As a general rule, it’s more expensive to study abroad. Studying abroad generally involves extra expenses, because you must take out health insurance and travel insurance, living expenses in your host country may be higher than what you are used to, and you will have to pay travel expenses etc. This means that it’s a good idea to start thinking about how you are going to finance your exchange early in the application process.
You have a good deal of influence on how expensive your exchange is going to be. By choosing a host country close to Denmark, you can keep travel expenses down. You can also save money by going to a country where it’s cheaper to live than in Denmark. If you choose to travel to a capital or a popular city, the cost of accommodation is likely to be very high.
In MoveON you can read Travel Reports made by students that have been on exchange and get an idea of how expensive their exchanges were.
Read about different sources of funding below.
You may be eligible for a grant to help cover travel and living expenses. For example, if you go on an exchange with Erasmus+ or the Nordplus/Nordlys programme, you will automatically be considered for a grant. In the MoveON portal, where you’ll find a description of all of AU's exchange agreements, you can find out which of the various agreements fall under the Erasmus+ or Nordplus/Nordlys programmes.
If your exchange isn’t part of these programmes, you may be eligible for a grant from your faculty. Read about the different options in the menu.
If you want to study in the United Sates, you can get guidance and apply for scholarships from Fulbright Denmark.
AU also occasionally announces grants and scholarships students can apply for. We post about such opportunities on the AU Rejs Ud Facebook page. You apply for grants and scholarships of this kind directly from the organisations that offer them.
If you arrange your exchange on your own, you might be a candidate to apply for this scholarship to cover all or part of your tuition expenses.
There is a variety of scholarships you can apply for that can help finance your studies abroad. However, you should always be able to finance your exchange in another way, for example, through grants, savings or a loan.
There are several databases on the internet where you can find information about specific scholarships and advice on applying.
You can also invest in the Danish scholarship guide Legathåndbogen, or borrow it from the library. It’s a good idea to check out the Travel Reports from former exchange students in MoveON to understand how much an exchange costs and which scholarships other students have received.
Danish students can continue receiving SU while on exchange, regardless of whether you arrange your exchange yourself or whether it’s under AU’s exchange agreements. But please keep the following in mind:
Get more information about SU while studying abroad from su.dk or from AU’s SU office.
Important information about SU for international students at AU who want to study abroad in another country:
As an international student, you are generally entitled to receive SU due to the work requirement. If it’s possible for you to meet your work obligations and continue working while on exchange, you are still entitled to receive SU. However, many international students aren’t able to work while on exchange, which means they loose their SU entitlement if they study abroad. Note that there may be special exceptions and rules that apply to you depending on your individual circumstances. AU doesn’t make or administer the rules on SU for international students. You should consult the following page on the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science SU website for further information: Changes to your circumstances - su.dk
Grants awarded through AU to students for study or internship placements abroad are disbursed without any tax being withheld. They are reported by AU's payroll office to the municipality as B-income. It is important that you save documentation of all major expenses during your stay abroad so that you can prove to the Danish tax authorities (SKAT) that your grants were actually spent on an exchange abroad.
Scholarships for study trips abroad are also exempt from Danish tax when they are used to cover the costs of travel between Denmark and the place of study, food, minor necessities, accommodation at the place of study, tuition and course fees etc., including fees for laguagecourses in the language of the country of study.
You must notify SKAT of the expenses you have incurred, so they can be deducted from the total scholarship amount on your annual tax return. Your expenses must be documented with original receipts, and it is therefore important that you remember to keep all documentation for your expenses abroad.
If you are an Erasmus+ student, your Erasmus+ grant will automatically be reported to the tax authorities by AU as a tax-free grant for a study trip. However, please note that SKAT may demand to see documentation/receipts showing what the scholarship has been spent on at any time. So, save all receipts relating to transport, accommodation etc.
Even if you are no longer fully tax-liable in Denmark, you must still pay tax on your SU in Denmark. For further information, see www.su.dk. For information on tax issues while abroad, contact the tax authorities in your host country.