How to become an au pair in Denmark?

Denmark has 9 different programs for the different au pair citizenships.
Choose here which programs you want to see and compare.

program basics

Au pair
Working Holiday
New Zealand

minimum age

18 18

maximum age

29 30


visa required

no visa required

language requirements

required language skills:

dansk: A2 or English: A2

required language skills:

dansk: A2 or English: A2

short program description

The term au pair means 'on equal terms'. The idea of an au pair stay is for a young person to stay with a host family with children under the age of 18 'on equal terms' with the other members of the family. The purpose is for the au pair to improve language and/or professional skills as well as broaden his/her cultural horizon by becoming more acquainted with Denmark. In return, the au pair participates in the host family's domestic chores (e.g. cleaning, washing clothes, cooking, babysitting)

It is a condition for getting a residence permit that he or she already has the necessary linguistic and cultural foundation to receive the full benefit of staying in Denmark.

In order to be granted a working holiday residence permit, an au pair must meet the following conditions: 

  • must be a New Zealand citizen primarily residing in New Zealand, who is not in Denmark at the time of application.
  • The main purpose of the au pair's stay must be holiday.
  • must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years at the time of application (both years included).
  • may not have already held a Danish residence permit under the working holiday program.
  • may not be accompanied by children.
  • must have a valid passport.
  • must have a return ticket or sufficient funds to buy one.
  • must have sufficient funds to pay for food and lodging during your stay in Denmark, equal to DKK 24,000.
  • must have health insurance which includes coverage for hospital stays, and which is valid during the entire stay.
    Read more about how to apply.

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