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Application and selection process in Denmark

Here we explain how to apply to study in Denmark.

A hot tip right away: Almost all universities - not only in Denmark, but worldwide - have a so-called International Office. The International Office is the point of contact for all applicants from abroad. Usually English is spoken. So if you don't understand something or you are missing information, get in touch with the International Office!
Here are two examples:
International Office of the KU - University of Copenhagen
International Office of SDU - University of Southern Denmark

Application in Denmark: dates and deadlines

February 1st: Applications to study in Denmark are possible from February 1st.

1st March: For applicants with a university entrance qualification other than the Danish university entrance qualification, the application must be completed by March 1, 12:00 noon. To be more precise: By then you not only have to send your signature to the university on the "signature page" - it has to be there too. More on that below.

5th July:You can change your priority list of applications until July 5th, 12:00 p.m.
Caution: applicants with a Danish university entrance qualification can apply until July 5th - but not applicants with a non-Danish school leaving certificate!

30th July: You will receive an answer to your application from optagelse.dk by July 30th. This will tell you whether you have been given a place at the university or if you are on a replacement list, and if so: where, or whether you might not be offered a place at the university. So, even if you have applied to several universities, you will only receive one reply.

Application in Denmark: Submit documents later

The application deadline is March 1st - many of them are still in the middle of their Abitur! Do not worry. In any case, you can still submit documents. For example, the Abitur certificate. By when do documents (attachments) have to be submitted for the application? There is no general deadline for this, the universities set that themselves. So look at the website.

More about the admission requirements in Denmark

Recognition and translation of your certificates

The general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), the technical college entrance qualification as well as the subject-related higher education entrance qualification are also recognized in Denmark and, as in Germany, entitle them to study at universities or colleges. German-language certificates are generally recognized in Denmark, so they do not need to be translated. Clarify this with Optagelse (see below) or the university's international office!

Studying in Denmark: where do I apply?

Applications for all Bachelor’s degree programs (1st semester) are submitted to Optagelse.dk, the central Danish institution for university applications. There you fill out the forms (online) and upload all documents there. You only send the signed "Signature page" to the university. You will receive the form with the Optagelse application.
Students changing universities who apply for higher semesters and applicants for master’s courses, on the other hand, apply directly to the universities.

Studying in Denmark: applying to optagelse.dk

In addition to the Danish-language application procedure, Optagelse.dk also offers an English-language application procedure. However, there you can only apply for the completely English-language courses.
When uploading the application documents, problems can arise if the files are very large: A file may have a maximum of 100MB. So if necessary split into several files.

Studying in Denmark: can I apply for more than one degree?

Yes. You can apply for a maximum of 8 courses at the same or different universities at the same time. The order is important because it is a priority list. While you are creating this list, you can change the priorities by moving. You cannot add any new applications after the application deadline, but you can still reorder the priorities until July 5th.

Sign application / signature: the "signature page"

For each of the up to 8 applications you have to sign a form, the "signature page". You will find a button for the pdf form on your priority list for every degree program. Print out the 'signature page' form and sign it by hand (handwritten!). You now have to send the signed 'signature page' to the respective universities. At most universities this is possible by email, but sometimes you have to choose the postal route.

Application deadline: When does the signed "signature page" have to arrive?

If your signed "signature page" is not at the university on March 1st, 12:00 noon, then you are out of the game for this course. That is why scheduling is very important. If the university does not offer the email procedure, i.e. the signature has to be sent by "snail mail", then you have to plan time accordingly. The German Post states that letters to Denmark should be delivered within 6 - 8 working days.

International Office

Almost all universities - not only in Denmark, but worldwide - have a so-called International Office.
The International Office is the point of contact for all applicants from abroad. Working language: Usually English. So: 1. Read carefully on the website, you will find the most important information there. 2. If something remains open: contact the International Office. You can usually find it quickly on the website of the universities and there you will also find the contact options
Here are two examples:
International Office of the KU - University of Copenhagen
International Office of SDU - University of Southern Denmark

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Selection process: Quota 1 and Quota 2

Most courses in Denmark do not have a selection process. Those who meet the general and special admission requirements will be offered a place on the course. However, there are also courses for which there are more applicants than places. A selection will take place there. The selection is made in two quotas: Quota 1 and Quota 2.

Quota 1: Selection based on average grade

In Quota 1, the study places are allocated according to the average of the Abitur grade. The minimum average of the admission process that has just been completed is always published on July 30th.

Quota 2: Selection according to the university's procedures

Quota 2 gives the universities the opportunity to define their own selection process. You can find out more about this on the university's website. Most of the time, it is about subjects that you have to have taken up to your Abitur and / or the number of points you have achieved in certain subjects. You can find out more about this on the university's website.