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What is Student Refugees?

Student Refugees is a student-driven project assisting people with a refugee status to access higher education programmes in Denmark and supporting them after they have been accepted.

The project is based on the idea that education should be inclusive for everyone.

Therefore, the platform StudentRefugees.dk seeks to provide all the relevant information about how to fulfil requirements and apply for a higher education in Denmark.

Moreover, StudentRefugees.dk focuses on pointing at suggestions and alternative routes to overcome common obstacles and barriers that people with a refugee status find when trying to access education.

Why Student Refugees?

We are aware that the difficulties and barriers for people with a refugee status to access higher education within the Danish system are increasing.

The migration and refugee laws are subject to constant changes, which makes it difficult for people with a refugee status to fulfil the requirements. Consequently, the number of students with a refugee background is not at the level it could potentially be.

⇒ There are very uncertain information regarding the number of students with a refugee background in Danish higher education programmes.

  • 207 Syrians got their foreign degree recognized to 1-4 years of a Danish university degree.
  • Of the 207 only 41 applied for a university
  • 21 was accepted

Although the figures for other nationalities are more uncertain, they are likely to be similar.

⇒ The fact that 90% of these students cannot complete their education at universities is an enormous waste of competencies and undermines the opportunity to contribute and engage in the society in which they live.

Part of UN Sustainable development goals

Education is part of United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by Heads of State and Governments in September 2015. The 2030 Agenda is a new plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, with 17 SDGs and 169 associated targets at its core.

At Student Refugees we work specific with Sustainable Development Goal 4:

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Student Refugees is a part of Studenterhusets Laboratorium for Samfundsengagement, funded by Tuborgfondet and the University of Copenhagen.

Student Refugees is also funded by the The Danish Student Association (DSF), Foreningen Roskilde Festival and European Students’ Union initiative, Together Moving Forward.

Learn more

Can we assist you?

The information of this platform is directly connected to a network of voluntary guides.

Contact the guides to get a personal assessment on your situation and options.

Would you like to be contacted by a guide?

Send us an email: info@studentrefugees.dk

Do you have any questions?

Contact Student Refugees


Thank you to UNHCR for creating this film presenting Student Refugees.