When are you eligible to receive SU in Denmark?

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You may be able to receive SU in Denmark.

When am I eligible for SU according to EU law?
To receive SU in Denmark you must be granted equal status to Danish citizens. To be granted equal status you must fulfill specific conditions which vary depending on whether you apply for equal status according to EU law or according to Danish law. Most people who come here have no family relations in Denmark, meaning their parents do not live in Denmark and they are not married to Danish citizens. Therefore, they must apply for SU according to EU law, which contains the following conditions.

  • You are an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen
  • If you work in Denmark for a minimum of 10-12 hours per week
  • You study at a Danish educational institution for a full degree (not through an exchange program)

If you fulfill these requirements, go ahead and apply! To get help in this matter, we recommend proceeding to the SU’s article about ‘How to apply for the first time

When am I eligible for SU according to Danish law?
Under special conditions you are able to get SU under Danish law. If you fulfill any of the conditions below, you are able to apply for SU.

  • You came to Denmark with your parents before your 20thbirthday and your family continues to reside in Denmark;
  • You are married to a Danish citizen; in this case you must have lived in Denmark and have been married to a Danish citizen for at least two consecutive years;
  • You have worked in Denmark for at least two years with a minimum of 30 hours per week. (This condition must be fulfilled before commencing your studies);
  • You have resided in Denmark for a minimum of 5 years;
  • You belong to the Danish minority in Southern Slesvig.

When are you not eligible to receive SU?
As a rule of thumb you are not eligible for SU if:

  • You are not an EU/EEA or a Swiss citizen
  • If you do not work in Denmark for a minimum of 10-12 hours per week
  • You study in Denmark on an exchange program

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