Bachelor Admission: Apply

Deadlines - Application - Rules - Dispensation








Applications to CBS are made online via and the application round opens on 1st February. 

CBS only has an application round and study start once a year.

NB: All deadlines are at 12 noon (CET) on the given day. 

Qualifying exam Application deadline Deadline for documentation finished before 1 Jan. Deadline for documentation finished after 1 Jan. Deadline for final documentation for Mathematics supplemented over the summer*
Quota 1 - International upper secondary exam 15 March 15 March 5 July 15 September
Quota 1 - Danish upper secondary exam 5 July 5 July 5 July 15 September
Quota 2 - International upper secondary exam 15 March 15 March 5 July 15 September
Quota 2 - Danish upper secondary exam 15 March 15 March 5 July 15 September
Quota 2 - without a GPA 15 March 15 March 5 July 15 September

 *As of 2020, it will no longer be possible to supplement over the summer.


Applicants who require a student residence permit to study in Denmark

  • Application deadline is 15 March, 12 noon
  • Application Fee must be paid by 15 March, 12 noon
  • All documentation must be uploaded to no later than 15 March 12 noon
  • The application fee must be received by the CBS Admissions Office no later than 15 March
  • All TOEFL / IELTS tests must have been taken and passed by 1 May
  • Date you can expect an answer: 15 May

Admission area numbers

The admission area numbers for the bachelor (undergraduate) programmes in English at CBS are listed below. Please note that some programmes require that you choose a concentration of study (studieretning). If this is the case for you, you may only choose one of the options listed.

To easily find CBS programmes at, enter the admission area number in the search field under the tab "Choice of study programme".

Admission area numbers
admission area number programme Line of study
13055 BSc in Business, Langauge & Culture
Choose between:
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
13060 BSc in International Business None
13070 BSc in International Business & Politics None
13075 BSc in Business Administration & Sociology None
13080 BSc in Business Adninstration & Service Management

Choose between:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • Innovation & Service
13090 BSc in Business, Asian Language and Culture - International Business in Asia None
13280 BSc in International Shipping and Trade None
13100 BSc in Business Administration and Digital Management None

Your application at

Applications to CBS can only be made online through A more detailed guideline in English can be found in their User Guide, but just to get you started, here is a quick summary.

How can I find CBS when filling out an online application?
Once you have logged into your personal application, you will need to go to the 3rd tab called ‘Choice of education programme’. Click on the link called ‘Show more options’ and in the text box called ‘Find’ type in ‘Copenhagen Business School’. All the degrees programmes at CBS that are taught in English will now be listed.

What do I need to remember to ensure that my application has been correctly submitted?
Once you have filled in and saved all the relevant information and documentation to date in your online application, you will need to send the signature page to us. Please note:

  • The signature page will pop up as a PDF-file once you have clicked ‘approve’ for an application
  • You will need to send one signature page per choice of application. So if, for example, you wish to apply for 3 degrees programmes at CBS, you will need to send us 3 signature pages
  • The signature page has to have been received by us at the very latest by the deadline of 15 March 12 noon
  • Please send the signature page as a scanned PDF-file by the very latest 15 March 12 noon to We prefer to receive the signature page by e-mail. Signature pages must be sent from the email address registered to the application at
  • You can also send the signature page to, Copenhagen Business School, Solbjerg Plads 3, Att.: Admission Office, 2000 Frederiksberg, DK-Denmark. Note that the signature page sent by regular mail must be postmarked 14 March at the very latest.
  • Your application will not be considered as fully submitted unless we have received the signature page on time
  • You can edit your application online right up until you have sent the signature page
  • Once we have received and registered your signature page, you can no longer edit your online application
  • You can, however, change the order of priority in your application after having submitted the relevant signature pages right up until the deadline of 5 July 12 noon
  • You are also able to attach any extra documentation (for activities completed after 15 March 2017) up until the deadline of 5 July 12 noon
  • If you decide to delete an application for which you have already sent the signature page, and then later regret this, you will need to re-apply and send a new signature page, but within the deadlines.
Agencies and Third Parties
We have noticed a trend in recent years at CBS for third parties, in particular agencies, applying on behalf of applicants.

