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Quota 1 and 2

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.



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 which qualifications to document.

Deadline for documenting your qualifications

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

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. Below you can read about the quota 2 selection criteria for our English taught Bachelor’s degree programmes.

If you are looking for general information on the different quota 2 criteria that apply 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.

Quota 2 Selection Criteria

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

The criteria for the majority of the bachelor’s degree programmes at Aarhus University are based on a grade point average (GPA) of quota 2 subjects and other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

The assessment of the quota 2 GPA and particularly relevant qualifications

The quota 2 GPA is the first and most important part of your placement on the ranking list of quota 2 applicants. Your ranking on the list can raised if we assess that you have particularly relevant qualifications. We will usually add up to 1,0 to your quota 2 GPA if we assess that you have particularly relevant qualifications.

Particularly relevant qualifications

In addition to the quota 2 GPA we make an assessment of your other qualifications to see if they are particularly relevant for the programme. 

We assess your qualifications by the following criteria:

  1. They must be closely connected to the field of study in the desired Bachelor’s degree programme.
  2. They must not appear by many other applicants.

Work experience, a period spent abroad, or a period at a Danish folk high school, etc. are not per se 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. Also, they must not appear by many other applicants. If a qualification appear in general among the applicants, it is not considered particularly relevant.

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).

Documenting your particularly relevant qualifications

You must 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.

The documentation must be uploaded no later than 15 March.

If you have relevant work experience

If you have work experience you believe is relevant for your application, you can document the work experience with a statement from your employer. The statement must describe your tasks, the period of employment, number of work hours per week and must be certified by the employer.

The statement must also state whether your work was paid or unpaid. You can also upload a copy of your pay slips if the salary is not stated in the statement from your employer.

If you have passed a relevant education

If you have passed part of or a full relevant education, you can document this by certified transcripts and your final Diploma if you have received this. You can also upload a course description of your courses.

If you have other relevant qualifications

If you have other relevant qualifications apart from work experience or education, then you can upload documentation for this to your application. Please note that it is not enough to upload a document where you yourself describe your qualifications. The qualifications must be documented.