Admission requirements – University of Copenhagen

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Admission requirements

The Danish admission system is built around upper secondary school education. The University of Copenhagen welcomes applications from students of all nationalities and with upper secondary / high school education from all countries.

In order to be eligible for admission to a bachelor’s degree programme, you need to fulfil or expect to fulfil the following admission requirements before 5th July:

  • General admission requirement
  • Specific admission requirements
  • Danish language qualifications

The admission deadline is 15th March. Please read more about when and how to apply.

General admission requirement

The general admission requirement is that you have accomplished upper secondary school education / high school diploma. The general admission requirement may vary depending on which country you have obtained your upper secondary / high school education from.

For some countries the upper secondary school education is not enough and needs to be supplemented with one or two years of higher education. 

Please check the general admission requirement for your country:

You can read more about foreign qualifications for admission to higher education in Denmark at the website of the Danish Agency for Higher Education.

Specific admission requirements

All applicants need to fulfil the requirement of Danish A-level, understood as their mother tongue at the highest level and English B-level. In addition to the general admission requirements all study programmes (in Danish only) 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 upper secondary / high school qualification or in some supplementary courses. Another example may be a certain grade average in specific subjects. Applicants must therefore include information and transcripts of level obtained in the relevant subjects (for example A/O level, Higher/Subsidiary level, number of years studied at upper secondary school or university and in some cases number of taught hours in the subject).

See the check list of the documentation you need to provide.

In 2016 applicants must fulfil following specific admission requirements in the main study programmes at the University of Copenhagen (please note these are just a few examples):

Veterinary Medicine at the Faculty of Health Sciences Mathematics A, Physics B and Chemistry B. Grade average of minimum 6 (Danish grading scale). For admission in quote 2, you also need to pass an entrance examination
Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Studies at the Faculty of Health Sciences Mathematics A, Physics B and Chemistry B. Grade average of minimum 6 (Danish grading scale) for Pharmaceutical Studies
Faculty of Sciences Mathematics A in all study programmes, Physics and Chemistry B or A in most of the study programmes
Psychology and the rest of the Faculty of Social Sciences Mathematics B and History or Social Science B
Faculty of Humanities History B 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 an entrance examination
Faculty of Law History or Social Science B

* The applicant's mother tongue (unless it is Swedish, Norwegian or English) will usually fulfil the requirement about an additional foreign language for the faculty of Humanities.

You can see the list of all bachelor’s programmes and their specific admission requirements here (in Danish only).

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 qualifications

The University of Copenhagen offers bachelor's degree programmes taught only in Danish. This is why all applicants with foreign and international examinations need to fulfil Danish language qualifications, which means have academic language skills in Danish.

Please note that the specific admission requirement about Danish A (mother tongue at the highest level) for all the programmes is not the same as the Danish language qualifications.

You can obtain Danish language qualifications by passing the 'Studieprøven i dansk', which is a nationally recognised test for foreign language speakers administered by numerous language schools in Denmark.

Please note that students from the Nordic countries and with international exams with Danish, Norwegian or Swedish included in their school leaving examination are not required to pass a Danish language test. However, a course in Danish for Scandinavians at e.g. Studieskolen may be helpful.

If you have International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate, please see the information here.