Application

Application

Choice of study programme

  • Read about the bachelor's programmes offered at Aarhus University and view the requirements for the individual programme in our Studyguide.
  • Contact our Information centre, if you need to talk to a student counsellor

Quota 1

Quota 1 applicants must apply by 5 July at 12.00 noon.

Quota 2

Quota 2 applicants must apply by 15 March at 12.00 noon.

All applicants who fulfil the requirements for assessment in both quotas will be assessed in both - if they apply by 15 March at 12.00 noon. .

International applicants

Please note that all international applicants (including applicants holding an International Baccalaureate) must apply by 15 March at 12.00 noon regardless of whether they wish to be assessed in quota 1 or 2. We do not accept late applications.

How to Apply

Online application

All applicants can apply online via www.optagelse.dk. In order to apply you must use a Danish NemID. If you do not have a NemID or a digital signature you can find guidance on how to apply without NemID at www.optagelse.dk.

When you apply online you will be notified which attachment you must upload before you submit your application. It is your own responsibility to make sure that you have uploaded all relevant documents. Documentation for supplementary subjects or other relevant documentation which is not finished before the 15 March at 12.00 noon can be uploaded until 5 July 12.00 noon (unless you are a quota 3 applicant).

15 March at 12.00 noon: Application deadline for all applicants with an international entry examination, regardless of citizenship or residence status. The only exemption is applicants holding a qualifying exam from The Duborg School or The A.P. Møller School.

Aarhus University and the other higher education institutions in Denmark belong to a joint application system called the Coordinated Enrolment System (KOT). KOT enables you to apply for up to eight different Bachelor’s degree programmes, and ensures that you are admitted to the highest priority possible. In addition KOT makes sure that can only be admitted to one of the Bachelor’s degree programmes you apply for.

You can apply from 1 February

The application portal opens at www.optagelse.dk from 1 February in the year of application.

From 2013 and onwards applications are made online through www.optagelse.dk. From 2013 and onwards it will not be possible to print or hand in paper applications.   

Applying with a Danish NemID

A digital application made with the use of NemID is received in time if the application is approved by the applicant on www.optagelse.dk before the application deadline.  Aarhus University does not receive the application before it is approved on www.optagelse.dk.

Applying without a Danish NemID

If you apply without NemID you will for each applied and approved programme receive a link to a signature page. However, in order to meet the application deadline the signature page must be printed, dated, signed and received by Aarhus University no later than 15 March at 12.00 noon in the application year. In other words the date of receipt of the signature page and NOT the date of approval of the application is the date that is considered in terms of having met the application deadline. Signature pages received after 15 March at 12.00 noon will be rejected due to exceeding of the deadline. 

The printed, dated and signed signature page must be send to either ba.admission@au.dk or the address below:

Aarhus University
Fredrik Nielsens Vej 5,
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark 

Checklist

When you apply you must provide the following information:

  • name, address and CPR number (Danish civil registration number – if you don’t have one, a temporary will be created for you, when you type your name, surname and birth date on www.optagelse.dk)
  • whether you would like to begin in summer or winter, if you apply for Medicine (if more students are admitted to summer start than there are available student places, we will move the youngest to winter start)
  • whether you would like to apply for a standby place
  • whether you are applying for exemption
  • whether you previously have been enrolled in a programme of higher education. In that case you must inform us what programmes you have been enrolled in, how many ECTS credit you have passed and state if you still are enrolled in the programme
  • whether you are submitting documentation after 15 March
  • whether you have supplemented with new upper secondary school subject levels, Danish language requirements, or an English test and when you expect to finish a possible supplementary course or test.

Along with your application you must upload:

  • a certified copy of your secondary degree diploma and grade transcript (please note that we need a copy of the original diploma in the official language and normally a copy of your diploma translated into English by a certified translator if it is not already in English – if you wish to know if you can be exempted from submitting a translation please contact ba.admission@au.dk)
  • documentation of relevant supplementary courses
  • other educational documents (university level or other)
  • documentation of subject levels (number of instruction hours in your upper secondary school and I course descriptions)
  • documentation of your citizenship (passport or ID card)
  • a copy of your residence permit in Denmark, if applicable
  • any additional documentation you wish taken into consideration in the assessment of your application

It is very important that you upload certified copies of your documentation, signed and stamped by the issuing authority.

Standby and Admission Assurance

Standby basically means you are available. If you apply for a standby place and receive a standby admission letter, you must be prepared to accept an offer of a vacant student place during August. If you receive a standby admission letter, but are not offered a student place within the set date, you are given an assurance of admission the following year instead. This means you will be offered a study place on the same degree programme the following year – provided you apply for admission again and meet the admission requirements that year.

If you are offered a place within the standby deadline, you must accept the student place or else you will forfeit the assurance of admission the following year.

