Undergraduate Admission - Step 2

STEP 2 - QUOTAS: You can find information about the different quotas and which quota suits you here. You can also find information about activities in Quota 2, motivational essay and what it means to be a dispensee.

STEP 1
REQUIREMENTS

STEP 2
QUOTAS
STEP 3
APPLY
STEP 4
ANSWER & STATISTICS
STEP 5
ENROL

STEP 2 - QUOTAS



Quota? Who? What?
Quota 1
  • Applicants with a Danish GPA or a GPA that can be directly converted to the Danish grading system*
    *(all upper secondary exams that are listed in the 'Quick Bonus' table below can be directly converted to the Danish grading system)

GPA Only?

This quota uses the GPA only as selection criteria for qualified applicants. Qualified applicants are applicants who fulfil all the entry requirements, have adhered to the rules and deadlines governing admission and who have a Danish GPA or a GPA that can be directly converted to the Danish grading system.*

Quota 2
  • Applicants with a Danish GPA or a GPA that can be directly converted to the Danish grading system* who wish an overall assessment of their application
  • Dispensees
  • Applicants with a non-EU/-EEA/-Swiss educational background who do not need a student residence permit to study in Denmark

Overall Assessment?

This quota uses an overall assessment as selection criteria for qualified applicants. Qualified applicants are applicants who fulfil all the entry requirements, have adhered to the rules and deadlines governing admission and who do not fulfil all of the criteria for Quota 3. Read more about the overall assessment under 'Quota 2' below.

Qualified Quota 2 applicants with a GPA will also be automatically assessed in the selection criteria process for Quota 1 (see above).

Quota 3
  1. You are applying for an English-language bachelor programme AND
  2. You do not have a Danish upper secondary school exam AND
  3. You are not an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen AND
  4. You need a study visa in order to be able to study in Denmark

Student Residence Permit?

This quota is for applicants that fulfil all of the 4 listed criteria regardless of which country outside of Denmark their educational background is from.

 

Quota 1: selection based on GPA only

This quota uses the GPA only as selection criteria for qualified applicants.

Qualified applicants are applicants who fulfil all the entry requirements, have adhered to the rules and deadlines governing admission and who have a Danish GPA or a GPA that can be converted to the Danish Grading system. For a list of the international exams from which an international GPA can be converted to the Danish grading system, please see the table above in the drop down called "Quick Bonus".

Application Deadlines for Quota 1:

  • Applicants with a non-Danish upper secondary school exam that can be converted must apply by 15 March, 12 noon Danish time
  • Applicants with a Danish upper secondary school exam must apply by 05 July, 12 noon Danish time

Further information concerning application and documentation deadlines can be found in Step 3 – Apply.

How to apply in Quota 1:
There is no special way to indicate in your application at Optagelse.dk that you wish to apply in Quota 1. All qualified applicants who apply within the given deadlines above will be automatically assessed in Quota 1.

GPA only

As there are a limited number of study spots for each of the programmes at CBS, all qualified applicants in Quota 1 are ranked according to their GPA (with Quick Bonus if applicable) and in accordance with their application priorities if applying for more than one programme. The study spots allocated in Quota 1 are then filled according to this ranking.

We do not know the minimum GPA required to guarantee a spot through Quota 1 until the end of July. By checking statistics from previous years, it is possible to see trends and get an idea but remember that this process is determined by the GPA’s of the qualified applicants.

If you do not have one of the international exams mentioned in the Quick Bonus table, your GPA cannot be converted into the Danish grading system and you will not be assessed in Quota 1.

It is not possible to improve a GPA. Once an upper secondary exam has been completed and a GPA has been calculated, it is fixed with regards to the admission process to CBS. If you have completed two upper secondary exams or re-taken your upper secondary exam to improve your grades, the GPA dated first will be used.

Quick Bonus

The Quick Bonus is given to applicants with a qualifying GPA that have applied within two years of finishing their upper secondary school. In some circumstances, there are conditions applied. These are listed in the table below.

Applicants who qualify for the Quick Bonus have their GPA multiplied by 1.08. For international applicants whose GPA can be converted, the Quick Bonus is added after the GPA has been converted to the Danish grading system.

If you have been unable to start a higher education programme within two years due to military service, maternity leave, long-term serious illness or the like, we may extend the two-year deadline. If this is the case for you, you are to upload documentation for why you wish to have the two-year deadline extended.

The table below lists the international upper secondary exams that fulfil the requirements for the Quick Bonus in the table below. For some international upper secondary school exams, there are special conditions.

