After the assessment - what next?

This page explains what is in the assessment from the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education and how to make use of it.

 

How to read the assessment report

The assessment (evaluation) report first explains the basis for the assessment:

  • Documentation of the qualification(s) assessed
  • Facts about the qualification(s) and educational institution(s).

After that follows the level assessment, written in bold letters.

Level in the Danish education system

The assessment indicates the level to which the foreign qualification corresponds in the Danish education system, for example:

  • Upper secondary education: Vocational Education and Training or General Upper Secondary School.

  • Higher education: Academy Profession degree (short-cycle professional higher education), Professional bachelor's degree (medium-cycle professional higher education), Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree (long-cycle higher education).

In some cases, the level of the qualification assessed is situated between two levels of the Danish education system. In such cases, the assessment says that the foreign qualification corresponds in level to part of a Danish qualification, indicating a certain number of years of an education programme.

If the level indicated is a Danish upper secondary school leaving examination (gymnasial eksamen), it means that your qualification is at the same overall level as a Danish general upper secondary school leaving examination (studentereksamen – stx), higher preparatory examination (højere forberedelseseksamen – hf), higher commercial examination (højere han-delseksamen – hhx) or higher technical examination (højere teknisk eksamen – htx).

Field of education

As far as possible, the assessment also indicates the field of education to which your qualifica-tion belongs in the Danish education system. If possible, the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education compares the foreign qualification to a specific Danish qualification. If no corresponding Danish qualification exists, the assessment normally mentions a broader field of study. In higher education, this could be a field such as social science.

What is the assessment based on?

The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education only assesses documented qualifications gained through formal education and training. It does not assess competencies acquired through professional experience, short courses, non-formal education or life experience.

To the extent possible, the assessment focuses on the learning outcomes of the education programmes you have completed.

The Agency makes a comparison between the foreign qualification and Danish qualifications taking into account, in particular, the following elements:

  • Access requirements of the education programme: Do the access requirements of the programme that you completed match the access requirements of a corresponding Danish programme?
  • Nominal length of the programme: Is the length of the programme comparable to that of a similar Danish programme?
  • Aims of the programme.
  • Subject combination and structure of the programme, including: How does the subject combination compare to that of a similar Danish programme? Does it include subjects that are not related to the main field of study? Does the programme include an independent project or thesis work? If so, what is the time allotted to this part of the programme? Is the programme research-based or not?
  • The ratio of theory to practice within the programme.

The assessment is based on the information available to Agency at the time of assessment. If the Agency later receives new information about the qualification assessed, it may affect any future assessments of the same qualification.

Legal basis

The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education provides level assessments under the Assessment of Foreign Qualifications Act.

Complaints procedures

You cannot appeal to any other administrative authority against the content of the Agency’s assessment. This is laid down in section 7 (2) of the Act mentioned above. If you contact the Agency, it will deal with your query and may choose to conduct a new assessment, e.g. if you have new information that changes the basis for the assessment.

 


How to use the assessment report

You can use the assessment when applying for a job, for admission to a study programme or for membership of an unemployment fund.

The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education only issues the assessment report once, since it is an official document from a public authority. When using the assessment report you are therefore advised to submit copies only or make sure to have the original document returned.

Employment

You can include a copy of the assessment report with your job application to help the employer understand your qualifications. It is, however, always up to the potential employer to assess whether your qualifications fit the requirements for the job. If your qualification dates some years back, your chances will largely depend on your professional experience.

Public employers must abide by the level of education stated in the Agency's assessment, while respecting the regulations and collective agreements in force. As a graduate being appointed to a position in the Danish state, regional or municipal administration, your placement on the salary scale must comply with the assessment if, according to the assessment, your qualification is comparable to one of the Danish degrees listed in the relevant collective agreement.

Admission to further study or training

You can include a copy of the assessment report when you apply for admission to a Danish programme of education to help the admissions officers understand your qualifications.

It is always up to the individual educational institution to decide whether you are eligible for admission to a specific programme. However, the level of education indicated by the assessment is binding on the educational institution when it decides whether you satisfy the general entry requirements.

In addition, specific admission requirements may apply to the study programme in question. In higher education, there are often requirements concerning marks (grades) obtained and subjects studied in your previous education. The educational institution decides whether you fulfil the specific requirements.

Credit transfer

If you want to enrol on a Danish programme of education and you have already studied or trained in the same field abroad, you can apply to the educational institution for credit transfer (merit) in order to be exempted from parts of the Danish programme. The educational institution decides whether you are entitled to credit transfer. An assessment by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education can only be used as guidance.

If you disagree with the institution’s decision on credit transfer concerning your foreign qualification or study periods, you may appeal to the Qualifications Board.

Unemployment fund membership

If you apply for admission to a Danish unemployment fund where a certain qualification level is required, you can enclose a copy of the assessment. The assessment does not in itself entitle you to membership of the unemployment fund as you must also fulfil its other requirements. However, if the unemployment fund requires you to have achieved a specific level of education, it must abide by the level of education specified in the assessment.

 


Where to go for guidance

The assessment may be helpful when you talk to a study or career counsellor.

Education

If you would like to get personal guidance on your education opportunities, you should contact the educational institution that interests you. If you are considering a higher education programme, you can contact a regional guidance centre. If you are considering a vocational education and training programme or an upper secondary school programme, you can contact a job centre (see “Job” below).

Job

If you would like to get individual guidance on career options and job hunting, you should contact a job centre. You can make an appointment to talk to a guidance counsellor.

Good places to start

On the Study guidance (UddannelsesGuiden) website you can find information about all of the Danish education programmes as well as trades and professions:

Information about coming to Denmark is available at the Danish portal for foreigners and integration:

 

 

last modified Jan 05, 2017