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Denmark Changes Language Requirement In Master's Degree Admissions

Updated: Oct 28, 2023


Denmark Changes Language Requirement

What is the change?

From this year, all applicants need to declare their English language proficiency by submitting a language exam results to the university, before being fully admitted.

This change concerns all danish universities.

Unless your high-school diploma/bachelor's/master's degree comes from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland or Ireland, you have to prove your language efficiency.

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How much does language course cost?

Which language course you need to take depends on your university.

In most cases, you need to take either IELTS, Cambridge language test or TEOFL (available in Aarhus).

The price for each varies, but prepare at least DKK 1.800,00.

IELTS Academic test can be written both on the computer and by hand, but usually, they are written by hand. They use British English in their listening exercises. The exam takes 2 hours and 45 minutes and you get your score on the 1-9 scale.

TOEFL exam is mainly on a computer with a 4-hour exam that is graded on scale 0-120.

In both cases, exam results are available in 5-15 days after completion. We recommend you check exact dates for the exams in Denmark, as the application deadlines are approaching.

When do you need to have your language test finished?

You do not need to have your language exam finished at the time of submission (AU, SDU...) but you need to declare that you will be taking the exam at a later time - confirmation of enrolment to the language exam.

It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken your English language test and obtained the required result. In that case, you must upload documentation that you have signed up for a test and that you will upload your document later. Please state your expected result date. (Aarhus University)

Keep in mind that the language test cannot be more than 2 years old.

Current exchange students should be aware that they must also document their English language qualifications when applying for a full degree program. (Aarhus University)

When do you need to have your language test finished?

How necessary is this, really?!



Why did it change?

There are no official reports as to why did the language requirement change. We can assume it is yet another way the government is aiming to restrict the number of international students at Danish universities and increasing the quality of education for all.

What is your opinion on this? Let us know in the comments.

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