When you apply for a study programme at SDU, your application must comply with certain formal requirements. You can read much more about this here, including credit transfer programmes and possibilities for special support during your studies.
To make sure that you are applying for a Bachelor programme via the right quota, we thoroughly recommend you to check out the rules for quota 1, 2 and 3.
Application takes places via the Danish National Application system 'Den Koordinerede Tilmelding (KOT)'.
How to apply
Apply from 1 February on
All applications to Danish Universities have to be sent online via the national application system www.optagelse.dk. The system opens on 1 February.
Besides the application, you have to upload all relevant documents to your application on www.optagelse.dk.
Deadline for applying and for adding the needed documentation is 15 March, noon.
Once you have send your application, a signature page opens. Make sure to send this page to the University to firstname.lastname@example.org before deadline as well, without the signature page, SDU is NOT allowed to get your application.
Please read this guide (available from 1 February) for the admission process thoroughly.
7 steps to your application
It is important that you state all needed information and upload/add all the relevant enclosures to get your application assessed.
Upload and add the enclosures to each programme you want to apply for.
Having a non-Danish entry examination, check our list of International School leaving examinations to be sure which documents you need to add.
Example of documents to add:
- School record/transcript and final diploma in native and English version if you have graduated from high school, or a transcript of records if you first finish school in summer 2017
- The document Statement of hours if needed - check the list of International School leaving examinations
- Any supplementary material, i.e. English language certificates, university studies etc.
- NON-EU applicants (except applicants from the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia or Great Britain) MUST submit a TOEFL iBT test min. score 88 or an IELTS test min. score 6.5 overall band. (for more information visit www.toefl.org or www.ielts.org), check out the information about the English language requirement
- A motivated application if it is stated under the entry requirements of the programme you are applying for
- Residence permit or visa documents
- A pre-assessment if you have received one during the last year or an application for exemption (remember to include all relevant documents)
- You DO NOT have to add statements from your former employers, diploma from a folk high school etc. since these documents will not be assessed, unless you apply for exemption of the specific entry requirement
State if you are taking completion as well as the course/level and when we can expect the diploma:
- Finished before 5 July
- Finishing your completion after 5 July but before study start – remember that only one course can be taken as completion during the summer
3. Programme start during summer / winter
Are you applying for Medicine or Clinical Biomehanics, you have to state if you want to start your studies in the summer (September) or winter (February)
State if you wish to get registered for a stand by spot at the programme you have applied for. More information about registering as Standby can be found below.
5. Former education
- You are obliged to state which educations you have been registered before and where as well as:
- how many ECTS credit points you have passed and if you are still registered at the programme
- if you have finished the education
- if you previously have been registered on the same programme you are applying for now
- State if you apply for exemption. Find more information about exemption here.
7. Check your information after you have sent your application:
- On the receipt you have received from www.optagelse.dk is it possible to check if you have stated the correct information. Keep the receipt safely, it will not be possible to get a new one once you lose it
- You can check your information on Admission SDU.
- Find more information about the Self Service in the following section ‘After you have sent your application’
If you need assistance, please contact email@example.com or call +45 6550 1102.
After you have sent your application
All communication concerning your application will be digital. Shortly after applying, you will receive a receipt for your application by e-mail. In this e-mail you are referred to the admission self-service where you will be able to follow the status of your application during the application procedure. We recommend checking the page regularly. Important information will be sent via the Admission Self Service as well as both invitation to entrance examinations and results in quota 2.
Apply from 1 February on
You will receive a final answer to your application at the end of July 2018.
Remember to confirm your spot no later than 6 August. You will lose your spot if you do not confirm before deadline.
Standby and Commitment
Before you get registered as standby, you have to consider the following
- Would you like to start with your education now or are you willing to wait one more year?
- Would you like to get registered as standby until 15 August?
- If you get registered for a spot as standby, you will not have the chance to get accepted for a programme of one of your lower priorities, where you, without standby, would have received the offer for a spot
A standby spot
If an applicant rejects an offer of a spot, the University offers the spot to one of the applicants who have been registered for the standby spots. Only a few applicants will receive offers for stand by spots.
