Reception classes – and options in Public Schools

In Copenhagen there are different options for School, 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 are all non-Danish speaking. The reception classes are placed in public schools. There is ongoing start in schools for students, that are new in Copenhagen.

The education in the reception classes takes place in age-divided classes as follows:

  • "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 the start begin 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. From here the student will attend a normal class either at the same school in which the student has attended to a reception class, the student´s local district school or another school.

Reception classes is placed in all areas of Copenhagen. The head master at the school will assess the student´s 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.

International Schools

Europe 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’.  In the European School the tuition is not in Danish.

If you choose this option – please contact the “Europaskolen” yourselves – as capacity and enrollment is managed by the school.

Private International Schools

There are also many private international 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