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Language requirements

All international applicants  must document their English and/or Danish language proficiency when applying to the University of Southern Denmark.

For the Bachelor's programmes taught in English, you must document English language qualifications equivalent to the level of English taught at Danish upper secondary (Danish: ' gymnasium') and/or proficiency in the Danish language at a high level for Bachelor's programmes taught in Danish.

English language requirements

How to prove your English language proficiency

  • A Danish upper secondary/high school diploma with English level B (minimum grade 3,0 on the Danish 7-point grading scale, for programmes taught in English)
  • A upper secondary/high school diploma from an EU/EEA country may be  sufficient to document your English skills . 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. You must  upload SDU's document Statement of Hours, filled in, stamped and signed by your upper secondary/high school. For programmes taught in English, the English language course must be passed with the minimum mark of 3,0 on the Danish marking scale scale (a mark of 02 indicates a pass. The maximum mark is 12).
  • An English language test

Which test does SDU accept

  •  TOEFL iBt test with a minimum score of 88. Please ask your test centre to send the score report directly to SDU.  To select the University of Southern Denmark, use the code 7969 (please choose "other - department not listed"). If you have taken the test already, you can still request the test center to forward the report. Please attach a message to your application once you have made such a request.
  • IELTS academic test with a minimum overall band score of 6.5
  • C2 Proficiency (CPE with a minimum result of C), or the C1 Advanced (CAE). Both are only accepted from a Cambridge Network or the University of Michigan). Please send us your ID number (e.g. EPA123456) and your 4 digit secret number.  You will find these on the 'Confirmation of Entry' forwarded by the test centre.

Please note, that TOEFL and IELTS tests older than 2 years at the time of application will not be accepted. The C2/C1 (CPE/CAE) is valid for good.

If the programme you are applying for requires a high-level proficiency in English (Danish: English level A), your test score must 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.

Exemptions

Due to the new admission order with effect from 2020, it is not possible to make an exemption from documenting your English skills if your qualifying degree was taken  in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom or Ireland. You must have taken a specific course working with the English language. Finally, the course must be passed with the minimum mark of 3,0 (Danish 7-point grading scale).

 

Danish Language requirements

Applicants with a foreign upper secondary/high school diploma must document their proficiency of Danish when applying for a Bachelor's programme  taught in Danish, even if they do have the Danish citizenship and speak Danish fluently.

How to prove your Danish language knowledge

  • A General Certificate of 9th/10th form-level school-leaving examinations (Danish: Folkeskolens afgangsprøve) in combination with the diploma of a non-Danish upper secondary/high school
  • A passed single course in Danish level A (highest level)
  • The Higher Education Examination - Studieprøven (All 4 parts must be passed with at least a 02 mark (Danish 7-point grading scale, unless you are applying for Clinical Biomechanics or Medicine, where the minimum mark for all parts is mark 7. From 2018 on, the examination contains 3 parts only, but the grade requirement stays the same)
  • A proficiency in Norwegian/Swedish/Icelandic equivalent to Danish level A of a upper secondary education.

It is not possible to cover the Danish language requirement with a high-level course in Finnish.

This requirement applies to all Danish taught Bachelor's / Professional Bachelor's programmes, even if it is not mentioned in the 'entry requirements' section on the specific webpage of the programme.

Documentation should be added to your application on www.optagelse.dk before 5 July at 12 noon.

New English requirements in 2020

The Ministry of Higher Education and Science has changed the English language requirements for Bachelor's programmes. When applying to SDU, this means:

  • A professional bachelor's degree taught in English is no longer enough to fulfil the requirements
  • Applicants from English speaking countries are no longer exempted from proving their proficiency
  • Upper/secondary/high school English must be passed with a minimum mark of 3.0
  • An individual assessment ("individuel kompetencevurdering") from VUC (adult education centre) is no longer sufficient proof, as you don't receive a mark.