If you do not have one of the international exams mentioned below, your GPA cannot be converted into the Danish grading system and you are, therefore, unable to get the Quick Bonus.



Quick Bonus
country upper secondary exam quick bonus
Austria
Reifepüfung/Matura
Given
Belgium
Diploma van secundair onderwijs Given
Bulgaria Diploma za (Zavarsheno) Sredno Obrazovanie Given
Czech Rep. Vysvedceni o Maturitní Zkousce/ Maturitní zkouška /Maturita fra gymnazium Given
Cyprus
Apolytirio fra Enaiou Lykeio
Given
England, Wales and Northern Ireland GCSE, AS- and A-levels Given - if AS and A level courses are completed within 2 years
Estonia
Keskkooli Loputunnistus/ Gümnaasiumi Loputunnistus + Riigieksamenitunnistus Given – based on the date of Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus. The date of Riigieksamenitunnistus (State examination certificate/additional documentation for improved grades in the Riigieksamenitunnistus is NOT used.
Finland Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/ studentexamensbetyg Given
France
Baccalauréat général Given
Germany
Abiturzeugnis
Given
Greece
Apolitírio Enaíou Lykeíou Given
Hungary
Erettsigi vizsga/Matura (at a ”gimnázium”)
Given
Iceland
Studentsprof
Given
International
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Given - if the diploma is not a retake.
International
Dansk-Fransk Baccalaureat (DFB)
Given
International
European Baccalaureat (EB)
Given
International Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB) Given
Ireland
Leaving Certificate (Established) / Matriculation Exam/Certificate
Given
Italy
Liceo
Given
Latvia
Atestâts par vispârējo vidējo izglîtîbu Given – based on the date of Atestâts par vispârējo vidējo izglîtîbu. The date of the State Examination Certificate (Izglîtîbas satura un eksaminâcijas centra sertifikâts) is NOT used.
Liechtenstein
Maturazeugnis
Given
Lithuania
Brandos Atestatos
Given – based on the date of the Brandos Atestatos. Any supplements are NOT used.
Luxembourg
Diplôme de Fin d'Études Secondaires
Given
Malta Matriculation Certificate
Given - unless the diploma is issued in September.
Netherlands Vorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs Given
Norway
Vitnemål Videregående Opplæring
Given - if "Vitnemål" is NOT improved.
Poland
Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci/Matura
Given – based on the date (year) of Swiadectwo Ukonczenia. The date / year of the diploma of the State Examination Certificate / additional documentation are NOT used.
Portugal
Diploma of estudos secundários
Given
Romania
Baccalaureate
Given
Scotland
Scottish Higher Level / Scottish Qualifications Certificate / Scottish Certificate of Secondary Education
Given – if Higher/Advanced Higher Level courses are completed within 2 years.
Slovakia
Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej Skúske/Maturita
Given
Slovenia
Maturitetno spriéevalo (matura)
Given
Spain
Bachillerato
Given
Sweden
Slutbetyg
Given - unless it is a "samlet betygsdokument".
Switzerland

Maturitätszeugnis / Certificat de Maturité / Attestato di Maturitá

Given


QUOTA 2: SELECTION BASED ON OVERALL ASSESSMENT

This quota uses an overall assessment of qualified applications as part of the selection process.

Qualified applicants are applicants who fulfil all the entry requirements, have adhered to the rules and deadlines governing admission and who do not fulfil all of the criteria for Quota 3.

Qualified quota 2 applicants with a GPA will also be automatically assessed in the selection criteria process for Quota 1 (see above).

An overall Quata 2 assessment 

An overall Quota 2 assessment includes:

  • GPA without Quick Bonus (for applicants with a GPA that can be converted to the Danish grading system)
  • Exam results for each specific entry requirement fulfilled
  • Extra-curricular activities such as employment, extended periods abroad, residential periods at a Folk High School etc. 
  • Motivational essay for certain programmes and applicants. Please see 'Motivational Essay' below for more details.

As this is an overall assessment, it is impossible to put precise figures on the concrete assessment, instead an overall picture of the application, and therefore the applicant's background, is built up on the documentation provided.

 

Quota 2: Extra-Curricular Activities

The following is required for the activities in the quota 2 overall assessment:

  • Maximum 12 month of activities can be taken into consideration.
  • Only extra-curricular activities undertaken after the upper secondary school exam has been completed can be used.
  • Extra-curricular activities can only be documented once they have been completed. You cannot document future activities. We do not use future activities planned after the 5 July deadline in the Quota 2 assessment.
  • No differentiation is made between different types of activities.

