How to apply - degree programmes

SDU has implemented a new electronic application portal, which is a common system for all Danish Universities. Therefore all applications for Master's programmes must be submitted through the Application Portal.

This page is designed to help you through the application process. To be accepted to the programme, you will still be required to meet the specific entry requirements, upload the correct enclosures and document either English or Danish language proficiency according to our existing guidelines.

Please use Firefox  as browser when entering the application portal

Application Steps

  1. Choose the programme you wish to apply for on our website and go to the Entry Requirements site. Then click on the "Application Form" link on the right-hand side. Please note that the application forms open on January 1st for the September intake and July 1st for the February intake.
  2. You are now on the FrontPage of the new application portal. If you have an existing WAYF (Where Are You From) login from a Danish University you should choose the button 'Log in'. If you have a NEM-ID you should choose the button 'Log in with Nem ID'. If you do not have either, you will first have to create a WAYF login.
  3. After pressing login, you need to choose your WAYF login type. If you have registered a user on your own, the WAYF provider is "Application Portal".
  4. You are now inside the application portal.
    • Under the heading 'Create application' you will need to search for the programme by choosing University of Southern Denmark and master for your search criteria. Please be aware that you will now see a list of all our master programmes.
    • Please check that you have selected the correct study start date and that you have chosen a programme which is available in English, unless you meet our Danish language requirements.
    • Press "Move on to creation of application" to begin the application.
  5. Fill in the application form and upload relevant enclosures along the way. Please use the information in the Help section to guide you along the way. Make sure to submit the application on the final page.
  6. When you submit your application you will receive a receipt. In the e-mail account that is connected to your WAYF login you will receive a notification, that you have a new message in the application portal. You will then have to login to the portal again to see the message.
    • Your application will be processed. You can follow the status of your application in the portal. If we request new enclosures from you or send you information about the application, you will receive an e-mail notification that there is a message for you in the Application Portal.*
    • To add priorities, please complete steps 4 and 5 again. When you submit, you will be asked to prioritize the programmes you have applied for. Please note that SDU only evaluates up to 3 priorities. Any priorities below 3 will be cancelled.

If you do not receive an e-mail receipt within an hour, please check your spam filter. If the e-mail has gone to the spam filter, please make sure to change the settings, so that you will receive future correspondence from us in connection with ýour application.

You can access the application portal at any time by using the link in your original e-mail. Otherwise, you can use access the portal from the link in the right hand-side.

*Please note that it is your responsibility to regularly log into the Application Portal to check for messages.

Guides to application:
See the following links for guides with screenshots for the steps in the application process:

Language Settings
The language settings in your browser determines the language of the application portal. 

If you are an international student applying for a English-taught master programme, you should complete the application in English. If you are seeing Danish text, please check your browser's language settings. If you are getting English text, but the name of the programme is in Danish, you are most likely attempting to apply for a programme, which is not available in English, e.g. our master programme in Medicine.

Help along the way
The application portal is equipped with a Help section for every step. You can find the Help section bunder one of these two symbols:


Browser requirements
The new application portal supports the following browsers:




2.x, 3.x, 4+

Internet Explorer

7, 8, 9

Safari (desktop)

3.2, 4.x, 5.x

Safari (iOS)

4.3, 5



Required enclosures:
To apply for a degree you MUST submit a number of enclosures. If you do not submit the relevant enclosures, we are not able to evaluate your application and the process will be delayed. You are required to upload the following:

  • Copy of Bachelor's diploma in English* 
  • Copy of official grade transcript in English - stamped and signed by the university
  • Explanation of the grading scale used in Bachelor's diploma and grade transcript
  • Documentation of English skills
  • Letter of Attorney
  • Copy of passport or identification card - it must state your citizenship.
  • Curriculum Vitae

*If you have not passed your bachelor degree when applying, please send us your newest grade transcripts and state the date or month when you will finish your bachelor degree in the application form. As soon as you have received your Bachelor's diploma, please send us a scan of the official diploma through SPOC. Please note that if you submit your diploma and updated transcripts after the application deadline we will not include the updated transcripts  in the evaluation of your application.

Note that some programmes may require additional obligatory enclosures. Please consult the 'entry requirements' for the programme you wish to apply for.

In some cases you may be asked to provide copies of detailed course descriptions (syllabus/literature) in English. The course descriptions should explain the content of the courses i.e. like a syllabus. It is very important that you include a curriculum which describes the literature that was used in the courses stating the title and author. If you print the course descriptions from your home university’s website, they don’t need to be certified. Just make sure that the URL address is visible on the print outs (Template for Course Description)

Optional enclosures:

  • Documentation for previous work experience 
  • Documentation for other relevant qualifications
  • Copy of residence permit if you are eligible for tuition fee exemption based on permanent residence in Denmark

Process of becoming a degree student at master level

Residence permit
To study in Denmark for more than three months, you must apply for residence permit once you have been admitted. For non-EU citizens the process of getting a residence permit can be extremely long. SDU will not start your visa application until after you have paid the tuition fee, which means that you should pay the fee as soon as possible after you have received the bill from us. Please note that bank transfers can take up to 21 days to show up in our account whereas credit card payments show up immediately.

Non-EU/EEA citizens pay an application fee when they apply for residence permit (and for an extension of the residence permit). For more information visit the Danish Immigration Service.

Apply for admission

Apply for study start September 1st - the form opens on January 1st


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