Language requirements

Language requirements

  • To gain admission to the MERGED programme, all applicants must document their English proficiency.
  • We accept the following two ways of documenting the level of English proficiency:
You have studied a full degree in English

If you have completed an upper secondary school degree, Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in English from one of the following countries:

  • Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or USA.

You must upload a copy or scan of your official school diploma as documentation.

The degree must be minimum 2 years of studies. A student exchange semester/year is not sufficient documentation for English proficiency.

You have taken an English language test

You must document that you have passed one of the following accepted tests:

  • IELTS Academic
  • TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT paper edition or TOEFL iBT Home Edition
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) 
List of accepted tests and minimum score requirements
TestMinimum scoreSubmission information
IELTS (Academic)6.5 (overall test score) – only the overall score will be considered.Upload your test score sheet in the application portal. If you have difficulties uploading the test score sheet, please e-mail us your test score sheet, and then we can verify it online.
TOEFL IBT   TOEFL IBT paper edition   TOEFL IBT Home Edition  83   (MyBest Scores are not accepted)  Please note that you have to add our institutional code (0177) as the recipient, so we can verify the result online.  You can check if the institutional code has been added to your profile on the test score sheet.
Cambridge Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)Passed at level C1 or C2You must inform your test centre that Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen is allowed to verify your test score results online. You must upload documentation which includes your Statement of Results number or Reference number.

Deadlines for sending your documentation

Your test must be valid at the application deadline that applies to you:

  • For citizens from a country outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland: 15 January 2024, CET
  • for citizens of the EU, EEA or Switzerland: 1 March 2024, CET
Your application will be rejected if you have not provided sufficient documentation for English proficiency by your application deadline.

The IELTS and TOEFL results are only valid if they are not older than 2 years counted from the application deadline. There is no limitation for validity for the Cambridge tests.

Examples of non-acceptable alternatives to document English proficiency

Be sure to check if you have sufficient documentation for English proficiency since we do not accept alternatives other than those listed above. Also, be aware that your nationality is not proof of English proficiency.

We do not accept the following ways of documenting your English language proficiency:

  • Documentation for an English test other than the specific ones listed above
  • Your passport
  • A letter from your university
  • A letter from a professor.