Non-EU/EEA citizens

On this page you can find information about application and tuition fees, scholarships for non-EU/EEA citizens. You can also find information about the student residence permit process.

Application fee, tuition fee, scholarship and residence permit

Certain types of applicants must pay an application fee and/or tuition fees. Certain types of applicants may also be eligible for a scholarship. Please read more about these topics below.

Non-EU/EEA citizens - Application fee
If you are not a citizen of a EU/EEA country and you have not obtained/ will not obtain a bachelor degree issued by a Danish university, you are required to pay an application fee in order to have your application(s) assessed. In other words: if you apply for a CBS graduate programme and have obtained/will obtain a bachelor degree issued by a Danish university, you are not to pay an application fee, regardless of your citizenship.

The application fee is 100 EURO (or 750 DKK) per applicant per admission round.

Exceptions from the rule:

If you have one of the following residence permits, you have the same rights as a Danish citizen and are therefore not to pay the application fee.

  • "Permanent opholdstilladelse" - permanent residence permit in Denmark
  • "Opholdstilladelse med mulighed for varigt ophold" - residence permit with a view to permanent residence in Denmark
  • "Opholdstilladelse jævnfør EF/EØS-bekendtgørelsen" - residence permit in Denmark according to the EU/EEA regulations

CBS Admissions will make a decision based on your actual residence permit.

Permanent residence in another Nordic country (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands) may also grant you an exemption.

Contact CBS Admissions if you are unsure whether your residence permit exempts you or not.

If you have one of the above residence permits, it is very important that you upload documentation for it when you apply at the "Personal details" step in the Application Portal.

If you are in the process of applying for EU/EEA citizenship, but you have not yet received your passport, you must pay the application fee.

If you are in the process of applying for one of the above residence permits, but you have not yet obtained one, you must pay the application fee.

The application fee is 100 EURO (or 750 DKK) per applicant per application round. You only have to pay the application fee once, even if you submit more than one application during an admission round.

Your applications will not be assessed until CBS Admissions has been able to confirm the payment.

Payment
The application fee is payable only by credit card transfer via CBS' Webshop. Select the product "Application fee for full-time bachelor and graduate programmes" in the left menu and add it to your shopping cart.

In order to complete your order, you will need to register as a user for the CBS Webshop. When you register, make sure that your first name and last name (i.e. the name of the person applying to CBS) are written exactly the same way as in your application in the Application Portal. You will receive a confirmation e-mail when your payment has been approved. You must upload a copy of this confirmation e-mail to your application under the "Application fee" question to help us identify your payment.

Below you will find a document with step-by-step information about how to make a purchase in the CBS Webshop:

cbs_guide_to_paying_the_application_fee.pdf


Reimbursement
The application fee will be reimbursed if you are accepted to and start at one of the programmes applied for (i.e. you fulfil all entry requirements and are registered as an active student by 1 October). The application fee can only be reimbursed on condition that you open a Danish bank account after moving to Denmark. The application fee will not be reimbursed under any other circumstances. The reimbursement of the application fee takes place between 1 October and 31 December.

NB: A service fee might be retained by the bank(s) processing the reimbursement.

Non-EU/EEA citizens - Tuition fee

Citizens of EU countries as well as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are not to pay tuition fees. All other nationalities are required to pay tuition fees when studying in Denmark (see below for information on a possible exemption based on prior residence in Denmark).

The tuition fee for students enrolling in any full-time, two-year graduate programme is EURO 7,600 per semester (15,200 per year). 

If the tuition fee is paid from a Danish bank and you choose to pay in Danish kroner, the tuition fee is 57.000 DKK per semester (DKK 114.000 per year).

You may also apply for a scholarship to obtain a tuition fee exemption (as well as a monthly grant), read more about scholarships below.

Special rules concerning tuition fees apply to the MSocSc in Public Management and Social Development, please see Admission – MSocSc in Public Management and Social Development.

Exemption: 
You may be exempt from paying tuition fees if you have one of the following types of residence permits in Denmark:

  • "Permanent opholdstilladelse" - permanent residence permit in Denmark
  • "Opholdstilladelse med mulighed for varigt ophold" - residence permit with a view to permanent residence in Denmark
  • "Opholdstilladelse jævnfør EF/EØS-bekendtgørelsen" - residence permit in Denmark according to the EU/EEA regulations
  • “Opholdstilladelse som medfølgende barn” – residence in Denmark as an accompanying child (the documentation must state that you are "medfølgende barn" - the text "medfølgende familie" is not sufficient.

