There are some general rules concerning the application for an undergraduate higher education programme.
On most higher education programmes the applicants are separated into two quotas; 1 and 2. Citizens from EU and EEA with a qualifying exam can be assessed in both quotas. If you have another access basis, e.g. vocational training or single subject courses, you need to be assessed in quota 2.
In both cases (quota 1 and 2) the application deadline is 15 March, at noon. If you finish your exam in June, you can apply before the deadline anyway. In this case you can attach the diploma to your application on optagelse.dk before the 5th of July.
In quota 1 you will only be assessed on basis of the result of your qualifying exam (an upper secondary education); your grade point average (GPA). You must upload your diploma to your application at optagelse.dk. The higher education institution will convert your GPA to the Danish 7 point grading scale, in order to compare your GPA with the GPA’s of the Danish applicants. This requires that your upper secondary school exam can be equated to a Danish upper secondary school exam.
The assessment in quota 1 is based on the principle of descending order of grade point averages. This means that applicants with the highest grade point averages are admitted until all the seats are taken. The last applicant’s grade point average is the minimum GPA for admission, and this is first known when the entire admission process is completed on 5 July. This GPA’s can therefore vary from year to year depending upon the number of applicants, the GPA’s of these applicants and the number of available study spots.
Two different groups of candidates can apply through this quota:
You have an upper secondary education: If your GPA is not high enough for admission in quota 1, you can apply through quota 2 and be assessed on your other qualifications as well. Your application will automatically be assessed in quota 1 simultaneously, so you only have to apply for each programme once.
You have other qualifications than an upper secondary education: You can apply for some programmes based on other qualifications, e.g. vocational training or single subject courses. However, this is only an option for specific programmes, e.g. some professional bachelor degree programmes and academy profession programmes.
Criteria in quota 2
Each higher education institution sets the criteria for admission through quota 2 for each programme. The criteria express the range of qualifications on which the higher education institution evaluates the applicant. You do not need to meet all these qualifications, but the more qualifications you meet, the greater is your chance of admission. Please notice that some programmes might have specified minimum criteria that you have to fulfil. Some higher education institutions request a motivational essay as a part of a quota 2 application.
You will find more information on the specific criteria on the website of each higher education institution. There you will also learn more about which kind of information and documentation they need to assess your quota 2 application. It is very important to do a thorough study of the requirements (criteria and documentation) to be sure that your application can be assessed in quota 2. If you apply for the same programme at different higher education institutions, please note that they might have different quota 2 criteria.
Applying for admission through quota 2 gives you an extra opportunity to be admitted. But it only makes sense to apply, if you actually meet some of the qualifications that the higher education institution asks for.
Admission Test and Interviews
Some programmes only admit applicants through quota 2. These programmes have admission tests, interviews or a combination. The test or interview will take place after 15 March. It is mandatory to attend the test or interview in order to maintain a possibility to be admitted.
Please note that some programmes with admission tests require that you produce different kinds of written material and attach it to your application before the application deadline 15 March, at noon. Learn more on the website of the single higher education institution.