What are my rights to free Danish lessons?

If you come to Denmark and are an employee, a student, an accompanying spouse, or an au pair, you are entitled to free Danish classes.

However, you do need to have a CPR number in order to get free Danish classes. Here you can see how to get one at How do I get a CPR number?

The content of the educations

The introductory course for wage earners, students, accompanying spouses and au pairs are called 'labour market-related Danish lessons' (Introdansk).

  • Introdansk include 250 hours tuition divided into 5 parts of 50 hours each.
  • The 250 hours of Introdansk must be completed within 18 months.
  • If you need additional Danish tuition after the 250 hours of Introdansk, you will in most cases be entitled to 'Danish language training pro­gramme' (Danskuddannelse).
  • Normally you can get up to 3 years of Danskud­dannelse if you have completed the 250 hours of Introdansk within 18 months.

Please notice:

  • You must have completed all five 50-hours parts of Introdansk within 18 months in order to continue with Danskuddannelse.
  • You must continue with the Danskuddannelse immediately after the completion of Introdansk.

Rights when pregnant or ill

You have the right to extend your period of free classes if you meet certain criteria. You apply for extending the period with Jobcenter Copenhagen International.

Pregnancy or adoption

If you are unable to participate in Introdansk due to maternity/paternity or adoption, you may apply for an extra 50 hours of lessons and an extension of the period. You need to submit your application to Jobcenter Copenhagen International.


You can apply for extension of your Danish education if you get into a situation where you are prevented from attending the classes due to for example:

  • Your own illness.
  • Serious illness in your family.
  • Pregnancy, parental leave or adoption.
  • Work commitments together with other circumstances

You need to apply for the extension with Jobcenter Copenhagen International.

See more about the Danish classes and the way the teaching is structured and your rights in the pdf below.