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Studying at the University of Copenhagen as a refugee

The University of Copenhagen offers a wide range of studies, and refugees are welcome to apply to the relevant programmes. You can choose between undergraduate programmes (Bachelor’s degree) and graduate programmes (Master’s degree). Learn more about the different programmes at studies.ku.dk.

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Assessment of your qualifications

Please visit the website of the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education for general information about admission to higher education in Denmark and assessment of qualifications.

It is a good idea to get the agency’s assessment of your foreign qualifications before you apply for admission to higher education.

The University of Copenhagen offers a preliminary assessment of your educational credentials from 1st of September to 12th of December each year. The assessment will show to what degree your educational credentials (degrees, diplomas or certificates) meet the University of Copenhagen’s admission requirements for each of your chosen bachelor’s programmes. You need to attach all your examination documents, in order for us to carry out the assessment. You will receive a detailed assessment within 6-8 weeks from applying. The preliminary assessment is only valid for admission to bachelor’s (undergraduate) programmes at University of Copenhagen.

Please use the University’s standard application form if you want us to assess your qualifications. You will be able to find the form on this page after 1st of September.


Study structureTil toppen

The study structure at the University of Copenhagen is divided into three levels and follows a 3+2+3 structure. Three years of undergraduate studies lead to a Bachelor’s degree, and an additional two years lead to a Master’s degree. Only the structures of a few degrees differ from this model.

All Master's degrees obtained from the University of Copenhagen can be extended by three more years of postgraduate work leading to a PhD degree.

See more about the study structure


TuitionTil toppen

Refugees who have a temporary residence permit with the possibility of permanent residence are exempted from paying tuition fees for their studies in Denmark and at the University of Copenhagen.

Read more about tuition fees at studyindenmark.dk.


SU – State Educational Grant and Loan SchemeTil toppen

Refugees who have been accepted into a study programme at the University of Copenhagen must apply for equal status with Danish citizens in order to be eligible for educational support (SU).

You can read more about how to receive SU as a foreign citizen at Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education's website.


Graduate studiesTil toppen

The University of Copenhagen offers a wide range of Master's degree programmes taught in English. See the full list of programmes.

Admission requirement

In general, admission to a Master’s programme requires successful completion of a relevant and recognised university degree equivalent to a Danish Bachelor’s degree in level and content. The admission requirement and procedures for the specific Master's programmes are described in the presentation of the individual programmes.

When and how to apply

Enrolment takes place once or twice a year depending on the Master's programme. Deadlines may vary among the programmes. Please consult the individual programme description for information about deadlines (for the programme you are interested in).

If you wish to apply for admission to a Master's programme, you must use the online application portal. Read more on how to create an application on the online application portal.

Each Master's programme has its own deadlines, admission requirement and regulations for the exact documentation which needs to be provided along with the application. Before you submit your application, please review the website for the programme you wish to apply to.

For more information about Master’s programmes go to studies.ku.dk/masters.


Undergraduate studiesTil toppen

All undergraduate programmes at the University of Copenhagen are taught in Danish.

Below is the most important information:

Admission requirements

The Danish admission system is built around upper secondary school education. The University of Copenhagen welcomes applications from students of all nationalities and with upper secondary school/high school diplomas from all countries.

In order to be eligible for admission to a Bachelor’s degree programme, you need to fulfil the following admission requirements:

  • General admission requirement
  • Specific admission requirements
  • Danish language qualifications

General admission requirement

The general admission requirement is that you have accomplished upper secondary school/high school education. The requirement may vary depending on which country you have obtained your diploma from. For some countries the upper secondary school education is not enough and needs to be supplemented by one or two years of further education.

You can read more about foreigners' qualifications for admission to higher education in Denmark at the website of the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education.

Specific admission requirements

In addition to the general admission requirement, all study programmes (in Danish only) require further qualifications in specific subjects. All applicants need to fulfil the requirement of Danish A-level and English B-level. Other specific requirements may be competences in Mathematics, Natural Sciences, History or foreign languages. The competences need to be evidenced by upper secondary school qualification or supplementary courses. Another requirement may be a certain grade average in specific subjects.

See examples of specific admission requirements

The diploma results obtained in the home country are converted to the Danish equivalent subjects according to the rules set by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education. Please see their handbook of international examinations for more details (in Danish only).

Danish language qualifications

As the University of Copenhagen only offers Bachelor's degree programmes taught in Danish, all applicants with foreign examinations need to fulfil Danish language qualifications. This means that you need to have academic language skills in Danish: writing, reading, understanding and speaking Danish at a high level. You can obtain Danish language qualifications by passing the 'Studieprøven i dansk', which is a nationally recognised test for foreign language speakers administered by numerous language schools in Denmark.

Read more about the admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes at the University of Copenhagen.

When and how to apply

Enrolment for Bachelor’s degree programmes takes place once a year - on 1 September. The only exception is the degree course in Economics where students are usually enrolled twice a year - on 1 September and 1 February.

All applicants with foreign examinations (regardless of nationality) must submit their application before 15 March for enrolment 1 September. You apply for admission to the University of Copenhagen’s Bachelor’s degree programmes via www.optagelse.dk. Please note that the information at www.optagelse.dk regarding the University of Copenhagen is in Danish only, as all of our Bachelor's degree programmes are taught in Danish.

Read more about the application process.