Standby is an extra application

You should regard standby as an “extra” application among your other priorities. For example if you apply for Psychology and History in that order, and you have applied for Psychology on standby, you might get a standby place in Psychology and thus not be admitted to History – where you could otherwise have been offered a student place this year. Standby, on the one hand, must therefore be regarded as an extra chance for admission to the degree programme you like. On the other hand, a offered standby place could mean that you will have to postpone your commencement of studies by a year.

How to apply for standby

You have the option of applying for standby for most degree programmes. It is your own responsibility that you declare if you want to apply for standby when you apply on www.optagelse.dk. Please be aware that you can apply for standby to one or more bachelor’s degree programmes.

Admission Assurance

If you have been given admission assurance from the previous year you must make a new application on www.optagelse.dk before 15 March at 12.00 noon (if you hold a Danish qualifying exam the deadline is 5 July at 12.00 noon). Remember to upload your letter of assurance, a copy of your upper secondary school diploma and a copy of supplementary courses if applicable. 

Applicants with admission assurance must meet the specific admission requirements just like all other applicants – even if the specific admission requirements are toughened compared to the year the assurance was given. When applying on www.optagelse.dk please remember to inform that you have admission assurance.

Authorisation

From 2013 application can only be done online through www.optagelse.dk. To send an application you must therefore have access to the internet. You must create an application yourself at www.optagelse.dk.

If you are prevented from contacting us or confirming a possible offered student place in the week after 28 July, you can authorize somebody else to do it.

With the authorisation you authorise another person to look after your interests regarding your application for admission. You can upload an authorisation as an attachment to your application on www.optagelse.dk. You find a form for constructing an authorisation/power of attorney here.

Please remember to print and upload the form to www.optagelse.dk.

Illness

In case you, due to illness, do not finish your secondary school exam prior to the deadline of 5 July at 12.00 noon, you must upload documentation for this matter to your application at www.optagelse.dk before 5 July at 12.00 noon.

If you, due to illness, take exams in August instead, we will not assess your application before you submit your final diploma in August.

Previously Passed Education

Have you previously passed any kind of education at higher level or do you expect to pass any kind of education at higher level before a potential study start?

If you previously have been enrolled and passed courses at higher educational level, or if you currently are enrolled in another higher educational institution and expect to pass courses before a potential study start, you MUST inform us of this in your application. You have to remember to upload documentation for the passed courses. The reason you should enclose and document previously completed courses is that Aarhus University is obliged to make a mandatory assessment with regards to credit transfer/pre-approved courses.

If you fail to inform us and/or give false information on any passed courses at higher educational level you previously have been enrolled in, it may have impact on your opportunities for admission at Aarhus University.

Documentation content for subjects taken at higher educational level:

  • All grades/marks
  • Subject(s), subject level (subject descriptions), and credits/units (i.e. ECTS credits)
  • Certified copies of your documentation signed and stamped by the issuing authority.

If the subject(s) have been earned at Aarhus University it is not a requirement to get the documents signed and stamped.

Previously Enrolled in the Same Programme

Please notice that special rules apply for enrollment and admission to a bachelor’s degree programme if you previously have been enrolled in the same programme.

Admission to the same programme can at the earliest take place 5 months after withdrawal as stated in the executive order “bacheloradgangsbekendtgørelsen”.

If you are readmitted to the same programme that you have been enrolled in before, you must be aware that your previously passed exams and your previously used examination attempts will follow you into your new enrollment, in certain cases also even if you are enrolled under new academic regulations. The same applies for the requirements regarding passing the first-year examinations and possible time limits which are part of the valid academic regulations for the programme.

Please note if you need to apply for dispensation

If you have used your examination attempts or have been administratively withdrawn from the programme you must apply for dispensation from the rules that formed the basis for your withdrawal. Your application for admission can only be assessed if the board of studies grants you the necessary dispensation. Please be aware that a dispensation from the board of studies does not guarantee that you will be admitted, but only that your application for admission will be included in the final assessment.  

Have you passed less than 60 ECTS?

If you have passed less than the first year examinations in the programme you want to apply for readmission to (60 ECTS), you must apply through www.optagelse.dk. Please be aware that the requirement about passing the first year concerns the newest academic regulations for the programme. You can read more about how to apply through www.optagelse.dk here.

Deadline for application

Your dispensation application to apply for re-enrollment must be received by the University no later than 15 March. Please attach relevant documentation such as a study overview including all examination attempts as well as your resignation reason. 

Have you passed more than 60 ECTS?

If you have passed the first year examinations or more under the valid academic regulations for the specific programme you must apply for ‘administrative enrolment’ in terms of transfer or re-enrolment. Your chances of being transferred or re-enroled into the programme depend on several factors. For instance there must be available student places to the programme you want to be transferred or enrolled into and you must not have used all of your examination attempts and last but not least you must meet the current admission requirements.

If you can be re-enroled into the programme you will normally be enrolled under the newest academic regulations. This may imply that you cannot get full credit for all the courses you have passed in the programme before you were withdrawn.

If you previously have been enrolled into the programme you apply for admission to it is a good idea to ask for counselling at the counselling team at the programme. You can contact the counselling team for more information.