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Study for a semester at SDU

How to take a course outside your programme (internal guest students)

If you want to read an individual subject or take a course offered in connection with a programme other than the one you are enrolled in, you can apply to your Academic Study Board to have it approved as a credit-earning part of your existing studies. If the Academic Study Board accepts your application, you must forward the approval to the Examination Office. You will then be entitled to take the subject/course as a guest student if there are vacant places.

Students from other educational institutions (external guest students)

If your own Study Board has approved the course, fill out our electronic application form. The application should include the pre-approval, documentation of access requirements as well as the list below.

It is always a good idea during the planning stage to contact someone from both of the programmes in question, i.e. both the study programme secretary or the academic supervisor for the programme you are enrolled in and the study programme secretariat or the academic supervisor for the subject or course you want to take as a guest student. Your Academic Study Board will only give you credit for a subject/course if its academic content lies within the framework of your curriculum. We recommend that you contact the Study Board in good time, as there may be long delays.

If you need any help or have questions concerning your application, please contact Student Services in Sønderborg on telephone +45 6550 1102 or via e-mail

Application deadlines
The deadline for applications is 1 June for autumn courses and 1 December for spring courses.

Please note that we do not process applications submitted after the semester has started. It also applies to applications with missing relevant documents.


  • Applicant must provide proof of language
  • Applicant must meet otherwise access the basis of training
  • The applicant must, if requesting a graduate subject, include proof of bachelor degree
  • Applicant must provide prior approval the is not older than 6 months
  • Applicant must provide an entry confirmation by their own institution

If the subject/course cannot be approved
If the Academic Study Board cannot approve the subject or course as credit-earning, you could consider taking it through the Place Vacancy Scheme.

Take a single subject at another institution

If you are a student at the University of Southern Denmark and are planning to take a subject or course at another department of education, you must contact the department in question and ask for details of their rules and enrolment procedures. You need to gain approval from your Study Board at SDU.

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Last Updated 07.12.2021