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International applicants

International applicants

You are welcome to download our short guide for International Applicants to get a quick overview of how to apply for admission to a Bachelor’s degree programme at Aarhus University.

All applicants with a non-Danish qualifying entry examination must apply by 15 March at 12.00 noon. If you have applied by 15 March at the latest, the deadline to submit documentation is 5 July at 12.00 noon for quota 1 and 2 applicants.

Please note that quota 3 applicants must both apply and submit all their documentation by 15 March at 12.00 noon.

Applicants holding a qualifying entry examination from The Duborg School or The A.P. Møller School can apply for quota 1 until 5 July at 12.00 noon.

If you hold a refugee status in Denmark, then you can find further support for the application process at Student Refugees

Qualifying Entry Examination

The following entry examinations qualify for assessment in quota 1 and quota 2:

  • Danish/French Baccalaureate (DFB)
  • European Baccalaureate (EB)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Option International du Baccalaureate (OIB)
  • (I)GCSE and (I)GCSE AS- and A-levels
  • The majority of European upper secondary school exams

The following entry examinations qualify for assessment only in quota 2:

  • American High School diploma in combination with at least one year of higher education (university/college level) or equivalent supplementary subjects or 3 advanced placement tests (AP tests) issued by College Board
  • The majority of Non-European secondary school degrees in combination with at least one year of higher education (university/college level) or equivalent supplementary subjects
  • The majority of European technical/business related secondary school degrees

A full list of qualifying entry examinations can be found at the website for the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

You can find information about the requirement of with at least one year of higher education (university/college level) or equivalent supplementary subjects here.

If you are uncertain about whether or not your entry examination qualifies for admission, please contact Bachelor Admissions at ba@admission.dk.

You will be assessed in quota 3 if you apply for admission to a Bachelor’s degree programme taught in English and you do not hold an EU/EEA/Swiss/Nordic citizenship or a permanent residence permit or a temporary residence permit “with a view to” or “with the possibility of” permanent residency in Denmark.

Conversion of grades

Aarhus University follows the guidelines set by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science in the assessment of applications for Bachelor’s degree programmes with a Non-Danish entry examination. The Ministry website contains guideline conversion tables for a number of selected countries. This conversion only pertains to qualifying entry examinations that can be assessed in both quota 1 and quota 2.

Aarhus University will perform a so-called linear grade conversion, if no guideline conversion tables exist for a country, but the Ministry of Higher Education and Science has provided the lowest passing grade and the highest grade for the relevant country. The linear grade conversion will be based on the lowest passing grade and highest grade on the relevant country’s grading scale and the Danish grading scale. In Denmark, the lowest passing grade is 2 and the highest grade is 12.

Please note that a linear grade conversion can only be used for conversion of single subject grades for a quota 2 assessment, such as a Mathematics grade.

The single subject grade is converted into a number with two decimals between 2 and 12. By rounding this number, it is converted into a whole number grade on the Danish 7-point grading scale.

Converted single subject grades will only be used in the quota 2 assessment – including the quota 2 grade average (GPA) which is based on particularly relevant subjects.

Only grades for upper secondary school subjects are converted according to the above principles.

The above calculation method is approved by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

Specific admission requirements

All applicants must fulfill the specific admission requirements for the desired programme in addition to having a qualifying entry examination.

You can find information about how your qualifying entry examination and your subject levels will be assessed at the website for the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science (only available in Danish).

If you are going to finish a supplementary course after 15 March, then you must list the expected end-date in your application on Optagelse.dk. Furthermore, you must upload a copy of the final documentation that shows that you have passed the supplementary course no later than 5 July at 12.00 noon.    

Norwegian applicants

In order to be considered for a student place, you must: 

  • have passed a qualifying examination 
  • meet the specific admission requirements (which can be found under each programme).

Aarhus University assesses if your foreign exam is qualifying and makes the conversion of your foreign grades and subject levels so it matches the Danish system. This conversion is done by means of guidelines made by The Danish Agency of Higher Education

Norwegian quota - Medicine and Odontology programmes

As a Norwegian applicant, you apply for admission on the same terms as Danish applicants, except Medicine and Odontology. These two programmes have a special quota arrangement (Nordmandskvoten) which means that there is a limit to the number of admitted Norwegian applicants:

Medicine

Max. 21 admissions*

Odontology

 Max. 2 admissions* 


* The numbers include all admissions in quota 1 and quota 2.

 The Norwegian quota applies for applicants having both Norwegian citizenship and holding a Norwegian entry examination.

Please note that the Bachelor’s degree programme in Medicine requires a minimum grade point average of 6.0 on the 7 scale in quota 1 and quota 2. This is the equivalent of a Norwegian grade point average of 4.2 calculated from the grades listed on your førstegangsvitnemål/primærvitnemål. In addition to this, you must also fulfil the specific admission requirements for the programme.