Getting an offer for a spot during the standby period
Applicants getting registered for a standby spot on 28 July, will be put on a waiting list. These applicants have the chance to get an offer for a programme spot before 15 August with programme start 1 September.
For applicants of the programmes Medicine and Clinical Biomechanics, programme start can as well be 1 February.
Getting an offer for a spot during the standby period and rejecting
Are you rejecting an offer for a spot during the standby period before 15 August, means that you will lose the spot and you will not be able to get the standby spot chanced into a commitment. I.e. you have to apply from scratch again next year.
Converting a standby spot to a commitment
If you are not being offered a programme spot with start 1 September before deadline of the standby period on 15 August, the status of standby will change to a commitment for admission for the same programme the year after – but only if you have applied for standby and received a standby spot on 28 July.
The commitment applies solely to the programme you have applied for and for admission in the coming year, though you still have to fulfill all the entry requirements for the programme. Despite the commitment, you have to apply for admission again via www.optagelse.dk and click the space ‘I have a commitment’.
Remember that you are only able to apply for standby if you apply for admission. You are not able to book ahead a programme spot.
Applying for a program you have been registered before
Have you been admitted before to the programme you are applying for admission or re-admission for, special rules will apply:
SDU has cancelled your registration:
If the University has cancelled your registration for a programme you want to apply for admission or re-admission again, it is, as a rule not possible to get accepted. This applies as well if you have been admitted to another University.
You have withdrawn yourself of the programme:
At least 5 month have to be passed when applying for re-admission to the same programme. I.e. you have to withdraw before 1 April to be able to start on 1 September.
Already passed the first year of studies?
Remember to upload a transcript with all examination attempts to www.optagelse.dk along with your application.
Getting a second Bachelor degree
Restrictions on taking a second Bachelor degree
Applicants who have already finished a Bachelor- , Professional Bachelors- or a Master degree are possibly not able to be admitted at the programme they have applied for. Du to a recently passed by law, which restricts taking more than one education. Find more information about the law on the Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences homepage: http://ufm.dk/uddannelse-og-institutioner/indsatsomrader/begransning-af-dobbeltuddannelse.
Standby and commitment – if you have received a commitment for admission in 2017
The law entails as well that you can keep a commitment prompted by a standby spot which you have received by the admission in 2016 for admission in 2017. You are allowed to keep the commitment regardless if you have finished an education at the same or a higher level earlier.
Opportunity to apply for exemption
The law entails that it is no longer possible to take two educations (Graduate, Professional bachelors degree, undergraduates) at the same level, supported by the Danish state. As a rule, this implies that:
- Professional Bachelor and academic Graduates or others with further academic education are not allowed to start a new Bachelor degree, regardless the type of the programme.
- Graduates are not allowed to start a degree of a Business Academy, a new Bachelor programme (regardless the type) or a new Master degree.
You will be able to apply for exemption if:
- you have documentation on health grounds which imply that you are not able to work any longer with the education you have taken earlier
- your academic education is obsolete (i.e. an education which has not been used on the labour market more than 5 years, or if the original education has been changed significantly or annulled completely).
- you apply for admission to one of the programmes mentioned on the list about programmes with special needs at the labour market. At SDU, the following Danish taught programmes are affected in 2017 og 2018:
Professional Bachelors degree (Bachelor of Engineering)
- Elektrisk energiteknologi
Bachelor and Master
Bachelor and Master
Bachelor and Master
Bachelor and Master
- Revision (Master - cand.merc.aud.)
Special support for disability and impairment
Are you diagnosed with e.g. dyslexia or if you have a physical or psychical disability which demands special conditions during your time at University, please upload documentation to your application no later than 15 March, noon.
Students receiving the Danish State Grant can apply for Special support (Specialpædagogisk støtte (SPS)), to get help to complete their studies like the other students.
Credit transfer program for AP graduates
To complete your AP degree with a Bachelor, we have designed several courses of study programmes in cooperation with the Academies of Professional Higher Education.
Acquire yourself an independent degree to access the labour market and as well a ticket to the Master programmes which fit the Bachelor you have taken.