Language Schools guide Make learning Danish your New Year’s resolution
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THE DANISH LANGUAGE A door to employment, an irrelevance or a salvation − the jury’s out on the mother tongue of Denmark, but there’s one thing that everyone agrees on: it’s never too late to learn it
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e hear the same resolutions every year: lose weight, quit smoking, drink less alcohol (or more, for some). But why not take up a less frequently heard New Year’s resolution for 2013 and ﬁnally tackle the Danish language? After a holiday season both braving the vicious cold and discovering that pickled herring is a national delicacy, we know that venturing off to class is probably the last thing on your mind. Getting accustomed to the change in climate, food and culture can often be enough to handle while living abroad, without the stress of leaping into a language course. Add to that the fact that it is entirely possible to live comfortably in Denmark without ever picking up an English-Danish dictionary. In a city boasting an international community as vibrant as Copenhagen, one can easily get by without any Danish skills whatsoever. And considering that to most foreign ears, Danish sounds more like potato-in-the-mouth gargling than intelligible speech, learning the language can start to seem a little unnecessary. So what’s the point, really? Three members of the expat community have shared their views with The Copenhagen Post on the importance of and reasons for learning Danish. Although all three have taken it upon
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themselves to learn the language, they have done so with entirely different intents and strategies. Franklin, 25, a Portuguese artist and ballet dancer, lived in Denmark ‘on and off’ for three years before deciding to move here permanently and start learning the language. During his early stays in Denmark, Franklin was able to pick up quite a bit of Danish by communicating with Danes on a daily basis, watching TV, using a dictionary, and all of the other little tricks that can aid learning a language. However, he stresses that the most useful tool was “to actually start going to a Danish language school”, explaining that he is able to learn “so much more” in an interactive class with a teacher to guide him through the process. Despite having done very well with his English skills, he emphasised his belief that speaking Danish is a way of communicating your respect towards the culture, as well as gaining respect from Danes who “know that their language is not an easy one for a non-Dane to learn”. Sharon, from Israel has lived in Copenhagen as a stay-at-home mom with her Danish husband for two decades without speaking Danish. Sharon decided to become part of the international community, rather than the Danish one, sending both of her children to
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“I can’t be myself, because I am not comfortable,” she explained. After several wellarticulated anecdotes and theories, the ﬁnal conclusion she came to was quite simply, “I don’t speak Danish because I don’t need to.” Not everyone would agree, however, Kirsten, an American stay-at-home mother, sent her children to a Danish school. Like Franklin, Kirsten felt learning Danish was a sign of respect for the Danish culture. Learning Danish, she said, allowed her to “gain a good understanding of where I was”. She adds that she didn’t need to learn Danish, as Danes were always polite and spoke English to her. However, at some point, they would “turn away and speak Danish” to a person next to her, making her feel socially handicapped as she was no longer able to participate in the conversation. She did not want to “be a social burden”, and started to view learning the language as the only way for her to truly assimilate into Danish society.
She began learning Danish through a course provider paid for by her local council. Although the classes provided a fun and free opportunity for her to meet “people of different ages and social groups with a common interest in learning Danish”, she felt that her progress was too slow, and that she needed to take part in smaller, more intensive classes tailored to her level of understanding. Instead, she began taking intensive classes four times a week for half a year until she was ﬂuent in Danish. Kirsten still ﬁnds it “difﬁcult to explain things from the heart” when speaking Danish, and she is grateful that she can always switch into English and still be understood when she really needs to tell something from a personal point of view. Whether you’re a ﬁrst-time learner or looking to kick-start lessons again, you have to admit: there is more than one reason to try and take a few classes. But given the vast array of language schools and free Danish language tuition on offer, the sheer volume of options can be a bit overwhelming. How much do you actually need, for one? How often do you want to study? Do you need Danish for work, school, or simply to save face with your neighbour? Enter The Copenhagen Post’s language school guide. We’ve heard from several schools around Copenhagen who’ve told us what they do best and what that means for you. There are lessons both in the morning and evening, in locations from Kastrup to Kødbyen, with options to suit any learner. Their insights will hopefully enable you make a more informed decision about how to approach learning the language based on your own plans and needs. So start January off the right way by ﬁnally tackling those swallowed noises and impossible vowels and signing up for a few Danish classes. If nothing else, it can’t be worse than that herring.