Application deadline March 15th 12.00 noon

This does also apply if you receive your studiekompetanse after March 15th. If you apply at 15 March at the latest you will have the opportunity to document that you fulfil the admission requirements until 5 July at 12.00 noon.

You can a find a list of other other important deadlines here.

Qualifying exam

In order to be eligible to apply for admission, you need to have completed a qualifying exam. For Norwegians applicants this means that you must have achieved generel studiekompetanse by taking a 3 year exam from videregående skole

When you apply for admission in Denmark, it is not possible to improve your grade point average in quota 1 by improving single subject grades or by supplementing subjects after finishing your qualifying exam. This means that the conversion to a Danish grade point average from a Swedish diploma will be converted on the basis of your original førstegangsvitnemål/primærvitnemål. If you do have a copy of a førstegangsvitnemål/primærvitnemål, you may possibly be eligible for admission in quota 2.

Other vitnemål can be used to fulfill the specific requirements, if these are not fulfilled by the subjects on your førstegangsvitnemål/primævitnemål.

Please note that Aarhus University does not accept e-vitnemål.

 On the Agency of Higher Education’s website, you can find a conversion scale, comparing your Norwegian grade point average to a Danish grade point average. Please note that the conversion scales are regularly revised.

Your grade point average will be adjusted with a bonus for early study start if you apply within 2 years after completing your førstegangsvitnemål/primærvitnemål. The adjustment will be made after converting your Norwegian grade point average to a Danish grade point average.

Specific admission requirements

In addition to having a qualifying examination, you must have particular upper secondary school subjects at certain levels to meet the specific admission requirements. You can find the specific requirements under each programme. Just choose the menu Admission Requirement.

In the following link to you will be able see how we convert your Norwegian subject level into a Danish subject level. You will therefore by means of this link from the Danish Agency of Higher Education be able to convert your Finnish subject level and see if you fulfil the specific requirements.

Please note: The conversion table are revised each year at the beginning of March. Therefore, there may be changes to the table close to the application deadline.

If you have other subjects than the stated, Aarhus University will make an individual assessment of your application. In this case, you must upload a course description of the relevant subject to your application at www.optagelse.dk.

If you do not hold the necessary upper secondary school subjects, but have taken similar subjects at a högskole or a university, Aarhus University will make an individual assessment of these as well. In this case you must upload a course description of the relevant subject to your application at www.optagelse.dk, if you do not fulfill the specific requirements.

About Danish as a Specific Admission Requirement (Danish A)

The majority of Aarhus University’s bachelor’s degree programmes are taught in Danish. As a rule, you can expect that the teaching and the exams are conducted in Danish and that a large proportion of the curriculum is in Danish.

This means that applicants that apply to a Danish taught degree must document Danish qualifications comparable to Danish A level

Norwegian applicants fulfill the requirement of Danish A by passing Norwegian on a comparable level (see the subject conversion table below).

Bergentesten, passed with ”Godt bestået” in combination with mother-tongue at the highest level is considered comparable to a Danish A level.

Supplementary subjects

If you do not fulfil the specific admission requirements for your desired programme you can take a supplementary course. You may take supplementary subjects in Denmark as well as in Norway but be careful that you are supplementing the correct subject level. If you are currently taking a supplementary subject, you must state this in your application at www.optagelse.dk.

The deadline for uploading documentation for passed subjects is July 5th. The documentation must be uploaded to your application at www.optagelse.dk.  

Supplementary subject after July 5th

It is possible to take one supplementary subject during the summer (or fall, if you apply for a programme that has study start in February). You must state in your application that you are taking a supplementary subject after July 5th and state what subject and level you are taking. You application will be assessed for conditional admission.

Application and documentation

You must apply online on www.optagelse.dk. You must upload your documentation here as well. Please remember to send in the signature page before the deadline if you do not hold a “NemID”.

Read more about the application process.

When you apply for admission, you must upload the following documentation in order to document that you fulfil the Specific Admission Requirements and have Qualifying Exam. You must also upload documentation for any other academic qualifications that you have (remember that your documentation should be signed and stamped by the issuing authority):

  • Copy of your Førstegangsvitnemål/Primærvitnemål – signed and stamped by your school
  • Any supplementary subject diplomas (e.g. Realfag)
  • Any diplomas and course descriptions for subjects taken at a högskole or university if you do not hold the necessary upper secondary school subjects

Depending on your situation, it may be relevant for you to upload the following:

Swedish applicants

As a Swedish applicant, you apply for admission on the same terms as Danish applicants. In order to be considered for a student place, you must:  

  • have passed a qualifying examination 
  • meet the specific admission requirements (which can be found under each programme).

