SU and SPS at Aalborg University
If you are a foreign citizen, you must fulfil specific conditions in order to be granted equal status with Danish citizens and receive state educational grant (SU).
Normally, you must be a Danish citizen to be entitled to SU. If you are a foreign citizen, however, you have the possibility of applying for equal status with Danish citizens and thus being approved to receive SU.
Applying for equal status under Danish or EU rules?
In general, there are two sets of rules according to which you can apply for equal status: Danish rules or the rules of EU law.
Depending on the rules under which you apply, there are different conditions that you must fulfil:
questions about equal status?
Please contact the Danish Agency for Higher Education directly.
How to apply for SU
Please note that it can take up to several weeks before you receive an answer from the Danish Agency for Higher Education. The answer will be sent to you via Digital Post.
When you start your education, you are granted SU corresponding to the education’s prescribed duration in months.
If you are admitted to your first higher education course no later than two years after your first completed qualifying exam, you will receive SU to the prescribed duration of the education + 12 extra grant portions. If you have taken your bachelor degree abroad we do not have the information concerning your qualifying exam, in this case you must apply for the extra 12 grant portions on minSU (the application is not ready until September 2020).
If you are admitted to your first higher education course later than two years after your first completed qualifying exam, you can apply for dispensation for the 12 extra grant portions in special circumstances. You can read more at SU (this page is only in Danish).
EU citizens under employment in Denmark
We get a lot of inquiries from EU citizens who want to apply for SU as EU-workers. Here is a list of things you should be aware of:
You must be under employment 10-12 hours a week, which in effect means at least 10 hours a week and at least 43 a month.
Your job must be continuous. This means that meeting the requirements for one month only is not enough. You must present a contract.
Internships do not count as work.
If you change jobs, you must present your new contract to the Danish Agency for Higher Education.
You are entitled to six weeks of paid vacation per year. If you have taken vacation, you must send a sworn statement from your employer. The statement should document that you have taken vacation in accordance with the Vacations Act’s (ferieloven) rules, or you can send print from FerieKonto documenting the vacation period.
The Danish Agency for Higher Education checks how much you have worked each month. This means that by not fulfilling the requirements for hours and pay for a few months you risk being charged with repaying your SU.
Public transportation pass - "Ungdomskort"
As a student at Aalborg University, you can obtain a public transportation pass known as "Ungdomskort" (Youth Pass). Use the pass throughout the Northern Denmark ticket rate region, and receive discounts on the price of your travel in Denmark in general.
How to apply for SPS
You can apply for Special Educational Support (SPS) by sending the application form to firstname.lastname@example.org together with documentation for your disability. If you are dyslexic you do not need to send the documentation if you have had Special Educational Support (SPS) before.
If you have any questions about Special Educational Support (SPS) you can contact us by mail email@example.com or phone 9940 9430.
Apply for Special Educational Support (SPS):
AAU SU and SPS Office
Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (regarding Special Education Support)
Tuesday and Thursday: 10am - 12pm
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Closed
Send your application via email
The SU and SPS Office prefers to receive all forms of applications via email.
Book a Call about SU
If you need to talk to us about topics such as lack of study activity, illness or maternity leave and need more time you can book a phone call or a skype meeting. The calls/meetings will be on Mondays from 10-11 am.
Write to email@example.com and state your student number and the topic of the conversation. Furthermore we need to know whether you prefer a phone call (remember to write your phone number) or a skype meeting.
News from the SU Office
Study Activity Control
Read this if you have received a letter concerning lack of study activity
Welcome to New Students
The SU and SPS office welcomes new students to Aalborg University. The office handles applications for SU (State Educational Grant), SPS (Special Educational Support) and Public Transportation Card (Ungdomskort).