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Perspectives for applying for exemption/special permission

No qualifying examination (special permission)

Only quota 2

Deadline for sending an application for special permission for the requirement of the qualifying examination is 15 March, noon. You have to apply via quota 2.

Alternatively, you can apply for vacant places in the second round on 28 July. Remember to send an application for exemption along with your application for a second round spot.

No qualifying examination

If you do not have a qualifying examination, you have to apply for special permission to be able to apply for admission.

Check out the list of qualifying examinations at SDU.

You will be permitted to apply for admission to the university without a qualifying examination if you can document general competences in study preparation that can be compared to an upper secondary education. This is regarded as a prerequisite for the ability to acquire, structure and communicate academic knowledge. Emphasis will also be placed on the possession of a relevant education and occupational experience.

NOTE: you still have to fulfill the specific entry requirements for the programme.

A special permission exclusively entitles you to apply for admission to the programme in question under quota 2, and is NO GUARANTEE of a place on the programme you are applying for.

The universitety  recommends that you take a full qualifying examination as this will make it possible for you to apply under quota 1 as well.

Enclosures to your application for exemption

Along with your application of exemption you have to upload:

  • CV
  • Documentation about the specific entry requirements
  • Documentation about the qualifications which are comparable to a qualifying examination
    • Diplomas of former educations

What we emphasis when assessing your application?

Making an assessment, the university emphasises if you have one or more relevant educations. The educations have to have a certain amount of theoretical content, including a written task.

Relevant educations can be:

  • a professionals bachelor degree (NOTE: pay attention to the restrictions about a double degree. Check the page "How to apply" for more information)
  • a vocational education

Written tasks/assignments:

You must document considerable written tasks or comparable written project on upper high school level. Considerable written tasks can be:

  • Bachelor thesis
  • large written task
  • or similar

Exemptions about the specific entry requirements will not be given on the basis of Work experience. Check out more information  about exemptions for specific requirements below.

Special permission - Rudolf Steiner programme

Only quota 2

Deadline for sending an application for special permission for the requirement of the qualifying examination is 15 March, noon. You have to apply via quota 2.

Alternatively, you can apply for vacant places in the second round on 28 July. Remember to send an application for exemption along with your application for a second round spot.

Applicants with a background of the Rudolf Steiner programme are welcome to apply for admission with special permission via quota 2.

With a diploma for 12 year schooling at a Rudolf Steiner school, normally, the general requirements for a special permission are considered as fulfilled - provided that your diploma testifies an academic level comparable to a passed upper high school diploma.

During the assessment, we check if the applicants with a Rudolf Steiner education are able to fulfill the fixed specific entry requirements og the upper high school. This takes place on the basis of the amount of hours completed during grade 10., 11. and 12.

If you do not fulfill the specific entry requirements for the programme you have applied for, you have to take completion to obtain the needed levels.

Applying for a programme you have been registered before

Have you been admitted before to the programme you are applying for admission or re-admission for, special rules will apply.

Remember to upload a transcript with all attempts to your application on www.optagelse.dk.

SDU has cancelled your registration:

If the University has cancelled your registration for a programme you want to apply for admission or re-admission again, it is, as a rule not possible to get accepted. This applies as well if you have been admitted to another University.

Exemptions can be made in case of special circumstances. SDU can make exemptions if the academic assessment shows that you have significantly improved your odds to finish the programme. I.e. if the circumstances which caused problems earlier has changed significantly.

Enclosures to your application for exemption

Together with your application for exemption, you have to upload the following documentation:

  • significant change of the circumstances which bear the blame that you where not able to finish your education under your first registration
  • circumstances which caused the problems earlier do not affect your ability til finish the education any longer

    NOTE: If you have used all examination attempts in one or more courses already, you have to enclose an application for exemption for a new attempt as well.

You have withdrawn yourself of the programme:

At least 5 month have to be passed when applying for re-admission to the same programme. I.e. you have to withdraw before 1 April to be able to start on 1 September.

Already passed the first year of studies?

Have you already passed the first and second semester of the programme (60 ECTS, new curricculum), you have to apply for re-admission, not admission via www.optagelse.dk.

Remember to upload a transcript with all examination attempts to www.optagelse.dk along with your application.

Already have a Master's degree?

If you already have a master degree from Denmark, admission to another Bachelor or Master might not be possible for you. The national parliament of Denmark has passed a new law limiting the access to more than one education on the same or a lower level.

As a result, applicants who already have completed a state financed full time degree, e.g. a bachelor, a professional bachelor or a master degree, can no longer be admitted to another degree on the same level or the level below.

Your only chance is to apply in the 2. round after 28 July, for one of the empty spots.

Exemptions for applicants with a Master degree are solely given under special circumstances
The University can of course make exemptions in case of special circumstances. You must document that you are no longer able to use your education in the job market or that your degree is understood to be obsolete.

Examples are:

  • a veterinarian diagnosed with an allergy to animals
  • a musician diagnosed with a hearing loss

The fact that you regret that you have taken your education or that unemployment in the affected field leads to problems finding a job is NOT seen as special circumstances and therefore not forming the basis for an exemption.

Enclosures til your application for exemption
Together with your application for exemption you have to upload:

  • Documents of your education (diplomas/transcripts)
  • Documentation for the special circumstances, e.g.:
    • Doctors note or the medical journal you have received when diagnosed with the loss of the ability to work

NOTE: it is very uncommon that the university grants an exemption of this rule.

Adjustment of the admission requirements

What does an adjustment of the admission requirements encompass?
An adjustment encompasses that you can get adjusted your grade point average of your qualifying examination. You can apply for an exemption if you can document that special circumstances caused the challenges which plead the accomplishment of your qualifying examination, resulted in a low grade point average and the fact that you do not fulfill the requirements to get accepted for a programme.

