Student Refugees

Student Refugees is a student-run project that aims to support people with refugee backgrounds in their efforts to apply to higher educations in Denmark, and to support those who have been accepted into an education.

The project is build on the belief that education should be for everyone.

Student Refugees consists of 4 parts:

  • The website, that gathers information about how refugees can meet the admission requirements and apply for admission to a higher education in Denmark.
  • A team of volunteer, that supports refugees in their application process.
  • A system where refugees are matched with students, that can support them on their first semester of their education.
  • Support in finding student jobs for refugees that are studying at universities in Denmark.


Why Student Refugees?

Individuals with refugee backgrounds are meeting an increasing amount of challenges in the Danish education system, when they apply to a higher education.

The legal landscape regarding the immigration and refugee areas are constantly changing, which makes it difficult to meet the admission criteria for people with refugee background. As a consequence of this, the number of students with a refugee background are not indicative of the potential number of applicants.

⇒ The information about the number of students with refugee background studying at Danish Higher Educations is inconclusive, but we do know, that in 2016:

  • 207 Syrians had their education approved as equivilent of 1-4 years of a Danish university degree.
  • Out of these 207 only 41 applied to a university degree.
  • 21 were admitted.

The numbers for other nationalities are uncertain but probably similar.

Having 90% not finalising their university degrees are a waste of skills. It can inhibit the opportunity for integration and for contributing to society.

Student Refugees is a part of UN’s 17 Millennium Development goals.

Education is a part of UN’s 2030 agenda for sustainable developement, approved by the world leaders in September 2015. Agenda 2030 is a new plan for sustainable developement for humans and the planet we live on, with 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) and 169 targets.

Student Refugees work specifically with goal 4:
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Do you have any questions?

Contact Student Refugees

Read more about the project on


Student Refugees is a part of Studenterhuset’s Laboratory for Social Engagement, funded by Tuborgfondet and Københavns Universitet.

The website is a collaboration between Studenterhuset and Danske Studerendes Fællesråd (DSF) and is funded by European Students’ Union initiative, Together Moving Forward.

Other collaboration partners:

  • Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education
  • Foreningen Nydansker
  • Studievalg København

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