The application to the educational programme you wish to study can be a long process – from gathering all the documentation to the moment you fulfil all requirements and are able to send your application.
In this section, you will find the steps you need to follow in order to apply for a higher education programme.
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Check the requirements of the programme you wish to apply for.
In case of doubt, contact the Higher Education Institution.
Read more about requirements & recognition
In order to certify your educational background most of the programmes usually ask for:
- Certificate for high school level
- Certain language level – Danish or English (depending on the programme you wish to enrol in)
- Transcript (your academic record)
- Motivational letter and CV. (Check with the study guidance of the education you want to access if it is needed)
We recommend as a first step to send all the documents you have to the responsible person or department of the study programme that you wish to access.
If translation is required it must be done by an official institution. When applying for an assessment, you can address your municipality to help you finding a translator. Your municipality might cover the expenses of your translation, but always double check with them.
Once you send your original documents along with the translations, the higher education institution will let you know if you need to get your certificates recognised as well.
If you are not able to provide some of the documents nor fulfil all requirements, take a look at the section how to fulfil requirements.
Ask your education institution if this is needed.
Each particular higher education institution decides if your original documents along with the translations are eligible for admission or if they need to be assessed by the Agency first.
You can find the steps to ask for a qualifications assessment in the section Requirements & Recognition.
Depending on whether you choose a programme that is taught in English or Danish, you will need to prove a certain language level.
You will find further information about language requirements and courses in the section Language Requirements.
Please note that it is up to each higher education institution to establish which language level is required to access.
If your study programme requires you to include a motivational letter and/or CV, you can find advices and tips for the elaboration of both in the section Motivation Letter and Curriculum Vitae.
You need to present your request through the national admission website: www.optagelse.dk and not directly to the educational institution.
You can apply for a maximum of 8 programmes at the same time.
Create your digital application at www.optagelse.dk attaching all the documents required by the programme you want to be enrolled in.
In case you do not have a CPR number yet, you can still use the online service. You just need to print a signature page generated automatically on optagelse.dk after finishing your digital application.
You need to send this page directly to the educational institutions you are applying to. If you are applying to several educational programmes, you have to send the signed paper to every institution.
The educational institutions cannot retrieve your application before they have received your signed signature page.
Use this guide to apply without CPR.
Due to a high number of applicants, in some undergraduate higher education programmes, the admission is restricted.
Therefore, you need to consider through which quota you think you have more chances of being accepted:
A) Quota 1: You can apply as quota 1 if:
- You have achieved a certain grade point average in your upper secondary education. The grade point averages are, normally, published 28 July every year. The educational institution will convert your GPA to the Danish 7-point grading scale.
B) Quota 2: You have to apply as quota 2 if:
- Your GPA (in the upper secondary education) is not high enough for admission in quota 1, you can apply through quota 2 and be assessed on your other qualifications as well.
- or if you have other qualifications than an upper secondary education.
In this case, you can apply for some programmes based on other qualifications, e.g. single subject courses.
However, this is only an option for specific programmes, e.g. some professional bachelor degree programmes and academy profession programmes.
Each educational institution sets the criteria for admission through quota 2 for each programme.
You will find more information on the specific criteria and documentation on the website of each educational institution. If you apply for the same programme at different educational institutions, please note that they might have different quota 2 criteria.
If you have more questions about the online application you can raise a request directly to optagelse.dk.
- 1 February: The website optagelse.dk opens for applications.
- 15 March: Deadline for quota 2 applications. See 7 d. for explanation.
Deadline for all applicants with non-Danish exams. Optagelse.dk will close at 12 noon (CET).
- 5 July: Deadline for quota 1 applications for applicants with a Danish Upper Secondary Education. Optagelse.dk will close oat 12 noon (CET).
- 28 July: The applicants will receive a decision letter.
You will be able to apply for Master programmes through the website of each institution.
Deadlines for sending the application for a Master’s degree will vary.
Contact the university you want enrol in or check the information on the universities website.