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Admission Requirements

To be eligible to apply for admission to Aarhus University, you must meet the admission requirements.
There are two types of admission requirements:

1) you must have passed a qualifying examination
2) you must meet the specific admission requirements

The general and specific admission requirements for each individual degree programme must be met by all applicants who want to be considered, and must be met whether you are applying via quota 1 or quota 2. In special circumstances, however, it is possible to be granted exemption from the requirements.

Are you in doubt?

If you need help in assessing whether or not you fulfil the requirements for a desired programme, you can receive help and guidance at Aarhus University Information Centre.

Qualifying Entry Examination

To apply to Aarhus University you must have passed one of the following entry examinations before 5 July in the year of application.

  • Danish qualifying exam (stx, hf, hhx, htx)
  • Faroe Island recognized exam
  • Greenland recognized exam (GU)
  • Danish qualifying exam for refugees and immigrants (GIF)
  • International recognized entry exam

Need to know about the qualifying entry examination

  • An entry exam can never become out of date
  • If you have more than one finished entry exam, it is only the GPA from the first exam that can be used in quota 1. A retake exam can never be used in quota 1.
  • The subject levels from additional exam can be used to fulfil the admission requirements in both quota 1 and quota 2.
  • In case you have not finished your entry exam by 5 July (due to illness), your application will not be assessed untill we receive your final diploma.
  • Applicants with an international entry examination are advised to read our language requirements.

Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to having the qualifying examination, you must have particular upper secondary school subjects at certain levels to meet the specific admission requirements. The specific admission requirements can be met as part of your qualifying examination, depending on the branch and elective, or by supplementing.

The course must be passed

The upper secondary subject levels that are admission requirements for degree programmes at Aarhus University must have been passed for the level to be approved. This also applies if the level is taken as part of the qualifying examination. The pass requirement cannot be met by rounding up.

If you do not meet the specific admission requirements, you can supplement your qualifying examination. You can do this via Upper Secondary School Supplementing (GS) – see www.gsdanmark.dk (in Danish only).

You also have the option of having an individual competence assessment of your subject-related qualifications. You need to contact an Adult Education Centre (VUC), where you can have your qualifications assessed to see if they correspond to the required level in a given subject.

If you need to supplement aborad we advise you to contact the admission office first (ba.admission@au.dk) to see if the course will be recognized by the university.

You can read more about the degree programmes and admission requirements in our Study Guide.

Assessment of subject levels from international examinations

Assessment of your subject levels from your foreign entrance examination is based on a comparison to the specific subject levels in the Danish upper secondary school/high school system.

The subject levels are expressed in number hours required for Danish high school students for specific subjects. In order to document your qualification you therefore need to submit documentation from your school of how many hours you have been taught the relevant subject during the last three years of upper secondary school. (1 lesson/hour = 60 minutes).

Please also be aware of our specific language requirements to all degree programmes at Aarhus University.

Propaedeutic teaching – intensive language teaching

On some bachelor programmes at AU you must follow a propaedeutic course before study start. This applies for the bachelor’s degree programmes in Italian (if you do not have Italian at level A) and Arabic (if you do not have Arabic at level A). A propaedeutic course is an intensive language course for those who do not meet the required language level by September 5 in the courses mentioned in the previous parenthesis and will start the proximate January/February.

The study start for applicants who have been admitted and who already meet the required will be in August/September. For the programmes Classical Languages, Theology, Eastern European Studies, Chinese Studies, Brazilian Studies and Japanese Studies propaedeutic teaching is mandatory and study start is in August/September for all admitted.   

Supplementary Subject Levels

Who needs to do supplementary subject levels?

  • If you lack one or two specific subject levels (A,B,C) to fulfil the specific admission requirements for your prefered educational programme
  • If you want to improve you GPA for quota 2 application

It is not possible to improve your GPA for quota 1 by supplementing.

What is a supplementary subject?

At Aarhus University we differentiate between two types of supplementary courses - with two different deadlines:

Ordinary supplementary courses (during the year)

Summer supplementing courses (during the summer)

What can be supplemented?

One or several subjects and levels

One subject, One level

Where to write it in the application?

Cross off in the KOT application-form. Make sure you write which subject, level and end date

Cross off in the KOT application-form. Make sure you write which subject, level and end date

If you supplement during the summer your application will only be considered for conditional admission.

What is the deadline top send documentation to AU?

5 July at the latest

5 September at the latest

Can the grade be used for my quota 2 GPA?

Yes

No

Can the grade be used for the quota 1 GPA No No

How does the university use the grades from the supplementary course?

