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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.