Non-EU/EEA and Non-Nordic Countries – University of Copenhagen

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Applicants with a diploma from Non-EU/EEA and Non-Nordic Countries

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.

See here for a check list of the documentation you need to provide.

General admission requirement

The general admission requirement is that you have accomplished upper secondary / high school education. The requirement may vary depending on which country you have obtained your education from. For some countries the secondary / high school education is not enough and needs to be supplemented with one or two years of higher education or equivalent supplementary studies.

Please note that it is the country where you have completed your education and not your nationality / citizenship that determines what rules apply to you. Your citizenship is only important for tuition fees.

Some examples of qualifying examinations are:

Australia Higher School Certificate + Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
(varies for the different states)
Brazil Certificado de Ensino Médio / Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio Supletivo + 1 year of higher education studies or equivalent supplementary studies
China Certificate of Graduation from Upper Middle School + Chinese National University Entrance Examination (CNUEE) / Gao Kao + 1 year of higher education studies (university) or equivalent supplementary studies
Iran 3 years High School Diploma and Pre-University diploma + 1 year of higher education studies or equivalent supplementary studies
or 3 years High School Diploma and 2 years Associate Degree (Kardani)
Russia Attestat o Srednem Obrazovanii / Attestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii + 1 year of higher education studies or equivalent supplementary studies
Syria Al Shahada Al Thanawiya / Baccalauréat + 1 year of higher education studies or equivalent supplementary studies
Turkey Since 2009: (Meslek) Lise Diplomasi (8+4 years)
Before 2009: (Meslek) Lise Diplomasi (8+3 years) + 1 year of higher education studies or equivalent supplementary studies
USA High School Graduation Diploma + 1 year of higher education studies (e.g. college studies in relevant academic subjects) or equivalent supplementary studies or High School Graduation Diploma + 3 Advanced Placement Test within academic subjects

A conclusive list of qualifying examinations is accessible on the webpage of The Danish Agency for Higher Education. Please note that you should always check their website or ask for counselling in the Guidance and Admissions Office even though your entrance examination is listed above. There might be important details not mentioned on this website.

Your diploma results are converted to the Danish subjects and levels according to the rules set by the Danish Agency for Higher Education. Please see their handbook of international examinations for more details (information in Danish only).

Applicants with diplomas from outside EU/EEA and Non-Nordic countries are eligible to apply to the University of Copenhagen only through quota 2. The university will assess your qualifications individually. As it is not possible to convert your grade point average to the Danish grading scale, you cannot obtain the speed start bonus.

Specific admission requirements

See the specific admission requirements here.

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.

Tuition fees

Applicants with citizenship from outside EU/EEA and Non-Nordic Countries need to pay tuition fees for their studies in Denmark and at the University of Copenhagen. However applicants who have a permanent residence permit in Denmark or a permit with the possibility of permanent residence are exempted from paying tuition fees.

It is also possible to be exempted from paying tuition fees if you have a residence permit as the accompanying child of a non-EU/EEA parent holding a residence permit based on employment or if the EU regulations apply to you.

You can find the rules for tuition fees here (in Danish only).

The fee can vary for different study programmes. Please contact the 6 faculties for more information. Payment is handled by the faculties.

You can read more about tuition fees at