Admission requirements

English Language Requirement

The admission requirements differ from program to program but one common requirement for international students applying to Aalborg University is that your command of the English language is equivalent to level B (Danish level) in English. Level B (Danish level) in regards to languages is considered equivalent to level B2 referring to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

When you apply for admission to one of our part-time programs or courses, you must submit the results of one of the below mentioned tests with the required minimum scores by uploading the test results or receipt confirming that you have signed up for a test to the Application Portal.

We do not accept tests that are more than 2 years old at the time of the application deadline.

Minimum requirements – Danish B level in English

IELTS (academic test): 6.5 or
TOEFL (paper-based) *: 560 or
TOEFL (internet-based): 88 or
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE) or
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or
Cambridge First Certificate with the grade B **.

*Paper-based tests taken after september 2017 will not be accepted. As of the admission year 2019, no paper-based tests from TOEFL will be accepted.

** As of the admission year 2019 the Cambridge First Certificate will no longer be accepted.

Valid reasons for exemption from submitting an  English test

  • Applicants with a full bachelor or Master’s degree from a Danish University to which a Danish B level in English (‘English B’) was a requirement at the time of admission.
  • Applicants holding an English taught qualifying upper secondary school exam and a bachelor or Master’s degree from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland or South Africa. (Minimum two years of  the bachelor or Master's degree must have taken place in one of the mentioned countries)
  • Applicants holding a complete bachelor or Master’s degree in English linguistics.
  • Applicants holding a Danish, Nordic, German, or European Baccalaureate (from Schola Europaea) qualifying exam with an English level, which the Danish Agency for Higher Education considers equivalent to a Danish B level in English.
  • Applicants who have passed either 'English level B' in upper secondary school in Denmark (minimum average grade 02) or a skills set test (realkompetencevurdering at VUC) at 'English level B'.
  • Applicants holding a passed International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme (
  • Applicants holding a qualifying upper secondary school exam (with a minimum of two years of instruction in English during the last three years of upper secondary school) from EU/EEA countries if it is stated on the national final diploma that the achieved level of English language qualifications is equivalent to level B2 referring to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Please note that this option will be removed from the 2019 admission year and onwards.

Please note that applicants attending or holding a Professional Bachelor’s degree are not exempted from submitting one of the above-mentioned English tests.

If you have questions about the tests, you can contact / phone: +45 9940 9655

Danish proficiency test – Studieprøven i dansk

If you are applying for admission to a Danish taught part-time program and your qualifying exam was not taught in Danish, you will need to pass either the Danish proficiency test ‘Studieprøven i dansk’ (modul 6 i Danskuddannelse 3), Danish at A-level (Danish level) or an equivalent test prior to the commencement of studies.

Additional Requirements

Master's programs

As a general rule, admission to the part-time Master's programs presented on this website requires a formal bachelor degree and a minimum of at least two years of relevant work experience obtained after the completion of the bachelor degree. For further, specific information regarding admission requirements to the Master's programs, please refer to the Master's program descriptions on this website.

Single Modules and Courses from Part-time Master's Programs

Admission requirements to single modules or courses from our part-time Master's programs are the same as to the full programs.

empty-Place Scheme

The admission requirements to courses under the Empty-place Scheme vary according to the specific course. For further information about admission requirements to courses under this scheme, please contact either the staff at the program which the course belongs to or the University's Student Guidance.


When you apply for a program or course, it is very important that you enclose verified copies of the required documentation, i.e.

  • copies of certificates or diplomas from universities, graduate schools etc. to document that you fulfill the academic admission requirements
  • proof of relevant work experience (if required)
  • proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge tests)
  • proof of citizenship.

All enclosures will only be accepted by Aalborg University if they have been verified by either the institution which has issued the original document, by the Embassy or Consulate of your home country or by a public notary. If the enclosed documents are not in English (or Danish), officially verified translations must be included. Enclosed documents will not be returned to you. Therefore, do not submit original documents.

Your application will only be processed when we have received all relevant enclosures. Please enter your date of birth or Danish civil registration number (CPR-number) on all enclosures.