English level A - Graduate programmes

The language requirements are very strict. Be sure to check what level is required for each programme you are applying to. On this page you will find information about how you fulfil English level A.

Deadline

You must document that you fulfil the English language requirement by the application deadline.

If you need to take a language test/exam, your scores must be available to CBS Admissions by the application deadline. To ensure that your test/exam scores are available to us on time, it is important that you sign up for a test/exam taking place well in advance before the deadline. You should expect 3-4 weeks from the test date until the results become available to CBS.

If you have already taken an IELTS or TOEFL, remember to check that your test is no older than two years by the application deadline.

Do I fulfil the English level A requirement?

If you have passed English at the A level from an upper secondary school in Denmark (ie. stx, hhx, htx, hf), you fulfil this requirement. Otherwise, the English requirements are very strict, and only the qualifications listed below are accepted as alternative fulfilment.

NB: Even if you are studying a bachelor programme at CBS, we do not have the documentation you sent in with your bachelor application, so you must upload it when you apply for a master's programme.

There are three approaches to documenting fulfilment of the English language requirement:



Upper secondary qualifications

Only the exact qualifications listed below fulfil the English A language requirement. In your application you must upload the exact documentation described below, as proof that your upper secondary qualifications fulfil the language requirement.
The requirement is not met if the courses/qualifications listed below have been failed.
Other qualifications or types of documentation do not fulfil the language requirement.


International Baccalaureate (IB)

Required courses and levels Required documentation
  • English A1, higher level
  • English A2, higher level
  • English B, higher level
  • English A1, standard level
  • English A2, standard level
  • English A Language and Literature, higher level
  • English A Language and Literature, standard level
  • English A Literature, higher level
  • English A Literature, standard level
Official IB diploma and/or transcript
Alternatively, give CBS access to your results via IBO.org.


European Baccalaureate (EB)

Required courses and levels Required documentation
•    L I
•    L II
•    L III – 6 years (documentation for 6 years must be included)
Official EB diploma and/or transcript



Australia

A complete upper secondary education from Australia fulfils the English A language requirement.

Required documentation:
Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) as well as Statement of Result or Record of Achievement or Qualifications Certificate, covering subjects and grades during the last two years of the secondary education.


Austria

Required courses and levels Required documentation

English as a first foreign language, min. 11 weekly hours accumulated during the final three years of the Oberstufe

Reifeprüfung diploma certificate including Stundentafel covering (min.) 4 years of the Oberstufe

Reife- und Diplomprüfung diploma certificate including Stundentafel covering (min.) 5 years of the Oberstufe

Canada

A complete upper secondary education from Canada fulfils the English A language requirement.

Required documentation:
High School Diploma/ Graduation Diploma (or equivalent for your province) AS WELL AS Transcript of grades/ High School Results (or equivalent for your province)


Denmark

Required courses and levels Required documentation
English at level A
Upper secondary (ie. stx, hhx, htx, hf) certificate:
  •     a scan/photo of the original, stamped and signed hard copy OR
  •     a digitally signed certificate downloaded from Min Kompetencemappe

    NB: Even if you are studying a bachelor programme at CBS, we do not have the documentation you sent in with your bachelor application, so you must upload it when you apply for a master's programme.
Gymnasial suppleringskursus (GSK) and exam
Official IKV assessment


England, Wales, Northern Ireland

Required documentation:
GCSE certificate (with a min. of 6 subjects) as well as A-level (Advanced level) certificate (with a min. of 3 subjects)  


Germany

Required documentation:
Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abiturzeugnis), diploma AND report card for all 4 half-years in the Qualifikationsphase as well as the Abiturprüfung

NB: The required qualifications are different for each federal state:

federal state required qualifications
  • Hessen
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • Berlin
  • Sachsen-Anhalt
  • Brandenburg
English passed (5 points or higher) as a first or second Prüfungsfach in the Abiturprüfung
  • Niedersachsen
English passed (5 points or higher) as a first, second or third Prüfungsfach in the Abiturprüfung
  • Thüringen
  • Schleswig-Holstein
  • Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Baden-Württemberg
English passed (5 points or higher) as a written Prüfungsfach in the Abiturprüfung
  • Bremen
  • Sachsen
  • Nordrhein-Westfalen
English passed (5 points or higher) as a written Prüfungsfach in the Abiturprüfung AND studied on an advanced level during the Qualifikationsphase. The subject must be identified as a Leistungskurs/-fach or an advanced level  (erhöhtes Anforderungsniveau, eA) subject on the report card for the Qualifikationsphase.
Bayern

