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How do non-Danish speaking children start in school?

Non-Danish speaking children will go to public school, where it will be taken in consideration, that the child does not know Danish yet.

The student can start in school if he or she is here for more than 6 months, even if he or she doesn’t have a CPR-number yet. The student must live in Copenhagen.

In Copenhagen there is different options for schools, if the student is non-Danish speaking. The student can start in a normal class, with support in the Danish language, or the student can start in a reception class. A reception class is a class with less students, that all are non-Danish speaking. The reception classes are placed in public schools. There is ongoing start in schools for students, that are new in Copenhagen.

To identify what is best for the student, a teacher will uncover the student’s skills, in languages as well as literacy and numeracy, in a conversation with the parents and the student. After this, the teacher will recommend either a normal class with support, or a reception class.

The education in the reception classes takes place in age-divided classes

  • "Indskoling" for children from 6-9 years
  • "Mellemtrin" for children from 9-13 years 
  • "Udskoling" for children from 13-16 years
  • There are also reception classes for students from 15-17 years

If the student starts in a reception class, the student will shortly after, start the transition to other classes in the school. The transition will start in subjects where the student is comfortable or has special interests that will benefit the students’ progress of learning Danish. When the student is ready, the final transition to a normal class will take place. The maximum time in a reception class is two years. It can be to the school, where the student has been in reception class, the district school or another school.

Reception classes is placed in all areas of Copenhagen. The head master at the school will assess the students need for transportation, considering the age of the child and the distance between the school and the home. The normal way to travel from home to school in Copenhagen is walking, biking or by bus.

For enrollment and more information, please contact the coordinator for newcomers by mail NIK@buf.kk.dk

Or call this number (+45) 40202585 (open Monday-Friday from 10.00-12.00).

The coordinator will need to know your names, address, phone number, and the language, in which the child is most fluent.

The coordinator will make sure, that you will get an invitation to a meeting concerning your child’s needs and the process of enrollment. You must bring your child with you to the meeting. The meeting will be held, in the language, in which the child is most fluent.

International school

If the student has been attending an international school in other countries, there is a public international school in Copenhagen called ‘Europaskolen’ or ‘European School Copenhagen’. The website is:  http://europaskolen.sag.dk/. In the European School the tuition is not in Danish.

There are also many international private schools in Copenhagen, where it costs a fee to attend. The municipality of Copenhagen are not providing grants to attend to the private schools. The private schools are selecting which students they will enroll in the school. You can see the private schools on the page International basic schools in Denmark on www.uvm.dk