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English language requirement

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 all Danish upper secondary schools ('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 in the sections below.

English language requirement

Bachelor programmes

Which test does SDU accept

  •  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
  • If the programme you are applying for requires English at a high level (Danish: English A)your the test score has to be on a high level as well, i.e. either TOEFL iBt with a minimum score of 100 or the IELTS with a minimum score of 7.0

NOTE: Tests older than 2 years will not be accepted.

If you are an EU/EEA, Nordic and Swiss citizen, you may be able to document your English skills with your secondary high 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.

Is the course level is clearly stated, we may request detailed course descriptions and/or an official statement from your high school. All documentation must be officially signed and stamped.

Master programmes

Which test does SDU accept

  •  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
  • If the programme  you are applying for requires English at a high level (Danish: English A)your the test score has to be on a high level as well, i.e. either TOEFL iBt with a minimum score of 100 or the IELTS with a minimum score of 7.0. This applies e.g.  to the M.Sc. in International Business Communication and Communication Design.
  • If you hold a Professional Bachelors degree from Denmark taught in English, you are exempted. However, you must send a confirmation from the issuing institution that the programme was taught solely in English.

NOTE:

    1. Tests older than 2 years will not be accepted

    2. The test result of your English language proficiency test has to be available no later than 15 May  for programme start 1     September and 1 December for programme start 1 February

If you are an EU/EEA, Nordic and Swiss citizen, you may be able to document your English skills with your secondary high 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.

Is 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 officially signed and stamped.

Exchange students

As an exchange student you must document your English skills via our language requirement form.  

Make sure that both you and  your international coordinator signs the form before you send it along with your application.

Alternatively, you can document your English skills as described in the section for Bachelor/Master and guest students, though, this is not a requirement.   

Guest students

Which test does SDU accept

  •  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
  • If the programme  you are applying for requires English at a high level (Danish: English A)your the test score has to be on a high level as well, i.e. either TOEFL iBt with a minimum score of 100 or the IELTS with a minimum score of 7.0. This applies e.g.  to the M.Sc. in International Business Communication and Communication Design.

NOTE:

    1. Tests older than 2 years will not be accepted

    2. The test result of your English language proficiency test has to be available no later than 15 May  for programme start 1     September and 1 December for programme start 1 February

If you are an EU/EEA, Nordic and Swiss citizen, you may be able to document your English skills with your secondary high 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.

Is 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 officially signed and stamped by the issuing institution.

English language test

How to take a test

Contact the relevant test center:

Test results

IELTS: SDU has access to the IELTS verification database, therefore we accept these tests in copy.

TOEFL: The test must be sent directly to SDU from the test center via the code 7969. 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. Notify SDU if you have made such a request.

Exemption

An applicant might qualify for an exemption from documenting the 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.

NOTE: 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 fulfill the English language requirement as described in of of the sections above.

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.

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