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Danish government scholarships for highly qualified non-EU/EEA students

KEA receives a limited number of government scholarships each year to fund highly qualified full-degree students from non-EU/EEA countries and Switzerland.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship you must be:

  • A citizen of a country outside the EU, the European Economic Area or Switzerland
  • Enrolled in a full degree higher education program
  • Granted a time-limited residence permit in Denmark due to education

You are not eligible for a Danish government scholarship if you:

  • have a legal claim to the rights of Danish citizens
  •  have been granted a residence permit at the time of admission by the Danish Aliens Consolidations Act §9c, subsection 1, as the child of a foreign citizen who has been granted a residence permit in accordance with the Danish Aliens Consolidations Act §9a, and who is a citizen of a country that is not acceded to the EU or covered by the EEA agreement
  • are a student who is eligible for a grant in accordance with Danish Law regarding the State Education Fund (SU)

How to apply for the Danish National Scholarship

The possibilities of funding all depend on the number and quality of the incoming applications and on the funding received by the Danish State.

Usually, in May KEA appoints a limited number of partial or full scholarships to non-EU full degree KEA students. Scholarships and grants are sized individually.

You can apply once a year between 15th of February and 15th of March. The deadline is the 15th March at noon (12:00).

Start your application by filling out and printing the application form.

Then add the following documents (as scanned PDF files):

  • Formal proof that you are enrolled at KEA as a full degree student and actively studying (can be required from your student administration)
  • Letter of motivation – why do you apply for the scholarship, and why do you deserve and need this financial support
  • Copy of valid passport
  • Endorsements/recommendations from current or previous professors or representatives from an institution of higher education
  • Proof of insufficient/limited funds, e.g. your own and/or your parents’ yearly income or tax sheet or similar documentation (copy of originals plus a certified English translation)
  • Academic transcripts from previous educational institutions and a copy of your academic result chart from KEA displaying your over-average academic performance
  • For foreign transcripts, always include an official English explanation of the national grading scale
  • Other documentation supporting your eligibility for a Danish national scholarship

Please send your application form together with the supporting documentation in ONE (1) email to: All files must be PDF format

The application must also be sent as one signed original paper copy to

KEA Copenhagen School of Design and Technology
Att.: Cristina Macavei - KEA Global
Guldbergsgade 29N
DK-2200 Copenhagen N

The receipt of the application will not necessarily be confirmed. Incomplete applications, or applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration. It is not possible to inquire the status of your application. In case KEA has questions regarding the content of your application, you will be contacted by email. Further documentation might be required.

Before the semester start you will be notified by email, if your application has been approved positively, and if you have been granted a scholarship or/and a grant for living expenses. You will also receive a notification by email if your application has been rejected. 

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