    • Only grades from supplementary courses finished before 5 July can be used in the assessment.
    • We will always use the highest grade possible at the required minimum level.

    Where can I do a supplementary course?

    • In Denmark supplementary courses are offered by VUC.
    • In case you need to supplement in English you may contact one of the IB schools in Denmark.
    • Language requirements can be fulfilled by taking a language test.
    • If you supplemment outside of Denmark, make sure to check with the admissions office (ba.admission@au.dk), if the supplementary course is accepted.

    Summer Supplement (Conditional Admission)

    Aarhus University offers conditional admission to all Bachelor’s degree programmes at Aarhus University.

    Starting in 2014, applicants can apply for conditional admission to degree programmes that begin in the winter (commencement of studies in January/February). These applicants will be required to take the necessary supplementary courses in the autumn/winter. This option is only available for degree programmes that begin in the winter. Read more in the section ‘Supplementary courses for programmes starting in the winter’ below.

    You can be granted conditional admission regardless of what specific admissions requirement you fail to meet.

    Supplementary courses in the summer

    If you have applied for conditional admission to a degree programme that starts in September, you must document that you fulfil the specific admissions requirement in question by 5 September. You do not have to fulfil this requirement by 5 July, which is the deadline for quota 1 applications and for documentation of all of the relevant information we consider when we process your application.

    If we do not receive your exam certificate by 5 September or if you fail the summer supplementary course, the offer of admission will be withdrawn.

    Supplementary courses for programmes that start in the winter

    Commencement of studies for the following degree programmes is January/February (spring semester), but you must apply for admission to these programmes via KOT (Coordinated Admission) in the spring/summer: Medicine (if you have indicated you prefer ‘winter start’ AND are conditionally admitted with commencement of studies in the winter); Italian language, literature and culture (if you do not have an upper secondary school ‘A’ level or equivalent in Italian); Arab and Islamic studies (if you do not have an upper secondary school ‘A’ level or equivalent in Arabic). If you have applied to one or more of these degree programmes but do not fulfil a specific admissions requirement, you can be admitted conditionally. In this case, you will have to take supplementary courses that will enable you to fulfil the specific admissions requirement in question in the autumn/winter.  However, you do not have to take Italian A or Arabic A as supplementary courses in the autumn/winter, as these programmes include an introductory course in the spring that takes the place of the supplementary course. Please note that indicating a preference for ‘winter start’ when applying to the programme in medicine does not mean that you are guaranteed admission with commencement of studies in the winter. If you have been conditionally admitted and have been assigned to winter start without having indicated it as a preference, and you fail the summer supplementary course, in some cases dispensation may be given allowing you to take the supplementary course in the autumn/winter.
     

    You must document that you have passed the supplementary course for a degree programme with commencement of studies in the winter by 5 February.

    If we do not receive your exam certificate from your supplementary course by 5 February or if you fail the supplementary course, the offer of admission will be withdrawn.

    Admission Course for the Bachelor of Engineering programs – winter start  

    You can, on the below listed bachelor of engineering programs with study start on the proximate January/February, be conditionally admitted if you are taking an admission course that you will finish before February 5th:

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Architectural Engineering
    • Electronic Engineering
    • Information Technology
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Electrical Power Engineering

    Please be aware that the admission process takes place in the spring/summer through www.optagelse.dk

    You must document that you have passed the admission course for a degree programme with commencement of studies in the winter by February 5th

    If we do not receive your exam certificate from your admission course by the 5th of February or if you fail the admission course, the offer of admission will be withdrawn.

    General information

    When you apply via optagelse.dk, you must indicate the subject and the level of the supplementary course you need to take by 5 July. This requirement applies regardless of whether you take your supplementary course in the summer or in the autumn/winter. If you apply for conditional admission, your application will be processed as if you already fulfil the admissions requirements. For degree programmes with restricted admission, your application will be assessed on the basis of a falling quota 1 quotient. This means that applicants with the highest average for the relevant subjects are admitted until there are no places left. If you apply in quota 2, your application will be assessed on the basis of the documentation you upload by 5 July. The mark you receive for your summer supplementary course or your autumn/winter supplementary course will not be included when your quota 2 average mark is calculated if you are applying for admission the same year. 

    When you apply via optagelse.dk, you must confirm that you are registered for a summer supplementary course or an autumn/winter supplementary course that will allow you to fulfil the admissions requirements if you pass.

    Only one subject, one level

    If your admission is conditional, you can only supplement one subject one level up (for example, from C to B level or from B to A level). When you apply, you must indicate that you have registered for a supplementary course. When you pass the supplementary course, you must send an email to optagelse@au.dk and attach the exam certificate from the course. See the deadlines above.

