Have completed bachelor - what about A-kasse?
I will NOT continue with master or Top Up
In this scenario it is very important that you get registered with graduate status in your A-kasse, AT LATEST 2 weeks after graduation.
If you have been a free study member you still need to contact your A-kasse and have your status changed to "graduate".
I will continue with master or Top Up
Can I get Unemployment benefits in the summer holiday?
In order to receive unemployment benefits, you must be available for the labor market. A member may be available during an unemployment period between two periods in an education if the period is over 4 weeks.
However, unemployment benefits can not be paid if the unemployment is due to the educational institution's holiday period. The "Unemployment period" (holiday) is merely considered as a period between two stages of a "full education".
The completion of one independent education (bachelor) is a prerequisite for being able to be admitted to the other independent (Top Up) education (master's). Therefore, it is considered as one full education (not two).
You may get Unemployment benefits in other scenarios
If two educations cannot be regarded as "one full education", or the period between the two "stages" is longer than the educational institution's holiday period, then the situation must be assessed in accordance with the general rules on availability.
In this case you may be eligible for unemployment benefits in the period between the two educations/stages, if you have been registered with graduate status in your A-kasse at latest 2 weeks after the graduation date of your "first education".
In addition you must meet requirements for receiving unemployment benefits ("dagpenge"), i.e. being available for the labor market, searching full-time job, attend to the meetings in Jobcenter and A-kasse, make job-logs at Jobnet.dk etc.
Secure your rights - you may need them later
Even if you do not meet these requirements for having benefits in the period between bachelor and master, then it is always strongly recommended to join an A-kasse at latest 2 week after finishing bachelor.
If you later decide to interrupt or take leave from the master education, you can receive unemployment benefits based on your graduate status obtained with the bachelor. Just remember that your unemployment benefits must be used before 2 years have passed, otherwise it becomes obsolete.
Still possible to have free study membership
You can also get free study membership while studying at the master education and during study leave. However you only have up to 5 years in total of free study membership. Read more about free membership for students.
Will my Master or Top Up in it self qualify for Unemployment benefits?
Your Master or Top Up will give you right to Unemployment benefits if the education is standardized to the minimum of 18 months (3 semester).
So in relation to Unemployment benefits it is important to know if your master/Top UP will have a duration accoring to the Study plan for at least 18 months.
When/if you become a master candidate later
When you become a master candidate, you can choose to be admitted (again) as a new graduate. Then you start all over again in the unemployment benefit system and are entitled to a new, full unemployment benefit period of 1 year that must be spend within 2 years.