English level B - 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 B.

Deadline

The English language requirement must be fulfilled 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 you can make the results 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 B requirement?

English level B must be passed with minimum 3.0 on the Danish grading scale. If you have passed English at the B level with min 3.0 combined 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.

If you fulfil English level A, then you also fulfil the English level B requirement.

In addition to the qualifications listed under the English A requirement, the following also fulfil the English level B requirement:



Upper secondary qualifications

Only the exact listed qualifications fulfil the English B 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 qualifications Required documentation

•    English A1, higher level, passed with minimum grade 4
•    English A2, higher level, passed with minimum grade 4
•    English B, higher level, passed with minimum grade 4
•    English A1, standard level, passed with minimum grade 4
•    English A2, standard level, passed with minimum grade 4
•    English B, standard level, passed with minimum grade 4

Official IB diploma and/or transcript
Alternatively, give CBS access to your results via IBO.org.



European Baccalaureate (EB)

Required qualifications Required documentation
  • L III – 4 years, passed with minimum grade 7
  • L IV – 4 years (4 hours), passed with minimum grade 7
Official EB diploma and/or transcript



Austria

Required qualifications Required documentation
English as a first foreign language, min. 9 weekly hours accumulated during the final three years of the Oberstufe
Reife- und Diplomprüfung diploma certificate including Stundentafel covering (min.) 5 years of the Oberstufe
 

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



Denmark

Required qualifications Required documentation
English at level B, passed with minimum 3.0 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)  


Finland

Required qualifications Required documentation
Minimum 8 English courses, passed with Finnish grade 6 or higher Official certificate - Ylioppilastutkintotodistus / Studentexamensbetyg) and official transcript - Lukion päästötodistus/Avgångsbetyg från gymnasiet


Germany

Required qualifications Required documentation
Regardless of federal state:

English studied in each of the four half-years of the Qualifikationsphase, passed with an average of 7 points or higher in total
Diploma - Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abiturzeugnis)

and

Report card for all 4 half-years in the Qualifikationsphase as well as the Abiturprüfung
For Waldorfschule/Rudolf Steiner Schule:

English passed (7 points or higher) as a Prüfungsfach in the Abiturprüfung
 



Iceland

Required qualifications Required documentation
For upper secondary studies completed between 2003 and 2011:
  • minimum 15 einingar (old credits) obtained in English; at least one English subject must be at level 5 or higher (e.g. ENS 503) and
  • average Icelandic grade 6 or higher



Official transcript (in Icelandic) for Stúdentspróf af bóknámsbraut.

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 in 2012 or later:
  • minimum 15 Fein (new credits) obtained in English; of these, minimum 10 Fein must be at Þrep (qualification level) 3 or higher
  • average Icelandic grade 6 or higher



Norway

Required qualifications Required documentation
  • English studied during the first two years of the upper secondary degree (Engelsk Vg1 + Vg2), with a total number of minimum 280 study hours; Vg2 International English must be passed
    and
  • average Norwegian grade 3 or higher

Official (digitally signed) transcript for the Vitnemål for videregående opplæring



Sweden

Required qualifications Required documentation
Before 2014:
Engelska min. Kurs C, passed with the Swedish grade 12.5/D or higher
Official transcript for Gymnasieexamen från ett högskoleförberedande program or Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan
From 2014:
Engelska steg 7 (ENG07), passed with the Swedish grade 12.5/D or higher
 
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 B language requirement:

TOEFL internet-based test (iBT)

A TOEFL iBT test result of at least 83 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.
Required documentation:
You must upload your TOEFL score sheet to the Application Portal. 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. Our TOEFL institution code is 7035.
MyBest scores are not accepted.

IELTS Academic test

An IELTS academic test result of at least 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each discipline is required.
IELTS tests that are more than two years old by the application deadline are not accepted.
Required documentation:
You must upload your IELTS test report form to the Application Portal. Your IELTS results will be verified in the IELTS database. Please instruct your test center to make your results available to Copenhagen Business School, either when you book your IELTS test or after the test date.

Cambridge C2 or C1 examination

A Cambridge C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) or a Cambridge C1 Proficiency (Certificate of Advanced English) 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.
 

 

The following alternatives are not accepted for fulfilling the English B language requirement:

- a bachelor degree taught in English (except for specific circumstances listed under the English A requirement)
- a letter from your university
- a letter from a professor
- documentation for an English test other than the specific ones listed on this page or under the English A requirement

 

The page was last edited by: Web editor - Student Communications // 11/10/2021