Aarhus University assesses if your foreign exam is qualifying and makes the conversion of your foreign grades and subject levels so it matches the Danish system. This conversion is done by means of guidelines made by The Danish Agency of Higher Education

Application deadline March 15th 12.00 noon

This does also apply if you receive your eksamensbevis/slutbetyg after March 15th. If you apply at 15 March at the latest you will have the opportunity to document that you fulfil the admission requirements until 5 July at 12.00 noon.

You can a find a list of other Other important deadlines here.

Admission to the Medicine Programme

Please note that the Bachelor’s degree programme in Medicine requires a minimum grade point average of 6.0 on the 7 scale in quota 1 and quota 2. This is the equivalent of a Swedish grade point average of 14.6 calculated from the grades listed on your Eksamensbevis/Slutbetyg. In addition to this, you must also fulfill the specific admission requirements for the programme.

Qualifying exam

In order to be eligible to apply for admission, you need to have completed a qualifying exam. For Swedish applicants this is a 3 year exam from Gymnasieskolen.

If you hold an Eksamensbevis for Högskoleforberende Eksamen, Gymnasieskolen, the following programmes makes you eligible to apply for admission in quota 1 and quota 2:

  • Ekonomiprogrammet
  • Estetiska programmet
  • Humanistiska programmet
  • Teknikprogrammet
  • Naturvetenskapsprogrammet
  • Samhällsvetenskapsprogrammet

If you hold a Slutbetyg fra Gymnasieskolen, the following programmes makes you eligible to apply for admission in quota 1 and quota 2:

  • Naturvetenskapsprogrammet (NV)
  • Samhällsvetenskapsprogrammet (SP)
  • Estetiska programmet (ES)
  • Teknikprogrammet (TE)
  • Programmet with the term "närliggende".

If you hold another exam than the ones stated, you can find out if it is qualifying for applying in quota 1 or quota 2 by reading The Agency of Higher Education’s guidelines .

When you apply for admission in Denmark, it is not possible to improve your grade point average in quota 1 by improving single subject grades or by supplementing subjects after finishing your qualifying exam. This means that the conversion to a Danish grade point average from a Swedish diploma will be converted on the basis of your original Eksamensbevis/Slutbetyg. If you only upload a copy of your Samlede betygsdokument, you may possibly be eligible for admission in quota 2.

Improved subjects and supplementary subjects must therefore appear on a separate document and can be used to fulfill the degree specific requirements, if these are not fulfilled by the subjects on your original Eksamensbevis/Slutbetyg.

On the Agency of Higher Education’s website, you can find a conversion scale, comparing your Swedish grade point average to a Danish grade point average. Please note that the conversion scales are regularly revised.

Your grade point average will be adjusted with a bonus for early study start if you apply within 2 years after completing your Eksamensbevis/Slutbetyg. The adjustment will be made after converting your Swedish grade point average to a Danish grade point average.

Specific admission requirements

In addition to having a qualifying examination, you must have particular upper secondary school subjects at certain levels to meet the specific admission requirements. You can find the specific requirements under each programme. Just choose the menu Admission Requirement.

In the following link to you will be able see how we convert your Swedish subject level into a Danish subject level. You will therefore by means of this link from the Danish Agency of Higher Education be able to convert your Finnish subject level and see if you fulfil the specific requirements.

Please note: The conversion table are revised each year at the beginning of March. Therefore, there may be changes to the table close to the application deadline.

If you have other subjects than the stated, Aarhus University will make an individual assessment of your application. In this case, you must upload a course description of the relevant subject to your application at www.optagelse.dk.

If you do not hold the necessary upper secondary school subjects, but have taken similar subjects at a higher education, Aarhus University will make an individual assessment of these as well. In this case you must upload a course description of the relevant subject to your application at www.optagelse.dk, if you do not fulfill the specific requirements.

About Danish as a Specific Admission Requirement (Danish A)

The majority of Aarhus University’s bachelor’s degree programmes are taught in Danish. As a rule, you can expect that the teaching and the exams are conducted in Danish and that a large proportion of the curriculum is in Danish.

This means that applicants that apply to a Danish taught degree must document Danish qualifications comparable to Danish A level

Swedes fulfil the requirement of Danish A by passing Swedish on a comparable level (see the subject conversion table below)

Supplementary subjects

You may take supplementary subjects in Denmark as well as in Sweden but be careful that you are supplementing the correct subject level. If you are currently taking a supplementary subject, you must state this in your application at www.optagelse.dk.

The deadline for uploading documentation for passed subjects is July 5th. The documentation must be uploaded to your application at www.optagelse.dk.  

