Special information for Ukrainian citizens
The content on this page is relevant for Ukrainian citizens looking to apply for a master programme at CBS with study start in September 2023. We hope you, your family and your friends are safe, and we would like to express our support and solidarity in these difficult times.
On this page, you will find information about the special conditions that apply if you are a Ukrainian citizen and fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.
You will find information about:
- Residence permit in Denmark
- How to apply for a master’s programme at CBS
- Financial aid
- General information about coming to Denmark
Information about residence permit and refugee/asylum seeker status
The Danish Parliament has passed a Special Act granting Ukrainian citizens temporary residence permit in Denmark.
How to apply for a Danish residence permit
On the Danish Immigration Service’s official site New to Denmark, you can find detailed information in English and Ukrainian about the Act, including who can obtain a residence permit and how to apply for it. The page is continuously updated with relevant information for persons from Ukraine who wish to reside in Denmark or who are in Denmark.
Go to New to Denmark for more information about residence permit.
Please note, that if you have applied for a residence permit or refugee/asylum seeker status in a different European country, there is a risk that you no longer qualify for a Danish residence permit under the Special Act. Please check the current rules for residence permit in Denmark on New to Denmark.
Residence permit and studying in Denmark
A residence permit under the Special Act as this will give you the same rights as Danish students, i.e. you will not have to pay any application or tuition fees, and you will be able to apply for the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme (SU) to get a monthly financial aid.
You do not need a Danish residence permit to be able to apply to CBS or to look into the possibility of studying at CBS.
However, you do need a Danish residence permit to be exempt from tuition fees and to be able to apply for SU.
How to apply to CBS
You apply for CBS graduate programmes via the Danish universities' shared Application Portal.
If you have received a residence permit under the Special Act on displaced persons from Ukraine, you must apply in Group 1 with application deadline 1 March 2023.
If you do not have a residence permit in Denmark under the Special Act on displaced persons from Ukraine, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will guide you as to which group to apply in as this depends on your current residence status. Keep in mind that depending on your status, you may have to apply in Group 2 with application deadline 15 January 2023.
See our application process timeline.
You will need to:
- Fulfil all entry requirements
- Fulfil the language requirement
- Undergo selection for a study place at the programme if you are qualified for admission
If you have a residence permit under the Special Act, you will furthermore be:
- Exempt from paying the application fee
- Exempt from paying the tuition fees
- Able to apply for the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme (SU) to get monthly financial aid.
If you are considering a master’s programme at CBS, here are the steps to take:
- Consider which programme(s) may be relevant for you
- Contact us with the relevant information
1. Find the right programme for you
We recommend that you look into the different programmes and read more about the courses they offer to make sure that this is the right programme for your interests and future career.
On cbs.dk, you can find a list of all master’s programmes at CBS.
Please note that CBS usually has a lot more applicants than available study places. This means that it may be difficult to get in to the study programmes unless you have a strong background within business administration.
Talk to a student guidance counsellor at CBS
You are very welcome to contact one of our student guidance counsellors to discuss what options you have at CBS according to your educational background, interests and dreams.
Consider other Danish universities
If you think that CBS may not be the best match for your interests and qualifications, you can contact the central Danish office for Study and Career Guidance. They have an overview of the different educational options available at other universities in Denmark, including those with available places and can help you identify master’s programmes suitable for your qualifications and interests.
Check the entry requirements
Please also check the specific entry requirements and language requirements for the programmes you are interested in to get an idea of whether you may qualify.
Remember that the English language requirement must be fulfilled by the application deadline. If you do not already fulfil the language requirement and need a language test, it is important that you take the test/exam at least three to four weeks before the application deadline to make sure we receive the results on time. We therefore strongly recommend that you preare and register for the test in good time to allow for this.
On cbs.dk, you can find a list of all master’s programmes and their entry requirements. Simply click on the programme of your interest to see the specific entry requirements and language requirement for that programme. All entry requirements must be fulfilled in full and as prescribed including the language requirement.
We know that documentation, both in terms of entry requirements and language requirements, can be difficult under these circumstances. If you are unable to provide part of the official documentation of your qualifications, you should try to gather as much other information and documents as you are able to, to show your qualifications. We will do our utmost to help you.
2. Contact us
Once you have found the programmes that you are interested in, please contact us at:
We will then help you with the application and documentation process.
In order for us to be able to give you the best help possible, please include the following information in your email:
- Your current location
- Your current residence status
- Your educational background
- Your grade transcript and diploma (anonymized)
- Which programmes you are interested in
If you qualify, you can apply for temporary residence permit in Denmark under the Special Act. This type of permit will give you the right to apply for financial aid (SU) under the Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme and benefit from the same type of aid that a Danish citizen would.
Please note, that if you have applied for a residence permit or refugee/asylum seeker status in a different European country, there is a risk that you no longer qualify for a Danish residence permit under the Special Act.
General information about coming to Denmark as a Ukrainian citizen
We have gathered some links, which may be useful if you are considering going to Denmark.
About coming to Denmark
The Danish authorities' have created a joint website for information, questions/answers, etc. on the situation after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here you will find information (in English and Ukrainian) about entry to Denmark, residence permit, medical care and much more.
You will find it here: Information for Ukrainian citizens
About studying in Denmark
The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science has put together a special site for Ukrainian citizens with all information relevant to studying in Denmark, including how to continue you education here, how to get recognition for your Ukrainian qualifications for education or work in Denmark and much more.
You will find it here: Refugees from Ukraine - Welcome