Vouchers

From January 2018 access to free Danish education for international employees, students and other independent adults is organized as a series of vouchers.

Your vouchers

You receive a voucher for each module in your Danish education. You do not receive vouchers for modules that you can skip.

  • If you start at module 1 you will receive 6 vouchers
  • If you start at module 2 you will receive 5 vouchers
  • If you start at module 3 you will receive 4 vouchers

Each voucher gives you access to Danish education for a number of months matching the corresponding module.

  • Voucher 1: 4 months
  • Voucher 2: 5 months
  • Voucher 3: 7 months
  • Voucher 4: 8 months
  • Voucher 5: 9 months
  • Voucher 6: 9 months

If you spend shorter time at a module than the voucher allows

  • When you complete the module, the voucher expires
  • You can not transfer unused months to later modules

Example: You don’t really find Danish that difficult and you complete module 1 in 2 months. Voucher 1 gives you up to 4 months so you have completed the module within the expected timeframe. When you begin module 2, voucher 2 is activated.

If you spend longer time at a module than the voucher allows

  • If you are yet to complete a module, when the voucher expires, the next voucher is automatically activated
  • Beware that you will miss a voucher for the last module of your Danish education

Example: The Danish grammar is weird, and after 8 months you are yet to complete module 4. Voucher 5 is automatically activated which gives you an additional 9 months to complete the module. Voucher 6 is then used for module 5 and you are out of vouchers for module 6.

Validity

The vouchers expire after 60 months (5 years).

Time is counting from the beginning of the Danish course, that you are offered by Lærdansk. Beware that time is counting even if you do not participate in the course. Time is also counting during holidays.

You must contact Lærdansk* to be offered Danish education. Do this no later than 30 days from receiving the referral from the municipality. Fail to do so and the first voucher will automatically be activated and time will start counting.

*) Note: In Aarhus you must contact the municipal Jobcenter, not Lærdansk

Should you wish to postpone your Danish education you must request a pause, after receiving the referral from the municipality, and before receiving the offer from Lærdansk. The request must be written and state when you wish to begin your course.

If you have started the final module before Danish Exam you are allowed to finish the module even if you are out of vouchers and even if more than 60 months have passed since you started the course.

Pause

When you activate a voucher you cannot pause it. If you wish to pause your Danish education without waisting a voucher you can do so between modules. At the module test we will ask you if you want to pause.

Illness

In case of serious and prolonged illness you can request for the duration of your current voucher to be increased. You must obtain a valid sick note or similar documentation. The municipality decides if your voucher can be extended. A week with the flu does not count as serious and prolonged illness.