All Bachelor's programmes have the basic requirement of a qualifying examination.
Depending on the programme you want to apply for, there are several subject specific requirements as well, which vary from programme to programme.
Remember to check up on the entry requirements. Make sure you know the entry requirements before you apply and whether you need to supplement or not. The entry requirements for SDU’s Bachelor's programmes are available under each study programme.
I.e. no matter which quota you belong to, you must:
- have a qualifying examination
- have to fulfill the specific entry requirements
- fulfill the requirement of a specific grade score (if mentioned under the entry requirements)
- attend an entrance examination - the aptitude test and further subject specific test (if mentioned under the entry requirements)
Find out what it takes to fulfill the basic requirement of the qualifying examination:
Foreign qualifying examinations
Depending on which country your educational background comes from, the number of documents you must add, varies.
Most secondary degree Diplomas are assessed as being on the same level as the Danish High School Diploma. Though, there are some foreign degrees which require further academic education to be counted as a qualifying examination. Check our list of International School leaving examinations, to see which documents you need.
Is the country you are looking for missing on the list, you are welcome to contact email@example.com for more information.
Nordic qualifying examinations
Qualifying examination - what is it called in the other Nordic countries
- Sweden: a three-year upper secondary school education or similar (Slutbetyg / Eksamensbevis for Högskoleforberedende Eksamen / Eksamensbevis for Yrkesexamen, Gymnasieskolen med grundläggende behörighet)
- Norway: general study competence based on a three-year upper secondary school education at a school of higher education or similar (Vitnemål videregående opplæring / vitnemål fra den videregående skole)
- Iceland: a four-year college degree with at least 140 credits or similar (Stúdentspróf) / 200 and 240 fein
- Finland: Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/upper secondary school examination and lukion päättötodistustus/upper secondary school leaving certificate (Ylioppilastutkintotodistus / studentexamensbetyg)
Solely the result of the first examination counts
In Denmark, it is not possible to improve an examination result by retaking courses or taking supplementary courses after completing an upper secondary education. The grade point average (GPA)will be calculated of the very first achieved upper secondary school leaving certificate (slutbetyg, vitnemål, studentsprof, avgångsbetyg). Improvements in grades, or additional courses must be listed in a separate document and are taken into consideration when assessing the specific entry requirements.
How do we assess the courses taken in the Nordic countries?
To see if you can fulfill the specific entry requirements of a Bachelor's programme, we check the courses you typically have taken under your qualifying examination. In some cases, it may be necessary to take supplementary courses after completing the qualifying examination. Check here, how we assess the courses: Norway / Sweden / Finland / Island 1999 / Island 2008.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) must be passed with a minimum of 24 points before a diploma can be issued.
If the examination was passed with fewer points, a certificate will be issued. The certificate is not accepted as a qualification for admission to further and higher education in Denmark.
Giving SDU access to your Diploma, you need the school code: 000157.
An applicant with a Certificate / Diploma Programme (DP) Course Result of at least 18 points, is able to get admitted to a professional bachelor degree via quota 1 and 2. Admittance can solely take place, if all 6 IB courses are passed with a minimum grade 3 (IB grade 3 = Danish grade 02). At SDU, all Bachelor in Engineering programmes (Diplomingeniøruddannelser) are professional bachelor's programmes.
To apply for admission to a Bachelor's or Civil Engineering programme with a Certificate /DP Course Result, it can solely give access to an academic bachelor degree via quota 1 and 2, if you get your IB Diploma via a retake or if you take at least 2 supplementary courses at upper secondary level (a minimum of 250 hours of lectures and 100 hours of immersion for written tasks are required / it must be at least one A-level course - i.e. high level, and one B-level course - i.e. intermediate level. Courses at C-level - i.e. basic level, will not be a part of the assessment. Check out the rules and regulations (in Danish only).
Pass requirements and academic levels
The average obtained from the IB is converted to the 7-point grading scale in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.
There are specific admission requirements to programmes at the University of Southern Denmark. I.e. you must have achieved certain levels in a number of upper secondary school subjects. Tables drawn up by the Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation show, whether subjects taken in an IB correspond to the required academic levels.
The university has adopted the conversion system for specific entry requirements shown below. An applicant who has taken his/her IB with English as a main language can be granted exemption from the requirement for English B.
- Danish A1 HL/SL, Danish B HL,Danish A Literature HL/SL
- Danish B SL
- English A1, A2, B all on HL, English A1, A2 both
on SL, A Lit. HL/SL, A Lit. and Lang. HL/SL
- English B SL
- Mathematics HL
- Mathematics SL, Mathematical Methods S
Specific entry requirements
Next to the qualifying examination, you have to fulfill the specific entry requirements of a programme.
The specific requirements are courses taken at the Upper Secondary High School at a certain level. You can fulfill these requirements either with the courses on the Diploma of your qualifying examination or with completion. The specific entry requirements vary from programme to programme.
The course must be passed
The courses must be passed with at least the Danish grade 02 to meet the specific requirements. Foreign grades will be converted into the Danish grading scale.
Is the course taken on the highest level but unfortunately not passed, SDU will accept documentation of the place of study about having passed the same course at the previous level.
You do not fulfill one or more specific requirements?
You can take completion in the courses and levels which you are not able to fulfill via the qualifying examination. Check the section about supplementary courses below for more information.
Rules and Regulations
Acceptance to a Bachelor's degree programme is regulated by the Decree of Entry to Bachelor's Degree Programmes at University Level: ‘Bekendtgørelse om adgang til bacheloruddannelser ved universiteterne (bachelorbekendtgørelsen)’.
In terms of applicants from non-EU / EA countries especially, the Universitetsloven (The University Act) and 'Bekendtgørelse om tilskud og revision m.v. ved universiteterne' (The Decree of Grants and Audits etc. for Universities) is used as the regulations surrounding application fees and tuition fees.
As a public institution, we follow the rules as laid out by 'Forvaltningsloven' (The Administration Act) and 'Persondataloven' (Personal Data Act).
You can find the Decrees and Laws mentioned above at www.retsinformation.dk (in Danish).
Under special circumstances, SDU is able to make an exemption.
If you are not sure whether you comply with the entry requirements, you are welcome to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.