English language requirements
If you apply for a Master’s programme taught in English, you must prove your level in English in one of the following ways. The deadlines for submitting relevant documentation are:
- May 15 for study start in September
- December 1 for study start in February
Coronavirus: How to prove your English level?
We know that it may be challenging to provide sufficient documentation of your English proficiency due to language tests being cancelled. We advise you to consider the following possibilities:
- High school certificate
EU citizens may be able to use their high school certificate as documentation (more information below).
- TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
TOEFL iBT is offered in a Special Home Edition recognized by SDU. Please refer to more information at ETS.org.
We regret that we cannot admit students who are unable to provide the proper documentation by the deadline.
Ways to prove your level in English
You fulfil the requirements if you have passed English B from a Danish High School with a minimum grade of 3.0 (Danish 7 point grading scale).
You fulfil the requirements for MA in Middle East Studies if you have passed English A from a Danish High School with a minimum grade of 2.0 (Danish 7 point grading scale).
A diploma from an EU/EEA high school may be enough to prove your proficiency:
- You must 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.
- To do this, you must use SDU's Statement of Hours which must be signed and stamped by your high school and submitted along with your full high school diploma.
- English as a subject must be passed with a grade equivalent to a minimum of 3.0 on the Danish grading scale (2 passed, 12 is max)
We encourage you to forward your documentation in advance via the contact form SPOC. Then we can make a pre-assessment of your qualifications.
SDU accepts the following language tests:
- TOEFL iBT test with a minimum score of 88 (maximum 2 years old at the time of application).
Ask the test centre to send the score report directly to SDU. To select SDU as the recipient, use the code 7969 (please choose "other - department not listed"). If you have taken the test already, you can still request for the test centre to forward the report.
- IELTS academic test with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 (maximum 2 years old at the time of application)
- C1 Advanced (CAE) with a minimum score of 180 or C2 Proficiency (CPE) - both from a Cambridge Network or from the University of Michigan. For validation of your results, please enter the candidate website and share your results with "University of Southern Denmark - Master/Graduate".
You fulfil the English requirements if you have completed a Bachelor's degree in one of the six countries.
Please note, that your entire Bachelor’s programme must have been taught in English within the relevant country. Programmes from affiliated universities abroad or long-distance programmes will not count as proof of your English level.
High school/upper secondary education
You may fulfil the English requirements if you have completed a high school or upper secondary education in one of the six countries. You must upload your diploma in the application portal in order for us to evaluate whether your high school English is sufficient to meet our requirements.
You can also get a pre-assessment of your English language qualifications by sending us your high school diploma via the contact form SPOC.
Special entry requirements
Note, there is a language requirement of English level A if you are going to apply for MA in Middle East Studies.
You can prove your proficiency by:
- English A from a Danish High School with a minimum grade of 2.0 (Danish 7 point grading scale)
- TOEFL iBT test with a minimum score of 100 (maximum 2 years old at the time of application)
- IELTS academic test with a minimum overall band score of 7,0 (maximum 2 years old at the time of application)
- C1 Advanced (CAE) or C2 Proficiency (CPE) with a minimum score of 185
To learn more about the language tests, open the tab "Language test".
Danish language requirements
If you apply for a Master's taught in Danish on the grounds of a degree taught in Danish, you don't need any further documentation of your language qualifications.
Applicants with a foreign Bachelor's degree (also Danish citizens) must pass the Study Test in Danish or a Danish on a high school A level - see www.vuc.dk.
The deadlines for submitting relevant documentation are:
Study start in September:
- By 15 May, you must have stated that you expect to meet the requirement for Danish level A before the start of studies
- By 25 September, you must have submitted final documentation to meet the requirement
Study start in February:
- By 1 December, you must have stated that you expect to meet the requirement for Danish level A before the start of studies
- By 25 February, you must have submitted final documentation to meet the requirement