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A study abroad period can be arranged without additional costs compared to staying at home, but it can also be quite expensive, e.g. if you choose to study outside an exchange programme.

As an exchange student, you will basically need to cover the same expenses as at home: food, accommodation, books, and personal pleasures. The overall cost will depend on your preferences, your financial situation, and the cost of living at the exchange destination.

The typical costs are:

  • Travel to and from the host university
  • Insurance
  • Accommodation and living expenses abroad*
  • Social and cultural experiences abroad

Please notice that sometimes you will need to provide your host university with proof that you are able to finance your stay abroad. This is especially used by universities overseas.

If you are awarded an exchange place by SDU International, you will automatically be awarded a grant to help you cover some of the costs. The grant amount depends on your destination. SDU International will send you an email with more information to your SDU student email.

*Remember to apply grants and scholarships to help finance your stay abroad.


Avoid double housing expenses

Also remember to rent out your apartment/dorm room in Denmark, while you are studying abroad. Additional information about subletting your apartment to an international student can be found at the subpage Accommodation.


Last Updated 07.02.2024