University Entry Requirements in Denmark
Entry requirements vary depending on institution and program, however there are a few constants which will be covered here:
For admission to a Bachelor’s, you will need certificates of prior educational qualifications, complete with original stamps and signatures. Qualifications from other countries are usually eligible, however to improve your application you might want to assess how your educational qualifications correspond to Danish ones at ufm.dk/en/recognition. You may also be able to tell how your prior education compares to the Danish system by doing a transfer of credits. If this is not possible, non-EU students may be required to take an entrance exam.
To embark on a Master’s program in Denmark, a Bachelor’s that is relevant to your chosen subject matter and worth the same number of credits as a Danish degree (180 ECTS) is required. For admission to a PhD, you usually need to have a recognized Master’s or the equivalent in ECTS. In some cases, a longer four-year PhD program is offered to students who have a Bachelor’s degree plus one year of postgraduate study.
Proof of language proficiency
Because Denmark is a small country with a relatively small number of native speakers, many programs in Danish universities are taught in English. Entry onto these courses requires proof of a high level of English. Applicants to undergraduate and postgraduate programs must prove proficiency comparable to ‘English B’ in the Danish secondary school system as a minimum. Proficiency is determined by international language tests TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge ESOL (CAE). If you wish to undertake your degree in Danish, you will need to prove your proficiency in Danish by taking the ‘Danish as a Foreign Language’ test (Studieprøven i dansk som andetsprog) or ‘Danish Test 2’ (Danskprøve 2).
How to apply
For those applying to study a Bachelor’s degree starting at the beginning of the academic year (August/September), the deadline for admissions is 15 March. A few institutions have the option for students to commence their studies half way through the year at the start of the spring semester (January/February), in which case the deadline for applications is 1 September. Applications are submitted to the national admission website rather than to individual institutions. Application forms can be found here, and can be submitted from 1 February for the 15 March deadline. Responses to applications are received by 28 July.
Deadlines for applications to postgraduate study may vary as programs are run by individual institutions. It is recommended that you contact your chosen institution directly for details.
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