You are welcome to upload documentation for more than 12 months, but please notice that it is very important that you upload correct documentation for ALL your activities.

We recommend that you download and fill out this PDF icontimeline to get an overview of all your Quota 2 activities. Please upload it to your application at Optagelse.dk together with correct documentation for your activities.

Work experience

Work experience is counted when:

  • Work experience is only included if it is a minimum of 1 month block  
  • Maximum of 12 month blocks.
  • A month block is achieved only for working minimum 30 hours per week for 4 consecutive weeks.

No differentiation is made between different types of work experience. Voluntary work, military service and maternity / paternity leave are also included under the category of work experience.


You must document your work experience
We accept the follwing documentation:

  • Employer's Declaration
  • Wage slips are also accepted as a form of documentation for employment. We need to be able to see the hours worked per week clearly in your wage slip and the dates of the duration of your work from start to finish.

An employment contract is NOT valid documentation.

Travel abroad

Travel abroad is counted when:

  • Minimum of 1 month block. A month block is achieved by travelling abroad for 30 consecutive days.
  • Maximum of 6 month blocks. 

In order for travel abroad to be assessed as part of your application, you need to have stayed in a country in which you have:

  • NOT taken your upper secondary school exam
     

You must document your travels abroad 
We accept the follwing documentation:

  • Copies of visas
  • Boarding cards
  • Proof of rental payments. 

Travel plans/bookings and bank statements are NOT accepted as proof of travel abroad.

Further education

Further education is counted when:

  • Further education is defined as continuation from upper secondary school level and is thus at a higher. We do not use any form of education that is at a lower level than this.
  • In blocks of 5 ECTS-points (equal to 1 month of full-time education). If your grade transcript uses a different system of credits other than ECTS-points, we will calculate the conversion for you.
  • A maximum of 60 ECTS-points (equating to 12 month blocks).


You must document further education
We accept the follwing documentation:

  • A grade transcript showing the total number of ECTS taken (or credits, teaching hours etc.) and showing that you have passed the exam

Folk High Schools (in Scandinavia)

Folk High School  is counted when:

  • You must have resided at the folk high school.
  • A minimum of 1 month in length. One month equals 30 days.
  • A maximum of 6 months in total. 
  • You cannot double up your residency with work experience or further education. You can, however, double up your residency if you have been to a folk high school abroad.

 

You must document your residence at a folk high school
We accept the follwing documentation:

  • Diploma for completed stay and the period.

Double activities

Double activities is a combination of the following:

  • Travel abroad and work experience 
  • Travel abroad and further education 
  • Travel abroad and residency at a folk high school.

These blocks can only be doubled up with travel abroad if both activities have been done at the same time. You can double up for a minimum one month and a maximum of 6 months.

 

Quota 2: Motivational essay

For certain programmes and certain applicants a motivational essay is a part of the overall assessment.

List of programmes which take the motivational essay into account can be seen below.

The motivational essay must be uploaded to your application in Optagelse.dk by the application deadline of 15 March 12 noon.

Motivational essay

A motivational essay is included as part of the overall assessment of applications for the following degree programmes:

  • BSc in International Business
  • BSc in International Business and Politics
  • BSc in Business Administration and Sociology
  • BSc in Asian Studies Programme with Chinese
  • BSc in Business, Language and Culture
  • BSc in Shipping and Trade
  • BA i engelsk og organisationskommunikation
  • BA i interkulturel markedskommunikation
  • Erhvervsøkonomi (HA) - europæisk business
  • Erhvervsøkonomi (HA) - projektledelse
  • Erhvervsøkonomi (HA) - filosofi
  • Erhvervsøkonomi (HA) - psykologi
  • Erhvervsøkonomi (HA) - virksomhedskommunikation

Please note that the motivational essay is not included as part of the overall assessment of applications to any bachelor programmes not mentioned on the list above. Should you upload a motivational essay where it is not required, it will not be included in the overall assessment of your application.
 

Motivational essay content
The motivational essay should fill no more than two sides of A4. If you are applying for a programme taught in Danish, your motivational essay must be written in Danish. If you are applying for a programme taught in English, your motivational essay must be written in English.

