Several requirements have to be fulfilled no matter if you apply via quota 1, 2 or 3:
- you must have a qualifying examination
- you have to fulfill the specific entry requirements
- for some of the programmes, you have to fulfill the requirement of a specific grade score or pass an entrance examination - the aptitude test
Under special circumstances, SDU is able to make an exemption.
Foreign qualifying examinations
Application deadline for all applicants with a Non –Danish qualifying examination is 15 March, noon. Programme start is on 1 September (only Medicine has another programme start on 1 February – application deadline remains the same).
You have to apply online via www.optagelse.dk, the system opens on 1 February.
Please notice that all communication will be digital, you will not receive any paper versions, i.e. make sure you register the correct mail address.
Apply online and upload all required documents (check out which documents you need under ‘How to apply’).
Print out the signature page, sign it and send it to http://spoc.sdu.dk. This step has to be finished before 15 March, at 12 noon (CET), otherwise we will not accept your application.
You will receive a confirmation mail with your username and password for the online Admission Self Service site where you have to follow the status of your application.
If you fulfill the entry requirements, you either get invited for a test/interview or you have to wait until you get one of the spots
NON-EU/EEA applicants: You receive an admission/rejection mail in May and your status on the Self Service site changes (acceptance/rejection). This mail includes information about the visa application as well (Danish residence permit). Payment instructions for attending the programme will be sent to you shortly after.
EU applicants: You have to check your Self Service Site. On 30 July the latest, you will get the information if you are accepted or not. Please read the status thoroughly and follow the instructions.
You are accepted.
Non-EU applicants: Your tuition fees have to be paid before 1 July.
EU applicants: Confirm your spot before 6 August via the Self Service site.
After your confirmation/payment, you will receive a username and password to access a website where you have to upload a picture of you for ordering your student /ID card. Write down your examination number which is mentioned during this step. The ID card will be your identification/key to the examinations and the University building as well as your copy/print card. The student ID will be handed out to you on your first day at the University.
You will receive a username and password for the IT facilities at the University of Southern Denmark. Keep it close to you - you will need it daily once you are started.
Keep yourself updated via our site Introduction days and find your programme (Introduction days for international students > pick the town where your programme takes place or pick the Faculty you are registered for).
Acceptance to a bachelor degree programme is regulated by Decree of Entry to Bachelor Degree Programmes at University Level: ‘Bekendtgørelse om adgang til bacheloruddannelser ved universiteterne (bachelorbekendtgørelsen)’.
In terms of applicants from non-EU / EA countries especially, the Universitetsloven (The University Act) and 'Bekendtgørelse om tilskud og revision m.v. ved universiteterne' (The Decree of Grants and Audits etc. for Universities) is used as the regulations surrounding application fees and tuition fees.
As a public institution, we follow the rules as laid out by 'Forvaltningsloven' (The Administration Act) and 'Persondataloven' (Personal Data Act).
You can find the Decrees and Laws mentioned above at www.retsinformation.dk (in Danish).
Nordic qualifying examinations
Deadline for applications and evaluation
If you hold a qualifying examination from a Nordic country (see below), the deadline for application is 15 March, 12 noon (CET). Your application will be evaluated under quota 2 and quota 1.
You must have passed a qualifying examination to be able to fulfill the requirements of the entrance examination.
- Sweden: a three-year upper secondary school education or similar (Slutbetyg / Eksamensbevis for Högskoleforberedende Eksamen / Eksamensbevis for Yrkesexamen, Gymnasieskolen med grundläggende behörighet)
- Norway: general study competence based on a three-year upper secondary school education at a school of higher education or similar (Vitnemål videregående opplæring / vitnemål fra den videregående skole)
- Iceland: a four-year college degree with at least 140 credits or similar (Stúdentspróf)
- Finland: Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/upper secondary school examination and lukion päättötodistustus/upper secondary school leaving certificate (Ylioppilastutkintotodistus / studentexamensbetyg)
Solely the result of the first examination counts
It is not possible in Denmark to improve an examination result by retaking courses or taking supplementary courses after completing an upper secondary education. Therefore, a Danish average grade from an examination certificate is done on the basis of the original upper secondary school leaving certificate (slutbetyg, vitnemål, studentsprof, avgångsbetyg). Improvements in grades or additional courses must be listed in a separate document.
