English language requirements

All applicants must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium').


English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in Denmark can be documented as follows:

  • TOEFL
    English B – Test result of at least 560 (paper-based) or 83 (internet-based)
    Aarhus University does not accept the TOEFL ITP test.
    The Aarhus University TOEFL code is 8935.

  • IELTS:
    English B – IELTS Academic test result of at least 6.5 points

  • Cambridge ESOL examinations
    English B – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) (from 2017 only grades A, B or C are accepted) or First Certificate with grade A as a minimum.
    Applicants must upload their Confirmation of Entry stating candidate ID number and candidate secret number, which are not stated on the test result itself.

  • CEFR validated English language course
    English B C1 level

In addition, the following applies:

  • The test result must not be more than two years old (does not apply to the diploma from a Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium'))
  • You must upload your test result to your application through the application portal.
  • Both IELTS and TOEFL are offered in Denmark. Students already residing in Aarhus (e.g. current exchange students, who must also document their English language qualifications when applying for a full degree programme) should be aware that TOEFL is specifically offered in Aarhus. Aarhus University no longer offers an institutional TOEFL test (ITP), which is also not accepted from other applicants.

Applicants exempt from submitting an English test are:

  • ”Native speakers” with an English language qualifying exam (including applicants with a qualifying examination from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, or Ireland).

    Please note that applicants with a qualifying examination from all other countries (including African and Asian countries, where the exam has been taught in English) must submit a test.

  • Applicants holding a Danish/Nordic/Duborg/International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme)/European Baccalaureate (from the “ScholaEuropaea”) entrance examination with an English level which is considered comparable to a Danish B level in English by the Danish Agency for International Education. See a comparison of the Nordic subject levels. Please note: This overview is updated once a year in the beginning of March.

  • Applicants with a complete high-school diploma/Upper Secondary School Leaving Examination, English language Bachelor’s or a Master's degree from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland or Ireland. The applicant must document that the programme was taught in English.

  • Applicants with a completed (professional) Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a Danish Educational Institution to which a Danish B level in English (‘English B’) was a requirement at the time of admission.