In this article, we will show you the necessary steps to successfully gain admission into Denmark Universities. Denmark is fast becoming a study destination for EU/EEA/Swiss international students due to the country’s free tuition fee and educational standard.
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens can work in Denmark under the EU rules with no restriction on the number of hours. Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens may work in Denmark for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during June, July, and August. However, this requires a special work permit sticker on your passport. If you have applied for a residence permit to study in Denmark but did not apply for a work permit, you can do that at the Danish Immigration Service.
Importantly, these benefits are only open to international students who are admitted to a Danish University. This article will help you make a successful admission application into any Danish university of your choice.
How to Apply to Universities in Denmark
Applying for admission at a university in Denmark is the first step in fulfilling your dream of studying in this amazing country. Just like every other country, all universities in Denmark require that an application must be completed by prospective students before they can be considered for admission into a university.
The process of applying to a Denmark university is quite simple and straightforward. The outline below is a step-by-step process of applying for a university in Denmark. All you need to do is to follow the instructions outlined below to apply at any Denmark university of your choice.
Preparing to Apply to a Danish University
- The first step of applying to a University in Denmark is to do a rigorous research about the degree and school of your choice, and ensure it fits your interest and career goals.
- Check if you match the entry requirements and admission requirements of the university. Your education history and grade point average (GPA) from your previous studies will determine if you are qualified for your chosen programme.
- Carefully note the tuition fees that are applicable to your course of choice.
- Explore scholarship opportunities to help cover your study expenses in Denmark.
How to Apply for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Denmark University
Every undergraduate student (first cycle student) seeking to study at a university or college in Denmark will have to submit their application through the Danish Coordinated Application System.
- Visit the Danish Coordinated Application Portal on Optagelse.dk.
- Create an account and complete your personal profile, previous education information as well as the proposed course of study.
- You can apply for up to 8 programmes at once, all listed in order of preference.
The Danish coordinated application system opens on the 1st of February and closes on the 15thof March by 12 noon prompt; application responses are then received by the 28th of July. Using this website is mandatory and disabled students who are unable to use the platform will be exempted. It is only on these bases that you can be accepted into the University of your Choice.
How to Apply for Postgraduate Degree Programs in Denmark University
Applying for Master’s or Ph.D programs in Denmark university is easy just like the bachelors. Before applying for a Master’s program in Denmark, ensure all the required application documents are all translated into English.
As a graduate student seeking to study in Denmark, you will need to contact directly the institution of your choice and check the admission requirements.
Documents Required to Apply to Denmark University
English language requirements: Applicants to English-taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes must show proof of English proficiency comparable to ‘English B’ in the Danish upper secondary school. Some programmes require ‘English A’ which is one level higher than ‘English B’. The language tests TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge ESOL examination (CAE) are often used to show proof of proficiency in English. Applicants who are native English speakers are exempted from these test requirements.
Certified copies of your educational qualifications: Applicants must provide education certificate copies with original stamps and signatures, and have two people who are not related to you sign at the back of the copy with their names, address, and date of birth. However, some institutions may need that they receive the documents directly from the issuing institution. This process can take several months, ensure to make proper arrangements in time.
Requirements for admission into Danish-taught study programs: If you are applying for a Danish-taught program, you must prove a satisfactory level of skill in Danish by taking the test called “Danish as a Foreign Language” or “Danish Test 2“.
Note: The cost of learning Danish is free for international students. However, before you are qualified, you must first gain admission to study an English-taught undergraduate programme. Thereafter, continue your education in Danish at the graduate level once you have gained the required Danish language skills.
Admission Requirements for undergraduate studies
Applicants for undergraduate studies must meet the following requirements.
- An entrance examination comparable to a Danish upper secondary school leaving certificate
- Proof of proficiency in English
Also, certain study programmes have additional admission requirements as follows;
- Subjects passed on a certain level. Danish education use levels A, B and C, A being the highest.
- Subjects passed with a certain minimum grade
- The diploma in total passed with a certain minimum GPA
- Passed admission test/interview
For more information on foreign qualifications and entry to Danish higher education, visit ufm.dk
Admission Requirements for postgraduate studies
Admission requirements for Candidatus/Master programmes are as follows:
- an internationally recognised Bachelor’s degree of good standard or equivalent
- proof of proficiency in English
- proof of proficiency in Danish, if the programme is taught in Danish
Admission Requirements for PhD studies
Applicants who want to enroll for a PhD, will need to have a recognised Master’s/Candidatus degree or equivalent. In some areas, a four-year PhD programme is offered to students who have completed a Bachelor’s qualification and one year of study at postgraduate level.
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University Application Periods in Denmark
For undergraduate studies, the online application starts on February 1st. The deadline for online application is the 15th of March for courses that commence in August or September. For applicants with a Danish Upper Secondary Education, 5th July is the deadline. Dispatch of admission letters to applicants starts on 28th July.
The deadlines for applying to a Master’s degree vary according to university, but in general, they are: First session application deadlines is between February-March while second session application deadlines is between September-October