EU/EEA Countries – University of Copenhagen

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Applicants with a diploma from the EU/EEA Countries

Applicants who have accomplished upper secondary (high) school education in countries in the EU/EEA area are eligible to apply to the University of Copenhagen at the same conditions as applicants with Danish upper secondary school education both in quota 1 and quota 2.

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.

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. Your foreign grades will be converted to the Danish grading scale according to the rules set by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education in their handbook of international examinations (information in Danish only).

For exams where it is not possible to calculate grade point average, we make an individual assessment to 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.

Applicants with a diploma from an EU/EEA country can get a speed start bonus of 1.08 if they have obtained their diploma within the normal study period in their country (usually 3 or 4 years). The speed start bonus applies to applicants who seek admission within two years after completing their upper secondary (high) school education.

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

Some examples of qualifying examinations are:

 England: At least 9 subjects (GCSE-, AS- and A-level) including at least 6 different subjects and a least 3 A-levels / The 3 A-levels can, alternatively, consist of 2 A-levels + 2 AS-levels or 1 A-level + 4 AS-levels. International GCSE-, AS- and A-levels are valid as well.
 Estonia Gümnaasiumi Loputunnistus + Riigieksamenitunnistus
 France Baccalauréat général
 Germany Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur) / Zeugnis der Reife / Reifezeugnis
 Italy Esame di Stato conclusivo dei corsi di studio di istruzione secondaria superiore / Diploma di Maturitá
 Latvia Atestäts par vidëjo izglïtïbu
 Lithuania Brandos Atestatas (Maturita Certificate)
 Poland Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci / Matura
 Spain Título de Bachiller/Bachillerato (Baccalaureate)
 Romania Diploma de Bacalaureat


A conclusive list of qualifying examinations is accessible on the webpage of The Danish Agency for Science and 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.

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. 

Therefore, all applicants must therefore include information and transcripts of level obtained in the relevant subjects (for example A/O 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.

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

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

Please note that students from the Nordic countries and with international exams with Danish, Norwegian or Swedish included in their school leaving examination are not required to pass a Danish language test. However, a course in Danish for Scandinavians at e.g. Studieskolen may be helpful.

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

The EU/EEA countries

EU / EEA countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Applications from Switzerland are processed within the same rules.