Non-European applicant

Follow the steps below to apply for enrolment as a Non-European applicant.

Please note, applicants from countries outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) are charged application and tuition fees (unless you have residence permit in Denmark).

When we have received your application, we will assess it based on your motivational cover letter and grades in Mathematics and English.

The application deadline is 15 March at 12:00 noon CET.


The most important deadline for international applicants is 15 March at 12:00 noon CET. For European applicants, there is a related documentation deadline on 5 July at 12:00 noon CET.

Get an overview of all important deadlines

When you apply for admission to the bachelor programmes at ITU, you need a qualifying examination.

See the list of qualifying international examinations and qualifying Danish examinations

Each BSc programme has specific requirements that you must meet to apply for enrolment. The requirements concern a list of subjects, their levels and your obtained grades.

See the requirements for each programme

For the 2023 admission, applicants with the following quotients were offered admission in quota 1. Please note that the GPA (Grade Point Average) changes from year to year.

  • Data Science: 6,8
  • Digital Design and Interactive Technologies: 8,7
  • Global Business Informatics: 8,3
  • Software development: 7,6

Quota 1 and quota 2
Denmark has a quota system for admission. If your GPA is not high enough for admission in quota 1, you can apply through quota 2 and be assessed on other criteria. At the IT University, we ask you to write a motivational cover letter that can be assessed as part of your application.

All our international applicants must apply on the quota 2 deadline on 15 March at 12:00 noon CET and we recommend you attach a motivational cover letter. This may allow you to be assessed in both quotas and will improve your chances.

Non-European applicants are required to pay a tuition fee when studying in Denmark. As part of your application submission, you will also need to pay an application fee.

Learn more about being a fee-paying applicant

If you do not meet one or more of the specific admission requirements for the programme you wish to apply for, you can take a supplementary course.

See the options for supplementary courses

When you apply for an exemption, you need a documented reason for ITU to process your application. The reason may be unusual circumstances surrounding your qualifying examination certificate, previous enrolment at the university, or if you are applying for approval of equivalent qualifications from another institution.

Read the rules on exemption

How to apply

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1. Pay application fee

As a Non-European citizen, you must pay an application fee of 750 DKK (app. 100 EURO) and attach the receipt of payment to your application.

Please pay the application fee and upload a copy of your receipt alongside your application on Optagelse.dk. Your application will not be assessed until the Admissions Office has established that the application fee has been paid.

Payment must be made to the following bank account:

Account holder:
IT-University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaards Vej 7
DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Danske Bank
Holmens Kanal 2-12
1092 Copenhagen K

SWIFT/BIC DABADKKK

Banking account number: 0216 4069053815
IBAN: DK2602164069053815

Please note the following on the transmission “USB Fee”.

Refund policy

  • If your application is successful, the application fee will be deducted from the first tuition fee payment that you make to the IT University of Copenhagen.
  • If your application is unsuccessful, or if your application is successful but you choose not to accept the admission offer, a refund will not be given.
  • A direct refund of the application fee is only possible if you have made one or more payments of the application fee without having submitted the relevant number of applications, or if you have paid the application fee even though you are exempt from it. Once you have submitted an application, you are liable for the application fee, even if you cancel the application. This means that if you pay the application fee, but change your mind about applying, you can only get a refund if you have not yet submitted the application. If you wish to request a refund, please contact sap@itu.dk.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens do not have to pay the application fee.

If you hold one of the following residence permits, you are also exempted from paying the application fee:

  • Permanent residence permit ("Permanent opholdstilladelse")
  • Permanent residence permit in another Nordic country (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands) and you continue to live in the specific country during your studies
  • Temporary residence permit with the possibility of achieving a permanent residence permit ("Midlertidig opholdstilladelse m.m.f. varigt ophold")
  • Residence permit in as an accompanying child ("medfølgende barn")
  • Residence permit as a convention refugee incl. family members ("Opholdstilladelse som konventionsflygning", jf. udlændingelovens § 7, stk. 1, og § 8, stk. 1)
  • Residence permit as a foreigner with protection status incl. family members ("Opholdstilladelse som udlændinge med beskyttelsesstatus", jf. udlændingelovens § 7, stk. 2, og § 8, stk. 2)
  • Residence permit as a foreigner with temporary protection status incl. family members ("Opholdstilladelse som udlændinge med midlertidig beskyttelsesstatus", jf. udlændingelovens § 7, stk. 2, og § 8, stk. 2)
  • Residence permit according to the EU/EEA regulations ("EU-opholdsbekandgørelsen")
  • Residence permit under the Special Act on displaced persons from Ukraine

If you are in the process of applying for one of the above residence permits, but you have not yet obtained one, you must pay the application fee.

If you have one of the above residence permits that exempt you, it is very important that you upload documentation for it when you apply on Optagelse.dk.

EU/EEA residence permits

If you are a non-EU citizen with permanent residence in another EU/EEA country, you are not exempt from paying the application fee or the tuition fees.


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2. Write a motivational cover letter

In the motivational cover letter, you have to point out your personal motivation for applying to your chosen programme.

Overall, we would like to know more about why you wish to study this specific bachelor programme, why you are eligible, and if you have some ideas of what you wish to work with in the future. A keyword is that the information should be specific rather than general and it should relate to the specific field of study.

The cover letter must be written in English and be of maximum one A4 page.

