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English language requirements

All applicants must provide documentation of English language qualifications identical or comparable with an 'English B level' with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium').

Please note that the requirements have been updated in 2020!

Your qualifications MUST be documented by uploading one of the documents seen below. All other kinds of documentation are invalid.

If your documentation does not fall within one of the exceptions listed below, you must enclose a test (see the list below). Applications without valid documentation will be rejected.

The test result CANNOT be submitted after the application deadline.

We DO NOT grant exemptions from the English language requirements.

See our FAQ page (Academic background and Admission - Language skills) if you have any questions.

Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium')

  • Diploma from Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasiebevis').

    The diploma must state B level in English.

    • Do you have an old diploma from Danish upper secondary without a level in English please see this "Oversigt over niveaubetegnelser" from 2011.

    • Applicants with a Danish degree (HF/STX) similar to the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium') can get their qualifications assessed if the diploma does not state that English was taught on B level. Please see this page: Individuel Kompetencevurdering (IKV)

Language tests (TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge)

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

    English B = Test result of at least 83 (internet-based test, TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test).

    • Aarhus University does not accept the TOEFL ITP, TOEFL Essentials, TOEFL MyBest scores or paper-based tests (incl. TOEFL ITP Plus for China Solution).

    • When you sign up for a TOEFL test, you must request the test center to add Aarhus University as a recipient of your test result in order for us to verify your test result.
      The Aarhus University TOEFL code is 8935.

      Please see this page about registering for TOEFL test

  • IELTS:
    English B = IELTS Academic test result of at least 6.5 points (in the overall band score).

    • Please see this page about registering for IELTS test

  • Cambridge ESOL examinations
    English B = Cambridge English Advanced (grades A, B or C) or Cambridge English First (grade A) or 180 points as a minimum on the Cambridge English Scale.

    The grade must be within the blue area:

    • You must share your results with Aarhus University via the Candidate Results Website (candidates.cambridgeenglish.org). To access this website you must register using your ‘Candidate ID’ and ‘Secret Number’ (obtained from your exam centre). We do not accept test results that cannot be verified through the Cambridge website.  

In addition, the following applies:

  • The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application. 
    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. TOEFL is specifically offered in Aarhus.
  • Current exchange students should be aware that they must also document their English language qualifications when applying for a PhD degree programme.

Applicants exempt from submitting an English test

  • You can fulfil the requirement of English at B-level if you hold one of the following qualifying entry examinations:
    • A Danish qualifying entry examination ('gymnasium')
    • A Nordic qualifying entry examination
    • A qualifying entry examination from the Duborg School/A.P. Møller School
    • A qualifying entry examination from International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme)
    • A qualifying entry examination from European Baccalaureate (from the “ScholaEuropaea”)

      The qualifying entry examination with an English level the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education considers comparable to a Danish B-level in English and which is passed with a single subject GPA equivalent of 3.0 on the Danish 7-point scale as a minimum.  

      Please note: The comparison of the Nordic subject levels is updated once a year in the beginning of March and changes may therefore be announced shortly before the application deadline on 15 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.

      Please note that applicants with an English language qualifying examination or degree programme from all other countries than the above mentioned must submit a test. 
  • Native speakers from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland or Ireland must upload a complete high-school diploma/Upper Secondary School Leaving Examination, English language Bachelor’s or a Master's degree from their country.
  • Applicants holding a Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abiturzeugnis) from Germany with the subject English Leistungsfach/eA level. The subject must be passed with a single subject GPA equivalent of 2.0 on the Danish 7-point scale.

Exception due to the Corona virus

As a rule you need to submit a language test or one of the other approved documentations stated on this website when you apply for a PhD scholarship/fellowship or enrolment with external funding.

Due to the Corona virus the graduate school has decided to make an exception to these application deadlines: 15 March 2021, 1 October 2021 and 15 March 2022.

  • You may upload the result of your old language test (TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge) although the test result is more than 2 years old.
  • If you cannot meet the documentation requirements on this website and all language tests have been cancelled due to the Corona virus in your country then you need to upload a statement to your application. Please state that you have been unable to sign up for a new language test because they have all been cancelled. Please also state that you will take the test as soon as possible.

    If you get the PhD scholarship/fellowship you must be able to provide us with a language test at that time.