Supplementary subject after July 5th

It is possible to take one supplementary subject during the summer (or fall, if you apply for a programme that has study start in February). You must state in your application that you are taking a supplementary subject after July 5th and state what subject and level you are taking. You application will be assessed for conditional admission.

Application and documentation

You must apply online on www.optagelse.dk. You must upload your documentation here as well. Please remember to send in the signature page before the deadline if you do not hold a “NemID”.

Read more about the application process.

When you apply for admission, you must upload the following documentation in order to document that you fulfil the Specific Admission Requirements and have Qualifying Exam. You must also upload documentation for any other academic qualifications that you have (remember that your documentation should be signed and stamped by the issuing authority):

  • Copy of your original Eksamensbevis/Slutbetyg
  • Any supplementary subject diplomas (samlat betygsdokument)
  • Any higher education diplomas and course descriptions if you do not hold the necessary upper secondary school subjects

Depending on your situation, it may be relevant for you to upload the following:

Contact

If you have any questions, you are of course welcome to contact us by writing to ba.admission@au.dk.

Icelandic applicants

As an Icelandic applicant, you apply for admission on the same terms as Danish applicants. In order to be considered for a student place, you must therefore:

  • have passed a qualifying examination 
  • meet the specific admission requirements (which can be found under each programme).

Aarhus University assesses if your foreign exam is qualifying and makes the conversion of your foreign grades and subject levels so it matches the Danish system. This conversion is done by means of guidelines made by The Danish Agency of Higher Education

Application deadline March 15th at 12.00 noon

This does also apply if you receive your stúdentsprof after March 15th. If you apply at 15 March at the latest you will have the opportunity to document that you fulfil the admission requirements until 5 July at 12.00 noon.

You can a find a list of other Other important deadlines here

Admission to the Medicine Programme

Please note that the Bachelor’s degree programme in Medicine requires a minimum grade point average of 6.0 on the 7 scale in quota 1 and quota 2. This is the equivalent of a Icelandic grade point average of 7.2 calculated from the grades listed on your Stúdentspróf. In addition to this, you must also fulfill the specific admission requirements for the programme.

Qualifying exam

In order to be eligible to apply for admission, you need to have completed a qualifying exam. For Icelandic applicants this is a 4 year stúdentspróf including a minimum of 140 Einigar (Ein) or 200 Framhaldsskólaeinigar (Fein).

When you apply for admission in Denmark, it is not possible to improve your grade point average in quota 1 by improving single subject grades or by supplementing subjects after finishing your qualifying exam. This means that the conversion to a Danish grade point average from an Icelandic stúdentprof will be converted on the basis of your original stúdentspróf. If you only upload a copy of an improved Stúdentspróf, you may possibly be eligible for admission in quota 2.

Improved subjects and supplementary subjects must therefore appear on a separate document and can be used to fulfill the degree specific requirements, if these are not fulfilled by the subjects on your original stúdentspróf.

On the Agency of Higher Education’s website (unfortunately only in Danish), you can find a conversion scale, comparing your Icelandic grade point average to a Danish grade point average. Please note that the conversion scales are regularly revised.

Your grade point average will be adjusted with a bonus for early study start if you apply within 2 years after completing your stúdentspróf. The adjustment will be made after converting your Icelandic grade point average to a Danish grade point average.

Specific admission requirements

In addition to having a qualifying examination, you must have particular upper secondary school subjects at certain levels to meet the specific admission requirements. You can find the specific requirements under each programme. Just choose the menu Admission Requirement.

In the following link to you will be able see how we convert your Icelandic subject level into a Danish subject level. You will therefore by means of this link from the Danish Agency of Higher Education be able to convert your Icelandic subject level and see if you fulfil the specific requirements.

About Danish as a Specific Admission Requirement (Danish A)

The majority of Aarhus University’s bachelor’s degree programmes are taught in Danish. As a rule, you can expect that the teaching and the exams are conducted in Danish and that a large proportion of the curriculum is in Danish.

This means that applicants that apply to a Danish taught degree must document Danish qualifications comparable to Danish A level

Icelandic applicants fulfil the requirement of Danish A by passing Icelandic on a comparable level (see the subject conversion table)

Please note: The conversion table are revised each year at the beginning of March. Therefore, there may be changes to the table close to the application deadline.

If you do not fulfill the specific requirement for the desired programme, you must pass supplementary subjects before July 5th.

If you have other subjects than the stated, Aarhus University will make an individual assessment of your application. In this case, you must upload a course description of the relevant subject to your application at www.optagelse.dk.

If you do not hold the necessary upper secondary school subjects, but have taken similar subjects at a higher education, Aarhus University will make an individual assessment of these as well. In this case you must upload a course description of the relevant subject to your application at www.optagelse.dk, if you do not fulfill the specific requirements.