Specific entry requirements
Besides the entrance examination, you have to fulfill the specific entry requirements of each program. These are typically subjects/courses that are included in the qualifying examination, but in some cases it may be necessary to supplement them after completing the qualifying examination. Check here: Norway / Sweden / Finland / Island 1999 / Island 2008.
Find a step by step guidance about the application process on the site Applicants with a non-Danish entrance examination.
Please notice that all communication concerning your application will be digital. After applying, you will receive a confirmation mail with your username and password for the admission self service site where you have to follow the status of your application thoroughly.
Deadline for applications and evaluation
If you hold an IB Diploma, the deadline for applications is 15 March, 12 noon (CET). Your application will be evaluated under quota 2 and quota 1.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) must have been passed with a minimum of 24 points before a diploma can be issued. If the examination was passed with fewer points, a certificate will be issued. The certificate is not accepted as a qualification for admission to further and higher education in Denmark. Giving SDU access to your Diploma, you need the school code: 000154.
Pass requirements and academic levels
The average obtained from the IB is converted to the 7-point grading scale in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. There are specific admission requirements to programs at the University of Southern Denmark. I.e. you must have achieved certain levels in a number of upper secondary school subjects. Read more about the specific admission requirements. Tables drawn up by the Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation show whether subjects taken in an IB correspond to the required academic levels.
Fulfilment of the specific entry requirements
The university has adopted the conversion system for specific entry requirements shown below. An applicant who has taken his/her IB with English as a main language can be granted exemption from the requirement for English B.
- Danish A1 HL/SL, Danish B HL,Danish A Literature HL/SL
- Danish B SL
- English A1, A2, B all on HL, English A1, A2 both
on SL, A Lit. HL/SL, A Lit. and Lang. HL/SL
- English B SL
- Mathematics HL
- Mathematics SL, Mathematical Methods S
All applicants applying for admission within the two years after having passed a qualifying examination will have their average grade multiplied by 1.08. Check out the rules for allotting a bonus (kvote 1).
If you are living in Denmark as a refugee, you can only apply for our programmes by the time you have been granted asylum in Denmark.
Before you have been granted asylum in Denmark, it is NOT possible to apply for admission at a SDU.
Getting assessed your foreign qualifications
To be prepared for the admission process, you can contact the Ministry of Higher Education and Science to get assessed your foreign degree/qualifications. Find more information directly in their folder or on their website.
Specific entry requirements
Next to the qualifying examination, you have to fulfill the specific entry requirements of a programme.
The specific requirements are courses taken at the Upper Secondary High School at a certain level. You can fulfill these requirements either with the courses on the Diploma of your qualifying examination or with completion.
The specific entry requirements vary from programme to programme.
The course has to be passed
The courses have to be passed with at least the Danish grade 2,0 to meet the specific requirements. Foreign grades will be converted into the Danish grade scale.
Is the course taken on the highest level but unfortunately not passed, SDU will accept documentation of the place of study about having passed the same course at the previous level.
You do not fulfill one or more specific requirements?
You can take completion in the courses and levels which you are not able to fulfill via the qualifying examination. Check the section about completion below for more information.
Requirement of grades
Some Danish taught programmes have a required grade score as part of the entry requirements.
More information can be found on the Danish version of this page.
Why supplement courses and levels?
- If you do not fulfill the specific entry requirements
- If you want to improve your grade point average of the course combination which is mentioned in the requirements to:
- fulfill the requirement of the grades
- improve your chances in quota 2 for programs which assess your application by the average of grade of a specific course or a course combination
- You are not able to improve the grade point average of your qualifying examination.
When can completion take place?
- Before 5 July:
You can take several courses/levels if the completion is finished before 5 July.
- After 5 July (completion during summer): Completion taken after 5 July has to be finished before programme start, i.e. 31 August. Your admission will be conditional until you have passed the completion. Are you taking completion to improve the grade point average of a course combination to fulfill the required score, completion has to be finished before 5 July.
- Some of the Danish programmes have specific requirements for completion – more information can be found on the Danish page