You must enclose an application for exemption with your enrolment application. There is no standard form for applying for exemption, so you must provide an account of what you are applying for exemption from and the reasons for this in your application. You must enclose documentation for the special circumstances that you believe are important in connection with what you are applying for exemption from, including a doctor's certificate, a letter from a psychologist or a letter from your upper secondary school, etc.
Decisions regarding applications for exemption are made on the basis of an individual, concrete evaluation of each application. If you are granted exemption, your enrolment application will be treated on an equal footing with the other applications. However, an exception to this is applicants who have been granted admission with special permission, which only allows an evaluation under quota 2.
Applications for exemption can be forwarded in advance of enrolment applications or together with the application form. If you forward your application before 15 February, you can expect to receive a reply within a month.
Specific admission requirements
If you do not fulfil the specific admission requirements, you can apply for exemption from them if you believe you have acquired similar qualifications after completing your qualifying examination. It is possible to apply for exemption from a grade requirement, where applicable, and from the requirement regarding academic levels. You must be able to document your alternative qualifications when you apply for exemption. As a point of departure, it will be possible for you to obtain exemption from the specific admission requirements if you can produce proof of some kind of examination or test which can be regarded as being at or above the required level. The examples below do not justify exemption from the specific admission requirements:
- If the subject was not included in your qualifying examination and you therefore do not fulfil the requirement.
- If you have received high grades in the subject at a lower level.
- If you have occupational experience of the subject in question.
- If you are highly motivated to take the programme.
- If you were not familiar with the rules.
Applicants with a Rudolf Steiner education will be evaluated to determine whether they fulfil the specific admission requirements established for upper secondary school level on the basis of the number of hours they have attended school in the 10th, 11th and 12th forms. Also see basis for admission under special permission.
Individual Competence Evaluation (IKV)
You can also contact an Adult Education Centre (VUC) to hear whether you can have an Individual Competence Evaluation carried out at the academic level in question. The evaluation will be based on the documentation you provide and any tests or examinations you may be asked to sit. You can obtain a certificate of competence on the basis of the individual competence evaluation. A certificate of competence is recognised on an equal footing with an examination certificate from the corresponding course of education and is thereby proof that you fulfil the specific admission requirements. Read more about individual competence evaluation at an Adult Education Centre here.
Admission with special permission
If you do not have a qualifying examination, you must apply for special permission to apply for admission. You must give your reasons and motivation for your choice of programme and document that the qualifications you have are comparable to a qualifying examination. You will be permitted to apply for admission to the university without a qualifying examination if you can document general competences in study preparation that can be compared to an upper secondary education. This is regarded as a prerequisite for the ability to acquire, structure and communicate academic knowledge. Emphasis will also be placed on the possession of a relevant education and occupational experience. In addition, you must at minimum fulfil the specific admission requirements for the programme you are applying for admission to.
In brief, the following will be used as a basis for deciding whether you will be entitled to apply for admission without a qualifying examination:
- Previous education.
- Occupational experience.
- General subjects, including Danish, English and social studies/history at higher preparatory (HF) level.
The specific admission requirements must be fulfilled. Exemption cannot be granted on the basis of occupational experience alone, see the item 'specific admission requirements'. Special permission can be granted by the university on the basis of an individual and academic evaluation of the specific application. It is important to emphasise that special permission exclusively entitles you to apply for admission to the programme in question under quota 2, and is no guarantee of a place on the programme you are applying for. We therefore recommend that you take a full qualifying examination as this will make it possible for you to apply under quota 1 as well.
Applicants with a Rudolf Steiner education can apply for admission with special permission under quota 2.
You must apply for exemption from the requirement for a qualifying examination before 15 March in the year you are applying for. If your application reaches the university after that date, it will only be processed in connection with the number of vacant places on 30 July in the second round. If you forward your application before 15 February, you can expect a reply within two weeks.
Special circumstances in connection with the result of your qualifying examination
If you believe that there were special circumstances when you sat your qualifying examination, you can apply for exemption from the rule on restricted admission. After a concrete, individual evaluation of your application, the special circumstances will subsequently be taken in to account when processing your application for enrolment. Exemption can only be granted in cases of extraordinary circumstances such as physical disability, a longer period of illness, dyslexia or dyscalculia, or the death of a close relative. If you believe that one of these circumstances or something similar had an effect on your average examination grade, you can apply for exemption from the rule on restricted admission, i.e. the rule on admission based on a decreasing quotient. You must pay any expenses for a doctor's letter or similar yourself. Please note that applicants who were compensated for the extraordinary circumstance in question when they took their qualifying examination stand little chance of exemption.
Exemption is included in the overall evaluation of an application for enrolment and is therefore not a guarantee that you will be offered enrolment in the programme you are applying for.
Third time enrolment rule - abolished
The Executive Order on admission to Bachelor programmes has been reviewed by 11 March 2013. The third time enrolment rule has been abolished and as a consequence you no longer need to apply for an exemption from the third time rule in case you have attended two or more higher education programmes. Your application is thus assessed on an equal basis with other applicants.
If you have already completed a graduate programme, you will probably only be allowed to enrol if there are vacant places in the programme you are applying for. The university will only grant exemption from this rule in exceptional cases, such as the documented loss of the ability to work in the field of your graduate programme. This could be the case if, after having trained as a veterinary, you discover you are allergic to animals. A lack of job opportunities or the desire to change your career will not give grounds for exemption.