How Much Money Do You Need for A Semester in Copenhagen?
Lifestyles differ while living abroad. Past students have reported using approximately $400 per month for personal expenses. The cost of living in Denmark is relatively high, although as a semester student, every DIS housing option has covered a portion of your food expenses by either providing a stipend or by covering meals.
- Find information about using the Food Stipend Purchase Card here
- Find out what is included in each housing option in the Comprehensive Housing & Support Inclusions
ATM/Debit Cards in Denmark
DIS recommends that you use a debit/ATM card that is either a Visa or MasterCard during your time in Denmark.
Taking Your Debit Card Abroad
- Some shops in Denmark do not accept cards without a four-digit pin code; make sure your debit/ATM card has a four-digit pin code you can use
- Tell your bank you are traveling abroad and might take money out from various countries
- Inquire about the fee per ATM withdrawal as well as your daily withdrawal limit, so you can strategize how often you will take out money
Credit Cards Abroad
Foreign credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) are widely accepted in Denmark, and often are accepted at department stores, restaurants, taxis, and for making travel accommodations.
For best results in using a credit card in Denmark, follow these guidelines:
- Your card must have a four-digit pin number
- DIS highly recommends that you ask your bank for a credit card with a chip
- If you use a credit card without either a chip, pin, or both, you will need to tell the employee at the cash register that you wish to sign for the payment and do not have a pin
- If you do plan to bring a credit card, check with your company for fee information on international purchases
Banking in Denmark
To read more about banking while in Denmark, such as how you can cash checks, exchange money, and DIS cooperation with local banks, refer to the Banking Resources page.