Admission to Danish higher education for holders of foreign qualifications
Do you have a degree?
In 2017 new rules have been introduced to limit the extent of double studies, i.e. studying for a new degree when you have already taken one at a similar or higher level. However, these rules apply only to applicants having completed a fully government-funded Danish higher education programme. As an applicant with a foreign degree you are not affected by these rules – even if your foreign education was paid through a Danish government scholarship. Degrees from the Faroe Islands and Greenland are treated as foreign degrees in this context.
At the same time the Master’s admission rule was repealed. This means that you can be admitted to a Danish higher education programme even if you have a foreign qualification equivalent to a Danish Master's degree.
Admission to bachelor's, professional bachelor's and academy profession programmes
You can apply for admission to a higher education programme if you fulfil three types of requirements:
- General entry requirements
- Specific entry requirements
- Language requirements
General entry requirements
Your foreign certificate must be on a level with a Danish upper secondary school leaving certificate. For admission to a an Academy Profession degree programme (short-cycle professional higher education) it may be sufficient that your foreign certificate is on a level with a relevant Danish vocational qualification.
For upper secondary certificates from some countries, entry to Danish higher education requires that you complete one year (or, in certain cases two years) of higher education or equivalent supplementary studies in addition to the certificate.
- Find out whether the level of your certificate satisfies the general requirements for entry to higher education
If that doesn't answer your question
If the information that you want is not available on the page linked to above, you can ask the educational institution where you wish to apply or the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education. If necessary, the Agency can make an- see:
Specific entry requirements
Like applicants with Danish qualifications, you must meet the specific entry requirements that apply to the individual study programme. Specific requirements typically include the level of the subjects passed, marks (grades) obtained in individual subjects and the overall average of marks (grade point average).
You are advised to ask the educational institution where you wish to apply whether you fulfil the specific entry requirements.
The educational institution may require you to take supplementary courses – see the box below about supplementary courses.
Requirements concerning your Danish or English proficiency may apply. For programmes taught in Danish, you must be able to document sufficient oral and written proficiency in Danish. You must meet such requirements by the beginning of the study programme.
If the programme is taught in Danish you must be proficient in Danish, both oral and in writing.
Most programmes of higher education require that you have passed the Study Test in Danish as a Second Language (Studieprøven i dansk som andetsprog) or present proof of equivalent Danish proficiency. The educational institution may require that specific parts of the Study Test be passed with certain minimum marks (grades).
To see the specific language requirements please visit the institution's website.
If you are a student from one of the Nordic countries you are normally not required to take a Danish test if you studied Danish, Norwegian or Swedish as part of your entry qualification. It depends on the rules laid down by the institution.
If you need Danish language tuition you can find links at Denmark's official website:
If the programme is taught in English you must submit proof of English proficiency equivalent at least to English B level in Denmark. Educational institutions may in some cases require that you take a supplementary test in English.
If you do not have English proficiency at least at B level the educational institution may decide that you must pass a special test in English instead.
Application for admission
If you wish to enroll in a programme of higher education you must apply via the admissions portal Optagelse.dk, except for Master's programmes and adult higher education (see below).
The deadline for applications to most higher education programmes is 15 March, 12:00 noon. However, the deadline may be different if you are applying to enter an English-language bachelor's programme and to be granted a residence permit for that. If that is the case, please ask the university for information about the deadline.
If you do not meet the entry requirements that apply to the programme that you wish to study, you must supplement your entry qualification.
The supplementary courses must be completed before the start of the study programme or shortly after the start of the study programme depending on the rules of the educational institution.
You must find out which educational institutions offer the courses that you need to take and enroll in these courses.
Supplementary courses can be taken at:
- higher preparatory (HF) courses
- adult education centres (VUC)
- upper secondary schools
- schools offering two-year upper secondary school leaving certificates (studenterkursus)
- vocational and technical schools
- the access course of the study programmes in engineering.
Learn more about your possibilities for supplementary courses:
- Study guidance in Denmark (at Uddannelsesguiden.dk)
Admission to master's and adult higher education programmes
If you wish to apply for admission to a Master's (candidatus) programme or an adult education programme (Academy Profession, Diploma or Master degree), please contact the educational institution directly.
A guidance counsellor at the institution or faculty can help you find out whether your educational background is relevant to the programme that you want to study.
The language requirements for master's degree programmes are laid down by the university, as is the case for bachelor's degree programmes. Please see the section on language requirements above.
For admission to adult higher education programmes in Danish, there are no formal Danish language requirements. However, it is necessary to speak and read Danish in order to follow the courses.
For master programmes in English, specific English proficiency requirements may apply.
Specific entry requirements
Find out about the entry requirements for the programmes that interest you:
- Programmes taught in English – Study in Denmark website
- Programmes taught in Danish – Uddannelsesguiden (the Education Guide)
The level of your non-Danish qualification
- General level assessments for specific countries
- Application for a level assessment from the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education