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3 Copenhagen International School. She is perfectly capable of speaking Danish, but chooses not to. “When I ﬁrst got to Denmark, I just couldn’t wait to get out of here,” she said. “Taking the step to learn Danish, for me, would have meant that I was accepting life in Denmark. I didn’t want to be stuck here, and if I was going to move anyway, why bother learning how to speak a language that only ﬁve million people understand?” But she hasn’t moved and has no intention of ever leaving. Or as she explains: “I changed my mind and decided to embrace the language.” She attended six hours of private lessons to acquire the basic skills required for communicating in Danish. However, whenever she tried to put her Danish into practice, most people simply responded in English. “So,” she thought “Why bother?” She also stressed that she feels like a different person when she speaks Danish.
TOOLS FOR THE TRADE ARE BEST TAILOR-MADE VSK offers Danish for work, study and life – whenever and wherever it suits you
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demanding work schedule, outside commitments, busy family life – and you still want to learn Danish? Vestegnens Sprog- & Kompetencecenter (VSK) can ﬁnd a solution, regardless of your situation. VSK helps internationals succeed by providing them with the best possible gateway to life in Denmark: the language skills they need for work, study and life. That means offering ﬂexible programmes that cater speciﬁcally to each student’s needs and schedules. “Our students are very busy with their jobs, their career and their families,” Lars Nordborg, principal at VSK, explained to The Copenhagen Post. “So we give them courses that match their everyday life.” Each student meets a guidance counsellor before they even enroll in classes to enable the students to tailor their course exactly how they want. The school offers courses at all proﬁciency levels, and students can attend them any time of the day or at the weekend at campuses in Glostrup or Kastrup. But not everyone has the time or means to travel to class, so VSK offers its students the option to study online its the school’s e-language centre. The e-language centre allows them to choose their course schedules themselves and receive individual lessons from a regular teacher.
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FACTS E-learning: • Available at all levels and modules • Perfect for students interested in self-study • Students can choose the study schedule themselves • Lessons are taught oneto-one, and students have a regular teacher
Traditional grammar and writing instruction is provided in addition to speaking practice, and the instructors then give students feedback on their oral skills via Skype. Students can even split their lessons between on-campus classes and online lessons if they choose. “We know that our students often can’t attend 12 or 15 lessons a week,” Lars Nordborg, the principal at VSK, said. “So they can take basic lessons and then add some of the others if they want.” VSK also knows that each student learns a little differently. That’s why the centre offers outside programmes and facilities to suit students’ needs. If a student is looking for extra assistance or just wants to complete a module particularly quickly, VSK ﬁnds some way to help. “Our study centre is open every day, and there is always a teacher there to help,” Nordborg pointed out. Students can work at the centre independently or with At VSK’s study centre, students can train their conversation skills with a native Danish speaker, review help from an instructor, and they can chat coursework with peers, or study individually. with a native Danish volunteer to hone their speaking skills. Students also have access to a language laboratory, which campus since August. And already, after uses voice recordings to practise correct just a few months, she can already see a pronunciation and intonation. With this vast improvement in her language skills. kind of individual feedback, Nordborg ex“Since I started here, I’ve started to plained, “our students can pass through talk and understand much more, and I can the system easier and faster.” even watch TV in Danish,” Nabokikh said. “I’ve seen my progress from the start.” Nabokikh explained that she particularly enjoys working in groups in her VSK classes, which not only helps improve her conversational skills but also helps her foster relationships with her peers and the staff. “All of the people and teachers are perfect for me,” she explained. Nabokikh worked at a bank in Moscow and hopes to ﬁnd a job in Denmark in the near future. “For now, I’m concentrating on the language,” she said. When the time comes for Nabokikh to look for a job, VSK will also be there For Alina Nabokikh, a student at VSK, to help. The school offers additional Adult the extra opportunities have been vital to Preparatory Education (FVU) for skilled her success at learning Danish. Nabokikh foreigners who need to improve their readparticularly appreciates utilising resources ing and maths skills for work. VSK even at VSK’s library and study centre. She said provides opportunities for internships with that she comes to the library to read and various Danish companies. “You can go and work at a company make use of VSK’s Danish book selection for between a week and a month and train whenever she has time. “I love to read, and it helps to improve your language skills while you