Quota 1, 2 and 3

Quota 1

To apply in quota 1 you need to hold a qualifying examination comparable to a Danish qualifying examination and fulfil the specific entry requirements to your desired programme(s).

Application and answer to your application

If you have an international entry exam or an International Baccalaureate (IB) exam the deadline to apply is 15 March at 12.00 noon, also for quota 1 applicants. If you have a Danish qualifying exam the deadline to apply is 5 July at 12.00 noon. Please notice that an International Baccalaureate (IB) exam is considered as an international entry exam even though it is taken in Denmark. Applicants with an International Baccalaureate exam from Denmark or anywhere in the world will therefore have to apply by 15 March at 12.00 noon at the latest.

You can apply for admission through www.optagelse.dk

You will receive an answer to your application on 28 July.

Who is admitted?

The assessment in quota 1 is based on the first completed qualifying examination and the principle of descending order of grade point average (GPA). This means that applicants with the highest GPA are admitted until all student places have been taken. The last applicant’s GPA is the GPA cut-off, and this is first known when the entire admission process is completed on 28 July.

If you apply to a degree programme with unlimited access you are assured a student place provided you meet the admission requirements and provided you have chosen the programme as your first priority.

You cannot improve the GPA from your first qualifying examination. However, you are welcome to take supplementary courses in order to fulfil the admission requirements. The grades from your supplementary courses will not be used in the quota 1 assessment.

Bonus for early study start

If you apply for admission to a degree programme no later than two years after the completion of your qualifying exam, the university will multiply your GPA with 1.08. In 2017 this rule will apply to applicants who have finished their qualifying exam in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Please note that the result from a GIF-examination is not multiplied, nor is international entry qualifications that can only be assessed in quota 2.

Quota 2

All quota 2 applicants must fulfil the requirement of having a qualifying examination comparable to a Danish qualifying examination and fulfil the specific entry requirements to the desired programme(s).

All quota 2 applications are specifically and individually assessed.

Application and answer to your application

Deadline to apply is 15 March at 12.00 noon. You must apply at www.optagelse.dk.

You will receive an answer to your application on 30 July.

Requirements

Depending on the programme(s) you wish to apply for there are different types of quota 2 criterias

Please note that other quota 2 criteria apply for Bachelor’s degree programmes in Economics and Business Administration, International Business Communication and Bachelors of Engineering. More information further down the page. 

There is also special quota 2 criterias for the programmes in clinical dental technichian, dental hygiene and Medicine.

How is your application assessed?

All remaining quota 2 applications are assessed, based on the following:

  1. grade point average (GPA) of quota 2 subjects  and
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

The specific assessment is based on a GPA calculated from the particularly relevant upper secondary school subjects – you can read more about the particular subject average below. The particularly relevant subjects are available in the Study Guide under the specific quota 2 criteria for each Bachelor’s degree programme.

Work experience, a period spent abroad, or a period at a Danish folk high school, etc. are not in themselves considered particularly relevant qualifications in correlation with an application for admission to a Bachelor’s degree programme. Qualifications are only considered relevant if they are closely connected to the field of study in the desired Bachelor’s degree programme.

Until now, examples of other particularly relevant qualifications have been:

Being dispatched as a medical orderly in the defence force in connection with admission to the Bachelor’s degree programme in Medicine (on the other hand, having completed compulsory military service is not considered a particularly relevant condition).

Work as a laboratory technician in a chemical company in connection with admission to the Bachelor’s degree programme in Molecular Biology or Molecular Medicine (on the other hand, having worked in a packing department at a chemical company is not considered a particularly relevant qualification).

You can upload documentation for particularly relevant qualifications to your online application on www.optagelse.dk under "enclosures".

Remember that all relevant qualifications must be documented. If they are not documented, they will not be included in the assessment.

Your documentation must accompany your application and it must clearly state your CPR (civil registration) number or your date of birth. You can upload supplementary documentation until 5 July at 12.00 noon.

The quota 2 assessment to Aarhus University’s business and language programmes and to the bachelor programmes in Engineering are based on other criteria. You can read more about them below.

Quota 2 subject average

The range of the particularly relevant subjects varies from one degree programme to another. The subject average is included in the assessment on the principle of descending order of subject average. This means that applicants with the highest GPAs in the particularly relevant subjects are given highest priority.

In the calculation, the best results for each individual subject are included at the required level or above, regardless of whether the results are achieved by the qualifying examination or by supplementing.

Applicants have the opportunity to improve their average in the particularly relevant upper secondary school subjects by supplementing in the individual subjects. Supplementing with a view to improve your quota 2 GPA must be completed and documented by 5 July at 12.00 noon in the application year

Quota 2 and Bachelor’s degree programmes in Economics and Business Administration (Aarhus) or Marketing and Management Communication

If you apply for admission to the bachelor programmes in Economics and Business Administration (Aarhus) or Marketing and Management Communication at Aarhus University, you should be aware that certain quota 2 objective criteria apply for these programmes. You can see the objective criteria used in the quota 2 assessments for:

Economics and Business administration (Aarhus) here:

Marketing and Management Communication here.  