English passed (5 points or higher) as an advanced-level (erhöhtes Anforderungsniveau, eA) Prüfungsfach in the Abiturprüfung AND studied on an advanced level during the Qualifikationsphase. The subject must be identified as a Grundlagenfach or an advanced level (erhöhtes Anforderungsniveau, eA) subject on the report card for the Qualifikationsphase.

Saarland  English passed (5 points or higher) as a written Prüfungsfach in the Abiturprüfung AND studied on an advanced level during the Hauptphase. The subject must be identified as an E-kurs/-fach or an advanced level (erhöhtes Anforderungsniveau, eA) subject on the report card for the Hauptphase
Hamburg English passed (5 points or higher) as an advanced-level (erhöhtes Anforderungsniveau, eA) Prüfungsfach in the Abiturprüfung AND studied on an advanced level during the Qualifikationsphase. The subject must be identified as an advanced level subject on the report card for the Qualifikationsphase.
(Regardless of federal state)
Waldorfschule/Rudolf Steiner Schule

English passed (5 points or higher) as a first or second written Prüfungsfach in the Abiturprüfung

(Regardless of federal state)

Fachhochschulreife or fachgebundene Hochschulreife

 
No exam included in this qualification fulfils the English A language requirement

(Regardless of federal state)

Deutsche Internationale Abitur/prüfung (DIA/DIAP)
English passed (5 points or higher) as 2. or 3. written Prüfungsfach in the Abiturprüfung 
 

Iceland

Required qualifications Required documentation
For upper secondary studies completed in 2012 or later (reform 2008):

Minimum 25 Fein (new credits) obtained in English; of these,  minimum 15 Fein must be at Þrep (qualification level) 3 or higher
Official transcript (in Icelandic) for Stúdentspróf

NB: Letters issued by the institution that do not list the names, module codes, grades and codes/points for all the passed courses are not accepted.  
For upper secondary studies completed between 2003 and 2011 (reform 1999):

Minimum 18 einingar (old credits) obtained in English; minimum one English subject must be at level 6 or higher (e.g. ENS 603)



Ireland

A complete upper secondary education from Ireland fulfils the English A language requirement.

Required documentation:
The Established Leaving Certificate Examination (Leaving Cert) with a min. of 6 subjects total

 

New Zealand

A complete upper secondary education from New Zealand fulfils the English A language requirement.

Required documentation:
National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA) levels 1 and 2 and 3
 

Norway

Required qualifications Required documentation
English studied and passed during all three years of the upper secondary degree (Engelsk Vg1 + Vg2 + Vg3); minimum 420 study hours in total.

The following Vg3 courses must be passed: SPR3010 & SPR3011
or
SPR3012 & SPR3013
Official transcript for the Vitnemål for videregående opplæring


Scotland

A complete upper secondary education from Scotland fulfils the English A language requirement.

Required documentation:
Scottish Qualification Certificate as well as Summary of Attainment, Detail Record of Attainment and Profiles

Singapore

A complete upper secondary education from Singapore fulfils the English A language requirement.

Required documentation:
Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-level exam certificate with a min. of 4 (H1, H2 and H3) exams total, as well as General Paper and Project Work

South Africa

A complete upper secondary education from South Africa fulfils the English A language requirement.

Required documentation:
National Senior Certificate (Matric/Matriculation Certificate) as well as grade transcript covering subjects and grades during all three years of studies

United States

A complete upper secondary education from the United States fulfils the English A language requirement.

Required documentation:
High School Diploma as well as High School Grade transcript (covering all four years’ worth of subjects and grades)

Tests and exams

The English language requirement must be fulfilled by the application deadline.

To ensure that your test/exam scores are available to us on time, it is important that you sign up for a test/exam taking place at least three-four weeks before the application deadline.

Only the following English tests and exams are accepted for the fulfilment of the English A language requirement:

TOEFL internet-based test (iBT)

A TOEFL iBT test result of at least 94 with minimum 20 in each discipline is required.
Your scores are valid only if they are no more than two years old by the application deadline.
TOEFL iBT Home Edition is accepted.
MyBest scores are not accepted.