are studyAdult Preparatory Learning my vocabulary,” Nabokikh explained. “It is ing,” Nordborg said. (FVU): She went on to explain that students more effective [to read here], because you • Offers reading, writing can always get help from people who work occasionally ﬁnd it difﬁcult to see how and maths lessons for much they’ve actually learned. “Then you at the study centre.” But despite all the extras VSK has to of- have this internship in a company and disadult learners, aimed at fer, Nabokikh said the classes themselves cover: ‘Wow, I can actually talk to Danish helping students prepeople!’” are the best part. pare for employment With the kind of ﬂexibility and additional “I really enjoy the Danish lessons here,” • Courses are tailored she explained. “When I have a weekend or opportunities that VSK offers, there’s no specifically to job seekif I’m passing by school, I think: ‘Oh, I miss reason not to learn Danish. “We have so many different extra offers ers with specific needs. it!’” Nabokikh moved to Copenhagen from to add to your basic programme,” Nordborg • Free for students, even Moscow last year with her husband and has said. “You can end up having a programme without eligibility for been studying Danish at the VSK Glostrup made up with whatever you want.” Danish classes
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DANISH YOU CAN USE RIGHT AWAY! Danish as a second language: all relevant and ofﬁcially approved courses Online classes for those students who are unable to attend at the Language Centre Intensive classes for fast learners
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Pronunciation classes FVU – special training to improve your skills in reading and writing We conduct all relevant exams in Danish, the Citizenship Test, Danish test level 1, Danish test level 2 and the Immigration Test
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CENTRAL LOCATION, OFFERING LINGUISTIC SALVATION Whether you need to learn the language, ﬁnd new friends, Copenhagen Language center offers it all
earning Danish is difﬁcult for anyone who, well, isn’t Danish. And that’s where Copenhagen Language Center comes in. Not only does it focus on helping foreigners perfect the language, but a huge amount of effort is also put into helping newcomers build networks, both social and professional. Centrally situated in Vesterbro, the school offers efﬁcient and goal-orientated teaching and, at the same time, a welcoming atmosphere. Copenhagen Language Center offers
points out, forming new networks and relationships can be all the more challenging when trying to settle into an unfamiliar environment. “That’s where I think we’re different,” she explained. “Not only do we help people integrate into Danish society through language, but we make sure that students walk away from class with as many opportunities as possible.” A goal-orientated learning environment is very important to ensure that every student
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Danish classes at every level with many options for classes during the daytime or evenings. It’s one of the biggest schools in Copenhagen, with 1,500 students from more or less 100 different countries. Every new student is interviewed by staff to ensure they are put in the class that meets their level, expectations and availability. The classes are speciﬁcally goal-orientated to suit everyone’s needs so that students can learn the language in the most efﬁcient way possible. That level of individual attention also allows students to share their interests and views with the rest of their class, which automatically brings people closer together while learning at the same time. As department leader Julie Henriques
learns what is needed to secure their progression. This includes all language aspects: talking, writing, listening and reading. Therefore, grammar and pronunciation are crucial and will be carefully covered in classes as well as in the homework students are expected to do. Modern learning methods are part of everyday teaching. While there are tests at the end of every module, Henriques made it clear that doesn’t mean the courses are simply textbook runthroughs. “People obviously have to be prepared to work, but we’re an open type of class with an open approach to teaching.” Classes, for example, are not necessarily conﬁned to a room with a blackboard, but are frequently
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Centrally sitiuated in Vesterbro, easily found by train or bus Efficient and goal-orientated teaching Focus on pronunciation All levels, intensive classes Daytime or evening classes 1,500 students from 100 different countries Many offers to supplement your Danish classes
“Not only does Cordes have an incredible array of networks, but he’s also setting people up with internships in the city,” Henriques said. But it’s not all work and no play. The school has a Facebook group called ‘Connecting Friends’ through which students organise get-togethers twice a month. That might include a dinner, going to the theatre or just generally hanging out. Members can also share job opportunities and different events going on throughout the city. Learning a new language may never be easy. But at least at Copenhagen Language Center, you’ll meet professional teachers who know how to lead you through all the aspects of learning the language. In addition, you’ll be able to meet people, enjoy new experiences and get all the tools you need to get settled in Denmark.
