Here you will find nice to know / need to know information before your exchange with Zealand.
Semester start dates / end dates – Academic calendar
To plan you exchange you can use below as a guide line to start and end dates as well as break during the semester. The actual start and end dates will be informed in the in admission notification issued in your favour since they may vary from programme to programme.
International Mobility Ambassador and student buddies
To assist you before arrival as well as making sure that you have support upon arrival we will link you with one of our International Mobility Ambassadors. Your ambassador will be informed to you in the exchange admission notification we will issue in your favour upon acceptance and enrolment as an exchange student. The Ambassador act as your point of contact before arrival and will support you with procedures and formalities before arrival.
Student buddies will be appointed upon arrival and together with the mobility ambassadors their main focus is welcome and arrival orientation as well as to make sure that you get settled and integrated into your new student life at Zealand.
As an Exchange student you will be treated the same way as other students. You must not expect special treatment. In other words, you will be fully integrated in your class. You typically will be in one of our classes together with many different nationalities, and everything will take place in English. If you enrol into a 1st-semester class, you will be given the same introduction as all other new students in your class. If you enrol into a later semester, your exchange buddy will help you getting settled in class.
Do I need to apply for a visa/student residence?
NON-EU students need to apply for a student residence permit (visa)
To study in Denmark you need to apply for a student residence permit/VISA.
In order to apply for a residence permit (visa) for studies in Denmark, you have to follow this procedure:
- We will start your application. The application is done online. Shortly, our admission office will send you an email with a pdf document confirming that an application has been started in your favour. The pdf will contain instructions on how to finalize the application.
- As part of the application, you must create a Case Order ID and you must pay the visa application fee online by credit card (DKK 1,900/2020). Print a copy of the payment receipt. You need to bring it when you apply your residence permit.
- When you have finalized the application online you need to apply in person with a Danish representation. You need to apply in person since you need to have your biometric features (facial photo and fingerprints) recorded.
- When you hand in your application to the nearest Danish Embassy/Consulate General/VISA centre then remember to bring the following documents:
- Application form (the online form printed)
- This Admission Notification/Letter
- Receipt for payment of the Case Order ID application fee and application fee to be paid to the Danish representation.
- Copy of your passport (all pages)
- Proof that you have sufficient means to support yourself financially during your stay in Denmark (i.e. minimum DKK 35,000 for one semester). A grant from Erasmus + can also be part of your proof. So bring your Erasmus Plus Grant Agreement together with other proof of support!
According to Danish law, we will inform the Danish Immigration Service about your admission.
Finally, we recommend that you apply for your VISA/Residence permit as quick as possible since it minimum will take 60 days to have a permit approved by Danish Immigration.
EU students need to apply for their EU Residence Certificate upon arrival to Denmark.
Students from EU/EEA must apply for their EU/EEA residence certificate upon arrival in Denmark.
Further information can be found on this website: http://www.nyidanmark.dk (choose English).
Upon arrival, our department will assist you in formalizing the process of registration for your residence certificate.
Accommodation / Housing
As an exchange student we offer to assist you in finding accommodation / housing. Our accommodation/housing offer will be a “take it or leave it” offer since we normally can’t offer to accommodate individual preferences.
Upon admission you will be contacted by email by your contact person in charge of facilitating your accommodation and arrival with us.Your contact person will be your point of contact regarding practicalities and all questions you might have concerning your exchange semester with us.
Don’t expect to find accommodation on a day’s notice if you wish to find it by yourself. Make sure that you are in good time finding accommodation before arrival in Denmark.
Like other educational institution in Denmark, Zealand has no residential/accommodation facilities. There are a number of student halls of residence, both in the area/city where you have been admitted to Zealand as well as in neighbouring areas/cities. International students are eligible for rooms on equal terms with Danish students. Please note that student rooms in Denmark are not furnished.
In general, accommodation in Denmark is expensive. Prices can vary considerably, depending on where you live. The capital, Copenhagen, is in general more expensive than outside Copenhagen.
The rent for a student dorm (single room, with small toilet and bath) normally range from EUR 300 to EUR 600.
A shared two-room student dorm normally ranges from EUR 280 to EUR 600 per person.
On top of the rent, sometimes you also must expect to pay for heating, water and electricity.
As a newcomer to Denmark, you must anticipate that accommodation is expensive. If you stay for a longer period of time, you may be fortunate enough to find cheaper alternatives than mentioned here. Finding a cheap place to live is difficult and takes time.
When renting student accommodation in Denmark you normally need to pay the first month’s rent + a deposit of three months rent as one initial payment.
The deposit of three months rent will be returned to you when you move out of the hall of residence (with deduction for maintenance costs).
Please also observe that you need to give three months notice prior to moving out of the hall of residence. If you wish to move out from one day to another, your deposit will usually be lost.
In your research for accommodation in Denmark, you may experience scams.
EU students must bring their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) when they move to Denmark. With this card you have access to Danish healthcare on the same terms as Danish citizens, even before you register with the Civil Registration System and get your CPR number and “Sundhedskort” (yellow card). See during Mobility
NON-EU students must insure themselves/cover own medical expenses during the first four to six weeks (approx.) in Denmark. Upon arrival you register with the Civil Registration System and get your CPR number and “Sundhedskort” (yellow card). From this point on you will be insured by Danish healthcare system for free on same terms as Danish citizens. See during Mobility
We do recommend all students to take out a minimum of additional insurance (e.g. travel insurance, Repatriation, liability, accident and theft). We do recommend to ask your home institution for advice.
You can read more about Danish Healthcare system here
You can read more about insurance in general here
Zealand uses Moodle as its online learning platform. Prior to arrival you will receive your login to Moodle. Moodle offers a number of learning resources besides being your source for news, information in general, as well as your timetable.
AUTUMN / FALL semester
Last week of August / first week of September
No later than third week of January (may be earlier depending on scheduling of semester exam dates)
42nd week of the year will typically be a week without timetable
Christmas, from approx. 20 December and 2 weeks.
Last week of January /first week of February
End of June (may be earlier depending on scheduling of semester exam dates)
Winter holiday, 1 week in February without timetable
Easter (actual dates vary from year to year)
Besides these, there are a number of shorter “religious” holidays during the Spring (typically as “long weekends”).