Admission Requirements

A maximum of ten students will be admitted to the programme at the University of Copenhagen each year.

The selection of students is based on the fulfillment of the following admission requirements:

A Bachelor's degree in a field of study that is relevant to the programme (e.g., theology, religious studies, classical philology, Semitic languages, ancient history, classical archeology). The applicant must have, or anticipate getting, a Bachelor's degree from a recognized and internationally acknowledged university.

Documented proficiency in one or more "classical" languages (i.e., 15 ECTS in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, or Arabic - 10 in Latin and 5 in Greek is e.g. sufficient, etc.).

The selection of students is furthermore based on the relevance of the Bachelor's degree in terms of field of study, as well as on the grades achieved, and on the number of courses and ECTS-points that students have gained in relevant study areas (e.g., theology, religion, ancient history, culture and language).

Language Requirements
To gain admission non-Danish applicants must document qualifications on par with the Danish secondary school ‘English level B'. The Faculty of Theology accepts the following three ways of documenting this:

  • English is your native language. The Faculty of Theology at the University of Copenhagen, accepts The University of Purdue view that citizens of the following countries are exempted from taking an English Language Proficiency exam: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Montserrat, New Zealand, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, & Wales and United States of America

If you are citizen of one of the above countries, you are not required to submit any proof of English proficiency. Your copy of your passport will suffice as sufficient proof.

  • Prior studies completed in the English language/in an English speaking country. For example, if you have studied your Bachelor degree in England you are not required to complete an English language proficiency exam. We ask such students to provide a signed statement from the Educational institution (with the institution's stamp on it) stating that English is the main language of instruction. Furthermore, applicants from Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland) do not need to provide proof of English language proficiency.
  • Applicants with English as their second language (except Scandinavians) must pass an IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge Advanced English test before being admitted. We accepts the following tests and scores:
    • IELTS-test (British Council) with a minimum score of 6.5
    • Computer-based TOEFL-test with a minimum score of 213 points
    • Paper-based TOEFL-test with a minimum score of 560 points
    • Internet-based TOEFL-test with a min score of 83 points

Language tests older than 2 years are not accepted (from the application deadline). For more information about the tests: and (please use the TOEFL DI Code (5035)).

Test results must be sent directly from the test centre to the University of Copenhagen. 

If you have taken a Cambridge Advanced Test, please send us your registration ID number so we can verify the results online.

Applications will be processed when the Admissions Office has received your test results.