Banking in Denmark for student

by Laura

My son will be attending DIS college in Copenhagen for the fall semester. Can you advise me on the best way for him to set up his banking so he is not paying extra fees everytime he uses his debit card (from the US). He will be there form August thru December. Any advise is appreciated.


Response: He needs to contact one of the major banks like Nordea or Danske Bank and talk to them about setting up a banking account. Information is listed on the Banking in Denmark page.

A student should bring his/her passport, a rental contract and letter of admission from the school or university that he/she is attending and their student card. That is usually enough to get a bank account at most major banks in Denmark. Suggest they make a bank transfer from their home bank and than get a Dankort (debit card) to avoid using their card from home. International Cashiers Check is also accepted but takes time to clear - make sure you have enough funds on hand to last you at least 30 days.

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