After the assessment - what next?

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

Fictive example of level 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.


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 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 in the same field abroad, you can apply to the educational institution for credit transfer in order to be exempted from parts of the Danish programme. The educational institution decides whether you are entitled to credit transfer. The assessment 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 can 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.


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 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.

How to read the assessment report

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

  • Issued by: The educational institution or authority which has issued the qualification certificate. The Agency has verified that the issuing body is recognised by a competent authority.
  • Nominal length: The official duration of the programme of education.
  • Year of completion: The calendar year when you completed your qualification.
  • Access requirement: The qualification that was required before you could study for the qualification assessed.

In addition, details about programme contents etc. may be given here.

After that follows the actual level assessment, i.e. the level and, if possible, the field of education.

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, general upper secondary education.

  • 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.

Field of education

As far as possible, the assessment also indicates the field of education to which your qualification belongs in the Danish education system. If possible, the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science 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 Higher Education and Science 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 Higher Education and Science 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.



last modified Oct 01, 2020