Your application for exemption will be a specific individual assessment. Thereafter, the university will take the special circumstances into account while processing your application for admission.

An exemption will be a part of the total assessment of your application for admission and is NO GUARANTEE for acceptance to the programme you are applying for.

To get granted an exemption
Exemption can be granted in case of the following examples of special circumstances:

Physical disability

Long-term disease

Dyslexia or dyscalculia

Death in the immediate family

If you believe that one of this conditions or something alike adversely affected your grade point average, you can apply for exemption for an adjustment of the admission rules, i.e. the rules about the admission on the basis of a declining grade point average.

NOTE: Expenses to get statements of doctors or alike have to be covered by the applicant.

The entry requirements in force have to be fulfilled
We can not disregard the present entry requirements for a programme, but we can assess if the special circumstances have disadvantaged you compared to the other qualified applicants.

NOTE: The chances to get an exemption are very small in case you already got compensated for the special circumstances during the time you took your qualifying examination (e.g. if you have dyslexia and already had the it-package as a help during High School).

Assessment of the grade point average
If the special circumstances had severe influence on your grade point average, we can make an exemtion in quota 1. I.e. your application must fit the qualifying examinations for quota 1.

We assess to which extent it was possible for you to reach the required grade point average for the admission of the programme you have applied for - without having been exposed to the special circumstances.

The special circumstances alone are NO GUARANTEE for an exemption of the adjustment of the admission rules and an offer for a place on the programme you are applying for.

Enclosures to your application for exemption
Together with your application for exemption, you have to upload documentation for the special circumstances. The documentation will often be a combination of the following:

  • doctor's note or the medical journal in case of long-term disease (both course of disease and the scale need to be documented)
  • doctor's note or documentation about the severe or terminal course of a disease of close relatives
  • specialistudtalelse fx i forbindelse med test af dyslexia or funktionsnedsættelser
  • statement of a psychologist or a psychiatrist
  • police record
  • transcript of your upper secondary high school
  • folkeskolen afgangsbevis (beviset kan være nødvendigt hvis de usædvanlige forhold startede i slutningen af folkeskolen)
  • statement of the student counsellor or the principal of your former school
Requirement of the grade point average 6,0

When applying for the Danish taught programmes Medicine and Clinical Biomechanics via quota 2, you have to fulfill the following requirements:

Since this only applies to Danish speaking applicants, more information can be found on the Danish version of that page.

The specific entry requirements are not fulfilled

If you do not fulfill the specific entry requirements, you can apply for exemption. You can only apply for exemption, if you have obtained comparable qualifications after finishing the qualifying examination.

You must document these qualifications in connection with your application for exemption.

You can obtain an exemption concerning the specific entry requirements if:

  • you have taken an examination or test which can be compared to the required level or above.

 When assessing your qualifications, we compare them with the academic level and content of the lectures to the corresponding courses at upper secondary high school in Denmark.

Enclosures to your application for exemption
Together with your application for exemption concerning the specific entry requirements, you have to upload the following documentation:

  • the qualifications you states are comparable to the entry requirements.

Exemption of the specific entry requirements

NOTE: you are NOT able to apply for exemption of the specific entry requirements, neither if you have the following:

  • achieved high grades in the same course on a lower level
  • work experience within the relevant area
  • passed other courses with relevance to the programme
  • motivation to start with the programme
  • have been affected due to special circumstances or if you have not had:
  • the possibility to take the course as part of your qualifying examination
  • the knowledge about the rules

Applying with an examination for Rudolf Steiner
During the assessment, we check if the applicants with a Rudolf Steiner education are able to fulfill the fixed specific entry requirements of the upper high school. This takes place on the basis of the amount of hours completed during grade 10., 11. and 12. You can find more information about the education of Rudolf Steiner in the section above.

Exemption

What to enclose to your application for exemption?

Your application for exemption has to enclose the following:

  • An explanation: There is no standard form for applying for exemption, so you must provide an explanation of what you are applying for exemption from and the reasons for this in your application.
  • Relevant enclosures: You must enclose documentation for the special circumstances that you believe are important in connection with what you are applying for exemption from, including a doctor's certificate, a letter from a psychologist or a letter from your upper secondary school, etc. Check the list further below to see examples of exemptions and the enclosures needed.
About exemptions at SDU
  • Decisions regarding applications for exemption are made on the basis of an individual, concrete evaluation of each application.
  • If you are granted exemption, your enrolment application will be treated on an equal footing with the other applications. However, an exemption is not tantamount to an acceptance for admission.
  • As a rule, a granted exemption is only valid for the year you have been applying for. If you want to apply again for admission at a later time, please upload the granted exemption to your application.
  • An exemption will not be granted on the grounds of an oversight, misunderstandings, lack of knowledge og the like. NOTE: When applying with exemption/special permission, you can only apply via quota 2.
When to send the application for exemption?

Before 1 February (recommended):
We recommend to forward the application for exemption before 1 February to get a pre-assessment.

If you do not have a qualifying examination, you must apply for special permission to apply for admission. In this case, we recommend you to forward the application for special permission before 1 November to make sure that you have plenty of time to get registered for completion for the specific entry requirements. Check out the information about special permission further below this page.

The application for exemption and the relevant enclosures have to be sent to optag@sdu.dk.

Have you already received a pre-aapproval, you must upload the document to your application via www.optagelse.dk before the deadline for quota 2 on 15 March, noon.

Form for a pre-assessment.

After 1 February:
If you decide to enclose your application for exemption to your application for admission remember the deadline for quota 2 which is 15 March, noon.

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