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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 deadline 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 will be considered as an international entry exam even though it is taken in Denmark. Applicants with an International Baccalaureate exam from Denmark, or anywhere else in the world, must therefore apply no later than 15 March at 12.00 noon.

You can apply for admission through www.optagelse.dk

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

Who will be 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 will be 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

Please note that the bonus for early study start is removed from 1/1 2020.

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 applications in quota 2 are evaluated specifically and individually.

Application deadline  

The deadline to apply is no later than 15 March at 12.00 noon. You must apply at www.optagelse.dk.

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

You must document your qualifications in quota 2

When you apply for admission in quota 2, you must document your qualifications correctly. If you do not document your qualifications, they will not be part of your quota 2 assessment.

Before you apply, it is very important that you find out which qualifications are important for the specific programme you wish to apply for. On bachelor.au.dk/en/, you can find the programme you are interested in and see how to document your qualifications.

You can use this form to list the qualifications and the documentation you wish to be taken into consideration in the quota 2 assessment of your application.

Deadline for documenting your qualifications

All qualifications must be completed and documented no later than 15 March.

Motivation letter

Please note that a motivation letter is only a requirement for the programmes where it is listed under the quota 2 requirements on the programmes’ websites.

Quota 2 criteria for the English taught programmes 

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

The following information only considers the quota 2 criteria regarding the English taught programmes at Aarhus University; Cognitive Science and Economics and Business Administration.  

If you are looking for general information on the different quota 2 criteria that applies for Danish taught programmes at Aarhus University, please read the Danish version of this website.  

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us at ba.admission@au.dk.

The quota 2 assessment can be divided into the following criteria:

Quota 2 criteria for the Bachelor’s degree programme in Cognitive Science

Overall assessment based on GPA of quota 2 subjects and special qualifications 

The applications for Cognitive Science in quota 2 are assessed through a holistic and concrete assessment based on:

  1. grade point average (GPA) of quota 2 subjects  and
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.
  3. a motivation letter (guide for writing a motivation letter). The letter must be in English

When you apply you will be individually and concretely assessed based on the documentation you have provided us with. All applicants who meet the admission requirements are assessed relative to each other. We offer admission to the applicants, whom we assess to be best qualified in the overall assessment of the GPA of quota 2 subjects and other particularly relevant documented qualifications. 

The admission team conducts a pre-assessment of all quota 2-applications based on the GPA of quota 2 subjects and the particularly relevant qualifications, and thereafter the best-qualified applicants are sent through to the admission committee, who definitively decides which applicants are offered admission for the programme. The admission committee approximately assess 3 times as many applications as the number of available study places. 

The GPA of quota 2 subjects significantly influences the position on our priority list of applicants. You may obtain a higher position if we assess you to have special qualifications. When looking at the quota 2-quotient from the last time, it is always stated that it is merely a guiding quotient. This is because the special qualifications are not included in the GPA but are still taken into account in the overall assessment. Thus, one might as well be granted admission with a lower GPA if special qualifications are assessed to be present. 

GPA of quota 2 subjects 

We conduct a calculation of your GPA based on the programmes particularly relevant courses. Which courses these are can be found in the overview where you select the programme you are interested in applying for. Go to ‘Admission requirements’ to see the programme’s particularly relevant courses. 
Please be aware that the particularly relevant courses not necessarily are the same as the admission requirements. 

We calculate your quota 2 GPA like this: 

  1. If the grades were not initially given on the Danish 7-point grading scale, the grades are converted thereto.  

  1. If the same subject has more than one grade, the average is found for each subject. This might be in a situation in which there is both an oral and a written grade available, or if both yearly grades and exam grades are available.  

  1. Based on the above averages a collective average is calculated which will be your quota 2 GPA. 

You do not have a grade for a quota 2-subject or you do not have the sufficient course level in a quota 2-subject 

If you do not have a grade in a quota 2 subject but only the level (for example through an English test such as TOEFL), 0,5 points will be deducted from the final quota 2 subject average and the grade 0 will be included in the calculation. See example 2 below. 

