Admission to programmes of higher education in Denmark

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Here you can read about how to apply for admission to a programme of higher education in Denmark

Citizens of Nordic countries have the right to apply for admission on the same terms as Danish citizens. However, all applicants with a foreign examination must apply by 12.00 pm on 15 March at the latest.

The study places available are divided into two quotas: ‘quota 1’ and ‘quota 2’. If you are a Nordic citizen, you will be assessed under both quota 1 and quota 2.

    Quota 1: Application on the basis of upper secondary school education

    In quota 1, you are admitted on the basis of your average grades in the examination that qualifies you for admission. The initial average is the one that applies; no grades from any later, supplementary subjects will count towards the average in quota 1.

    This means that even if you have improved your grade average through supplementary courses since completing your upper secondary school examination, you can only use the average grade in your original examination when you apply for admission under quota 1 to a programme of higher education in Denmark.

    Supplementary courses may however be used to meet the requirements for your level in specific subjects.

    Quota 2: Application on the basis of previous education and other experience

    In quota 2, you are admitted on the basis of an overall assessment. This may include work experience, supplementary education, stays at folk high schools and the like, depending on the individual institution and the specific study programme.


    If you have previously completed courses in a study programme, you can apply for one or more of the subjects to be credited as part of a new study programme.

    All inquiries about this should be directed to the educational institution in question.

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