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Applicants with an International Baccalaureate (IB) or other international diplomas

Applicants with an International Baccalaureate (IB) or other international diplomas (such as European Baccalaureate (EB) or Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB)) are eligible to apply to the University of Copenhagen on 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.

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 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.

Please read more about it in the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Edcuation’s handbook of international examinations (information in Danish only) or on our Danish website.

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 their handbook of international examinations (information in Danish only).

For exams where it is not possible to calculate the 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: IB courses, college diploma, bachelor’s degree and any additional (and supplementary) courses.

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 must therefore include information and transcripts of level obtained in the relevant subjects (for example Higher/Subsidiary level or European A1-C2 levels). The IB results are converted to the Danish subjects, levels and grading scale according to the rules set by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Edcuation. Please see their handbook of international examinations for more details (information in Danish only).

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

Here are some examples of conversion:

 Danish levels  IB levels
Matematik A  Mathematics, higher level (HL) 
Matematik B  Mathematics, standard level (SL)
Fysik A 
Fysik B
 Physics, higher level (HL)
 Physics, standard level (SL)
Kemi A 
Kemi B
 Chemistry, higher level (HL)
 Chemistry, standard level (SL)
Dansk A

Danish A1 HL
Danish A Litterature HL

The following will be accepted as Danish language qualifications if you also have English A or your native language A:
 - Danish A1 SL
 - Danish A Litterature SL
 - Danish A2 HL/SL
 - Danish B HL

Danish can be exchanged with Norwegian or Swedish

Historie A 
Historie B
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)
If the tuition language is English
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.

Applicants with an IB exam can get a speed start bonus of 1,08 if they have obtained a diploma within the normal study period of the IB programme (usually 2 years). The speed start bonus applies to applicants who seek admission within two years after completing their education.

If you apply for admission the same year that you complete your IB programme, 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.

Applicants with other international diplomas such as Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) and European Baccalaureate (EB) can obtain more information in the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Edcuation’s handbook of international examinations (information in Danish only) or on our Danish website.