If you do not have the level for a quota 2 subject, which for example could occur for Psychology where the specific admission requirements and the quota 2 subjects are not the same, 0,5 points will be deducted from the final quota 2 subject average and the grade 0 will be included in the calculation. See example 2 below. 

Improve your chances 

If you are missing a subject or wish to improve your grades, you may search for supplementary courses. In Denmark such courses are offered at VUC/GSK. If you take a supplementary course outside of Denmark, we recommend you to contact us on beforehand at ba.admission@au.dk so we can confirm that the course will be accepted by Aarhus University. You can read more about supplementary courses here.

You must apply before the application deadline on 15 March. The deadline for sending new grades is 5 July. Grades for supplementary courses ending after 5 July cannot be included in the quota 2 GPA. 

Particularly relevant qualifications 

Aside from the quota 2 subject average, the University completes a specific and individual assessment of the application to see if the applicants holds any particularly relevant qualifications. These can be obtained for example through periods spent abroad, work experience, or higher-level education. For the qualification to be considered particular, the following requirements must be met:  

  1. They must be particularly relevant for the programme applied for and  

  1. They cannot be a common qualification among applicants.

If a qualification is common among the applicants for the programme, we do not assess it as special but as a general qualification. This means that a qualification considered special one year may not necessarily be considered special the next year. It depends on which qualifications the candidate field as a whole has in the year, you apply. We never know who is going to apply simultaneously with you, and therefore we always recommend to provide documentation for everything you believe might be relevant. 

Examples of specially relevant qualifications have previously been: Working as a laboratory technician in a chemical organization related to the programme in Molecular Biology or Molecular Medicine (adversely it is not considered a particular relevant situation if you have worked at the packing facility of a chemical organization. Thus, it is important that the special qualifications are closely connected to the programme. 

Remember that you must be able to document all of your qualifications. You can upload your particularly relevant qualifications under the tab ‘Selection of programme’, when you fill out your application on www.optagelse.dk. You can also upload a document to your applicant in which you describe your special qualifications and how they – according to your perception – are related to the programme you are applying for.  

Quota 2 criteria for the Bachelor’s degree programme in Economics and Business Administration

The quota 2-assessment of applications for a majority of the bachelor programmes within the business administration and business language-areas is conducted based on a series of objective criteria. 

Depending on the programme, the objective criteria may include: 

  • Grades and/or course levels in specific subjects such as English, Mathematics, German/French/Spanish  

  • Stay abroad  

  • Work experience relevant to the particular programme  

  • Higher education relevant to the particular programme  

  • Credit bearing higher education  

Please note that the above is not a thorough list, it is merely an introduction for the objective criteria which may be included in a quota 2-assessment. 

The exact objective criteria can be found at each programme’s section on Aarhus University’s website. Go to the overview and select the programme you are interested in applying for. Thereafter, find more information in the section “Admission Requirements” (press the ‘+-symbol’). 

For the selection of the applicants for admission in quota 2 for programmes at Aarhus University with objective criteria, the university conducts a concrete and individual overall assessment of all quota 2-applicants. The overall assessment is based on the provided documentation relating to the objective criteria applicable to the programme applied for. All applicants who fulfill the admission requirements will be assessed relatively to the rest of the candidate field, and the applicant who are assessed to be most qualified based on the proposed objective criteria will be offered admission. 

Please note that several ‘activities’ from the same period of time can be included in the overall assessment. For example, admission to a relevant higher education abroad can both be considered in relation to “higher education relevant to the particular programme” and “stay abroad”.  

Additionally please note, that the maximum period for activities incorporated (including work experience) in the assessment is 12 months in total. Grades and course levels from your qualifying examination along with completed supplementary courses are not part of the 12 months.