You may also be exempt from paying tuition fees if you have permanent residence in another Nordic country (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands); please note that CBS Admissions will make a decision based on your actual residence permit.

If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen with permanent residence in another EU/EEA country, you are not exempt from paying the application fee or the tuition fees.

Having a student residence permit does not under any circumstances exempt you from paying the tuition fee. Contact CBS Admissions if you are unsure whether your residence permit exempts you or not.

If you have one of the above residence permits, it is very important that you upload documentation for it when you apply at the "Personal details" step in the Application Portal.

We accept the following documentation:

  • Certified copy of your residence permit letter from the Immigration Services
  • Certified copy of your residence permit card
  • Certified copy of the page in your passport giving you residence permit

Based on the documentation you upload, CBS Admissions will grant (or deny) you an exemption.

If you are in the process of applying for one of the above residence permits, but you have not received it yet, you must also upload documentation from the immigration authorities confirming this.

If you are in the process of applying for EU/EEA citizenship, but you have not yet received your passport, you must upload documentation confirming this.

Depending on the situation, CBS Admissions may extend the deadline for paying the tuition fees or receiving a copy of your residence permit or EU/EEA passport.

Please note that you may still be required to pay the application fee.

Terms and conditions:

The tuition fee can only be paid by bank transfer. This means that the tuition fee cannot be paid by credit or debit card. You will receive an invoice with details about how to pay the tuition fee via your application in the Application Portal.

The tuition fee must be paid per semester. The payment cannot be split up in several instalments.

If you are offered a place at CBS, you must pay the tuition fee for the first semester by the deadline given in your letter of acceptance. The deadline depends on your application group and on whether or not you need a student residence permit to study at CBS. An overview of the different deadlines if available at the top of the page.

Note that CBS Admissions will not initiate the student residence permit application process (in case you need to apply for a student residence permit) before you have paid the tuition fee. Read more about the student residence permit application below.

CBS Admissions will also send you invoices for the subsequent semesters before the beginning of each semester (i.e. before 1 February and 1 September).

If you have paid the tuition fee for the whole programme (four semesters), but, against expectations, you do not complete the programme within the prescribed period of study (four semesters), you will not be required to pay any additional fees. Keep in mind, however, that, if you come to Denmark on a student residence permit, this is only valid for a limited amount of time.

We strongly encourage you to make sure that the programme you wish to enroll in is the right choice for you, in terms of content, future career opportunities, etc.

Reimbursement:
It is only possible to have the tuition fee reimbursed in the following cases:

  • If you are conditionally accepted at the programme and do not, against expectations, fulfil the requirements stated.
  • If you have paid for the coming semester, but withdraw from the programme before the semester starts, the tuition fee for the coming semester will be reimbursed. The tuition fee cannot be reimbursed if you withdraw from the programme after semester start (i.e. 1 September and 1 February).
  • If you, after having paid the tuition fee, obtain a residence permit exempting you from paying the tuition fee. In this case, the validity date of the permit, and not the date when the permit was issued, is of importance. e.g.: If the residence permit is valid beginning 31 August or earlier, then the tuition fee for the autumn semester will be refunded; if the residence permit is valid beginning with a date between 1 September and 31 January, then the tuition fee for the autumn semester cannot be reimbursed.

The tuition fee is automatically reimbursed to the account from which it was paid. If you close the account after applying/moving to Denmark, or if you have not paid the fee from a bank account, the automatic reimbursement cannot take place.

NB: A service fee might be retained by the bank(s) processing the reimbursement.
 

Student Loan and External Scholarship Agreements from outside the EU

It is important to be aware of the following if you are planning to fund your studies using a loan or a scholarship from your home country:

  • Loans, External Scholarships and the ST1 (student residence permit): Look carefully into the timing of the loan or scholarship being offered. If you are using part of the loan or scholarship to pay tuition fees, make sure that you will receive the money and can pay the fees before the tuition fee deadline (the first deadline is usually a month after you have received your acceptance letter). We are not able to start the student residence permit application with the immigration authorities until we have received the tuition fees for your first semester at CBS.
     
  • Loan Agreements between external organisations and CBS: CBS is a big institution with a few different bodies offering study programmes that are independent of one another within CBS. If the loan company you are considering states that they have an agreement with CBS, it is important to look into where this agreement is. For example, the Sallie Mae loans from the US have an agreement with the MBA programmes at CBS. The MBA programmes are administered separately and in a different way from the full-degree bachelor and graduate programmes at CBS. We are therefore not able to accept certain loans (such as Sallie Mae) for the bachelor and graduate programmes at CBS.
     