    Conditional admission only applies to your first-priority degree programme

    Please be aware that if you are offered conditional admission to a degree programme, you cannot be admitted to any of the degree programmes you have indicated as lower priority choices when applying. In other words, if you fail your supplementary course, you will not be offered admission to any of the degree programmes you have indicated as lower priority choices.

    Quota 1 and quota 2

    If you apply for admission by 15 March, your application will be considered to both quota 1 and quota 2 if you fulfil the other admissions requirements. However, your application to quota 2 will be assessed on the background of the materials you upload to optagelse.dk by 5 July. This means that you cannot improve your quota 2 average mark for this round of applications by doing a summer supplementary course or an autumn/winter supplementary course.

    Language Requirements

    All bachelor's programmes at Aarhus University are taught in either English or Danish. To the Danish taught programmes applicants must document their Danish and English language qualifications. To the English taught programmes all applicants must document their English qualifications.

    English language requirements

    All applicants must as a minimum document English language qualifications comparable to a Danish secondary school English B level. Some programmes require qualifications comparable to an English A level. All applicants to English taught programmes must document their English qualifications with one of the following English tests.

    • TOEFL
      English B – Test result of at least 560 (paper-based) or 83 (internet-based)
      English A – Test result of at least 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based
      Aarhus University does not accept the TOEFL ITP test unless it is taken at Aarhus University.The Aarhus University TOEFL code is 8935.
    • IELTS:
      English B – Test result of at least 6.5 point
      English A – Test result of at least 7.0 point
    • Cambridge ESOL examinations
      Engelsk B – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
      Engelsk A – Certificate of Proficiency (CPE) or CAE with grade A
    • CEFR validated English language course
      English B C1 level
      English A – C2 level

    The test result must not be more than two years old

    Applicants who are exempted from submitting an English test are:

    • ”Native speakers” with an English taught qualifying exam (including applicants with a qualifying examination from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, or Ireland). Please note that applicants with a qualifying examination from all other countries (including African and Asian countries, where the exam has been taught in English) must submit a test.
    • Applicants holding a Danish/Nordic/Duborg/International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme)/European Baccalaureate (from the “ScholaEuropaea”) entrance examination with an English level the Danish Agency for International Education considers comparable to a Danish B/A level in English
    • Applicants holding an English taught Bachelor’s or a Master's Degree from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, or Ireland. The applicant must document that the programme was taught in English

    Danish Language requirements

    The majority of Aarhus University bachelor's programmes are taught in Danish and require a Danish A level.

    Danish qualifications can be documented as follows:

    • Danish A from a Danish upper secondary school exam ("gymnasium")
      Passed Danish A in "gymnasium" or from VUC
    • Nordic entry examination
      The requirement of Danish A is fulfilled by Norwegians, Swedes, Icelanders, Fins, Faroese, and Greenlanders by having passed Danish, Swedish, or Norwegian at the equivalent level. Icelanders can also meet the Danish A requirement, by having passed Icelandic at an equivalent level or the study test of Danish as a foreign language.
    • The Study-test in Danish as a Foreign Language:
      The study-test in Danish in combination with mother-tongue at the highest level is considered comparable to a Danish A level.
      The Study-test in Danish must be successfully passed with grade 2 in each discipline.
      Applicants for medicine and dentistry must pass the Study-test with a minimum of 7 in each discipline.
      Applicants for Spanish and French must pass the Study-test with a minimum of 7 in the written discipline (and 2 in the other disciplines).
      Applicants for International Business Communication in language and communication must pass the Study-test with a minimum of 10 in each discipline.
    • Applicants who have passed the Danish primary school leaving examination
      Applicants with an International qualifying examination (e.g. International Baccalaureate) who have passed the Danish primary and lower secondary school leaving examination ("Folkeskolens Afgangsprøve - FSA" or "Folkeskolens Udvidede Afgangsprøve") can be granted exemption from the Danish A requirement, provided you document a full passed FSA along with passed mother tongue from your qualifying examination (the grade from the mother tongue is used). Please be aware that Aarhus University only grants exemption if you have a full FSA and the Danish courses must be passed.
    • Applicants who have been issued a certificate with full recognition of Danish at level A.
      Applicants can meet the admission requirement of Danish at level A, if they on a basis of an individual competence assessment done by VUC in Denmark, have been issued a certificate with full recognition of Danish at level A  

    For further information and registration for "Studieprøven", please contact:

    LærDansk LanguageCentre
    Paludan-Müllers Vej 82
    DK-8200 Aarhus N

    Tel.: +45 8732 5400

    E-mail: aarhus@laerdansk.dk

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