Have you already completed a programme in Denmark? – University of Copenhagen

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Have you already completed a programme in Denmark?

Have you completed a Danish bachelor’s programme, a professional bachelor’s degree programme or another Danish education on the same or on a higher level (e.g. a master’s programme)?

In that case, the general rule is that you have to wait six years before you can enrol in a new bachelor’s programme. In 2017, this means that you must have completed your programme no later than 1 September 2011. We use the finalisation date on your certificate to calculate years. In case there is no finalisation date on your certificate, we will count from the last noted grade.

This rule also applies to programmes, which – at the time of their finalisation – were a medium-cycle higher education, but later on became professional bachelor’s degree programmes.

You can apply for exemption

According to the Admission Order (adgangsbekendtgørelsen), we can only grant exemption from the rule of limitation of dual education programmes under special circumstances. You can apply for exemption in following cases:

  • Due to health issues: We can grant an exemption if we assess that health problems prevent you from using your completed degree on the labor market. E.g. if you are a surgeon but have lost the use of your limbs.
  • Due to changes in the study programme: We assess that your completed education has changed significantly or does no longer exist. Consequently, your degree does no longer qualify you for the labour market. E.g. if you have lost your licence.
  • You apply for admission to a master’s programme, which is the natural continuation of a UCPH bachelor’s programme that you have been admitted to no later than 1 February 2017.

Thus, it is no longer possible to obtain exemption merely because your previously completed education programme is no longer available or because the curriculum has been changed.

Application form and documentation

If you want to apply for admission to a bachelor’s programme, you can apply for exemption at the same time as you apply for admission at optagelse.dk (in Danish only). Please note that all full bachelor's programmes are taught in Danish.

If you apply for admission to a master’s programme, you have to apply for exemption at the same time as you apply for admission at the digital application portal.

You need to upload relevant documentation together with your application for exemption. Depending on the context of you application, relevant documentation could be:

  • Documentation for you completed degree
  • Medical certificate or medical records documenting the loss of your ability to work
  • Documentation proving that the academic content of your completed study programme has been changed significantly
  • Documentation proving that your completed study programme has been closed.

Study programmes exempt from the rule of limitation of dual higher education programmes

The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education maintains a list of study programs, which are exempt from the rule of limiting dual degrees due to specific needs of the labor market. In 2017 and 2018, the following study programs will not be subject to the rule of limitation of dual degrees:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Mathematics-Economics
  • Nanoscience
  • Statistics (which exists solely as a master’s programme).

Consequently, you are free to apply for admission to the study programmes listed above, even though you have completed a Danish bachelor’s degree, professional bachelor’s degree, master’s programme or another Danish education structured as a full-time study programme on a similar or higher level.

Foreign degrees or study programmes paid partly by the student

The rule of limiting dual degrees applies to Danish study programmes, which are funded by the state and structured as full-time studies. Consequently, the rule of limitation of dual higher education programmes will not apply to you, if you – for example – have completed your education abroad or in Denmark as part-time studies paid (partly) by yourself.