  • US Federal Loans: We are able to accept US Federal Loans at the bachelor and graduate programmes at CBS. These loans are administered in an office separate to the admissions offices. They are only paid out twice a year after semester start (i.e. not before 1st September or 1st February). If you use the US Federal Loan to fund your studies, you may need to find an alternative way to pay your initial tuition fees, so that you can pay by the deadline and we can start the student residence permit process.
Scholarship
CBS receives a limited number of government scholarships each year to fund highly qualified full-degree students from non-EU/EEA countries.
CBS welcomes applications from motivated graduate applicants, of all genders, ages, nationalities and religions, who come from countries outside of EU/EEA and need a student residence permit to study at CBS. This scholarship is based on your motivation and academic background, not your financial needs.

Facts:
Each scholarship includes a tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend of DKK 7,000 to assist with living costs in Denmark. The grant is paid out in advance every month and has a maximum duration of 22 months, starting 1 September the year you are accepted. The grant is taxable in Denmark according to the rules and regulations governing income from grants and tax exemption for developing countries.

In 2019 CBS offered 26 scholarships.

Who:
You may be considered for a CBS scholarship if you:
  • are a non-EU/EEA citizen
  • need a student residence permit to study at CBS
  • pay the application fee (unless you have a bachelor degree from a Danish university or university college) by 15 January, 23:59 CET
  • apply online via the Application Portal by 15 January, 23:59 CET
  • upload documentation and a motivational essay by 15 January, 23:59 CET

You may not receive a scholarship if you are eligible for SU (Danish State Educational Grant) or any other type of public support in Denmark.

Procedure:
If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you must apply for admission no later than 15 January, 23:59 CET, via the Application Portal.

When applying, you must indicate that you wish to be considered for the CBS scholarship in the Application Portal and upload a motivational essay. A selection committee will assess the scholarship applications and in some cases decide to interview an applicant. The committee will make the final decision as to who is offered a scholarship.

Applicants offered a CBS scholarship will be notified by 15 March at the latest via the Application Portal. Applicants who are not offered a CBS scholarship, but are accepted to a CBS programme, will receive an invoice for the first tuition fee payment.

Selection: 
The scholarship is aimed at highly qualified and motivated students. The scholarship is not given based on financial needs. Your academic record and your English proficiency will be assessed together with your motivational essay.

The motivational essay must be personal and specific, and it must prove you are well-informed and have put a lot of thought into your choice of education. It should explain your purpose and motivation for choosing CBS and a particular programme. You may consider the following when writing your motivational essay:

  • Your reason for choosing CBS and a particular programme
  • Why CBS and a particular programme is the right one for you
  • What you can contribute to CBS and the programme and why
  • Outline your future plans such as your intended career path
  • Highlight any extra-curricular activities/pro bono work that you believe to be relevant
  • Describe how work experience/internship has affected you and your choices
  • Give an impression of who you are as a person and a potential student

Your motivational essay may not exceed two A4 pages.

If you apply for a programme where the selection process includes a motivational essay, the scholarship motivational essay will count for both purposes.

Terms and conditions:
If you are offered a scholarship, you have 5 days to accept. CBS Admissions will then initiate the student residence permit application process.

To keep receiving the scholarship, you must be an active student throughout the prescribed duration of your studies at CBS. You are considered an active student when you are no more than 6 months (30 ECTS) delayed. Your status will be checked in the beginning of each semester. If you do not meet the requirement for study activity, you risk losing your grant and will be asked to pay tuition fee.

You will lose your scholarship if you change to a different type of residence permit than a student residence permit.

The scholarship is granted for a specific master's programme and concentration. To keep receiving the scholarship, you must remain enrolled in the same programme/concentration. We strongly encourage you make sure the programme you wish to enroll in is the right choice for you, in terms of content, future career opportunities, etc.

To receive the grant you must be an active student at the respective programme/concentration throughout the prescribed duration of your studies at CBS.


If, against expectations, you do not complete the programme within the prescribed period of study, you will not be required to pay any tuition fee. However, you cannot receive a grant extension (a dispensation can only be given in extraordinary circumstances, such as severe illness). Keep in mind that to study in Denmark you must have a valid student residence permit, which is only granted for a limited period of time.

