Freemover at CBS

You can come to CBS as a freemover if:

  • you are a university student
  • you do not attend a CBS partner university
  • you do not have EU / EEA / Nordic citizenship

Freemovers are required to pay tuition fees for the courses they attend at CBS (see conditions).

EU, EEA, Swiss and Nordic nationals are not admitted as freemovers to CBS. 

Students coming from a CBS partner university are not admitted as freemovers and are only accepted upon nomination by their home university. In this case, you would be coming to CBS as an exchange student.

Important dates

Event autumn semester 2023
Application deadline April 15 2023
Welcome Week
(mandatory attendance)

August 28 - September 1 2023

Semester start

September 1, 2023

Exams Exam dates are announced: September 1, 2023
Exam period: October 2023 - January 2024

  1. By law, freemovers are required to pay tuition fees to study at CBS. The fees for non-European nationals are as follows:

    - Tuition fee for enrollment in Bachelor / undergraduate studies: EUR 11,200 / DKK 84,000 per year (for one semester the cost is half of this)
    - Tuition fee for enrollment in Master / graduate studies: EUR 15,200 / DKK 114,000 per year (for one semester the cost is half of this)

    NB!: The above prices are applicable from Fall 2019 and onwards. A full year is 60 ECTS credits; one semester is 30 ECTS credits. The fee is a flat fee and is not dependent upon the number of credits.
  2. We will not be able to sign any Erasmus documents for freemovers (learning agreement, arrival certificate, etc.) as freemovers are not considered Erasmus students at CBS.

Cancellation policy

If you have paid for the coming semester, but withdraw from your stay before the first day of the welcome week, the tuition fee for the coming semester will be reimbursed. The tuition fee cannot be reimbursed if you withdraw after that.

The first day of the welcome week for the autumn 2023 is August 28. Please note that a service fee might be retained by the bank(s) processing the reimbursement.

Application procedure

To apply as a freemover for the autumn semester 2023, please apply via this link no later than April 15

The following documents must be uploaded to your application:

  • Letter from home university stating credit transfer will be given for the courses taken at CBS -- please note that only students who need 30 ECTS credits per semester will be accepted as a freemover and students who need fewer than 30 credits cannot be granted permission to study at CBS
  • Letter providing proof of enrollment at home university for the duration of the semester you want to spend with us
  • Your CV/resumé in English
  • Color scan of your passport (photo page)
  • Your most recent university transcript (with grading scale explanation)
  • Results from one of the CBS-approved English proficiency tests listed below
    • CAE passed / Level C1 (Certificate in Advanced English, University of Cambridge ESOL examinations)
    • CPE passed / Level C2 (Certificate of Proficiency in English, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations)
    • IELTS overall score of minimum 7.0
    • TOEFL iBT score of minimum 94 -- note that we do not accept the TOEFL ITP

In addition, we accept the proficiency tests listed in our English proficiency requirements.

Please note that students who are undertaking a university degree taught entirely in English do not have to provide us with further proof of English proficiency

The courses lists are available at www.cbs.dk/undergrad (undergraduate courses) and www.cbs.dk/grad (graduate courses). Only graduate level students may attend graduate courses.

Residence permit
After we have assessed and accepted your application documents, we will send you an acceptance letter and residence permit application form. 

  • Non-European students must obtain their residence permit before entering Denmark. The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) has a service goal of 2 months to reach a decision from the date they receive a fully completed application. I.e. if the student submits an incomplete application, the timer resets and the students should again expect 2 months before a decision is reached. Please note that if your citizenship allows you to travel visa-free to Denmark, you can choose to apply for the student residence permit after arrival to Denmark. Doing so will save you one of the application fees involved.

    CBS has no influence over Danish diplomatic missions or SIRI, and we cannot speed up the process for any student who applies late. Therefore, it is extremely important that non-European students apply for their residence permits immediately upon receipt of the application form that they will receive from us via e-mail.
  • Non-European students must pay two application fees in connection with the residence permit application: one fee to the Danish diplomatic mission where they submit their application (the amount due depends on the consulate/embassy in question) and one fee to SIRI in Copenhagen who will process the application. If the students apply for the permit after arrival they only have to pay the fee to SIRI. For more information about the fee to SIRI, please see the Danish Immigration Service at nyidanmark.dk.


Sidst opdateret: The International Office // 19/04/2023