IB and other international diplomas
You can apply on the same conditions as applicants with Danish upper secondary school education – both in quota 1 and quota 2 – if you either have an International Baccalaureate (IB) or another international diploma (such as European Baccalaureate (EB) or Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB)).
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 (except for theology and musicology).
- Specific admission requirements
- Danish language qualifications
The general admission requirement is that you have accomplished an IB Diploma (The Diploma of the International Baccalaureate) with ’Diploma Programme (DP) Results’.
IB Certificate (Diploma Programme (DP) Course Results) is only qualifying for admission if you have minimum 18 points and at least grade 3 in all your six courses – and after completing supplementary courses: at least 1 A level subject and at least 1 B level subject.
In addition to having accomplished an IB Diploma, you have to present a grade point average equivalent to the Danish 6.0 – or more. Your IB points will be converted to the Danish grading scale according to the rules set by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Edcuation in the Handbook of international examinations (in Danish only).
Some exams cannot be recalculated in order to find the grade point average. In these cases, we (at the UCPH Guidance and Admissions Office) make an individual assessment to determine whether your educational qualifications are comparable to a grade point average equivalent to 6.0. We do this by considering grades from all your educational credentials: IB courses, college diploma, bachelor’s degree and any additional (and supplementary) courses.
All of our degree programmes have specific requirements, which you need to meet. First, you need to document that you have studied certain specific courses at certain levels equivalent to the Danish course levels: A (advanced level), B (intermediate level) and C (elementary level). You must have achieved these levels in the upper secondary (high) school education or during further studies at college, university or as supplementary courses.
Therefore, you must include information and transcripts of level obtained in the relevant subjects (for example Higher/Subsidiary level or European A1-C2 levels). We convert the IB results to the Danish subjects, levels and grading scale according to the rules set by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education. Please see the Agency's handbook of international examinations (in Danish only).
We will assess your language skills too. In order to do so, we would like to see documentation that you speak, write and read your native language at the highest level (corresponding to Danish A) as well as English on B-level (intermediate level).
|DANISH LEVELS||IB LEVELS|
Mathematics, higher level (HL)
Mathematics, standard level (SL)
Physics, higher level (HL)
Physics, standard level (SL)
Chemistry, higher level (HL)
Chemistry, standard level (SL)
Danish A1 HL
The following will be accepted as Danish language qualifications if you also have English A or your native language A:
Danish can be exchanged with Norwegian or Swedish
History, higher level (HL)
History, standard level (SL)
|Engelsk A||English A1 SL/HL
English A2 SL/HL
English B HL
English A Literature SL/HL
English A Language and Literature SL/HL
|Engelsk B||English B, standard level (SL)|
|Samfundsfag B||Global Politics HL|
If your A HL/SL or B HL Language or Literature is not Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, you need to pass the Danish language test ‘Studieprøven i dansk’ or document your qualifications in Danish in another way. If you have Danish B HL, you will usually get an exemption from the language requirement.
If you want to enroll at the University right after your IB graduation, you need to give the University of Copenhagen permission to see your examination results online. Please give your permission to your IB coordinator before 1 May. Our institutional code is: 002600 - The University of Copenhagen.
If you apply based on another international diploma − such as Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) and European Baccalaureate (EB) − you can obtain more information in the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education’s handbook of international examinations (information in Danish only) or on our Danish website.