Required documentation:
Your TOEFL scores will be verified in the TOEFL database. You must list Copenhagen Business School as one of your score recipients when you sign up for the TOEFL test, or order a score sheet for Copenhagen Business School if you have already taken the test. The TOEFL institution code for CBS is 7035.
You must upload either your digital copy, or a scan of your hard copy, TOEFL score sheet to the Application Portal.

IELTS Academic test

An IELTS academic test result of at least 7.0 with minimum 6.0 in each discipline is required.
IELTS test results that are more than two years old by the application deadline are not accepted.
IELTS Online is accepted.

Required documentation:
Your IELTS results will be verified in the IELTS database. Please instruct your test centre to make your results available to Copenhagen Business School, either when you book your IELTS test or after the test date.

You must also upload a scan of your IELTS test report form to the Application Portal. If you have not received the physical test report form, you can upload a document with the "Test Report Form Number" (TRF Number) so we can verify your scores. 

Cambridge C2 or C1 examination

A Cambridge C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) passed with min. C, corresponding to a score of minimum 200, or a Cambridge C1 Proficiency (Certificate of Advanced English) passed with minimum C AND a score of minimum 185 is required.
 

Required documentation:
You must upload your Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) or Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) Statement of Results and/or Certificate.
Your results are only valid if they can be verified through the Candidate Results Website. Make sure to register for the service and share your results with Copenhagen Business School. There is no expiration date on the validity of the CPE/CAE exam results.


 

Bachelor's degree

English-taught bachelor degree from Copenhagen Business School

The following bachelor degrees from CBS fulfil the English A language requirement:
- BSc in Business, Language and Culture
- BSc in Business Administration and Digital Management
- BSc in International Business
- BSc in International Business and Politics
- BSc in Business, Asian Language and Culture
- BSc in Business Administration and Service Management
- BSc in International Shipping and trade
- BSc in Business Administration and Sociology
- BSc i erhvervsøkonomi og markeds- og kulturanalyse
- BSc i europæisk business



Applicants with a legal claim
If you study HA almen or HA pro at CBS and have legal claim to admission at the MSc EBA/cand.merc., you automatically fulfil the language requirement for the specific concentration you are applying for and you do not need to do anything further. If you study HA(fil.) and have legal claim to admission at MSc in Business Administration and Philosophy, you also automatically fulfil the language requirement.


English-taught bachelor degree from an English-speaking country

Bachelor degrees studied entirely in English in one of the following countries fulfil the English A language requirement:
Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, UK, the US.


  • The degree must be effectively taught in its entirety in one of the above-listed English-speaking countries, with most of the courses taught in English
  • If your country is not listed, then you do not fulfil the English language requirement, even if your entire degree was studied in English


Read the examples below for clarification and contact us if you have questions.


Examples that meet the English language requirement:

  •  A three-year bachelor degree from a listed country where up to one semester was spent on exchange meets the English language requirement.
  • four-year bachelor degree from a listed country where up to one year was spent on exchange (or credit transferred from abroad) meets the English language requirement.

 


Examples that do not meet the English language requirement:

If your bachelor degree is from a university in one of the listed countries, but includes a longer period of studies abroad, or a large number of credits transferred from an institution in a non-listed country, then it does not meet the English language requirement. For example:

  • a bachelor degree issued by a university in a listed country, but taught in a non-listed country does not meet the English language requirement (e.g. American College of Greece).
  • a double degree where two years were taught at a university in a listed country and two years at a university in a non-listed country does not meet the English language requirement.
  • a three-year bachelor degree taught at a university in a listed country but consisting of a one-year exchange with a university in a non-listed country does not meet the English language requirement.

 

Required documentation:

Make sure to upload detailed official grade transcripts from your home university as well as the university/universities you've been on exchange to or had credits transferred from. Any ambiguities might result in your application getting rejected.

 

The following are not accepted alternatives:

- a bachelor degree taught in English (except for specific circumstances described above)
- a letter from your university
- a letter from a professor
- documentation for an English test other than the specific ones listed above
- a combination of several incomplete qualifications from the lists above


 

The page was last edited by: Web editor - Student Communications // 10/03/2022