Please be aware that CBS does NOT have any agreements or cooperation policies with any third parties as regards applying to the Bachelor programmes. We expect our applicants to research and apply for the programmes themselves.

It is our past experience that agencies who act on behalf of applicants have sent signature pages after the deadline and have sent signature pages to the wrong institution. Cases like these can have serious consequences which can possibly result in an application not being processed as we have an obligation to treat all applicants equally and stick to the deadlines in the interest of fairness.

It is very important that applicants are aware that:
  • Signature pages sent by email MUST be sent from the applicant's email address registered at Signature pages sent from any other email address without power of attorney (see below) will be considered invalid.
  • Signature pages MUST be signed by the applicant only. If they are signed by anyone else without power of attorney (see below), they are invalid.



You must upload documentation for everything you wish to be used in the assessment of your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documentation uploaded is correct and legible. 

All documentation must be uploaded to your application at We do NOT accept any kind of documentation sent by e-mail or regular post.

Please note: all fraudulent documentation will be reported to the relevant authorities, such as the police.

Documentation Checklist

Use the check list below to ensure that you have uploaded the correct documentation to your application at

  • Your upper secondary school exam certificate: We must have your final certificates by the given deadline. Check your country under Step 1 for more information.
  • Applicants with a non-EU/EEA educational background: Documentation showing that you have the correct level of education to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements (including courses descriptions where relevant). Please check Step 1 for more information about achieving the correct level.
  • Supplementary courses: Upload your final certificate(s) for any supplementary courses or tests you may have taken.
  • Mathematics supplementary course: If you are planning to supplement mathematics over the summer, you have to upload documentation for your registration before 5 July, 12.00 noon.
  • Residence permit/receipt for Application Fee: For non-EU/-EEA/-Swiss citizens only. For further information please refer to the section on ‘Application Fees’ below.
  • Nationality: You must upload a copy of your passport, which clearly indicates your nationality, when you apply. If you have dual nationality, then you must upload copies of both passports. If you are currently residing in a different country than the country you are a citizen of, you must also upload a copy of your current residence permit in the respective country.
  • For any activities that were completed before 1 January: you must upload any documentation to your application under ‘attachments’ by 15 March 12 noon at the very latest.
  • For any activities that were completed after 1 January: you must upload any documentation to your application under ‘attachments’ by 5 July 12 noon at the very latest.
  • Motivational Essay: Applicants in Quota 2 applying to certain programmes, all applicants with a non-EU/-EEA/-Swiss educational background, all dispensee applicants and all Quota 3 applicants must upload their motivational essay(s) (see Step 2 for more information).
  • Translation: If you have documents that are not in English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, French or German, then you must upload a translation as well as a scan of the originals. Documents that are not in one of the above languages will not be assessed as part of your application.
  • Miscellaneous: it is your responsibility to upload documentation for any other activities / parts of your application that you wish to have taken into consideration.

NB: You must also remember to carefully read the receipt information in connection with your application to in order to double check whether or not you need to upload any extra documentation.

Documentation after 5 July

We only accept the following documentation after 5 July 12 noon:

  • Maths: If you are doing a supplementary course in Mathematics over the summer and you are accepted at CBS, you have until 15 September to document passing the exam.
  • Re-takes due to illness: If you have been ill for your final Upper Secondary School exam and will finish it in August instead, you are to upload documentation for this before 5 July 12 noon, and we will assess your application when the results are available.
  • Countries that issue final certificates after 5 July: If your Upper Secondary School exam is not completed by the 5 July (but is expected to be so by 15 September) of the year you apply for admission, you can find documentation deadline for sending the exam certificate in the table below. If your exam country/exam is not mentioned and you can document that you will not receive it until after 5 July, please contact us at

In all of the above cases, final documentation must be sent to by the given deadlines. 

Please note that if your deadline is listed as 27 July or 1 August in the table below, you cannot expect an answer to your application until 15 August. If your deadline is listed as 20 August in the table below, you can expect an answer within one week of sending your final certificates.

country exam deadline
Croatia Svjedodžba o Državnoj Maturi 27 July 12 noon.
England, N. Ireland and Wales A levels 20 August 12 noon.
France Baccalaureate 10 July 12 noon.
International Cambridge International Exam 20 August 12 noon
International European Baccalauret 10 July 12 noon.
International International Baccalaureate

CBS must be able to access your online results at on the day they are published by IBO in early July. Please contact your IB coordinator to order the results for "Copenhagen Business School (000151) - DENMARK" when you apply to CBS.

International Option International Baccalaureate 10 July 12 noon
Ireland Leaving Certificate 20 August 12 noon
Italy Liceo 27 July 12 noon
Latvia Atestäs par vispãrejo vidëjo izglïtïbu 27 July 12 noon
Lithuania Brandos Atestat 27 July 12 noon

Diploma de bacalaureat

27 July 12 noon
The Netherlands VWO 10 July 12 noon

Certificado/Diploma de Fim de Estudos Secundário

27 July 12 noon
Romania Baccalaureate 27 July 12 noon
Scotland Scottish Higher Level / Scottish Qualifications Certificate / Scottish Certificate of Secondary Education 20 August 12 noon
USA AP results (done same year as finishing high school) 1 August 12 noon


Special rules and exceptions

The following section outlines rules and exceptions.

  • ‘Rules’ outlines the specific rules for CBS as an institution, along with which rules are applicable in terms of application fees and tuition fees.
  • ‘Exceptions’ outlines dispensation cases.



Acceptance to a bachelor degree programme is regulated by Decree of Entry to Bachelor Degree Programmes at University Level: Bekendtgørelse om adgang til bacheloruddannelser ved universiteterne (bachelorbekendtgørelsen).

In terms of applicants from non-EU/-EA/-Swiss countries especially, the Universitetslov (The University Act) and Bekendtgørelse om tilskud og revision m.v. ved universiteterne (The Decree of Grants and Audits etc. for Universities) is used as the regulations surrounding application fees and tuition fees.

As a public institution, we follow the rules as laid out by Forvaltningsloven (The Administration Act) and Persondataloven (Personal Data Act).

You can find the Decrees and Laws mentioned above at (in Danish).

Application fees
Who needs to pay an application fee?
All non-EU/-EEA/-Swiss citizens must pay the application fee.

The following non-EU/-EEA/-Swiss citizens are exempt from paying the application fee if you have:

  • Permanent residence permit in Denmark (“permanent opholdstilladelse”)
  • Residence permit in Denmark with a view to for permanent residence in Denmark (“opholdstilladelse med mulighed for varigt ophold”)
  • Residence permit in Denmark in accordance with the EU/EEA Order (“opholdstilladelse jævnfør EF/EØS-bekendtgørelsen”)
  • Permanent residence permit in another Nordic country (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland or the Faroe Islands); please be aware that CBS Admissions will base the final decision on the actual residence permit
  • A Danish upper secondary school leaving exam (stx, hhx, htx, hf, gif, eux)
  • An upper secondary school leaving exam done at Duborgskolen, AP Møller skolen, Greenland or the Faroe Islands
  • An upper secondary school leaving exam, which takes place at a Danish public institution of education, is approved by the minister of education and receives public funding according to "§ 1, stk. 3 og § 33 i LBK nr. 750 af 21/06/2016 om institutioner for almengymnasiale uddannelser og almen voksenuddannelse m.v."

Who does not need to pay the application fee?
EU citizens and citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland do not have to pay the application fee.

The application fee is 100 Euros (or 750 Danish Kroner) per applicant, per application year. Your application will not be assessed until the Admissions Office has established that the application fee has been paid.

The application fee is payable ONLY by credit card transfer via CBS' Webshop. Select the product "Application fee for full time bachelor and graduate programmes" in the left-hand menu and add it to your shopping cart.

In order to complete your order, you will need to register as a user for the CBS Webshop. When you register, make sure that your first name and last name (i.e. the name of the person applying to CBS) are written exactly the same way as in your application at You will receive a confirmation e-mail when your payment has been approved. You must upload a copy of this confirmation email to your application to help us identify your payment.

You can read step-by-step information on how to make a purchase in the CBS Webshop in the following document: CBS Guide to Paying the Application Fee

The application fee is reimbursed if you are accepted to and start at one of the programmes applied for (i.e. you are offered a study spot and are registered as an active student by 1 October).

The application fee can only be reimbursed on condition that the credit/debit card you used to pay the fee is still valid, and that you open a Danish bank account after moving to Denmark. The application fee will not be reimbursed under any other circumstances. The reimbursement of the application fee takes place between 1 October and 31 December. NB: a service fee might be retained by the bank(s) processing the reimbursement.

Tuition fees

Please note: We do not offer any scholarships for undergraduate degree programmes. Scholarships are ONLY available at the graduate level.

Who needs to pay tuition fees?
All non-EU/-EEA/-Swiss citizens must pay tuition fees.

The following non-EU/-EEA/-Swiss citizens are exempt from paying the application fee if you have:

  • Permanent residence permit in Denmark (“permanent opholdstilladelse”)
  • Residence permit in Denmark with a view to for permanent residence in Denmark (“opholdstilladelse med mulighed for varigt ophold”)
  • Residence permit in Denmark in accordance with the EU/EEA Order (“opholdstilladelse jævnfør EF/EØS-bekendtgørelsen”)
  • Residence permit in Denmark as an accompanying child (“medfølgende barn”). Please be aware that holders of this residence permit are still required to pay the application fee
  • Permanent residence permit in another Nordic country (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland or the Faroe Islands); please be aware that CBS Admissions will base the final decision on the actual residence permit
  • Specific residence permits in the other Nordic countries may grant you an exemption, for example, the "PUT" in Sweden. Please contact the to find out which documents you should submit.

Depending on the exact wording, other residence permits may grant you an exemption. Nevertheless, having a student visa does not, under any circumstances, exempt you from paying tuition fees. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.

If you have one of the above residence permits: 
It is very important that you upload documentation to prove it. The CBS Admissions Office will, on the basis of the documentation provided in your application, assess whether or not you may be exempt from paying tuition fees. We accept the following documentation:

  • Certified copy of your residence permit letter from the Immigration Services
  • Certified copy of your residence permit card
  • Certified copy of the page in your passport giving your residence permit.

Based on the documentation you upload, CBS Admissions will grant (or deny) you an exemption. Please note that you may still be required to pay the application fee.

If you are currently in the process of applying for one of the above residence permits, you should document this, as we may then prolong the deadline for receiving the permit or paying tuition fees.

How much and where should this be paid?

  • The tuition fee for students enrolling in any full-time bachelor programme at CBS is EURO 5,600 per semester (EURO 11,200 per year).
  • If the tuition fee is paid from a Danish bank and you choose to pay in Danish kroner, the tuition fee is DKK 42,000 per semester (DKK 84,000 per year).
  • The tuition fee must be paid per semester. 
  • The payment cannot be split up in several installments.
  • The tuition fee can only be paid by bank transfer.
  • The tuition fee cannot be paid by credit or debit card.
  • You will receive an invoice with details about how to pay the tuition fee via email.

If you are offered a place at CBS, you must pay the tuition fee for the first semester by the deadline given in your letter of acceptance.

Please note that we will initiate the residence permit application process only after the tuition fee is cleared in our account.

CBS Admissions will send you invoices for the subsequent semesters before the beginning of each semester (i.e. before 1 February and 1 September).

Can I get the money back?
It is only possible to have the tuition fee reimbursed in the following cases:

  • if you are conditionally accepted at the programme and do not, against expectations, fulfil the requirements stated.
  • if you have paid for the coming semester, but withdraw from the programme before the semester starts, the tuition fee for the coming semester will be reimbursed. The tuition fee cannot be reimbursed if you withdraw from the programme after semester start (i.e. 1 September and 1 February).
  • if you, after having paid the tuition fee, obtain a residence permit exempting you from paying the tuition fee. In this case, the validity date of the permit, and not the date when the permit was issued, is of importance. e.g.: if the residence permit is valid beginning 31 August or earlier, then the tuition fee for the autumn semester will be refunded; if the residence permit is valid beginning with a date between 1 September and 31 January, then the tuition fee for the autumn semester cannot be reimbursed.

The tuition fee is automatically reimbursed to the account from which it was paid. If you close the account after applying/moving to Denmark, or if you have not paid the fee from a bank account, the automatic reimbursement cannot take place. NB: a service fee might be retained by the bank(s) processing the reimbursement.

Student Loan and External Scholarship Agreements from outside the EU
It is important to be aware of the following if you are planning to fund your studies using a loan or a scholarship from your home country.

Loans, External Scholarships and the ST1 (student residence permit): Look carefully into the timing of the loan or scholarship being offered. If you are using part of the loan or scholarship to pay tuition fees, make sure that you will receive the money and can pay the fees before the tuition fee deadline (the first deadline is usually a month after you have received your acceptance letter). We are not able to start the student residence permit application with the immigration authorities until we have received the tuition fees for your first semester at CBS.

Loan Agreements between external organisations and CBS: CBS is a big institution with a few different bodies offering study programmes that are independent of one another within CBS. If the loan company you are considering states that they have an agreement with CBS, it is important to look into where this agreement is. For example, the Sallie Mae loans from the US have an agreement with the MBA programmes at CBS. The MBA programmes are administered separately and in a different way from the full-degree bachelor and graduate programmes at CBS. We are therefore not able to accept certain loans (such as Sallie Mae) for the bachelor and graduate programmes at CBS.

US Federal Loans: We are able to accept US Federal Loans at the bachelor and graduate programmes at CBS. These loans are administered in an office separate to the admissions offices. They are only paid out twice a year after semester start (i.e. not before 1st September or 1st February). If you use the US Federal Loan to fund your studies, you may need to find an alternative way to pay your initial tuition fees, so that you can pay by the deadline and we can start the student residence permit process.

Student residence permit

When you have paid the tuition fees, the Admissions Office will start the student residence permit application process.

This means that we fill in our part of the application form, confirming that you will be a student at CBS, and send you login details to complete the application. You are then to fill in your part of the application form according to the instructions given and hand it in at the nearest Danish representation.

The application is processed by the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment. The agency will require you to pay a fee as part of handing in the application form; in some cases the Danish representation will also require you to pay a local fee. When the necessary fees have been paid and all documentation is available, the agency will process your application for a student residence permit, which will normally take up to six weeks. CBS receives a copy of the student residence permit letter direct from the agency.

The student residence permit is normally given with a validity date from 1 August; the permit is normally, if certain conditions are fulfilled, given for the prescribed duration of your studies plus six months. 

It is a condition for the residence permit that you are active and enrolled in the study programme for which the permit is given. If this is not the case, the agency can revoke your residence permit. CBS Admissions Office is obliged to inform the agency if you are not actively following the study programme.

Power of attorney
If you are travelling during, or after, the application deadline, you may give power of attorney to another person, so that they can receive and give information on your behalf. At, you can find a form for giving power of attorney to somebody else, and you are asked to fill out this form and upload it to A power of attorney form must be uploaded by 5 July, 12 noon at the very latest.

Please note: that as a public institution, we have a code of confidentiality that means that without a power of attorney, we are not able to give your personal information to anybody else. This includes any parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles etc who may contact us. We deal with a lot of personal and sensitive information, and nothing will be disclosed to anybody except the person concerned, or a person with power of attorney from the person concerned.


Exemptions - Dispensation

You can apply for a dispensation to be exempted from a particular rule, if you believe there are special circumstances in your case that have affected your situation with regards to the rule. A dispensation is always individually assessed on a case by case basis and never sets a precedent.

Remember: your personal and specific situation is always used as the starting point in the assessment of every application for dispensation and the list below is, therefore, merely a guide.

Fulfilment of entry requirements
The entry requirements are the requirements that need to be fulfilled for each individual degree programme in order for an applicant to be taken into consideration for admission to the degree programme in question.

It is very rare that dispensation for specific entry requirements is granted. We therefore always advise applicants to supplement and courses or subjects missing so that these are completed and passed before the documentation deadline of 5 July as dispensation for completing a course after semester start is very rarely given.

Application- and documentationdeadlines
Applying after the deadline
If your application at is not completed by 12 noon on the deadline day at the very latest, your application will not be taken into consideration. By completed, we mean that:

  1. Applicants with a Danish CPR number have signed and approved their application using NemID via
  2. Applicants without a Danish CPR number have printed, signed, scanned and email the relevant signatures pages to

It is extremely rare that dispensation for applying after the deadline is granted.

Submitting documentation after deadline
Your application will not be processed until all the correct documentation has been uploaded to your application at, within the given deadline for documentation. If you wish to apply to submit documentation after the 5 July, then you must be able to outline special circumstances as to why you are unable to provide documentation before the given deadline. It is very seldom that such a dispensation is granted.

The second degree rule

Rules regarding a second degree
If you have already completed a Danish bachelor degree, a professional bachelor degree or another Danish degree at an equivalent or higher level as a full-time degree, you cannot be accepted to a new bachelor degree.

You can, under certain circumstances, be exempt from this rule if:

  • We assess that you cannot use your previously passed degree in the labour market due to health issues.
  • Your degree was completed at least 6 years before the study start of the bachelor degree you are applying to.
  • Your degree has significantly changed, or no longer exists.

You can read more about the rules and regulations governing admission to bachelor programmes in Denmark here: bacheloradgangsbekendtgørelsen §12 (available in Danish only).

If you wish to apply for dispensation, you must upload an Fileapplication for dispensation together with your application for admission to Remember to include as documentation:

  • Your exam certificate as documentation for the completed degree.

Any additional documentation required, depends on the grounds on which you are applying for dispensation. This could, for example be:

  • Doctor’s note that documents loss of ability to work.
  • Documentation of the significant changes in, or closing down of, your degree.
How to apply for dispensation

If you wish to apply for dispensation from one or more rules at CBS, you will need to fill out the following Filedispensation form.  The form should include an explanation (approx. ½ - 1 A4 page) outlining which specific, personal circumstances are relevant to your case. In short: why should you be granted dispensation? It is important that your dispensation application is as expansive as relevantly possible so that a decision can be made off the back of all the relevant information. All applications are 100% confidential. Applications and documentation for dispensation should be uploaded to your application at You should then send an email to to inform us that you have uploaded an application for dispensation. You cannot apply for dispensation after 5 July.

You should always include documentation for anything you mention in your application for dispensation. Dependent upon the individual circumstances, this could include:

  • Doctor’s note, a statement from a psychologist, journal extracts or similar
  • Grade transcript

Expected application time
It can normally take up to 8 weeks to process an application for dispensation – in special circumstances however, it can be quicker. If supplementary information is required, for example, due to lack of information or documentation in the application, then the processing time can be expected to take longer.


You can find information concerning answer from CBS, here: Answer


The page was last edited by: Alumni // 03/28/2019