Open University

What is Open University?

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers you the opportunity to study single subjects that suit your needs and, thus, upgrade your qualifications or expand your knowledge. Open University exams are completely voluntary.

You can study single courses that forms part of a degree programme or defined parts of a degree programme; however, it is impossible to complete an entire bachelor or 2-year master's degree programme via Open University. Likewise, it is not possible to write a master's thesis when you are enrolled as an Open University student. You may study the following maximum amount of ECTS credits as an Open University student:

  • 90 ECTS credits on a bachelor degree programme
  • 60 ECTS credits on a 2-year master's degree programme

Please notice that many of the departments' Open University courses are offered according to a vacant seats scheme. According to this scheme, Open University students will solely be offered a seat in a course, if there is a vacant seat left once a department's own students have been allocated seats. Not until right before the course start date will Open University students be informed whether they have been admitted to a course. To find out if a course is offered in accordance with the vacant seats scheme, please see the individual course descriptions.

Furthermore, the Faculty offers custom-made courses that are planned specifically for people who are not enrolled at a university. These courses are conducted as evening school.  

NOTICE: If you are studying for a full-time degree at university-level, you are unable to sit Open University courses that form part of the curriculum of your full-time degree programme.

Open University courses are offered according to the rules of the Danish Ministerial Order No. 2272 of 1 December 2021 on Part-Time Education at Universities.

At The Faculty of Social Sciences, the following departments offer courses under Open University:

  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Political Science

The departments of Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology do not offer English-taught subjects under Open University.


It goes for all Open University courses that you must meet the entrance requirements in order to be admitted, and that you must pay to sit the courses. Admission requirements – University of Copenhagen (

To be admitted requires that you have passed your upper secondary education, i.e. one of the following:

  • Higher general examination programme (studentereksamen)
  • Higher preparatory examination programme (højere forberedelseseksamen – hf)
  • Higher commercial examination programme (højere handelseksamen – hhx)
  • Higher technical examination programme (højere teknisk eksamen – htx)
  • Upper secondary school examination certificate from other EU and EØS countries
  • Special upper secondary programme for foreign language students (GIF)

Each department may also have programme-specific admission requirements that students must meet in order to be admitted to the courses.

Read more about the specific admission requirements under the departments.



The Application is open 3 times a year:

  • Spring semester - Study start 1 February:
    • Application opens 1 November.  Deadline 1 December.

  • Summer Schools:
    • Application opens 1 April. Deadline 1 May. 

  • Autumn semester - study start 1 September:
    • Application opens 1 May. Deadline 1 June.



You apply for admission to courses by filling out the application form. You can find the application form further down this page.

If you wish to apply for admission to more than one course, you can indicate the priority of the courses in the comments field.

In our quick guide you can see the quickest and easiest way to create an application and apply for admission to courses at the Open University at The Faculty of Social Sciences.

See our quick guide to the application portal in the next tab.

You can also find a more detailed user guide right here.

Start your application

(Please note that the application form is only active in the application periods)



These instructions for applying for continuing and further education courses describe how to create an application for Open University as quickly and easily as possible.

Log in to the application portal

  1. Find the link to the digital application portal on the faculty's website.
  2. Select how you want to log in:
    1. Log in via WAYF: if you already have a WAYF login (if you are a student at a Danish university). Read the guide here.
    2. Log in with MitID/NemID: Read the guide here (in Danish only).
    3. Log in as a self-registered user: If you have previously created a user profile on the application portal.
    4. Register me as a user: if you cannot use any of the methods above. Read the guide here.

Create an application

  1. Click on the tab ‘Create application’. Select 'University of Copenhagen' under Institution name and ‘Student Place Vacancy’ under Type of education. (NOTE:  You must select ‘Student Place Vacancy’ even if you are applying for a single-subject course). Click on 'Search'.
  2. Find application forms under ‘Programme name’. Select “Faculty of Social Sciences” from the list and tick the box in the left-hand side. Click on ‘Proceed to create the application’ above the list.
  3. In the following window, click on 'Proceed to create the application.
    Please note: If the faculty or course type does not appear on the list, it may be because the application deadline is closed or that you need to submit your application in a different way than via the application portal. Read more on the faculty’s website.


