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Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Almost all Bachelor’s degree programmes require qualifications comparable to a Danish secondary school English at B-level. However, a few programmes require qualifications comparable to a Danish secondary school English at A-level.

When you apply for an English taught Bachelor’s degree programme with a non-Danish qualifying entry examination, then you will be required to take an English language test.

You can also fulfil the requirement of English at B-level for our English taught Bachelor’s degree programmes with your English subject if you hold one of the following qualifying entry examinations:

  • A Danish qualifying entry examination
  • A Nordic qualifying entry examination
  • A qualifying entry examination from the Duborg school/A.P. Møller School
  • A qualifying entry examination from International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme)
  • A qualifying entry examination from European Baccalaureate (from the “ScholaEuropaea”)
  • A non-Danish qualifying entry examination with an English subject level that Aarhus University assesses as fulfilling the requirement of minimum English at B-level.

Please note that if you fulfil the English at B-level requirement from one of the abovementioned qualifying entry examinations, then you must have passed the English subject with a single subject GPA equivalent of 3.0 on the Danish 7-point scale.

If you have English at A-level, then you must have passed the English subject with a single subject GPA equivalent of 2.0 on the Danish 7-point scale.

Please note: English language tests cannot fulfil the specific admission requirement of English for Danish taught programmes. This means that an English language test cannot be used to fulfil the requirement of English at B-level for the Bachelor’s programmes in Medicine or Psychology for example.

However, for English taught Bachelor’s programmes, an English language test can be taken into account in the assessment of whether the specific programme requirement, English at B-level, is fulfilled. This means that an English language test can be taken into account in the assessment for Economics and Business Administration (both Aarhus and Herning), Cognitive Science, and Global Management and Manufacturing.

We accept the following English language tests:

TOEFL:

English B – Test result of at least 83 (internet-based)

English A – Test result of at least 100 (internet-based)

Aarhus University accepts the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition test.

Aarhus University does not accept the TOEFL ITP or paper-based tests (this includes the TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution).

When you sign up for a TOEFL test, you must request the test center to add Aarhus University as a recipient of your test result in order for us to verify your test result.

The Aarhus University TOEFL code is 8935.

IELTS:

English B – IELTS Academic test result of at least 6.5 points overall.

English A – IELTS Academic test result of at least 7.0 points overall.

Cambridge ESOL examinations:

English B – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) (only grades A, B or C) or First Certificate with grade A or 180 points as a minimum on the Cambridge English Scale.

English A – Certificate of Proficiency (CPE) or CAE with grade A or 190 points as a minimum on the Cambridge English Scale.

If you take a Cambridge/Oxford test – you must share your results with Aarhus University via the Candidate Results Website (candidates.cambridgeenglish.org). To access this website you must register using your ‘Candidate ID’ and ‘Secret Number’ (obtained from your exam centre). We do not accept test results that cannot be verified through the Cambridge website.

In addition, the following applies:

We do not accept IELTS and TOEFL tests that are more than 2 years old at the time of the application deadline. Cambridge tests do not have an expiration date.

You must upload your test result and your receipt for registration to the test to your application on www.optagelse.dk.   

If you receive your test result after the application deadline, you must upload your test result to your application on www.optagelse.dk, however no later than the documentation deadline

Applicants who are exempted from submitting an English test are:

Applicants holding a Danish/Nordic/Duborg/International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme)/European Baccalaureate (from the “ScholaEuropaea”)  qualifying entry examination with an English level the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education considers comparable to a Danish B-level in English and which is passed with a single subject GPA equivalent of 3.0 on the Danish 7-point scale as a minimum. If you have English at A-level, then you must have passed the English subject with a single subject GPA equivalent of 2.0 on the Danish 7-point scale.

A completed high-school diploma/Upper Secondary School Leaving Examination, English language Bachelor’s or a Master's degree from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland or Ireland. The applicant must provide documentation that the programme was taught in English.
Please note that applicants with an English language qualifying examination or degree programme from all other countries than the above-mentioned must submit a test.

Applicants holding a Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abiturzeugnis) from Germany with the subject English Leistungsfach/eA level. The subject must be passed with a single subject GPA equivalent of 2.0 on the Danish 7-point scale.

Danish Language Requirements

The majority of Aarhus University bachelor's programmes are taught in Danish and require a Danish A level.

Please note that if you have a non-Danish qualifying entry examination, then there is a specific admission requirement of Danish at A level for the Bachelor of Engineering programmes. However, this does not apply if you have a qualifying entry examination from Denmark.

Be aware that the Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering programmes have a specific admission requirement of Danish at A level for all applicants.    

Danish qualifications can be documented as follows:

  • Danish A from a Danish upper secondary school exam ("gymnasium")

Passed Danish A in a Danish secondary school exam ("gymnasium") or from VUC

  • Nordic entry examination

The requirement of Danish A is fulfilled by Norwegians, Swedes, Fins, Faroese, and Greenlanders by having passed Danish, Swedish, or Norwegian at the equivalent level. Icelanders can meet the Danish A requirement by having passed Danish at an equivalent level or the study test of Danish as a foreign language.

  • The Study-test in Danish as a Foreign Language:

The study-test in Danish in combination with passed mother-tongue at the highest level is considered comparable to a Danish A level (the teaching language in the secondary school exam is considered the mother tongue and the grade from the mother tongue is used, provided the grade is convertible).

The Study-test in Danish must be successfully passed with grade 2 in each discipline. Applicants for medicine and odontology must pass the Study-test with a minimum of 7 in each discipline. 

Applicants for Spanish and French must pass the Study-test with a minimum grade of 7 in the written discipline (and 2 in the other disciplines).

Applicants for International Business Communication must pass the Study-test with a minimum grade of 10 in each discipline.

  • Applicants who have passed the Danish primary school leaving examination

Applicants with an International qualifying examination (e.g. International Baccalaureate) who have passed the Danish primary and lower secondary school leaving examination ("Folkeskolens Afgangsbevis - FSA" or "Folkeskolens Udvidede Afgangsbevis") can be granted exemption from the Danish A requirement, provided they document a full passed FSA along with passed mother tongue from their qualifying examination (the teaching language in the qualifying examination is considered the mother tongue and the grade from the mother tongue is used, provided the grade is convertible). Please be aware that Aarhus University only grants exemption if you have a full FSA in which reading, spelling, written production and oral must be passed. Aarhus University does usually not grant exemption from the Danish A requirement based on a diploma for Danish taken as a single subject at Danes World Wide (“folkeskolens afgangsprøve enkeltfag”) or Danish taken as a single subject comparable to the Danish level in the Danish lower secondary examination. 

  • Applicants who have been issued a certificate with full recognition of Danish at level A.

Applicants can meet the admission requirement of Danish at level A, if they on the basis of an individual competence assessment done by VUC in Denmark, have been issued a certificate with full recognition of Danish at level A  

For further information and registration for "Studieprøven", please contact:

CLAVIS
Ingerslevs Boulevard 3
8000 Aarhus C
Tel.: +45 41 73 81 00
Email: clavis.aarhus@clavis.org