English language requirement

Documentation of English skills

According to the Danish Ministry of Science's Order no 181 of 23 February 2010 on Admission to Danish Universities, all international applicants to programmes taught in English must document English language qualifications comparable to the level of English taught at Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium'). This level compares to the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference. This level must and can only be documented in one of the ways stated below.

Exchange students

As an exchange student you shall document your English skills with use of our language requirement form.  Please make sure both you and  your international coordinator signs is.

Alternatively you have the option to document your English skills as described below for degree and guest students. Please be aware that this is not a requirement.   

Degree and guest students

We accept the following English language tests:

  • TOEFL IBT test with a minimum score of 88
  • IELTS academic test with a minimum overall band score of 6.5*
  • CAE with a minimum result of C, or the CPE (the CAE or CPE are only accepted from a Cambridge Network or from University of Michigan) - Please send the test candidate's ID number (e.g. EPA123456) and the candidate's secret number (4 digits).  You will find these on the Confirmation of Entry forwarded by the test center.

Tests older than 2 years will not be accepted.

* Please note that the programme MSc in International Business Communication and Communication Design requires an IELTS score of  at least 7.0 or a TOFEL IBT score of 100 or more,  the equivalent of the advanced English course taught in Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium') titled English A.

If you are an EU/EEA, Nordic and Swiss citizen, you may be able to document your English skills by way of your secondary school diploma if you have acquired an upper intermediate level in English comparable to the Danish “English B” level. In order to do so, you need to document the number of English lessons per week (60 min. lessons), number of weeks per school year and the number of years you have attended high school. This documentation of hours must be in English and be signed and stamped by the high school. You must submit both your full high school diploma as well as the statement from your high school regarding the number of English lessons.

Please note that if the course level is not clearly stated, we may request detailed course descriptions and/or an official statement from your high school. All documentation must be signed and stamped by the issuing institution.

Important for Master applicants: The test result of your English language proficiency test has to be available no later than 15 May (program start 1 September) / 1 December (program start 1 February)


An applicant may be able to qualify for an exemption from documenting their English skills if the qualifying first degree (bachelor/undergraduate degree of 180 ECTS) was taken in the USA, Canada (English speaking part), Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom or Ireland.

Please note that if your qualifying degree is only partly taught in one of the above countries, you are not exempted from documenting your English skills but must do so in the manner described on this page.

Please note that distance-learning educations do not exempt an applicant from documenting their English language proficiency.

It is not sufficient to enclose a letter from your home university. Not even if the language of instruction at your home university is English.

Test results

IELTS: The University of Southern Denmark has access to the IELTS verification database; therefore we accept these tests in copy.

TOEFL: The test must be sent directly from the test center. The code is 7969. Please choose "other - department not listed". If you have taken the test and not chosen to have it sent to us, you will need to make a request for the test center to send it to us directly. Please inform us if you have made such a request.

How to take one of the tests

Contact the relevant test center:

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