Please note that these objective criteria are not admission requirements. They are criteria that the final quota 2 assessment will be based on, but only provided that you fulfil the admission requirements to the programme(s). 

Also please notice that activities (including work experience) can only count for a maximum period of 12 months altogether. Marks and levels from your qualifying examination are not included in this 12-month period.

Quota 2 criteria for School of Engineering Aarhus University

If you apply for admission to a Bachelor’s degree programme at the former School of Engineering in Aarhus, you should be aware that certain quota 2 criteria apply for these programmes.

Applications in quota 2 are assessed on an overall evaluation of study potential and a letter of motivation. The assessment includes a number of objective criteria such as grades in certain relevant subjects and other particularly relevant documented qualification including a letter of motivation.

As is the case with applicants in quota 1, applicants in quota 2 must meet the admission requirements regarding a qualifying entry examination and the specific admission requirements.

Objective criteria

You must write a letter of motivation (max 2400 characters) and account for your wish to start at the specific engineering programme. The emphasis will be on whether the applicant expresses an exceptional interest for this specific programme and the subsequent profession. The special interest must be based on knowledge about the bachelor programme and the subsequent profession.

In addition to the letter of motivation the overall evaluation includes relevant education, work experience and stay abroad

The objective quota 2 criteria applies to the programmes in biotechnology, civil and structural engineering, architectural engineering, electronic engineering, information technology, mechanical engineering and healthcare technology engineering.

At our website you can see a full list of our Bachelor’s Degree programmes. In order to view what objective criteria that applies to each individual Bachelor’s degree programme please choose the programme you are interested in.

 How to calculate a Quota-2 Grade Point Average (GPA)

1. If possible we will transfer your grades into a Danish scale (if this is not possible a zero will be used instead and 0.5 point will be withdrawn in the final grade point average, see more below in example 2).

2. If the particularly relevant quota 2 subject includes more grades (for instance grades for oral and written term grades/exams) an average for the particularly subject will be calculated before the final quota 2 GPA is calculated.

3. An average is then calculated from all the quota-2 subjects. This will be your final quota-2 GPA.

 

Notice: Please notice that the subjects from which the Quota-2 grade point average is calculated is not necessarily the same as the specific requirements. Therefore always make sure that you fulfil the specific requirements for the programme(s) that you apply for.

In the study guide you will be able to view the specific requirements and the quota-2 subjects . Just choose a programme and look under the drop down menu Admission Requirements.

Below is an example of a grade point average calculation:

Example 1:

Quota-2 subjects, Cognitive Science

Converted to Danish Grades

Subject average

English B

7 (oral term grade) + 7 (written term grade) + (7 oral exam grade

(7+7+7)/3 = 7

Mathematics B

12

12

History B

10

10

Final quota 2 GPA

 

(7+12+10)/3 = 9,66

 

I do not have all of the listed quota-2 subjects or cannot convert grades into a Danish scale

A quota-2 grade point average is calculated on the same terms as above but if you do not hold a subject or if we cannot convert your grade(s) into the Danish scale, we will use the value of 0 in the calculation. Furthermore we will also subtract 0.5 for each subject where you do not hold the level or where it is not possible to convert your grade(s) into the Danish scale. This is for example present if you have taken an English test (Toefl, IELTS etc). See example below.

Example 2:

Quota-2 subjects, Cognitive Science

Converted to Danish Grades

Subject average

English B

TOEFL test, therefore grade 0 (we cannot convert a TOEFL score into a Danish grade.

0

Mathematics B

12

12

History B

10

10

Final quota 2 GPA

 

((0+12+10)/3) -0.5) =6,8

Quota 3

You will be assessed as a quota 3 applicant if the following goes for you:

  • you are applying for an English taught Bachelor's programme AND
  • you are not an EU/EEA/Swizz citizen AND
  • you do not have a Danish residence that exempts you from payment of tuition fees. In order to find information about what types of residence permits that exempts you from payment of tuition fees please visit: bachelor.au.dk/en/admission/international-applicants/ - "tuition fees"

 

 

Application and answer to your application

Application and documentation deadline: 15 March at 12.00 noon.

You will receive an answer to your application by 1 June at 12.00 noon.

Who is admitted?

As an applicant in quota 3 you must document that you fulfil the requirement of having a qualifying entry examination AND that you fulfil the specific admission level requirements. As an applicant in quota 3 you must be aware of the language requirements. You can only be assessed in quota 3 if you have finished your qualifying exam prior to 15 March in the year of application. If there are more qualified applicants than available student places, applicants will be prioritised according to the same selection criteria as quota 2 applicants.

Applicants in quota 3 normally have to apply for a study residence permit to Denmark and have to pay tuition fees for their studies at Aarhus University.

Application fee

All quota 3 applicants must pay an application fee in order to have their application(s) processed. You can read more about the application fee in the following link: bachelor.au.dk/en/admission/international-applicants/ - go to the section “application fee”.