The scholarship grant is paid out in advance the last banking day of the month (except for the first payment). Make sure to bring sufficient funds to cover your expenses in Denmark for the first few months, as the process of registering with the various local authorities in order to start receiving the grant can be lengthy.

Student residence permit

If you are not a citizen of a EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you must hold a residence permit in order to reside and study in Denmark. You can apply for a student residence permit if you are offered a study place at CBS at a full-time programme.

CBS Admissions will start the student residence permit (ST1) application process when you have paid the first semester tuition fee or accepted a scholarship offer, and have fulfilled the English language requirement for the programme you are accepted to.

The ST1 application can be initiated if you are conditionally accepted on condition that you pass courses at summer university, or on condition that you finish your bachelor degree by study start. However, you should be aware that your student residence permit application will be considered incomplete until you are fully accepted to CBS.

The student residence permit application is online, via NewToDenmark.dk. We fill in our part of the ST1 application form, confirming that you will be a student at CBS, and then send you, via the Application Portal, the details you need to access the form online. You are then to fill in your part of the application according to the instructions given and submit it online. You must then, within 15 days, show up in person at the nearest Danish representation to have your biometric features recorded.

The application is processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. The agency will require you pay a fee as part of submitting the application; in some cases the Danish representation may also require you to pay a local fee. When the necessary fees have been paid, all documentation and information is available, and you are fully accepted to CBS, the agency will begin processing your application for a student residence permit. The processing time is up to eight weeks.

CBS receives a copy of the student residence permit letter directly from the agency.

The student residence permit is normally given with a validity date from 1 August; the permit is usually, if certain conditions are fulfilled, given for the prescribed duration of your studies plus a period of six months for job-seeking. 

It is a condition for the residence permit that you are active and enrolled in the study programme for which the permit is given. If this is not the case, the agency can revoke your residence permit. CBS Admissions is obliged to inform the agency if you are not actively following the study programme.
EU/EEA citizens
If you are a citizen of a European Union country or Norway or Iceland or Switzerland or Liechtenstein, you are not to pay an application fee and/or tuition fees for your studies, regardless of your educational background.

If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen with permanent residence in another EU/EEA country, you are not exempt from paying the application fee or the tuition fees; however, special rules apply to you if you live in another Nordic country; read more under "Non-EU/EEA citizens - Tuition Fee".

Special rules on tuition fees apply to the MSocSc in Public Management and Social Development programme. Read more at Entry requirements – MSocSc in Public Management and Social Development.
Applicants with a refugee status

If you are an applicant currently in Denmark, or another Nordic country, with refugee status and you are interested in starting or continuing your further education at CBS, you can consider the following:

Come to our Graduate Open Day
This event offers a good introduction to the different graduate programmes offered at CBS as well more practical information concerning the application process and deadlines. Further information regarding this event can be found here

Come to our International Applicant Day
This event gives an introduction to life as an international student in Denmark as well as the opportunity to network with other potential international students. Further information regarding this event can be found.

Apply for an appraisal
CBS offers an appraisal round for prospective applicants with a refugee status. CBS assesses the documents sent in the appraisal application and confirms whether or not the qualifications fulfil the entry requirements for a particular programme. The appraisal round deadline is 15 December. Please write to graduateadmission@cbs.dk for further information and make sure to write “Information” in the subject line. You will receive an answer by 1 February.
CBS Admissions will assess your educational background in comparison to the entry requirements for the programme you wish to study. If you do not fulfil the entry requirements, CBS Admissions will indicate the areas that you are deficient in and how many ECTS-points you need in these areas to meet the entry requirements. We will also inform you about your possibilities for doing supplementary courses
If your appraisal indicates that you do not fulfil the specific entry requirements, you may sign up for supplementary courses at CBS International Summer University Programme.

Application deadline
Apply by 1 March. Please be aware that the application deadline for master programmes in Denmark is 1 March and if you miss this deadline, you will not be able to apply until the following year.

Documentation:
We cannot accept any applicants who do not fulfil the entry requirements. If you are not able to provide part of the official documentation of your qualifications due to circumstances, you should try to gather as much other information and documents as you are able to, to show your qualifications. We will consider application on a case by case basis and help you to find the best solution. Consider also researching single courses or language tests to document the specific entry requirements.

More information
Read more at Student refugee - a volunteer-based information portal for refugees seeking education in Denmark.
 

 

The page was last edited by: Student Affairs // 12/09/2019