held in museums or parks or on trips to city landmarks. Other aspects of Denmark’s culture are also introduced and discussed in class through Danish ﬁlm, music and books. These exercises are a deliberate mix of practical and cultural experiences so that foreigners can learn the necessary vocabulary to handle administrative and everyday situations. This also opens the classroom up to discussions about the difﬁculties of integrating into a new lifestyle. Debates about Denmark’s culture, politics and news are greatly encouraged. But it’s not all about debates and discussions. If students feel that they need to focus more on particular aspects of the Danish language, they can go to the ‘Sprog Lab’ where they can get help with the trials and tribulations of Danish pronunciation and articulation. This is done through the use of computer technology and traditional tuition. The staff even use an advanced technique in which they utilise the student’s native tongue in order to help them speak the Danish language. In addition, Copenhagen Language Center also has a career guru, Casper Hernandes Cordes, who specialises in job guidance and building professional networks.
have a MSc from Copenhagen University in environmental science. I moved to Denmark in 2009, mainly because I’m interested in Scandinavian culture. After my graduation, I devoted myself to the study of the Danish language in order to get a more thorough understanding of Danish society, a better integration and eventually boost my chances to find employment. I chose to carry out my study at Copenhagen Language Center and I completed my PD3 Education in December 2012. The quality of the teaching at KS has always lived up to my expectations: the teachers’ high competence, the intensive programme, small groups and the modern facilities (along with personal dedication) really helped me to get closer to such an arduous language. I therefore strongly recommend KS to whomever wants to embrace the same challenge.”
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ounded in 1981, Nørrebro’s IA Sprog is one of Denmark’s largest and oldest language schools. But don’t let its age deter you. For it is also one of the most ﬂexible and technological schools in the country. With around 3,000 students from more than 100 different countries, it’d be easy to imagine that IA struggles to meet the needs of every single student, but luckily this is far from the reality. It is in fact one of the most ﬂexible, high-tech and innovative schools when it comes to meeting the needs of its students. Having dedicated much of his life to teaching Danish, Jørgen Jespersen, the school’s superintendent, knows a thing or two about managing a language school successfully. “Learning a language isn’t just one thing, it requires an understanding of each student’s individual needs and capabilities,
Whilst many language schools are quick to proclaim their ﬂexible approach to teaching, one only has to look at the plethora of options available to students at IA to know they aren’t even coming a close second. One fantastically practical option for many of those who ﬁnd themselves in Denmark for work or study is IA’s online Danish course. It allows students the opportunity to study at their own pace and when it suits them, although the dedicated IA staff are always on hand if needed. As part of this online course, students and teachers meet via Skype once a week. Weekends may typically be the time of rest for many Danes, but for the hard-working team at IA it’s just another normal workday. With approximately 130 students currently enrolled on their Saturday courses, IA is one of very few schools to offer weekend classes.
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and that’s something we do really well at IA.” With options to study intensively, online, during weekends or at a slower pace, IA has carved out a name for itself in tailoring courses to suit a person’s every need. For Khalid, a highly-skilled 37-year-old Moroccan national, it was IA’s unique teaching methods, ﬂexibility and reputation that attracted him. “I was looking for a place where I could learn Danish efﬁciently without wasting time. Friends I asked said IA was the best and, having studied here for two years, I would deﬁnitely recommend them.”
