Danish language qualifications
All bachelor's degree programmes at the University of Copenhagen are taught in Danish. Consequently, you must be able to understand Danish and communicate in Danish in an academic context. There are two distinct definitions worth knowing:
- Danish language qualifications: the ability to write, read, listen to and speak Danish at the highest level.
- Danish A: native language taught at the highest level (which can be substituted with your own native language taught at the highest level).
In most cases, you need both; Danish language qualifications and Danish A (equivalent to your native language).
Danish A is a part of the specific admission requirements for all programmes. Pupils in the Danish gymnasium (upper secondary school education) have Danish A as an obligatory course in their curriculum. If you have an international or foreign exam, your own native language (at the highest level, documented) can normally substitute Danish A. Native language tuition usually includes analyses of literature, language and media.
You can obtain Danish language qualifications by either:
- passing 'Studieprøven i dansk'
- passing a supplementary course (in Danish only) in Danish A
- documenting that you have Danish language qualifications at the highest level (e.g. if you have studied Danish at a university for several years) or by
- applying for an exemption (dispensation) − in Danish only − if you have grown up in a Danish speaking home, attended a Danish primary school and have obtained Primary School Leaving Certificate (you need to enclose documentation for it). In such a case you need to write an application for an exemption (dispensationsansøgning) where you describe and document your qualifications in Danish.
It is necessairy to document your language qualifications with a certificate.
Students from the Nordic countries with Danish, Norwegian or Swedish included in their upper secondary school education are not required to pass a Danish language test.
Please have a look at the requirements if you hold an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate.
You can obtain Danish language qualifications by passing the 'Studieprøven i dansk som andetsprog', which is a nationally recognised test for foreign language speakers administered by numerous language schools in Denmark. In Copenhagen, Studieprøven i dansk is offered by Clavis and UCplus.
The test consists of an oral examination combined with a listening, reading and a written examination and must be passed with at least grade 02 in each of all the 4 examination disciplines. Please note that for Medicine (medicin), Dentistry (odontologi) and Dental Hygienist (tandplejer), you need to pass Studieprøven i dansk with at least grade 7 in each of the 4 examination disciplines.
Deadline for submitting the certificate is 5 July.