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Your motivational essay should include a bit about your background, your past experiences and your future plans in relation to the specific programme. Examples of content could include:

  • Your contribution: What can you contribute to the programme on the basis of your background and experience and what will you get out of the study environment of the programme?
  • Your motivation: Why do you wish to study the programme?
  • Your career plans: What are your future plans and how will the programme help you to achieve your goals?

Remember to be concrete and specific when you write your motivational essay. Be personal rather than professional and reflect and show who YOU are, also when with other people. The essay is not about putting on a front or flashing your CV.
For applications to programmes that look at the motivational essay, it comprises a large part of the overall assessment in Quota 2.

Additional questions:
The BSc in Shipping and Trade have the following additional questions:

  • Describe situations where you achieved results together with other people and how you contributed?
  • What are your most important strengths in relation to customer contact and teamwork? Why?

 

Quota 2: GPA and Grades for the specific entry requirements

The Quota 2 overall assessment also includes:

  • GPA without Quick Bonus (for applicants with a GPA that can be converted to the Danish grading system).

  • Exam results for each specific entry requirement.

GPA without the Quick Bonus
Only GPA’s that can be converted to the Danish grading system count towards the overall assessment in Quota 2. You can check which GPA’s can be converted by checking the Quick Bonus table above.
 
It is not possible to improve a GPA. Once an upper secondary exam has been completed and a GPA has been calculated, it is fixed with regards to the admission process to CBS. If you have completed two upper secondary exams or re-taken your upper secondary exam to improve your grades, the GPA dated first will be used.
Specific entry requirements grades
Your grades for the specific entry requirements are also part of the overall assessment in Quota 2.
 
Unlike the GPA (see above), it is possible to re-take exams in the specific entry requirements and improve your grades. When processing your application, if you fulfil a specific entry requirement in more than one way, we will always choose the exam will the highest grade as part of the overall Quota 2 assessment.

 

Quota 2: Exams without a convertible GPA

 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

Exams without a convertible GPA

For upper secondary school exams that have been done outside of the EU, EEA and Switzerland and for certain EU upper secondary exams, we cannot directly convert the grades to the Danish grading system.

You can find more information under the standard assessment for your country (for certain EU exams) but if in doubt you can email us.

To make sure you fulfil the general entry requirement, you can check this list to see the formalities to be met from your country/upper secondary exam.

You need to send documentation showing that you fulfil the correct level for the specific entry requirements. Remember to include course descriptions and documentation concerning hours studied for each relevant subject per year during your upper secondary school / university years. If possible, we strongly recommend applicants in this category to apply for an Appraisal (see below).

As we are unable to directly convert a GPA, an overall assessment is made for each application in this group. An overall assessment includes:

  • Your educational background: you must fulfil the entry requirements for the relevant programme(s) as given in Step 1
  • Relevant extra-curricular activities: periods abroad, work experience, further education etc. Please see ‘Activities in Quota 2’ above.
  • Motivational essay: Please see ’Motivational Essay’ above for inspiration on the content. You should write a motivational essay for each programme in your application.

Translation: If you have documents that are not in English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, French or German, then you should 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.

 

Quota 2: applicants without a formal upper secondary exam

This section is for those who have not completed a full upper secondary exam (but have other relevant experience or education) and for those whose upper secondary exam is not equivalent to a Danish upper secondary exam (for example, a Waldorf education / Rudolf Steiner School).

Applicants without a formal 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 or education.
  • 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 Quota 2 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. Please see Step 1 - 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:

  • Your educational background: you must fulfil the entry requirements for the relevant programme(s) as given in Step 1
  • Relevant extra-curricular activities: periods abroad, work experience, further education etc. Please see ‘Activities in Quota 2’ above.
  • Motivational essay: Please see ’Motivational Essay’ above for inspiration on the content. You should write a motivational essay for each programme in your application.

Translation: If you have documents that are not in English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, French or German, then you should 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.

 

Quota 3: applicants who need a student residence permit to study at CBS

You must apply in Quota 3 if the following 4 criteria apply to you:

  1. You are applying for an English-language bachelor degree programme and
  2. You do not have a Danish upper secondary school and
  3. You are not an EU or EEA citizen and
  4. You need a study visa in order to be able to study in Denmark.

Preparing your Quota 3 application

An overall assessment is made for each Quota 3 application. An overall assessment includes:

  • Your educational background: you must fulfil the entry requirements for the relevant programme(s) as given in Step 1
  • Relevant extra-curricular activities: periods abroad, work experience, further education etc. Please see ‘Activities in Quota 2’ above.
  • Motivational essay: Please see ’Motivational Essay’ above for inspiration on the content. You should write a motivational essay for each programme in your application.

