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International Baccalaureate (IB)

Application

The application deadline is 15 March at 12.00 noon regardless of whether you apply for admission in quota 1 or 2 or if you earn your IB diploma in the year of application. You must apply for admission through www.optagelse.dk.

All requirements must be documented by 5 July at 12.00 noon unless you earn your qualifying examination in the year of application – see the section ‘assessment of your application’ below.

I earn my IB-Diploma this year

You must inform your IB-coordinator to register you at IBNETs “result service” if you earn your IB diploma in the year of application. This is to ensure that Aarhus University has access to your IB-diploma online. The Aarhus University institution code is: 000150.

Aarhus University is aware that upcoming IB students will receive their diplomas after the final documentation deadline 5 July at 12:00 noon. Therefore, it is very important that Aarhus University has access to your IB-diploma online. Remember to get a receipt, in order to document your registration. Any other documentation you would like to be considered in your application must be uploaded 5 July at 12 noon at the latest.

If you are completing a retake in the year of application, you will also need to inform your IB-coordinator to register you at IBNETs “result service”. Furthermore, you must upload your original diploma programme course results to your application on www.optagelse.dk and inform us in your application that you will be completing a retake.    

Please note that if you are a paying applicant, then you cannot apply if you earn your IB exam in the year of application as the documentation deadline for paying applicants is 15 March at 12:00 noon.

Assessment of your application

In order to apply for Aarhus University, you must have received an IB Diploma and a minimum of 24 points.

Diploma Programme (DP) Course Results

A Diploma Programme (DP) Course Results of at least 18 points and a minimum grade of 3 in all subjects is only admissible by an IB Diploma (retake) or in combination with supplementary courses. Please note that these supplementary courses are offered by VUC/GSK, not by the Aarhus University, and are all taught in Danish. The following rules apply to VUC/GSK supplementing:

  • At least two individual subjects (HF-enkeltfag) or GSK subjects.
  • At least 1 A-level subject and at least 1 B-level subject.
  • Subjects at C-level cannot be included.
  • The subjects must be passed.

Please contact ba.admission@au.dk if it is not possible for you to take a Danish taught supplementary course.

IB results

IB results are converted to the Danish grading scale according to the guidelines set forth by the Danish Agency for Higher Education. Applicants with an IB diploma will receive the bonus for early study start (multiplication of quota 1 grade point average with 1.08) if the IB exam is no more than two years old in the year of application.

Applicants who have a Diploma Programme (DP) Course Results with at least 18 points and a minimum grade of 3 in all subjects and who meet the requirements for supplementary courses, will have their quota 1 grade point average calculated on the basis of the point result from of the Diploma Programme (DP) Course Results.

Applicants who have a Diploma Programme (DP) Course Results with grades lower than 3 and who subsequently receive an IB Diploma will have their quota 1 average calculated on the basis of the point result from the IB Diploma.

Applicants with IB Certificates are assessed on the same terms as applicants with Diploma Programme (DP) Course Results.

The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science have created an FAQ for IB-students, where you can find further information about Diploma Programme (DP) Course Results and IB Certificates. The FAQ is currently only available in Danish.

IB subject levels

Applicants with an IB diploma must meet all the specific entry requirements. Aarhus University follows the guidelines set forth by the Danish Agency for Higher Education in the assessment of subject levels.

However, please note the following assessments:

Global Politics SL/HLRecognised as Social Science B in combination with Economics SL/HL
Math StudiesRecognised as Mathematics C    
Pre-IB subjectsRecognised as C-level in Denmark    

Exemptions: Danish and English

For the study programmes where Danish A is a requirement, Aarhus University accepts:

Danish A1 HL

Danish A literature HL

Recognised as Danish A

Danish A1 SL

Danish A literature SL

Danish A2 HL and SL

Danish B HL

Recognised as "Study Test in Danish as a Second Language" in combination with mother tongue or English A SL/HL

If your A1 or A2 language is not one of the Nordic languages, you need to pass the Studytest in Danish language or document your language skills in another way. Read more about the Danish language requirement.

If you apply for an English taught Bachelor’s degree programme, you must document that you fulfil the requirement of English at B-level with a single subject GPA equivalent of 3.0 on the Danish 7-point scale as a minimum. Therefore, the following applies:

English A1, A2 or B HL,

English A1 or A2 SL

English A Literature or English A Language and Literature HL

English A Literature or English A Language and Literature SL

Recognised as English A. Must be passed with a minimum IB grade of 3.
English B SL

Recognised as English B. Must be passed with a minimum IB grade of 4 for English taught programmes.

The subject must be passed with a minimum IB grade of 3 for Danish taught programmes.

It is not possible to grant a dispensation for the English language requirement if you do not have English as a subject on your IB Diploma and do not fulfil the abovementioned requirements.

You can find more information about the English language requirement here.