Supplementary subjects

If you do not fulfil the specific admission requirements for your desired programme you can take a supplementary course. You may take supplementary subjects in Denmark as well as in Iceland but be careful that you are supplementing the correct subject level. If you are currently taking a supplementary subject, you must state this in your application at www.optagelse.dk.

The deadline for uploading documentation for passed subjects is July 5th. The documentation must be uploaded to your application at www.optagelse.dk.  

Supplementary subject after July 5th

It is possible to take one supplementary subject during the summer (or fall, if you apply for a programme that has study start in February). You must state in your application that you are taking a supplementary subject after July 5th and state what subject and level you are taking. You application will be assessed for conditional admission.

Application and documentation

You must apply online on www.optagelse.dk. You must upload your documentation here as well. Please remember to send in the signature page before the deadline if you do not hold a “NemID”.

Read more about the application process.

When you apply for admission, you must upload the following documentation in order to document that you fulfil the Specific Admission Requirements and have Qualifying Exam. You must also upload documentation for any other academic qualifications that you have (remember that your documentation should be signed and stamped by the issuing authority):

  • Copy of your original Stúdentspróf
  • Any supplementary subject/course diplomas
  • Any higher education diplomas and course descriptions if you do not hold the necessary upper secondary school subjects

Depending on your situation, it may be relevant for you to upload the following:

 

Contact

If you have any questions, you are of course welcome to contact us by writing to ba.admission@au.dk.

Finnish applicants

Finnish applicants apply for admission on the same terms as Danish applicants. In order to be considered for a student place as a Finnish applicant, you must therefore:  

  • have passed a qualifying examination 
  • meet the specific admission requirements (which can be found under each programme).

Aarhus University assesses if your foreign exam is qualifying and makes the conversion of your foreign grades and subject levels so it matches the Danish system. This conversion is done by means of guidelines made by The Danish Agency of Higher Education

Application deadline 15 March at 12.00 noon

This does also apply if you receive your Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/studentexamensbetyg after 15 March. If you apply at 15 March at the latest you will have the opportunity to document that you fulfil the admission requirements until 5 July at 12.00 noon.

You can a find a list of other Other important deadlines here.

Admission to the Medicine Programme

Please note that the Bachelor’s degree programme in Medicine requires a minimum grade point average of 6.0 on the 7 scale in quota 1 and quota 2. This is the equivalent of a Finnish grade point average of 6.9 calculated from the grades listed on your Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/ studentexamsensbetyg and Lukion päättötodistustus/avgångsbetyg fra gymnasiet. In addition to this, you must also fulfill the specific admission requirements for the programme.

Qualifying exam

In order to be eligible to apply for admission, you need to have completed a qualifying exam. For Finnish applicants this is a Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/studentexamsensbetyg from Lukiokoulutus/gymnasieutbildingen.

Finnish applicants must have both the Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/studentexamsensbetyg and the Lukion päättötodistustus/avgångsbetyg fra gymnasiet in order to be considered for admission.

On the Agency of Higher Education’s website (unfortunately only in Danish), you can find a conversion scale, comparing your Finnish grade point average to a Danish grade point average. Please note that the conversion scales are regularly revised.  

Your grade point average will be adjusted with a bonus for early study start if you apply within 2 years after completing your Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/studentexamsensbetyg. The adjustment will be made after converting your Finnish grade point average to a Danish grade point average.

Specific admission requirements

In addition to having a qualifying examination, you must have particular upper secondary school subjects at certain levels to meet the specific admission requirements. You can find the specific requirements under each programme. Just choose the menu Admission Requirement.

In the following link to you will be able see how we convert your Finnish subject level into a Danish subject level. You will therefore by means of this link from the Danish Agency of Higher Education be able to convert your Finnish subject level and see if you fulfil the specific requirements.

Please note: The conversion table are revised each year at the beginning of March. Therefore, there may be changes to the table close to the application deadline.

If you do not hold the necessary upper secondary school subjects, but have taken similar subjects at a higher education, Aarhus University will make an individual assessment of these as well. In this case you must upload a course description of the relevant subject to your application at www.optagelse.dk, if you do not fulfil the specific requirements.

About Danish as a Specific Admission Requirement (Danish A)

The majority of Aarhus University’s bachelor’s degree programmes are taught in Danish. As a rule, you can expect that the teaching and the exams are conducted in Danish and that a large proportion of the curriculum is in Danish.

This means that applicants that apply to a Danish taught degree must document Danish qualifications comparable to Danish A level

Finnish applicants fulfil the requirement of Danish A by passing Swedish on a comparable level (see the subject conversion table).

Please note: The conversion table are revised each year at the beginning of March. Therefore, there may be changes to the table close to the application deadline.

