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 5 July:

  • General admission requirement incl. a grade point average
    equivalent to the Danish 6.0*
  • Specific admission requirements
  • Danish language qualifications

* Please note that the grade point average requirement does not apply to theology and musicology. In 2018 the requirement does not apply to the following bachelor degrees: geography & geoinformatics, geology & geoscience and landscape architecture.

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

General admission and grade point average 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.

In addition to having accomplished upper secondary (high) school education, all applicants have to present a grade point average equivalent to the Danish 6.0 – or more. For exams from outside EU / EEA countries and others, where it is not possible to calculate the grade point average, we make an individual assessment of your application. We determine whether your educational qualifications are comparable to a grade point average equivalent to 6.0. We look at your grades from all your educational credentials: upper secondary (high) school diploma, college diploma, bachelor’s degree and any additional (and supplementary) courses.

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

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 al-Ämma / 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.

Applicants with diplomas from outside EU/EEA and Non-Nordic countries are eligible to apply to the University of Copenhagen only in 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

All degree programmes at the University of Copenhagen have some specific requirements, which must be fulfilled. These are some certain Danish course levels: A, B and C, corresponding to international advanced level, intermediate level and elementary level. These levels need to be fulfilled either in the upper secondary (high) school education or during further studies at college, university or as supplementary courses.

All applicants need to fulfil the requirement of their mother tongue at the highest level (corresponding to Danish A) and English B-level. The other specific requirements are usually Mathematics A or B, Natural Sciences A or B, History B or foreign language A or B. 

All applicants must therefore include information and transcripts of level obtained in the relevant subjects (for example A/O level, AP-level or European A1-C2 levels). We also need to know the number of years studied in upper secondary (high) school or college / university and in some cases the number of taught hours in the subject.

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).

See the checklist of the documentation you need to provide and the specific requirements for all study programmes (in Danish only).

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.

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

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 six faculties for more information. Payment is handled by the faculties.

You can read more about tuition fees on Studyindenmark.dk.