Language requirements – University of Copenhagen

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Language requirements

To gain admission to a master's degree programme at University of Copenhagen, applicants must document qualifications on par with the Danish upper secondary school 'English level B'.

We accept the following five ways of documenting this:

1) English proficiency tests

Accepted tests and scores are the following:

  • TOEFL IBT paper-based test: minimum total score of 560 (there is no requirement of a specific score in the four disciplines)
  • TOEFL IBT internet-based test: minimum total score of 83 (there is no requirement of a specific score in the four disciplines)
  • IELTS (academic) test: minimum overall band score of 6.5 (there is no requirement of a specific score in the four disciplines)
  • A passed Cambridge English Certificate: minimum level C1, e.g. the CPE
  • International Baccaleurate (IB) which includes one of the following courses in which the minimum pass grade of 3 has been obtained:
    • English B, standard level (SL)
    • English A1, A2 eller B, higher level (HL)
    • English A1 eller A2 standard level (SL)
    • English A Literature or English A Language and Literature, higher Level (HL)
    • English A Literature eller English A Language and Literature, standard Level (SL)

It is a requirement that the TOEFL and IELTS certificates are no more than 2 years old at the beginning of the degree studies, whereas there is no period of limitation for the Cambridge and IB tests.

2) You have completed your upper secondary education in Denmark

You are exempt from submitting an English proficiency test if you submit documentary proof that you have completed your upper secondary education in Denmark

3) You are studying for or have studied and completed your bachelor's degree at a Danish University

You are exempt from submitting an English proficiency test if you submit documentary proof that you are studying for or have studied and completed your bachelor's degree at a Danish University.

4) You have completed your upper secondary education in either Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland

You are exempt from submitting an English proficiency test, if you submit documentary proof that you have completed your upper secondary education in either Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland and your upper secondary school leaving certificate includes courses which equals Danish B-level.

5) You have studied in either Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the US

You are exempt from submitting an English proficiency test, if you submit documentary proof that you either have completed your upper secondary education or for two or more years have studied and passed English-taught academic disciplines as a full-time student at university level in either Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the US.

NOTE: The Faculty of Social Sciences does NOT accept personal recommendations and attestations of English proficiency from former universities, professors etc. as documentary proof of adequate English proficiency.

How to submit documentary proof of English proficiency

You must upload the documentation for English proficiency to your application yourself. We do not accept score reports received directly from test providers.

If you have completed your upper secondary education in either Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland, you must upload copy of your upper secondary school leaving certificate and indicate on the copy which courses that exempt you from the English language requirement.

If you have completed your upper secondary education in either Denmark, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the US, you must submit a copy of your upper secondary school leaving certificate.

If you either are completing or have completed your bachelor degree in Denmark or have studied and passed English-taught academic disciplines as a full-time student at university level in either Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, USA or the United Kingdom for two or more years, you must upload copies of transcript and diploma if available.

No test or result?

If you have yet to sit a language test or you have not received the test score yet, please follow below steps:

No test

If you have not passed an accepted English language test at the time of submitting your application and are offered admission, you must make sure to sit for a language test no later than 1 September/February in order to ensure that you are able to submit documentary proof to the Faculty no later than 20 September/February that you meet the English language requirement. If you do not submit documentary proof that you meet the English language requirement on 20 September/February at the latest, your enrolment will be terminated.

However, in the case of applicants from non-EU countries, the Faculty recommends that they sit for the language test as soon as possible after being offered admission and preferably sooner, as the Faculty is unable to initiate the application process for a residence permit until the student is granted unconditional admission.

Due to the strict Danish rules on residence permits, the Faculty is unable to initiate the application process for the residence permit until the student is granted unconditional admission.

Furthermore, the application process for a Danish residence permit is very lengthy and administratively heavy (two months). And only once the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration has received all necessary information from the University and the student, respectively, it will decide in the case.

No result

If you have already attended an accepted English language test at the time of submitting your application, but have yet to receive the results of your test at the time of submitting your application, you can submit the result when you receive it by e-mailing a copy of the score report to admissions@samf.ku.dk.

In the case of applicants from non-EU countries, the Faculty recommends that they sit for the language test as soon as possible after being admitted and preferably sooner, as the Faculty is unable to initiate the application process for a residence permit until the student is granted unconditional admission.

Due to the strict Danish rules on residence permits, the Faculty is unable to initiate the application process for the residence permit until the student is granted unconditional admission.

Furthermore, the application process for a Danish residence permit is very lengthy and administratively heavy (two months). And only once the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration has received all necessary information from the University and the student, respectively, it will decide in the case.