Supplementary subjects

If you do not fulfil the specific admission requirements for your desired programme you can take a supplementary course. You may take supplementary subjects courses in Denmark as well as in Sweden but be sure that you supplement the correct subject at the right level. If you are currently taking a supplementary subject, you must state this in your application at www.optagelse.dk.

The deadline for uploading documentation for passed subjects is July 5th. The documentation must be uploaded to your application at www.optagelse.dk

Supplementary subject after July 5th

It is possible to take one supplementary subject during the summer (or fall, if you apply for a programme that has study start in February). You must state in your application that you are taking a supplementary subject after July 5th and state what subject and level you are taking. You application will then be assessed for conditional admission.

Application and documentation

You must apply and upload documentation online on www.optagelse.dk . Please remember to send the signature page before 15 March if you do not hold a “NemID”.

Read more about the application process.

When you apply for admission, you must upload the following documentation in order to document that you fulfil the Specific Admission Requirements and have Qualifying Exam. You must also upload documentation for any other academic qualifications that you have (remember that your documentation should be signed and stamped by the issuing authority):

  • Copy of your Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/Studentexamensbetyg
  • Copy of your Lukion päättötodistustus/avgångsbetyg fra gymnasiet
  • Any supplementary subject/course diplomas
  • Any higher education diplomas and course descriptions, if you do not hold the necessary upper secondary school subjects

Depending on your situation, it may be relevant for you to upload the following:

Contact

If you have any questions, you are of course welcome to contact us by writing to ba.admission@au.dk.

Pre-assessment

A pre-assessment can help you determine, if you meet the academic requirements for a specific Bachelor’s Degree programme. If you are unsure about whether or not you meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree programmes that you are interested in, Aarhus University can make a pre-assessment prior to your application for admission. A pre-assessment is not a guarantee of admission. It is only an assessment of your academic qualifications.

We make pre-assessments from 15 September to 1 December. If you wish to have a pre-assessment made, you must send an email to ba.admission@au.dk with a pre-assessment request. You will then receive an email from us regarding how you submit your educational documents in order to have a pre-assessment made.

Application fee – non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens

You are required to pay an application fee of DKK 750 per applicant (app. EUR 100 per applicant) in order to have your quota 3 application(s) processed.

You are a quota 3 applicant if you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizen and you are applying for an English taught Bachelor's programme. For further details, see here bachelor.au.dk/en/admission/quota-1-2-and-3/.

Exceptions from payment of application fee

  • holding a permanent residence permit in Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands).
  • holding a temporary residence permit “with a view to” or “with the possibility of” permanent residency in Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands).
  • who are 'permanently resident' in one of the other Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland), cf. Article 1 of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Order No 54 of 17 June 1999 between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden regarding access to further education, provided they maintain their official, permanent residence in that country while enrolled at Aarhus University, which means they cannot actually move to Denmark while studying. Before the commencement of each semester, applicants and students must provide documentation of the continued official residence in the other Nordic country e.g. by submitting documentation of their tax liability in that country.
  • with a residence permit granted on the grounds of family reunification;
  • having become EU citizens pursuant to the Executive Order on Residence in Denmark for Aliens Falling within the Rules of the European Union (EU Residence Order).
  • children of workers from non-EU/EEA countries having been granted a residence permit pursuant to Section 9M (previously 9C) of the Danish Aliens Act and whose parents have been granted residence permits pursuant to Section 9A of the Danish Aliens Act.
  • with a dual citizenship (EU/EEA + non EU/EEA) who decide to enter Denmark as an EU/EEA citizen (using both citizenships to enter Denmark is not possible).

Applicants with a temporary work permit in Denmark (e.g. green card) must pay application fee.

Please contact ba.admission@au.dk in due time before the application deadline if you are unsure whether you must pay application fee.

Terms of payment

  • You must pay the application fee when you apply for admission and 15 March at the latest
  • Payment can only be made in EURO and only through the web shop.
  • Your receipt for payment must be uploaded to each of your possible applications for admission.
  • Your application(s) will only be processed if the total fee amount is paid by the application deadline.

Refund policy

  • Your application fee will be reimbursed if you accept an offer of admission, have paid your tuition fee and are still enrolled at Aarhus University by 1 October.
  • The application fee will only be reimbursed through the web shop.
  • If you are not offered admission, your application fee will not be reimbursed. 

The deadline for paying application fee is 15 March at 12:00 noon.

Tuition fees

All EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are exempt from payment of tuition fees.

Students liable to pay tuition fees

All non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens (including students holding a British national overseas passport) are liable to pay tuition fees.

