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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.

How to prove your English language proficiency

  • A Danish upper secondary/high school diploma with English level B (minimum 2,0 on the Danish 7-point grading scale)
  • An 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), the 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 a minimum mark of 2,0 on the Danish 7-point grading scale (a mark of 02 indicates a pass).
  • 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 centre 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 digits 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.


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


Applicants with a foreign upper secondary/high school diploma must document their proficiency in Danish when applying for a Bachelor's programme  taught in Danish, even if they do have a 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 the 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 an 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 before 5 July at 12 noon.

Admission (Bachelor's programmes) University of Southern Denmark

  • Campusvej 55
  • Odense M - DK-5230
  • Phone: +45 6550 1051

Last Updated 06.12.2022