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Frequently asked questions

Below are a number of frequently asked questions about Danish for knowledge workers - labour market-related Danish. You are always welcome to e-mail to danishcourses@hum.ku.dk if you have further questions or comments.

We also recommend that you read the booklet Learn Danish from the City of Copenhagen for general information about publicly funded Danish courses.

What are the publicly funded Danish courses?

Adult foreigners moving to Denmark are normally entitled to free Danish courses, in accordance with the Act on Danish for Adult Foreigners (Bekendtgørelse om danskuddannelse til voksne udlændinge m.fl.).

Labour market oriented Danish is the publicly funded entrance point to learning Danish. Afterwards you are entitled to further publicly funded Danish courses, namely the “Danskuddannelse” (The Danish Language Training Programme).

You can read more in the booklet Learn Danish from the City of Copenhagen.

Is there a course fee?

Danish for knowledge workers is free of charge. If you are eligible for the course, in accordance with the Act on Danish for Adult Foreigners (Bekendtgørelse om danskuddannelse til voksne udlændinge m.fl.), the course fee is paid by your local municipality.

What is a "knowledge worker"?

We define knowledge workers as highly educated people who typically work at universities, at other institutions of higher education and research, or in private companies working with development and research at a level corresponding to that of a university.

Who can take the course?

International knowledge workers and their spouses can take Danish for knowledge workers.

You must fulfil the following criteria to enrol in the course:

  • you must have a CPR number
  • you must have an official Danish address (folkeregisteradresse)

If you work in Denmark, but live in e.g. Sweden, you may be eligible.

You can find more information about your eligibility for free Danish lessons in the folder Lær dansk - Learn Danish from the City of Copenhagen. Please contact CIP, International Staff Mobility at UCPH, or the International House Copenhagen, if you have any questions. You can also look at the International Citizen Service if you have any further questions.

If you have already started on a labour market oriented Danish course at another language school, you can register at Danish for knowledge workers when you have completed your current 50-lesson part. You can only register at one language school at a time. Please note that you cannot attend Danish for knowledge workers if you have previously attended another publicly funded Danish course than labour market-oriented Danish.

Why should I take the course?

The beginner's course Danish for knowledge workers provides you with relevant and useful work-related language skills. Through attending the course, you will learn to use simple but appropriate work-specific language, and you will be introduced to aspects of work culture in Denmark. 

Danish for knowledge workers also focuses on general Danish skills and you will learn how to use simple but appropriate language about everyday topics.

On the course, we use authentic input from the work environments of knowledge workers and everyday life as teaching materials.

Our course is aimed exclusively at knowledge workers and their spouses who have little or no knowledge of Danish.

When should I take the course?

We recommend that you begin Danish for knowledge workers as soon as you start working in Denmark.

Is there a text book?

All material is available on the University of Copenhagen’s learning management system “Absalon”. All participants will get access to this platform as part of the course.

How much time do I have to complete the course?

According to the relevant legislation, you have 18 months from your first referral to complete the 250 lessons of the course. 

How long does the course take?

The five 50-lesson parts of Danish for knowledge workers take 12-15 months to complete. Each 50-lesson part lasts 10-12 weeks. You can only register for one part at a time. You have 18 months from your first referral to complete the 250 lessons in order to maintain the right to free tuition.

Can I change from another language school to CIP?

If you are taking a labour market oriented Danish course at another language school, you can change to Danish for knowledge workers at CIP once you have completed the 50 lessons for which you are currently registered. We will ask you for a formal course diploma (“kursusbevis”) when you change from another school to us, so make sure to ask for the diploma at your current language school. The diploma can only be issued once the teaching period of the 50 lessons has ended.

Where and when does the course take place?

The course takes place in the afternoon/early evening from 17:00-19:30.

The course takes place at the University’s campuses across the city, e.g. North Campus (Panum) and City Campus (“Kommunehospitalet”) and South Campus ("KUA"), as well as at International House Copenhagen (IHC) in Gyldenløvesgade. All rooms are all equipped for modern language teaching. 

For details about coming courses, please look at our course catalogue.

In order to find the course location, please look here.

Who are the teachers?

All teachers at CIP are highly trained within the field of language learning pedagogy and have completed “Master i Dansk som Andetsprog” (Master in Danish as a Second Language) or equivalent. Furthermore, they are trained in using Absalon, the learning-management system at University of Copenhagen, and KungFu Writing, the integrated ICT tool we use for feedback on written assignments.

What will I learn?

