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 Master's 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. Please note that there are special language requirements for the MA in English.
You can document your English skills by way of our language requirement form. Alternatively as described below for degree and guest students:
Degree and guest students
You must document your English skills in one of the following ways:
TOEFL test with a score of min. 575/230/88
IELTS test with a score of min. 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)
If you are an EU/EEA, Nordic and Swiss citizen you also have the following option:
You can document your English skills by way of your secondary school diploma and thereby show whether you have acquired an upper intermediate level in English comparable to the Danish B level. In order to do so you need to document: number of English lessons per week, number of weeks per school year and the number of years you have attended high school.
Please note that if the course level is not clearly stated, we ask for detailed course descriptions. The documentation has to be signed and stamped by the higher secondary school/university.
Special requirements for the MA in English
If you apply for the MA in English, you must document English skills equivalent of the Danish A level i.e. IETLS 7.0, TOEFL 100, or CPE.
If you are an EU/EEA, Nordic or Swiss citizen you also have the option of documenting your level by way of your secondary school diploma which must document an advanced English level equivalent to the Danish English A level (for documentation see above).
You are exempt from documenting your English skills if your qualifying first degree (bachelor/undergraduate degree) 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.
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
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.
How to take one of the tests
Contact the relevant test center: