Entry requirements

Read more about the general entry requirements and the specific entry requirements for the programme you want to apply for and how to meet them.

Entry requirements

 

1. The general entry requirement

If you do not fulfil the general entry requirement of having an upper secondary leaving exam, you may apply as a dispensee. Read more about applying as a dispensee, and the criteria involved, further down on this page.

Required international school leaving exams
On the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science  website you can find out what is required from your country to fulfil the general entry requirement of an upper secondary leaving exam.

The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science is the national agency under the Danish Ministry of Education, which supports the internationalisation of education and training in Denmark and provides information about education in Denmark. You can see an overview of various countries and an assessment of the educational levels (including grade conversions to the Danish scale) here. Please note that this is available in Danish only.
Danish school leaving exams
Please follow this link to see an overview of the accepted Danish school leaving exams: Bacheloroptag: Adgangskrav
Applicants with an upper secondary exam from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland
This section is for those with an upper secondary school exam that has been done outside of the EU, EEA and Switzerland and for those with certain EU upper secondary exams (where we cannot convert your GPA to the Danish grading system)

An overall assessment is made for each application based on the following criteria:

You may have to translate your documents
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.

Applicants without a formal upper secondary exam (dispensees)
This section is for those who have not completed a full upper secondary exam.

Your application will be processed as a dispensee if one of the following applies to you:
  • You have not completed an upper secondary school exam, but are able to apply on the basis of other relevant experience and education.
  • You have an IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme)
  • You have completed an upper secondary school exam that is not equivalent to a Danish upper secondary exam, e.g. you have received a Waldorf education (Rudolf Steiner School).

Dispensee applications are processed in the Quota 2 selection and must adhere to the rules and deadlines for Quota 2. Please be aware that very few places at CBS are allocated to dispensee applicants and the selection process can be very tough. For this reason, we strongly advise all dispensee applicants to upload a Motivational Essay for all of their applications to CBS (regardless of programme).

You must be able to document that you have passed the following as a minimum for all bachelor degree programmes for which you wish to apply:

  • The specific entry requirements
  • 2-3 extra subjects at upper secondary school level (A, B or C) so that overall you have passed exams in at least 6 subjects at upper secondary school level. The 6 subjects altogether are being used as alternative fulfilment of the general entry requirement.

An overall assessment is made for each dispensee application. An overall assessment includes:

You may have to translate your documents
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.

 

2. The specific entry requirements

You can see the specific entry requirements for the programme(s) you are interested in, in the table below. You must have passed all the specific entry requirements.

Check this table of specific entry requirements

International applicant? You can see the international equivalents of the specific entry requirements in our tables of comparisons here.

BACHELOR PROGRAMME SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

BSc in Business Administration and Digital Management

 

 

  • English level B with Danish grade level of at least 6.0
  • Mathematics level B
  • Social Studies level B OR International Economics level B OR History of Ideas level B OR Contemporary History level B

Note: To qualify for an English taught bachelor programme, you also need to meet the language requirement. This means that you need to fulfil English level A. Read more on how to fulfil this at the bottom of the page.

 

BSc in International Business

 

 

  • English level B with Danish grade level of at least 6.0
  • Mathematics level B
  • Social Studies level B OR International Economics level B OR History of Ideas level B OR Contemporary History level B

Note: To qualify for an English taught bachelor programme, you also need to meet the language requirement. This means that you need to fulfil English level A.  Read more on how to fulfil this at the bottom of the page.

 

BSc in International Shipping and Trade

 

 

  • English level B with Danish grade level of at least 6.0
  • Mathematics level B
  • Social Studies level B OR International Economics level B OR History of Ideas level B OR Contemporary History level B

Note: To qualify for an English taught bachelor programme, you also need to meet the language requirement. This means that you need to fulfil English level A. Read more on how to fulfil this at the bottom of the page.

 

BSc in International Business and Politics

 

 

  • English level B with Danish grade level of at least 6.0
  • Mathematics level B
  • Social Studies level B OR International Economics level B OR History of Ideas level B OR Contemporary History level B

Note: To qualify for an English taught bachelor programme, you also need to meet the language requirement. This means that you need to fulfil English level A.  Read more on how to fulfil this at the bottom of the page.

BSc in Business Administration and Service Management

 

  • English level B with Danish grade level of at least 6.0
  • Mathematics level B
  • Social Studies level B OR International Economics level B OR History of Ideas level B OR Contemporary History level B

Note: To qualify for an English taught bachelor programme, you also need to meet the language requirement. This means that you need to fulfil English level A. Read more on how to fulfil this at the bottom of the page.

 

BSc in Business Administration and Sociology

 

 

 

  • English level B with Danish grade level of at least 6.0
  • Mathematics level B*
  • Social Studies level B OR International Economics level B OR History of Ideas level B OR Contemporary History level B

    * from the admission year 2023 a min. grade of 6.0 (on the Danish grading scale) in Mathematics B is required

Note: To qualify for an English taught bachelor programme, you also need to meet the language requirement. This means that you need to fulfil English level A.  Read more on how to fulfil this at the bottom of the page.

 

BSc in Business, Language and Culture with

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

 

 

 

  • English level B with Danish grade level of at least 6.0
  • Mathematics level B
  • Social Studies level B OR International Economics level B OR History of Ideas level B OR Contemporary History level B
  • French: French at Intermediate level B with minimum 6.0 OR Beginner’s level A with minimum 6.0
  • German: German at Intermediate level B with minimum 6.0 OR Beginner’s level A with minimum 6.0
  • Spanish: Spanish at Beginner’s level A with minimum 6.0
     

Note: To qualify for an English taught bachelor programme, you also need to meet the language requirement. This means that you need to fulfil English level A.  Read more on how to fulfil this at the bottom of the page.

 

BSc in International Business in Asia - Japanese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • English level B with Danish grade level of at least 6.0
  • Mathematics level B
  • Social Studies level B OR International Economics level B OR History of Ideas level B OR Contemporary History level B

Japanese language level:

  • Japanese language level:

    • Applicants accepted who have no prior knowledge of Japanese will follow the full 4-year programme (240 ECTS-points).
    • Applicants accepted who have Japanese A with minimum grade 10.0 will automatically be exempt from the course “Japanese Propaedeutics 1” (15 ECTS-points) and contacted in August regarding a language level verification test. The level verification test will determine whether you can be exempt from further language courses up to a maximum of 60 ECTS-points. This will be done on a case by case basis with a view to an individual study scenario.
    • Applicants accepted who have documented one of the Japanese language qualifications listed under 'Japanese' (at the bottom of this page) will be contacted in August regarding a language level verification test. The level verification test determines the amount of any possible exemptions from Japanese language courses during the programme. Only applicants who have uploaded documentation for the Japanese language qualifications approved by Admissions and who have been offered a study place will be contacted in August.

    Note: To qualify for an English taught bachelor programme, you also need to meet the language requirement. This means that you need to fulfil English level A.  Read more on how to fulfil this at the bottom of the page.

BSc in International Business in Asia - Chinese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • English level B with Danish grade level of at least 6.0
  • Mathematics level B
  • Social Studies level B OR International Economics level B OR History of Ideas level B OR Contemporary History level B

Chinese language level:

  • Applicants accepted who have no prior knowledge of Chinese will follow the full 4-year programme (240 ECTS-points).
  • Applicants accepted who have Chinese A with minimum grade 10.0 will automatically be exempt from the course “Chinese Propaedeutics 1” (15 ECTS-points) and contacted in August regarding a language level verification test. The level verification test will determine whether you can be exempt from further language courses up to a maximum of 60 ECTS-points. This will be done on a case by case basis with a view to an individual study scenario. 
  • Applicants accepted who have documented one of the Chinese language qualifications listed under 'Chinese' (at the bottom of this page)  will be contacted in August regarding a language level verification test. The level verification test determines the amount of any possible exemptions from Chinese language courses during the programme. Only applicants who have uploaded documentation for the Chinese language qualifications approved by Admissions and who have been offered a study place will be contacted in August.
     

Note: To qualify for an English taught bachelor programme, you also need to meet the language requirement. This means that you need to fulfil English level A.  Read more on how to fulfil this at the bottom of the page.

 

How to fulfil the specific entry requirements

English level B with Danish grade level 6.0

Please note that it is NOT possible to supplement with alternative fulfilment of English B during the summer. All required documentation must be uploaded to Optagelse.dk no later than 5 July, 12 noon (CET).

  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) passed with min. C, corresponding to a score of minimum 200: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline. Read more about the CPE and how to register
     
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English) passed with min. C AND a score of minimum 185: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline. Read more about the CAE and how to register here.
     
  • If you have passed one of the accepted language courses in your country with the grade equivalent to the Danish grade level of 6.0, you fulfil English B. See Table of Comparison to learn which international language courses are accepted by CBS as well as the equivalent grades.
     
  • A passed school leaving certificate showing fully completed secondary school education taken in English and in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, UK or USA. (If you have taken an upper secondary school exam that is taught in English and accredited by an English-speaking country, but has been physically taken in a non-English speaking country, you do not automatically fulfil the English language requirement and you will need to take a test such as the TOEFL or IELTS.)
     
  • A passed bachelor degree that has been fully taught in English and taken in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, UK or USA.
     
  • Supplementary course in English B (Gymnasial supplering or HF enkeltfag) with grade level at least 6.0. Further information can be found under ‘Engelsk B’ on the Danish-language version of this website: Specifikke adgangskrav.
  • You need to upload documentation that you fulfil minimum 210 hours of English as part of your upper secondary school and have passed with a final exam with grades that are higher than the minimum passing grade. You also need to document that you have covered the following topics: Understanding, as well as conversing and writing fluently and accurately in English in terms of grammar, spelling and punctuation; have vocabulary that enables you to engage in conversations and discussions pertaining to general, but also specific subjects e.g., cultural, or societal topics in the UK, USA, and other English-speaking countries

Mathematics level B

  • Supplementary course in Mathematics level B (GSK): The deadline for fulfilling the entry requirment is 5 July 12:00 noon (CET). 
  • Maths B as a GSK course from Denmark. Currently these courses are only offered in Danish. 

Summer supplementary courses in Maths abolished as of summer 2020
We no longer accept summer supplementary courses in Maths taken after 5th July.
Because of Covid-19, we only accept summer supplementary courses in Maths for applicants completing their upper secondary in 2021.

If you believe that you have taken and passed courses that equate to Mathematics level B, you must upload documentation and course descriptions that show the Maths that you have taken to match the following:

A minimum of 250 full teaching hours (of 60 minutes per hour) with an exam passed at upper secondary school level or above. The curriculum must contain the following topics:

  • Statistics and probability theory
  • Functions and equations
  • Circular functions and trigonometry
  • Matrices
  • Vectors
  • Calculus
  • Algebra
  • Use of IT-tools and mathematical programmes when solving mathematical problems

You may send documentation of the above for an individual course assessment to bacheloradmission@cbs.dk between 01 December and 01 January. You will receive an answer no later than 01 February. We cannot guarantee that we can pre-assess documents sent after 01 January. 

Social Studies/History level B

Please note that it is NOT possible to supplement with alternative fulfilment of Social Studies / History level B during the summer. All required documentation must be uploaded to Optagelse.dk no later than 5 July 12 noon (CET).

Supplementary courses in Social Studies / History level B in Denmark are currently only taught in Danish. For information, please see under ‘Samfundsfag/Historie B’ on the Danish-language version of this website.

If you believe that you have taken and passed courses that equate Social Studies / History level B, you must upload documentation and course descriptions that show the Social Studies / History that you have taken to match the following:

A minimum of 200 full teaching hours (of 60 minutes per hour) with an exam passed at upper secondary school level or above.

The curriculum must contain the following subject matters:

  • History
  • Social studies
  • Sociology
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Globalization
  • Ideology
  • Philosophy
  • Technological advances
  • Quantitative and qualitative methodology
  • Cultural studies

You may send documentation of the above for an individual course assessment to bacheloradmission@cbs.dk between 01 December and 01 January. You will receive an answer no later than 01 February. We cannot guarantee that we can pre-assess documents sent after 01 January. 

French

Please note that it is NOT possible to supplement with alternative fulfilment of French during the summer. All required documentation must be uploaded to Optagelse.dk no later than 5 July 12 noon (CET).
 

  • Single course in French 'further level' B or 'beginner level' A (Gymnasial supplering or HF enkeltfag): Further information can be found under ‘Fransk’ on the Danish-language version of this website.
     
  • DELF B1 - Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française B1 – passed: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline. For information about the DELF, please refer to: DELF B1
     
  • DELF B2 - Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française B2 – passed: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline. For information about the DELF, please refer to: DELF B2
     
  • DALF C1 - Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française C1 – passed: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline. For information about the DALF, please refer to: DALF C1
     
  • DALF C2 - Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française C2 – passed: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline. For information about the DALF, please refer to: DALF C2

German

Please note that it is NOT possible to supplement with alternative fulfilment of German during the summer. All required documentation must be uploaded to Optagelse.dk no later than 5 July 12 noon (CET).

Spanish

Please note that it is NOT possible to supplement with alternative fulfilment of Spanish during the summer. All required documentation must be uploaded to Optagelse.dk no later than 5 July 12 noon (CET).
 

Chinese

Please note that it is NOT possible to supplement with alternative fulfilment of Chinese during the summer. All required documentation must be uploaded to Optagelse.dk no later than 5 July 12 noon (CET).

  • Upper secondary school education taught in Chinese from a Chinese-speaking country.
     
  • Single course in Chinese A (Gymnasial supplering or HF enkeltfag): Further information can be found under ‘Kinesisk’ on the Danish-language version of this website. 
     
  • 45 ECTS-points in Chinese language courses at undergraduate level.
     
  • Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi - "HSK" level III – passed: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline. 
     
  • Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi - "HSK" level IV – passed: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline. 
     
  • Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi - "HSK" level V – passed: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline.
     
  • Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi - "HSK" level VI – passed: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline.

Japanese

Please note that it is NOT possible to supplement with alternative fulfilment of Japanese during the summer. All required documentation must be uploaded to Optagelse.dk no later than 5 July 12 noon (CET).
 
  • Upper secondary school education taught in Japanese from a Japanese-speaking country.
     

 

3. The language requirement

To qualify for an English taught bachelor programme, you also need to meet the language requirement. This means that you need to fulfil English level A.

How to fulfil the language requirement

Language requirement for English taught bachelor programmes: English level A

Please note that it is NOT possible to supplement with alternative fulfilment of English A during the summer. All required documentation must be uploaded to Optagelse.dk no later than 5 July, 12 noon (CET).

  • If you have passed one of the accepted language courses in your country, you fulfil English A. See Table of Comparison to learn which international language courses are accepted by CBS.
  • English B min 6,0 + language test. Only if you have passed English B with a Danish grade level of at least 6,0 can you take one of the accepted language tests listed below to fulfil English A. You also need to pass the selected language test with the minimum required score (stated below) in order to fulfil the English A requirement. Read more here to see which international language course that qualifies as English B with Danish grade level of at least 6,0.
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) passed with min. C, corresponding to a minimum score of 200: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline. Read more about the CPE and how to register.
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English) passed with min. C AND a score of minimum 185: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline. Read more about the CAE and how to register here.
  • If you have passed one of the accepted language courses in your country, you fulfil English A. See Table of Comparison to learn which international language courses are accepted by CBS.
  • A passed school leaving certificate showing fully completed secondary school education taken in English and in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, UK or USA. (If you have taken an upper secondary school exam that is taught in English and accredited by an English-speaking country, but has been physically taken in a non-English speaking country, you do not automatically fulfil the English language requirement and you will need to contact Bachelor Admission)
  • A passed bachelor degree that has been fully taught in English and taken in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, UK or USA.
  • Supplementary course in English A (Gymnasial supplering or HF enkeltfag) Further information can be found under ‘Engelsk A’ on the Danish-language version of this website. Specifikke adgangskrav.

 

Accepted language test/exams

You can only fulfil the languge requirement of English A through a language test if you have also passed English B with a Danish grade level of at least 6,0. Read more above.

NAME OF TEST/EXAM

SHORT DESCRIPTION OF TEST/EXAM WITH COMMENTS AND MINIMUM REQUIRED SCORE

IELTS test

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • IELTS academic test passed with an overall score of at least 7.0 and a minimum score of 6.0 for each of the four different sections: Please upload your test certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline. NB, check the date of your test as we do not accept tests that are more than two years old by the 5 July deadline. We do not wait for the results of tests taken after 24 June. Read more about IELTS and how to register here.
  • The IELTS test has four sections: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The speaking section takes the form of a face-to-face interview, where an examiner and the test taker engage in conversation. This is usually an advantage for test takers with strong speaking skills. A variety of native-speaker accents (North American, Australian, New Zealand, and British) is used in the listening section, and all standard varieties of English are accepted in all parts of the test.

Internet-based TOEFL test

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • TOEFL iBT passed with a minimum overall score of at least 94 and a minimum score of 20 in each of the four different sectionsPlease order your test results to be sent directly from ETS to CBS using the institution code: 7035 and upload your receipt of this or a copy of your result to your application at Optagelse.dk. NB, check the date of your test as we do not accept tests that are more than two years old by the 5 July deadline. We do not wait for the results of tests taken after 24 June. Read more about the TOEFL and how to register here.
  • The TOEFL iBT test has four sections (listening, reading, speaking and writing). The speaking section is not a conversation – you speak into a microphone attached to the computer, which can be seen as an inconvenient by certain test takers. You might be more comfortable taking this test if you are used to American English and accents.

Home Edition TOEFL test

 

 

 

 

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition passed with a minimum overall score of at least 94 and a minimum score of 20 in each of the four different sections Please order your test results to be sent directly from ETS to CBS using the institution code: 7035 and upload your receipt of this or a copy of your result to your application at Optagelse.dk. NB, check the date of your test as we do not accept tests that are more than two years old by the 5 July deadline. We do not wait for the results of tests taken after 24 June. Read more about the TOEFL and how to register here

GSK in English A

 

 

  • If you have a Danish upper secondary exam with a level B in English, you should consider taking a GSK course and exam in English level A. The advantage is that you also participate in classes and receive teaching, while the exam has a familiar form as it is similar to any other Danish upper secondary exam.
Cambridge Exam
(Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency passed or Certificate of Advanced English passed with A or B or C)
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) passed with minimum 200: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline. Read more about the CPE and how to register
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (Certificate of Advanced English) passed with minimum 185: Please upload your exam certificate to your application at Optagelse.dk before the given deadline. Read more about the CAE and how to register here.
  • The exam consists of five sections, including an oral section which takes the form of a face-to-face interview with an examiner. A Cambridge certificate is valid for life, whereas the TOEFL or IELTS expire after two years.

Choosing the right test
If you need an English test to fulfil the English requirements, it is your responsibility to find an institution that offers it, sign up for a test at a suitable available date and have the scores sent to CBS Admissions Office.

Take the test as soon as possible!
Don’t wait until the 24 June – you might be surprised to find out that all the test dates have already been booked or you may fail your first attempt.

Prepare for the test!
Find out what the test consists of and practice in advance – most testing institutions provide test takers with preparation materials. Do not underestimate the difficulty of the test – last year, almost 49% of the CBS TOEFL test takers failed to score enough points the first time they took the test.

Consider which test is best for you!
Different English language tests and exams measure your language skills in different ways. Know your strengths and choose a test that will enhance these.

Above we have listed the most common types of English tests and exams that meet the English language requirement for CBS.

 

The page was last edited by: Web editor - Student Communications // 09/06/2022