Ideal for the busy student, these courses focus mainly on oral communication and pronunciation, with students self-studying on their own time. Also eager to help even the furthest ﬂung (and often most neglected) of foreigners succeed, IA’s Agro Online Danish course is at the forefront of innovation and ﬂexibility. Tailor-made for foreigners working in the agricultural sector, this course aims to help those working on Danish farms to learn Danish. With beneﬁts such as increased safety in the workplace, enhanced job satisfaction and
Liya Chen, 35, came from China to Denmark after meeting her Danish husband. Initially choosing IA because of its positive reputation, she hasn’t looked back since. Currently enrolled on IA’s standard module three course, she says great teachers and a productive working environment have helped her master the language
Knowing how important it is to stay motivated when learning a language, Somayeh Rajaeinejad, 30 from Iran, enjoys the excitement of IA’s teaching materials. She too is in IA’s standard module three course
mutual understanding, this course beneﬁts students who may be milking the cows when traditional lessons are taking place. Another unique offering of IA’s is specialised Danish courses for foreign students. Using technology to offer lessons for foreign students at Danish educational institutions, IA already has partnerships with a number of established higher learning facilities such as the Copenhagen Business School, Danish Royal Academy of Music and the IT University of Copenhagen. With courses designed speciﬁcally for fellow Scandinavian students and students from other countries, these courses have already been greeted with great success, with around 400 CBS students already participating this year. With years of experience, IA knows that for many of its students, learning the language requires more innovative methods of teaching. One such method that is gaining them praise is their own professionally produced Danish soap operas. Running for seven to eight hours, and covering a multitude of everyday situations, from job interviews to going to the supermarket and cinema, these ﬁlms offer students an insight into not only the Danish language but also the realities of life in Denmark. Available in conjunction with these soap operas are impressive language ﬁlms that explain words, phrases and common language problems in the students’ own native tongues. Using humour to keep students interested may not seem like rocket science, but it’s this – and many other innovative teaching methods – that has students choosing IA. Well-known for its technological approach to teaching, IA has realised that computers
are an integral part of its methodology. But Jespersen is quick to point out that when it comes down to it, IT is just a tool. “If one makes the mistake of thinking it’s more than that, they can’t offer an efﬁcient product. In modern-day language instruction there are many important factors, such as well-trained professional teachers, a good and proven product and an inspiring environment. Only when technology is added to this does it work.” Using IT in teaching also makes instruction more ﬂexible, according to Jespersen, as it allows students to work towards their own goal in their own time. “Many students will come and use the computers before class, or at home, which can really help to strengthen what they learn in class.” IT is also helping IA to excel in time efﬁciency. “Some students will need to hear a listening exercise three or four times, whilst others will only need to hear it once,” explained Jespersen. Through interactive computer programs that allow students to target their own needs, the actual face-to-face time between students and teachers becomes much more valuable. Not happy to rest on their well-earned laurels, IA also sets itself apart from the crowd of language schools with its unique teaching materials – most of which are made in-house. In addition to an amazing library of almost 1,100 interactive computer programs, 21 hours of grammatical explanations in several languages, numerous books and an unparalleled collection of ﬁlm material, there are plans to add to this collection, with a special focus on extending the amount of languages in which materials are available.
Happy with how IA’s intensive Danish course has helped him progress, Khalid Haddi, 37, from Morocco says half the battle now is convincing Danes not to switch to English
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LEARN THE LANGUAGE: EARN A LIVELIHOOD Introducting CLAVIS, a language school that understands the unwritten rules of the Danish job market and makes its courses accordingly relevant
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he economy is tight, and it’s more difﬁcult than ever trying to ﬁnd a job in Denmark. What’s even more difﬁcult? Trying to ﬁnd a job in Denmark and not speaking Danish. Enter CLAVIS, one of the most renowned language schools in the country. And its goal is teaching Danish in a manner that focuses on culture, the society, knowledge about work culture, searching for jobs, and the unwritten rules of the workplace culture. “Many companies use us because of the analytic way we approach language: we take the needs of the company and its individuals into great consideration,” Tina Pedersen, the head of department at CLAVIS, told The Copenhagen Post. “And, because we know the unwritten rules of the Danish job market, this makes our courses relevant.” The school has become one of the foremost Danish language schools in the country. They have four locations: Greve, Roskilde, Copenhagen and now Lyngby. The recent addition of a local school in Lyngby has exceeded CLAVIS’s expectations. With it, the school has become an associate member of and an active player in the council of Lyngby-Taarbæk and in the council’s ‘2020 Plan of Knowledge and Urban Development’ that hopes to transform the suburb of Greater Copenhagen into an area of “knowledge and
