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How to apply

Online application

All applicants must 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.

You will be notified about which documentation you must upload, before you submit your application. It is your own responsibility to make sure that you have uploaded all relevant documents.

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 you can only be admitted to one of the Bachelor’s degree programmes you apply for.

You can apply from 1 February

The application portal www.optagelse.dk opens at 1 February. 

Please note that all applications must be submitted online through www.optagelse.dk.

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 sent through our web form.

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)
  • if 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)
  • if you would like to apply for a standby place
  • if you are applying for exemption
  • if 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
  • if you are submitting documentation after 15 March
  • if 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.

Qualifying Entry Examination

To apply to Aarhus University you must hold a qualifying entry examination. This must be passed before 5 July in the year of the application (unless you are a paying applicant).

If you have more than one finished entry examination, it is only the Grade Point Average (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 exams can be used to fulfil the admission requirements.

A qualifying entry examination can never be outdated.

Most common qualifying entry examinations:  

  • Danish qualifying exam (stx, hf, hhx, htx)
  • Danish qualifying exam for refugees and immigrants (GIF)
  • 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 general secondary school exams
  • American High School diploma in combination with at least one year studies at university/college level or 3 advanced placement tests (AP tests)
  • The majority of Non-European secondary school degrees in combination with at least one year studies at university/college level
  • The majority of European technical/business related secondary school degrees
  • Nordic exams
  • Faroe Islands recognised exam
  • Greenland recognised exam (GU)

A full list of qualifying examinations can be found at the website for the Danish Agency for International Education

More details for international applicants here

Applicants with an international entry examination are advised to read our language requirements.

If you are unsure whether or not you fulfil the requirements for a desired programme, you are welcome to contact ba.admission@au.dk

Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to having the qualifying examination, you must have specific upper secondary school subjects at certain levels to meet the specific admission requirements. You can fulfil the specific admission requirements through your qualifying examination or by supplementing.

The course must be passed

You must have received a passing grade in your upper secondary subject levels in order for them to fulfil the specific admission requirements. This also applies if the level is taken as part of a qualifying examination. The pass requirement cannot be fulfilled by rounding up the grade.

Supplementing

You can supplement your qualifying examination, if you do not meet the specific admission requirements.

In Denmark, you can do this via Upper Secondary School Supplementing (GS) – only available in Danish.

Outside Denmark, the following international courses are generally recognised by Aarhus University:

  • (International) general certificate of education (IGCE) offered by a recognised institution such as Pearson and Cambridge (Subjects taken at AS-level are comparable to the B-level in Denmark whereas subjects taken at A-level are comparable to the A-level in Denmark)
  • Advanced placement tests (AP test) issued by the college Board

You can contact our admissions office if you plan to take supplementary courses outside Denmark at ba.admission@au.dk. Please enclose a course description.

In Denmark, you also have the option to receive an individual assessment of your qualifications in order to fulfill one or more specific admission requirements. Contact an Adult Education Centre (VUC) to hear about individual assessments of your qualifications.

Assessment of subject levels from international examinations

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

Comparison of the subject levels is partly based on how many hours of teaching you have had in each subject. Therefore, you need to submit documentation from your school stating how many hours you have been taught in the relevant subjects during the last three years of upper secondary school. (1 lesson/hour = 60 minutes).

Please also note our specific language requirements to all Bachelor's degree programmes at Aarhus University.