Exempt from payment of tuition fees are students:

  • with a residence permit granted on the grounds of family reunification, cf. section 9(1) or 9c(1) of the Danish Aliens Act as a consequence of a familial relationship to a foreigner with a residence permit pursuant to section 7(1) or (2) or section 8(1) or (2), cf. executive order of amendment no. 231 of 12 March 2019 on funding and auditing at the universities.
  • having become EU citizens pursuant to the Executive Order on Residence in Denmark for Aliens Falling within the Rules of the European Union (EU Residence Order).
  • having been granted a full scholarship pursuant to the Ministerial Order on Scholarships with Grants to Cover Living Costs Incurred at Universities (Scholarship and Grant Order);
  • children of workers from non-EU/EEA countries having been granted a residence permit pursuant to Section 9M (previously 9C) of the Danish Aliens Act and whose parents have been granted residence permits pursuant to Section 9A of the Danish Aliens Act.
  • with a dual citizenship (EU/EEA + non EU/EEA) who decide to enter Denmark as an EU/EEA citizen (using both citizenships to enter Denmark is not possible).

Payment and study residence permit

You cannot obtain a study residence permit in Denmark without having paid your tuition fees. Aarhus University is not allowed to inform The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration of your expected arrival before you have paid your tuition fees. In addition, after that date, the Agency will spend up to two months dealing with your application for a study residence permit. Thus, for you to obtain your study residence permit in due time before commencement of studies, we strongly advise you to pay your first tuition fee instalment two-three months in advance.

Documentation

If applicable, your current residence permit in Denmark must always be uploaded in your application(s) for admission in order for Aarhus University to determine whether or not you are liable to pay tuition fees.

In case of changed residence status during your enrolment, you must always notify Aarhus University and submit your new residence permit. Please use the contact information below.

Questions and contact

For further information, please contact AU Studies Administration, Admissions:

Annual tuition fee rates

The tuition fee rates are determined by the university faculties and may be subject to change, also for enrolled students during their degree programme.

Tuition fee rates for non-EU/EEA students for academic year 2019-20:

Tuition fee rates for non-EU/EEA students for academic year 2018-19:

Terms of payment and refund policy

Valid from 1 January 2012

Payment and fees

  • Tuition fees are payable biannually before the start of each semester.
  • The instalment paid per semester corresponds to 30 ECTS credits.
  • Top up students must always pay for the total number of remaining ECTS for the Bachelor’s degree programme before commencement of studies.

  • It is not possible for full-degree students to pay tuition fees in smaller instalments.
  • Students with a workload in excess of 30 ECTS credits per semester are billed separately for the additional ECTS credits.
  • The tuition fees are paid for the total number of ECTS credits, regardless of the period of enrolment.
  • Students who take single-subject courses are billed for the specific single-subject ECTS credits.
  • Books and other course material are not included in the tuition fees.
  • The tuition fees payable for the individual study programmes are shown in the list of tuition fee rates.

Payment on commencement of studies (first semester)

  • The tuition fees must be received by the university 15 June at the latest (summer admission to Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes).
  • The deadline for payment of tuition fees is 1 December for winter admission to Master’s degree programmes.
  • The early deadline is to ensure that students obtain a study residence permit in Denmark in due time before commencement of studies.
  • In the case of non-payment of the tuition fees by the due date, the offer of admission is withdrawn.
  • No refunding of tuition fees is possible after the date of commencement of studies.
  • Students who receive federal aid from the U.S. government to fund their studies are not required to pay tuition until they have received their first loan disbursement, which occurs around the month of October for the autumn semester, and February for the spring semester.

Payment for subsequent semesters

  • As from the second semester, tuition fees must be received by the university prior to the start of the semester, i.e. by 1 September for the autumn semester and by 1 February for the spring semester.
  • The payment of tuition fees is for 30 ECTS credits per semester for the prescribed standard number of semesters for the completion of the degree programme. After the prescribed standard period of study, the degree programme is deemed to have been paid for, and enrolment may be prolonged without additional tuition fees being charged.
  • Students who are granted a credit transfer from earlier studies may be charged reduced tuition fees. The reduced tuition fees are charged for the semester in respect of which the credit transfer is granted and based on the ECTS weighting approved by the university.

Delays and special leave

  • Tuition fees corresponding to 30 ECTS credits are paid in advance for each semester until the degree programme has been paid for, regardless of delays relative to the prescribed standard period of study.
  • The tuition fees entitle students to three exam attempts in accordance with the applicable exam regulations.
  • No tuition fees are payable by students who have been granted special leave from the start of a semester, regardless of the period of leave. The payment of tuition fees is resumed as from the first semester following the end of the period of leave.
  • If special leave is granted after the first date of a semester in respect of which tuition fees have been paid, the tuition fees will not be refunded to the student, but will be transferred to the first semester following the end of the period of leave.
  • The study activity rules on special leave apply irrespective of the payment of tuition fees.

