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Demark is consistently ranked one of the happiest countries in the world. With a community like no other, you’ll find yourself accustomed to the Danish way very quickly. Danish culture and society are embedded with trust, community and comradery making every visitor feeling right at home. Demarks ‘cold season’ lasts from October to April, spending so much of their year covered in snow the Danes have come up with a name for the coziness you feel sat near a fireplace or drinking a hot chocolate (hygge).

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Program Summary:

Classic Program

Our Classic program will match you with a welcoming host family and place you in a nearby school. We find the host family and choose the school, and you can enjoy immersing yourself in local culture & community. These are perfect for students who:

​* Flexible about location, and the academic experience
​* Want to have a cultural experience​
​* Interested in joining sports, clubs, and activities
​* Grow as a person and improve language skills​


Classic Program Information

Age and eligibility

Be at least 15 years old on arrival and no more than 18 years on the last day of the program period. Allergies and dietary requirements must be indicated clearly on the application and if students need a specific food that is not served by the host family, the student must purchase additional items for themselves. Unfortunately, vegans can not be accommodated on this program.

Language criteria

An online language course is recommended prior to departure.

Program length

Programs are available for 3 Months, an Academic Semester or Academic Year.


You will be enrolled in a local high school, called a Gymnasium if aged over 16. You will select subjects based on the stream of study you choose. Each school has at least one stream focusing on mathematics and natural science, foreign languages, and social studies. Subjects are taught in Danish and the work will often be in small research groups. Students must bring their laptop and will be expected to be responsible for their own learning.

Compulsory subjects include classical studies including Danish, English, History, Mathematics, Physical Education and Social Studies.


Students are required to be vaccinated and have received their standard childhood vaccinations for their age group. Covid-19 is recommended (not compulsory).


Students require a visa for Academic Semester and Academic Year programs. For short 3 month exchange programs, students will travel on a tourist visa. Further information will be provided by your Program Coordinator.

Students traveling on Australian & New Zealand passports, with programs up to 90 days, generally travel as “tourists” and do not need to apply for a visa prior departure. However, for programs extending beyond the 90-day period (including Semester & Academic Year programs), students are usually required to apply for the necessary visa.

Program Coordinators will provide the essential visa documents so students can lodge their visa application. Please note that Program Coordinators are not Registered Migration Agents and cannot represent the applicant. Program Coordinators will provide “guidance” where possible, however the responsibility of lodging the visa falls upon the student/parents. Visa application requirements differ per destination and, on top of the visa documents provided by your Program Coordinator, students will need to provide additional documents such as birth certificate, bank statements, police check certificate, passport photos, letter of parental consent, etc.

Visa application fees (set by the foreign Authority) fluctuate depending on the destination and may vary from $180 to $700. These costs exclude expenses such as translations, official stamps (Notary Public stamp, Apostille stamp), national police certificate, passports photos, express post envelopes, etc. In some cases, students must attend an in-person consulate / visa agency appointment, which may incur additional personal expenses for travel such as purchasing flights (Interstate flight or international flight if no representation in your home country), petrol costs, tolls, accommodation, etc.

The budget allocated for flights to Europe is NZ$3,000 of the program price listed below. We may need to charge a flight surcharge if we cannot obtain a flight within this budget. For more information, please see our Flight Surcharge Policy on our Money Matters page.

Classic Program Prices for Denmark

LengthArriveDepartProgram fee
Application deadline
3 months (on request)Nov 9,
Jan 22,
$10,950Jun 30, 2024
Academic SemesterJan 2025Jun 25,
$13,950Sept 1, 2024
Jan 2025Mid Nov,
$15,950Sept 1, 2024
Academic SemesterAug 2025Jan 2026$14,950Mar 1, 2025
Academic YearAug 2025Jun 2026$16,950Mar 1, 2025
3 months (on request)Nov 2025Jan 2026$12,950Jun 30, 2025
Academic SemesterJan 2026Nov 2025$14,950Sept 1, 2025
Academic YearJan 2026Jun 2026$17,950Sept 1, 2025
Each destination has a budget for flights included in the fee. If flight costs are above this budgeted amount, a Flight Surcharge may apply. Please see our Money Matters page for program inclusions, the flight surcharge policy and other important pricing information.

Program start dates are indicative arrivals in the destination & students attending the Soft Landing Camp (if available) will depart earlier. Program start dates serve as approximate arrival dates at the destination and subject to change. We will notify you of your confirmed program dates ahead of time to prevent any confusion or inconvenience.

Scholarship & Early Bird Discount Application Deadlines
October 31, 2024: classic programs departing between April 2025 – September 2025
March 31, 2025: classic programs departing between October 2025 – March 2026
Find out more about Scholarships and Early Bird Discounts.
View of Copenhagen, Denmark

Soft Landing Camp in Copenhagen

Included in the program cost for January & August Arrivals

Your Nordic high school adventure starts in Copenhagen, along with the students heading to Norway. For three days/two nights, you will have the opportunity to learn about life in Denmark & Norway. Some students will be met by their host family after the Soft Landing Camp, others will transfer either by flight or train. Your host family will also receive an orientation prior to your arrival.

LIVE Online sessions

If you would like to find out more information on our programs, please attend one of our free LIVE Online Information Sessions to:

  • Meet our staff
  • Hear comprehensive information on all aspects of exchange
  • Ask questions
  • See questions asked by other students and parents

Information evenings run for about an hour.
They are friendly, free and are the best way for us to address your specific questions in person.

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For an overview of our programs, our team will send you our Worldwide High School Online Brochure.

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