The assessment of your application is subject to an overall evaluation of your grades, qualifications, and suitability to study. Your grades in English and Mathematics (50%) as well as your cover letter (50%) are included in the evaluation. From these, we assess your possibility of completing the programme with a satisfactory result.

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3. Apply via optagelse.dk

To submit your application, login to the Danish national application system Optagelse.dk. Here you can apply for admission to ITU’s bachelor programmes. After submission you will receive a receipt per email.

The application deadline is 15 March at 12:00 noon CET.

If you are unavailable during the application process, you can authorize another person to act on your behalf. You give permission by filling in a power of attorney form and upload it to your application on Optagelse.dk.


 

Required documentation for your application

You must enclose the following documentation in your application:

  • Upper secondary school certificate, including diploma and transcripts of records* 
  • A motivational cover letter in English (recommended for all international applicants, but mandatory for quota 2 applicants or if you have previously completed a MSc programme)
  • A scan of your passport (photo page)

*If your documentation is not in English/Nordic language they must be translated into English by an official/certified translator with signature and stamp. 

You may also need to enclose:

    • Verification form signed and stamped by your school (if the amount of teaching hours is not stated on diploma/transcript of records)
    • English test (if you hold an upper secondary certificate from a non-EU/EEA country)
    • A pre-assessment from ITU (if you have requested and received a pre-assessment of your academic qualifications – see General admission requirements)
    • Documentation for residence permit in Denmark (if you are not Danish or from an EU/EEA country)
    • Master diploma (if you have already completed a MSc programme – see Master’s rule under Exemption)
    • Transcript of records and course descriptions (if you have previously passed university courses from uncompleted programmes – not from vocational or professional bachelor programmes) 
    • An application for exemption (if you want to apply for an exemption – see Exemption)
    • A power of attorney form (if you want another person to look after your interests regarding your application for admission) 
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    4. Sign and forward a signature page

    When you apply via Optagelse.dk without a MitID (Denmark's digital ID), the application system generates a ‘signature page’ for each of the chosen programmes.

    You must print, sign, and scan the signature page for each programme you apply to. Send the signature page by email to sap@itu.dk by 15 March at 12:00 noon CET. We cannot process your application before receiving the signature page.

    You will receive a receipt within a few days, otherwise please contact us.


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    5. Receive result and pay the tuition fee

    You will receive the answer to your application per mail by 10 June. If you are offered admission, you must either accept or decline the study place and pay the tuition fee within the given deadline.

    The tuition fees are payable by biannual instalments in advance of each semester, i.e. DKK 50,000 (price per January 2024). Be aware that the tuition fee may change. Information on tuition fee is updated every January.

    The Danish Immigration Service will ask students from outside the EU/EEA countries to demonstrate funds before issuing a residence permit. Please find further information about residence permit on the web page of New to Denmark.


    You may be exempted from paying a tuition fee if you have one of the following residence permits in Denmark:

    • Permanent residence permit ("Permanent opholdstilladelse")
    • Permanent residence permit in another Nordic country (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands) and you continue to live in the specific country during your studies
    • Temporary residence permit with the possibility of achieving a permanent residence permit ("Midlertidig opholdstilladelse m.m.f. varigt ophold")
    • Residence permit in as an accompanying child ("medfølgende barn")
    • Residence permit as a convention refugee incl. family members ("Opholdstilladelse som konventionsflygning", jf. udlændingelovens § 7, stk. 1, og § 8, stk. 1)
    • Residence permit as a foreigner with protection status incl. family members ("Opholdstilladelse som udlændinge med beskyttelsesstatus", jf. udlændingelovens § 7, stk. 2, og § 8, stk. 2)
    • Residence permit as a foreigner with temporary protection status incl. family members ("Opholdstilladelse som udlændinge med midlertidig beskyttelsesstatus", jf. udlændingelovens § 7, stk. 2, og § 8, stk. 2)
    • Residence permit according to the EU/EEA regulations ("EU-opholdsbekendgørelsen")
    • Residence permit according to the Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU ("Familiemedlem til en britisk statsborger" jf. §2 i bekendtgørelse nr. 1700 af 23. november 2020)
    • Residence permit under the Special Act on displaced persons from Ukraine

    Documentation

    If you hold one of the exempted residence permits, you have to enclose documentation for this. Based on the documentation submitted, the Student Affairs and Programmes will grant or deny exemption. We accept the following documentation:

    • A scan of your residence permit letter 
    • A scan of your residence permit card (both front and back page)
    • A scan of the page in your passport showing your residence permit

    Please note that no scholarships are available for BSc students at the IT University.





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    6. Apply for residence permit in Denmark

    ITU will start up the application process for your residence permit in Denmark (part 1) and you will receive a receipt with information on how to complete the process (part 2).

    You will also find an instruction video on how to apply on the page Practical information for international students.

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    Do you need help before applying?

    If you have questions about the application procedure, the Study and Career Guidance is happy to help.

    Learn more about enrolment

    General admission requirements

     

    When you apply for admission to the bachelor programmes, you need a qualifying examination.

    See entry requirements

    Specific admission requirements

     

    Each BSc programme has specific requirements that you must meet to apply for enrolment.

    See all requirements

    Application and tuition fee

     

    Non-European applicants are required to pay application and tuition fee when studying in Denmark.

    Learn about fee rates

    Supplementary courses

     

    If you do not meet the specific entry requirements for a programme, you can take supplementary courses.

    Learn about courses

    Apply for exemption

     

    When you apply for an exemption, you need a documented reason for ITU to process your application.

    Apply for exemption