English proficiency requirements

A sufficient level of English is required to attend VIA's English language study programmes. All applicants must meet the English proficiency requirement. 

The English proficiency requirement can be met by uploading one of the below:

  • Documentation of your English proficiency obtained from your Upper Secondary. (min. 210 hours, 1 hour = 60 minutes during the final three years in Upper Secondary School).
  • Documentation of an internationally recognized language tests certificate.

Documentation of English proficiency obtained from the Upper Secondary School

In order to meet the English proficiency requirement through your Upper Secondary School you must be able to document that your English proficiency can be equated to a Danish B-level with a minimum weighted grade point average score of 2.0 on the Danish grading scale (min. 210 hours, 1 hour = 60 minutes during the final three years in Upper Secondary School). Use the verification form for this.

The grades from your Upper Secondary School Certificate will be converted into Danish grades. Note, that the rules for conversions differ from each country, hence it is not possible to standardise the methods for this conversion.

In some countries both a possible exam result and the annual grade from the transcript of records for the last year of Upper Secondary School is used in the conversion, for other countries it is merely the annual grade from the transcript of records for the last year of Upper Secondary School that is used in the conversion.

Documentation of English proficiency level through a test

If your English proficiency from your Upper Secondary School does not meet the required level and scores, you must instead deliver an English language test. 

As documentation, we accept the following internationally recognized language tests: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL tests.

Accepted language test certificates and scores

  • IELTS (Academic) with an average score of 6.5
  • TOEFL (iBT), Internet-based with a score of at least 83
  • TOEFL, paper-based with the following scores: Reading - 19-23, Listening - 20-23, Writing - 24-26, Speaking - 20-22
  • One of the following Cambridge English tests with an average score of at least 180 (C1-level):
    • C1 Advanced (former Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE))
    • C2 Proficiency (former Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE))

Note that the IELTS and TOEFL test result must be no more than two years old at the time of possible study start.

Deadline

The final deadline for submitting valid proof of English proficiency through www.optagelse.dk– either as an upper secondary school certificate or as a proficiency test – is 5 July at 12 noon.