Danish for knowledge workers provides you with relevant and useful work-related language skills. Through attending the course, you will learn to use simple but appropriate work-specific language, and you will be introduced to aspects of work culture in Denmark. 

Danish for knowledge workers also focuses on general Danish skills. Here you will learn to use simple but appropriate language about everyday topics.

Danish for knowledge workers consists of 3 interrelated components:

1. General Danish language skills
2. Work-related Danish language skills
3. Work culture

General Danish language skills - topics:

  • demonstration of understanding/non-understanding (repetitions, explanations, paraphrasing)
  • personal information
  • family-related matters (school, day care, tax)
  • transport, getting around, traffic,
  • leisure activities (sports, clubs, theatre, film)
  • health (body, health problems, illnesses)
  • meals, residence, shopping, postal service, bank service, food at work
  • public offices and institutions
  • geography and climate

 

Work-related Danish language skills - topics:

  • work-related spoken and written communication
  • teaching and lecturing
  • research
  • communication and dissemination of research
  • job descriptions: titles, content, functions
  • meetings
  • workplace organisation (units, centres, departments, faculties, administration, projects, programmes)

Work culture - topics:

  • politeness and levels of formality
  • socializing at work and outside the workplace

How much Danish will I learn?

Danish for knowledge workers will offer you:

  • Danish language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing corresponding to the A2-B1 level or further on the CEFR scale, that is, the lower intermediate level, provided that you attend and participate actively in the course
  • work-related Danish language skills relevant for your work, primarily within academic, administrative and social domains 

Are there any tests during the course?

There are no tests during the course. However, the last lesson of each part consists of a formative assessment of your Danish language skills covering listening, speaking, reading and writing.

At the end of the 250 lessons you will be offered the formal module test (“Modultest”)  to assess your Danish proficiency, in accordance with the Act on Danish for Adult Foreigners (Bekendtgørelse om danskuddannelse til voksne udlændinge m.fl.). You need to take this test if you intend to continue learning Danish for free after the 250 lessons of labour market oriented Danish.

Can I extend the period when I can take free Danish lessons?

You have 18 months to complete the 250 lessons. You can only extend the period of 18 months, or get additional lessons, if you need to take maternity leave or adoption leave. Citizens in the City of Copenhagen apply for an extension at Jobcentre Copenhagen International. Citizens of other municipalities apply to their local municipalities.

Will I get a course diploma?

You will receive an official course diploma for each completed 50-lesson part. This course diploma is required if you want to change to another language school in between the five parts.

What if I miss a lesson?

If you miss a lesson due to work-related traveling, etc., you can arrange with your instructor how to catch up on the missed lessons. 

What if I wish to cancel my registration or want to withdraw from the course?

You register for one 50-lesson part at a time by signing an application form. Once you have submitted a signed application form, your registration is binding. If you wish to cancel your registration, you will lose the right to the 50-lesson part for which you have registered.

After each 50-lesson part, we will ask you to register for the next part by signing a new application form.

You can only change to another language school when your current 50-lesson teaching period (10-12 weeks) has finished.

Is there any homework?

Occasionally, there will be homework. Please note that the online lessons are not homework but regular lessons you do from a computer or other device during the week, e.g. at home.

What if I want to register but I don't have a CPR number yet?

To participate in Danish for Knowledge Workers you need to have a CPR number and an official Danish address. 

What can I do once I have finished Danish for knowledge workers?

You are entitled to further free Danish lessons (“Danskuddannelse”/ the Danish language training programme) upon completion of the 250 lessons of the labour market oriented course Danish for knowledge workers. Citizens in the City of Copenhagen are normally entitled to 5 years of free Danish courses including the 250 lessons of labour market oriented Danish. Citizens from other municipalities are entitled to a minimum of 3 years of free Danish courses after completion of the 250 lessons of labour market oriented Danish.

As an alternative to “Danskuddannelse” (the Danish language training programme), CIP offers a number of advanced and/or tailor-made Danish courses and will be happy to assist you in finding the right one. These courses are subject to a course fee. For further information, please look in CIP's course catalogue.

Evaluation

At the end of each part of the course, CIP will send out an online evaluation form, so you can give feedback on the teaching, the course facilities, the course materials etc.

In addition, participants on the CIP courses Danish for knowledge workers have the option of meeting as a group to discuss any issues arising from the teaching etc. If required, CIP will help to find rooms to host this meeting.

Contact

You are always welcome to e-mail to danishcourses@hum.ku.dk if you have further questions or comments.