Applicants with a non-EU/-EEA/-Swiss upper secondary school exam can read more about fulfilling the requirements and documentation needed in the section above called ‘Dispensee’.

Applicants with an EU/EEA/Swiss upper secondary school exam can check whether or not they fulfil the general and specific entry requirements by looking at the standard assessments for each subject in Step 1.

Applicants should be aware that there are some special deadlines for Quota 3. You can see these and read about the application fee and tuition fees in Step 3.

Translation: If you have documents that are not in English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, French or German, then you should 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.

 

Appraisals for those without a standard assessment

This section is for applicants who have completed their upper secondary education outside of the EU/EEA/Switzerland or who are applying as a dispensee.

If your educational background is from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, then please refer to our Standard Assessments in Step 1 for each subject in order to determine whether or not you fulfil the specific entry requirements.

Appraisals

A Bachelor Appraisal is only for applicants whose educational background is from outside of the EU/EEA/Switzerland or who are applying as a dispensee. A Bachelor Appraisal will tell you whether or not you fulfil the general and specific entry requirements for one of the bachelor programmes at CBS.

When can I apply for an appraisal?
You can apply for a bachelor appraisal between 15 October and 15 November.

How do I apply for an appraisal?
You need to fill out the FileAppraisal Form and send it by email, along with scans of all necessary documentation, to: bacheloradmission@cbs.dk within the given timeframe.

When can I expect an answer?
You can expect an answer to your appraisal in January before the application round opens on 1 February.

For how long is my appraisal from CBS valid?

Your appraisal from CBS is only valid for the next immediate Application Round. For example, if you have applied for an appraisal on 15 November 2016, the answer that you receive in January 2017 would only be valid for the 2017 Application Round.

What do I need to be aware of with regards to an appraisal?

  • You are only allowed to apply for an appraisal for one bachelor degree programme.
  • You need to check which documents are required from your country to fulfil the general entry requirement for an upper secondary education. You can check that here.
  • You need to send documentation for the specific entry requirements. Remember to include course descriptions and documentation concerning hours studied for each relevant subject per year during your upper secondary school / university years.
  • You need to translate your documents into English, if they are not already in English (please remember to scan and send documents in the original language as well as the translations though).
  • When you send the email, please write ‘Bachelor Appraisal’ as your subject line.
  • An appraisal is not an application to CBS. You will still need to apply from scratch via Optagelse.dk once the application round opens on 1 February.
  • When you do apply, please remember to upload your appraisal answer along with all your documentation to your application at Optagelse.dk.

Applicants with refugee status

If you are an applicant currently in Denmark, or another Nordic country, with refugee status and you are interested in starting or continuing your further education at CBS, you can consider the following:

  • Come to our Bachelor Open Day on 23 February, 2017
    This event offers a good introduction to the different bachelor programmes offered at CBS as well more practical information concerning the application process and deadlines. Further information regarding this event can be found here.
  • Come to our International Applicant Day on 24 February, 2017
    This event gives an introduction to life as an international student in Denmark as well as the opportunity to network with other potential international students. Further information regarding this event can be found here.
  • Consider taking a GIF as preparation for studies in Denmark
    The GIF programme is a one year programme that is designed for refugees and immigrants interested in completing a Danish upper secondary exam. This exam can then be used to fulfil the general entry requirement plus potentially some of the specific entry requirements. Applicants to the GIF programme must have completed high school level in their home country plus have a certain level of Danish. Further information can be found here.
  • Apply for an appraisal
    CBS offers an appraisal round for prospective applicants with a non-EU educational background. CBS assesses the documents sent in the appraisal application and confirms whether or not the qualifications fulfil the entry requirements for a particular programme. The appraisal round deadline is 15 November. If you have missed this deadline but have an official refugee status in Denmark or another Nordic country, please send us an email to discuss your options. Please be aware that the application deadline for bachelor programmes in Denmark is always 15 March, 12 noon and if you miss this deadline, you will not be able to apply until the following year.

Documentation:

We cannot accept any applicants who do not fulfil the entry requirements. If you are not able to provide part of the official documentation of your qualifications due to circumstances, you should try to gather as much other information and documents as you are able to, to show your qualifications. We will consider application on a case by case basis and help you to find the best solution. Consider also researching single courses or language tests to document the specific entry requirements.

 

How to apply? Go to: Step 3 - Apply

The page was last edited by: CBS Admissions Office // 12/13/2017