How to Apply to an International University in Denmark in 2020

Denmark, the baby Scandinavian country, is one of the best places you could study a Master’s degree. From the low, even free, tuition fees, to the culture and landscapes, Denmark is one of the countries that can perfectly combine campus life and serene atmosphere.

If you wish to make the best out of your best years, you should know a few key facts about applying to a university here. These are:

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Danish universities cover a vast area of subjects, each taught with a perfect combination of theory and practice. Some of the most popular disciplines are:

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We covered the best universities in Scandinavia, but an abridged version of that list, focusing only on Danish universities, is:

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Prepare to apply

Let’s put your mind at ease, and just straight up tell you: Denmark is awesome. Everybody speaks English, people are friendly and the system is quite easy to follow and use. Also, Denmark is third in the top of happiest countries in the world, so you just know they will help you with a smile on their face.

Before you leave, you should remember to check the VISA. Although the process is easier than other countries (looking at you, Australia), you should be sure to get all the documents and all your questions answered before you start applying to your Master’s programme.

And, quick side note, check the website of your choice university, because you will find more details there, along with e-mail addresses and phone numbers from the admission offices. Use them, if you have an urgent question or you just want to make a friend.

Where to apply for a Danish Master’s degree?

Denmark has a special website for applications, as well as a website full of information and trivia for you.

The actual applying for undergraduate degrees will be on, where you can apply for up to 8 programmes, all listed in order of preference. We can only recommend that you research and read all the information they have there, so you could make the best application. As for any country, the better the application, the faster you will be accepted and the quicker your documents will be processed.

To apply for a Master's you have to do it via each degree programme website.

Language requirements for a Danish university application

This will come as a shock, but you will need an English proficiency certificate. I know, I just blew your mind.

All Master’s degrees in Denmark require you to take a language exam and to have passed it with an ‘English B’ or an ‘English A’. We can’t stress this enough, but check your university or your programme page, because they are the only ones who will dictate your degree and what test they wish their future-students have.

Usually, the tests accepted by the admissions offices are:

  • C1 Advanced

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Required application documents

General Application Documents

All applicants, no matter their status or degree, will need to send these documents, translated into English:

  • an internationally recognised Bachelor's degree of good standard or equivalent
  • proof of proficiency in English
  • proof of proficiency in Danish (if the programme is taught in Danish)

Specific entry requirements

Each programme can make its own list of requirements, be it a special course you need to finish or a specific English proficiency grade. Applicants with foreign qualifications can apply to a Danish Bachelor's’s degree when they fulfil all the requirements, including getting a NemID.

All Danish people have a registration number, or a NemID. If you’re a Danish citizen or you have a residence permit, first of all: what are you doing here? You can read this on your own, on the website; second: you still have to apply on the Optalgese website, but you will skip a step.

For the international students missing a NemID, you will receive an extra page, which you will have to print and sign and then send to the institution you are applying to.

For a Master's degree things are simpler. Just follows the specific requirements on the website of your chosen programme. 

University application deadlines for Denmark

You should mark these dates on your calendar with a red marker, because these are the definitive deadlines on the Optagelse website:

  • start of February: online applications start
  • mid-March: deadline for all applicants with non-Danish exams
  • July: deadline for applicants with a Danish Upper Secondary Education
  • end of July: decision letter dispatch

The deadlines for applying to a Master's degree vary according to university, but in general they are:

  • First session application deadlines: February-March
  • Second session application deadlines: September-October

Final steps after receiving your acceptance letter

After you received your acceptance letter and can bask in the glory of studying abroad, you should check your VISA application, as well as a residence permit. The residence permit you will need for studying in Denmark has to be available during your whole stay there.

Remember that VISA and residence permits requirements in Denmark depend on your origin country: more specifically, if you’re from EU/EEA or from a non-EU/EEA country. Or if you’re from Switzerland, modern-day no man’s land.Here is detailed information about the student visa application process for students coming from a non-Eu country:

You don’t need to worry: applying to a university in Denmark is easy and people are willing to help you. The process, even if it will feel difficult sometimes, it is quite user-friendly, just like the country. All you have to do now is to research and start applying. As always, good luck and remember to have fun during your stay.

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