Admission requirements – University of Copenhagen

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Admission requirements

Your application will be considered for admission if you fulfil or expect to fulfil the following admission requirements before 5th July.

General admission requirements

The general admission requirements might may vary depending on which country you have obtained your secondary school education/high school diploma from:

Specific admission requirements

All applicants need to fulfil the requirement of Danish A and English B-level. In addition to the general admission requirements all study programmes require further or supplementary qualifications in specific subjects. Foreign applicants must also meet these specific admission requirements.

An example of such specific requirements may be competence in Mathematics, Natural Sciences, History or foreign languages, to be demonstrated in the secondary school qualification or in specific entrance examinations. Another example may be a certain grade average in specific subjects. Applicants must include information and transcripts of level (A/O level, Higher/Subsidiary level, number of years studied at secondary school or university) obtained in the relevant subjects.

In 2013 applicants must fulfil specific admission requirements in the following study programmes at the University of Copenhagen in (please note these are just a few examples):

Veterinary Medicine at the Faculty of Life Sciences Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. For admission in the Department of Veterinary Medicine you also need to pass an entrance examination
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
Medicine and Dentistry at the Faculty of Health Sciences Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
Faculty of Natural Sciences Mathematics in all study programmes, Physics and Chemistry in some study programmes
Psychology at the Faculty of Social Sciences Mathematics and History
Faculty of Humanities History and an additional foreign language (e.g. German, French or Spanish in most of the study programmes). For admission to the Department of Musicology you need to pass a test an entrance examination
Faculty of Law History

Please note that specific admission requirements may vary from one study programme to another and may differ from one institution of higher education to another. The requirements described on this website apply to the University of Copenhagen only.

Prospective students are strongly advised to contact each institution for further information.

For information on admission to the University of Copenhagen, please contact University Education Services, Guidance and Admissions.

Danish language requirements

The University of Copenhagen offers Bachelor's degree programmes taught only in Danish. This is why all foreign applicants must be skilled in Danish.

Students from the Nordic countries with Danish, Norwegian or Swedish included in their school leaving examination are not required to do a Danish test. However, a course in Danish for Scandinavians at Studieskolen may be helpful. For more information about the test, please visit

Applicants who have attended a Danish primary school and have obtained the Primary School Leaving Certificate (you need to produce documentation for it) have a possibility of applying for an exemption (dispensation) from the Danish language test. In such a case you need to write an application for an exemption (dispensationsansøgning) where you describe and document your qualifications in Danish.

All other foreign applicants must pass the Danish language test before being admitted as a university student. The required Danish test is: "Studieprøven i dansk som andetsprog".

The test is offered by Studieskolen or one of the examination-approved language centres. Registration takes place at Studieskolen, Borgergade 12, DK-1300 Copenhagen K or at a Language Centre via the local authorities.

The test consists of two oral and two written examinations and must be passed with at least grade 2 in each of all the 4 examination disciplines. Please note that for Medicine, Dentistry and Dental Hygienist the Studieprøve must be passed with at least grade 7 in each of all the 4 examination disciplines.

The Danish language test is held twice a year in May/June and November/December. The Danish language certificate must be submitted before 5th July. The latest test for students applying for university enrolment in September is therefore the one held in May/June. 

The Danish Test 3 which is at a higher level than Studieprøven and is only offered by Studieskolen, is required for Rhetoric.

It is extremely important that foreign students improve and develop their knowledge of Danish throughout their studies.

A number of Master's (graduate level) degree programmes are taught in English. Admission to a Master's degree programme requires a relevant Bachelor's degree as a minimum.

See the list of Master's Programmes here.