as an unorthodox and innovative Danish language school. In these classes, the students – if they are qualiﬁed – are the teachers. CLAVIS also, of course, provides a plethora of Danish specialty courses: Danish for English-speakers, Russian-speakers or Polish-speakers. These are classes that have been requested by students, and the ﬁrst two levels of these courses are taught by a mother tongue speaker who has also gained ﬂuency in Danish. Pedersen explained that these classes are meant to make students with strong backgrounds in other languages more comfortable and able to learn Danish with efﬁciency. Online supplemental courses are also available. “These allow students to study at their own pace and practise,” Pedersen said, so that they can feel more conﬁdent about their language mastery. What’s even better is that most of the classes offered by CLAVIS are free for foreigners with a CRP number, and that is one of the exclusive beneﬁts of studying language with this school. An agreement with the councils in which the schools are located allows CLAVIS to offer free courses funded by the councils in which the students live, and this means a much more accessible education to those without the means of paying for courses. In addition to these free courses, they offer private oneto-one lessons for people who desire an even more specialised approach to lingual learning. “Innovation and development are very important to us,” noted Pedersen. “We strive to make our lessons more interesting and dynamic.” Classes at CLAVIS are not merely lectures, nor are they pure memorisation; they aim to truly incorporate the student into their own education. More than that, the school also offers a plethora of classes and seminars that complement their Danish or other language courses. Because of their unique relationships with local companies, CLAVIS can offer information on how to search for employment in Denmark as a foreigner, how to write a CV that stands out or even how to interview. Novum is an organisation that hopes to bridge the gap between companies and wellqualiﬁed employers who struggle to ﬁnd jobs in Denmark, and CLAVIS is frequently on the receiving end of its key insights. Additionally, a mentor-mentee programme for bridging the gap between highly educated foreigners and the Danish job market programme was implemented a few years ago that provided CLAVIS students with mentors from IBM. “We really take the real world and put that into our classes,” Pedersen expressed. And with all of the services CLAVIS provides, the school is there to help you every step of the way.
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urban development”. Among the associate members are the council, many local businesses in the area as well as the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). “We want to make the most of the cultural diversity of Lyngby,” stressed Pedersen. “And we want to make it possible for foreigners to become involved in their community.” CLAVIS offers a variety of courses to its foreign students, which vary depending on the students’ level of Danish when they begin. Each student’s individual background is taken into great consideration. ���We ﬁnd out what they need, what their prior experience is and how much they already know,” explained Pedersen. “And we orientate them from there.” “Students have value,” Pedersen continued. “And they have their own cultural and linguistic diversity to bring to the Danish job market.” Up until now, CLAVIS had concentrated on teaching Danish to foreigners. However, it’s now started a new programme called CLAVIS International, a new branch that teaches English, Arabic, Spanish, Turkish and more. This move is integral to the reputation of CLAVIS
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A CAREER IN DENMARK? People come to Copenhagen from all over the world for many different reasons and with many different qualifications. This is of great value to Denmark. The municipality of Copenhagen puts an effort into welcoming and retaining newcomers. As an accompanying spouse you have come to Denmark because your spouse has either got a job here or is searching for one. Perhaps you are also pursuing a career here in Denmark? WHO CAN CONTACT COPENHAGEN CAREER PROGRAM? If you have a residence permit as an accompanying spouse and are residing in the municipality of Copenhagen you can contact the Copenhagen Career Program.
COPENHAGEN CAREER PROGRAM AN INITIATIVE FOR ACCOMPANYING SPOUSES RESIDING IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF COPENHAGEN
COUNSELING AND COURSES You can ask for a personal meeting with a job consultant who can provide you with information about the labour market and job seeking in Denmark. We can also provide you with information about measures promoting employment, different kinds of courses such as job seeking courses, Danish language courses and courses about the Danish society.
FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact project coordinator: Dorthe Kingo Vesterlund Telephone: 20 53 87 64 Mail: Cphcareerprogram@bif.kk.dk www.facebook.com/copenhagencareerprogram Department for Integration and Language Jobcenter København Musvågevej 15 2400 Copenhagen Copenhagen Career Program is based at the Department for Integration and Language at Jobcenter Copenhagen, Musvågevej. The Department for Integration and Language is responsible for administrating the Integration Act in the municipality of Copenhagen.
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