Important thing to know before travelling to Denmark
The Danish Climate
The climate in Denmark is very unpredictable; in the morning, it can be warm and the sun can be shining, but in the afternoon it can suddenly be cold with pouring rain.
In autumn the weather will probably be nice and warm with a mixture of sun and rain for the first month. It will then gradually begin to get colder and more windy, sometimes even stormy. This ends at around December with the new possibility of snow and frost. The daylight will also be affected. You will start with around 16 hours of daylight and end up with only 9 hours of daylight.
In spring it is the other way around. When you arrive it will be cold and there might even be a lot of snow. By March it will begin to get warmer and hopefully end up being nice warm summer weather. It is the same with the daylight. It will start at around 10 hours of daylight and gradually increase to 18 hours of daylight.
If you are to stay in Denmark for more than 12 weeks, you will be covered by the Danish Health Insurance Scheme six weeks after your arrival and registration at the local municipality, provided your residence permit is in order. This means you can visit a doctor without paying for it, and there will also be a price reduction for a dental visit (be aware that it is very expensive to see a dentist in Denmark, so make sure your teeth are healthy before leaving). You will therefore have to insure yourself for the first six weeks you are in Denmark. The cost of seeing a doctor is 300 DKr if you do not have health insurance.
If your residence permit is not in order upon arrival in Denmark, you will not be covered by the Danish Health Insurance Scheme and should therefore insure yourself for the full period.
If you are staying for less than 12 weeks you will not be covered by the Danish Health Insurance Scheme at any time, and should therefore insure yourself for the full period of your stay.
The school's theft insurance policy does not cover privately owned articles. You are therefore advised to insure yourself privately. The school takes no responsibility for lost or stolen articles. The school has a safe where you can keep money, flight tickets, passports and other small valuables you might bring with you. Remember to take good care of your valuables.
Banks and Money
Banking hours in Denmark are usually from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on weekdays. Banks are closed on weekends. Please note that banks have different charges when you exchange money.
If you need extra money while you are in Denmark, the cheapest and easiest way is to open a bank account (this can only be done if you are staying for more than 12 weeks and your residence permit is in order upon arrival). It is free of charge to open a bank account in Denmark.
Another very easy option is to bring a credit card with you. VISA, AMERICAN EXPRESS and MASTERCARD can be used to withdraw money from any cash dispenser in Denmark.