Payment in connection with full scholarships (tuition waiver)

  • Students who have been granted a full scholarship are entitled to sit three exam attempts for each course.
  • The tuition waiver and monthly grant is cancelled for students who do not meet the study activity requirements for retaining the scholarship as stated in the student’s scholarship letter, and such students are required to pay for the remaining ECTS credits if they wish to remain enrolled in the degree programme.
  • Students who have started writing their thesis, but who have been delayed relative to the prescribed period of study, are not charged for the ECTS credit weighting of the thesis. However, an agreement concerning the submission of the thesis must always be made pursuant to applicable rules.
  • Other terms regarding full scholarships with or without a grant to cover living costs are set out in the contract made by the student and the university (the scholarship letter).

Payment in case of changed/expired residence status in Denmark

  • Students who are granted a permanent residence permit in Denmark in the course of a semester will still have to pay tuition fees until the following semester if the validity of the residence permit falls after 1 March for the spring semester and after 1 October for the autumn semester.
  • Students who are granted a permanent residence permit in Denmark which is valid from before 1 March in the spring semester and before 1 October in the autumn semester may apply for a refund of the tuition fees paid for the relevant semester, always provided that proper documentation for the new residence permit is submitted. If the residence permit is valid from a later date, the tuition fees paid for the relevant semester are not refunded.
  • Applicants who at the time of application have a temporary residence permit “with a view to” or “with the possibility of” permanent residency in Denmark that expires before 1 October (for the autumn semester) and before 1 March (for the spring semester) must pay tuition fees, unless they no later than 1 April (commencement of study 1 September) or 1 November (commencement of study 1 February) provide a letter of receipt from the issuing Danish authority that they have applied for a renewal of the current residence permit in Denmark.
  • In the event that a student’s status changes in the course of a semester to the effect that the student no longer holds a permanent residence permit in Denmark, tuition fees must be paid from the following semester.
  • Students are required to provide the university with documentation of any such change of status.

Payment in case of changed residence status in the EU/EEA

  • Non-EU/EEA students with a residence permit in the EU/EEA, but without EU/EEA citizenship, cannot be exempted from payment of tuition fee.
  • Students who are granted status as an EU/EEA national, valid from before 1 March in the spring semester and before 1 October in the autumn semester, may apply for a refund of the tuition fees paid for the relevant semester, always provided that proper documentation for the new residency is submitted.
  • Students who change their residency status from non-EU/EEA national to EU/EEA national in the course of a semester will still have to pay tuition fees until the following semester if the validity of the change to EU/EEA national status falls after 1 March for the spring semester and after 1 October for the autumn semester.

The above is stipulated pursuant to Section 3 of the

Ministerial Order no. 598 of 8 March 2015 on Funding and Accounts, etc. at Universities.

Transfer student and credit transfer

Please note that applicants with non-Danish qualifications cannot apply for transfer. If you wish to transfer to Aarhus University from an non-Danish institution, you must apply for regular admission. If you are granted admission, Aarhus University will always assess whether credit transfers may be granted for previously passed courses or subjects.

Would you like to be transferred to a degree programme at Aarhus University from the same degree programme from another Danish university? Find information on how to transfer here.

Brexit – how will it affect you as a student?

British students applying for a full degree at Aarhus University from fall 2019

The United Kingdom has decided to leave the EU. It is yet unknown what the impact of the decision will be within the area of education, and in particular, how it may effect tuition fees for UK citizens at Danish institutions. As soon as the University has any confirmed information concerning the status of UK students, it will be posted on this website: https://international.au.dk/life/studentscomingtoau/brexit-how-will-it-affect-you-as-a-student/

Until now, UK students have not been charged tuition fees as pertaining to their EU citizen status. This may change when the UK leaves the EU. Students applying for admission in 2019 are advised to take note of the undetermined situation.

Please read more on the Brexit-page of the Danish Foreign Ministry

And also on the page of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science – regarding tuition fees and student grants

For full degree students currently enrolled at Aarhus University

The British government and the EU have reached an agreement on a Withdrawal Agreement, which secures rights for EU citizens in the United Kingdom and for British citizens in the EU.

If the Withdrawal Agreement is not approved and the United Kingdom leaves the EU without an agreement (the no deal-scenario), the Danish government is expected to put forward a legislative proposal to extend your existing EU rights as a student in Denmark for a transitional period.

Please read more on the Brexit-page of the Danish Foreign Ministry

And also on the page of the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science – regarding tuition fees and student grants

 

Should you have any further questions regarding admission to full degree Bachelor’s programmes and Brexit, please contact ba.admission@au.dk.