeting.

Contact

You are always welcome to e-mail to danishcourses@hum.ku.dk if you have further questions or comments.