Become a member

Akademikernes A-kasse is Denmarks’ most ambitious unemployment insurance fund and the cheapest for academics. You can become a member as a student, a new graduate or employee for the lowest price for a membership of an academic unemployment insurance fund.

Read about becoming a member as student

Read about becoming a member as newly graduated

Read about becoming a member as a Ph.D.-student

Read about becoming a member as employee or self-employee

What can we do for you?

We have an in-depth insight into the academic labour market and your job opportunities. As a member, you can:

  • receive unemployment benefits
  • receive individual advising sessions and career guidance
  • attend free courses focusing on your personal competences and how they match the current needs of the job market
  • attend free workshops
  • join our Start up community
  • be matched with relevant academic jobs
  • receive vacation benefits
  • become part of the early retirement benefit program.

Transfer to Akademikernes A-kasse from another unemployment insurance fund

You can always transfer your membership from another unemployment insurance fund to Akademikernes A-kasse. You can keep your earned rights to unemployment benefits from day one.

When transferring to Akademikernes A-kasse, you need to apply for the transfer from the day you graduate, and you need to apply by using our standard application form.

If you are a new graduate, you have to choose between membership with graduate rights or membership with the rights you have earned at your previous insurance fund.

You cannot change this decision at a later point in time, so you must consider it carefully.

You are always welcome to call us if you have any questions.

Salary insurances

Salary insurance is a supplemental private insurance you can use at times of unemployment. With salary insurance, you can get as much as 90 percent of your previous salary - including unemployment benefits and other benefits - for a year. There is a maximum of DKK 40.000 per month in addition to your unemployment benefits.

The salary insurance will take effect, if you are:

  • laid off
  • unemployed due to illness
  • unemployed due to an accident

The salary insurance will not take effect if you resign or if you are laid off due to fraud.

If you want to know more about your options, call TopDanmark on 44 74 35 50 or learn more about salary insurance on TopDanmark's website.

Cheaper salary insurance for members of Djøf, IDA and Maskinmestrenes Forening

Djøf, IDA og Maskinmestrenes Forening have made independent arrangements with TopDanmark regarding salary insurance. If you are a member of one of these organisations, you should buy the insurance through them.

Learn more about Djøfs, IDAs and Maskinmestrenes Forening's salary insurance.

If you are eligible for membership of IDA or Maskinmestrenes Forening (without currently being a member), you can get further information, calculate your possible coverage and learn about what they offer by visiting TopDanmark's website.

Join our Startup community

In Copenhagen, we have established a Startup office for our members. If you want to start your own business, you can apply for 1 of our 100 free spots for the 3 months program. As part of this, you will get access to meeting rooms, mentoring sessions, networking events and much more.

Early retirement benefits

As a member of Akademikernes A-kasse, you will have the opportunity to participate in the early retirement benefits program. This means that you can retire several years earlier than the usual retirement age.

Payment of membership fee, bank, cvr no. (the Central Business Register) and invoicing

Direct debit service (Betalingsservice)

You can register to the Direct debit service and pay your membership fee automatically every quarter. If you are not already registered at the Direct debit service, you can do so here: “Tilmeld betalingsservice”. Remember to pay the first bill manually.

Bank information

If you need to pay by bank transfer, please use the following account:
Reg.no. 5078 and account no. 1023051

If you live abroad

Use the following account if you live abroad:

Jyske Bank
BIC/SWIFT: JYBADKKK
IBAN no.: DK 66 50 78 00 01 02 30 51

Akademikernes A-kasse’s English language policy

Our information regarding application procedures and our introductional information concerning unemployment is available in English. Other than that, all correspondence from Akademikernes A-kasse will be in Danish. Thus, please note that it is your own responsibility to translate any letters or decisions you may receive from us.

If you need help understanding our letters, the rules or requirements, you are welcome to call us. We will try to find an English speaking employee for you to speak with.