Retrieve your data from the University's database

  1. If you have been enrolled at a Danish university, you may be able to retrieve data on your educational background. Read more about data exchange here.
    If you have not been enrolled at a Danish university, please skip this page.
    Please note: The data collection needs to be able to connect to the university database to function. If a connection cannot be established, you can either save the application as a draft and return later, or you can manually upload documentation for your degree to the tab "Requirements and prerequisites".


Complete and submit the application

  1. Click on ‘Next’ or the individual steps to proceed.
  2. Under ‘Person’, please enter your phone number.
  3. Under ‘Applied education/course’, enter course name and course code (you can find the information in the course description at the site for further and continuing education). Select also level and examination form.
  4. Under 'Requirements and prerequisites', you should read the guidelines and then attach relevant documentation. You can read about the admission requirements right here.
  5. Under ‘Payment’, you must enter your payment information.
    • If you select ‘Company’, you must enter the company's payment information.
    • If you select ‘Private’, you will receive an invoice in your digital mailbox (unless you are exempted from digital mail).

Please note: The invoice will be sent when the application has been processed.

  1. If you have any comments to your application, please write them in the comments field.
  2. Click on 'Next' until you reach the step ‘Send application’.
  3. Click on ‘Submit application’. Your application is now completed and submitted.


How to see application status and response

  • When you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation from the portal.
    IMPORTANT! It is important that you check to see if you have received the confirmation via your registered email address. The message may end up in your spam filter – the sender is
    It is important because you will receive a notification if documentation is missing in your application. If you fail to notice such information, we will not be able to process your application.
  • You will receive the response to your application in the portal.
  • You should regularly check the status of your application in the application portal. You can see the status of your application by logging on to the portal.

Find more instruction for the application portal

If you need help to create an application, you can find detailed instructions on User guide for online application.

If you need help to see the status of your application, you can find instructions for that on the application portal.



Applications are not processed until after the application deadline. We try to process all applications as quickly as possible, but it can take six weeks from the application deadline until you receive a reply to your application.

All seats are allocated by lottery.



As an Open University student you have 3 exam attempts.

Please note that you only have two attempts to pass an exam in The Department of Political Science

You are automatically registered for the ordinary exam - first exam attempt.

If you are ill on the day of the exam, you must give notice of absence due to illness as soon as possible on the day of the exam, by writing to and submitting a medical certificate no later than one week after the exam.

The medical certificate must be valid for the time of the examination. If you can document your illness with a medical certificate, you will not use one of your exam attempts.

If you want to register for 2. and 3. exam attempts, you must meet the following registration deadlines:

Winter exams: no later than 1. September

Summer exams: no later than 1. March

Summer school resit: As soon as your grade is posted

You can register by sending an email to within the deadline.

 In the email, please state:


UCPH username

Course title

If you do not register within the deadline, you cannot sit the exam.





Once you have passed your course, you must order a transcript yourself.

You can order a transcript by contacting Student Services.



In our course database you can see whether the course is offered via Open University. Look under the tab "Education" or "Sign up"

You can also read more under the specific degree programmes below, under the specific Department.



At Department of Economics you can choose between all our BSc and MSc courses – including summer schools.

You must read the course descriptions carefully and decide whether you have the prerequisites for attending the course. Our courses generally require good skills in mathematics, micro and macro.

In the online course database you will find all relevant information regarding the courses:  course language, teachers, timetables, curiculla, exam etc.

University of Copenhagen - Courses (

Specific admission requirements for Department of Economics:

As a general rule, you must meet the general admission requirements for the programme in Economics. Admission requirements – University of Copenhagen (

However, you can apply for an exemption from the admission requirements if you believe that you have the necessary qualifications to be able to complete a given course.

Furthermore, it is of the utmost importance that you speak, read and write English well. Without a solid background in English, you will be unable to participate in class discussions, social activities and to participate in the exams.

Exemptions from the admission requirements

If you are studying or have studied at university level within the areas of economics, business and the social sciences, you can apply for an exemption from the admission requirements.

If you have another educational background and/or relevant work experience, you are also welcome to apply for an exemption.



At Open University, you can take single courses from the Department of Political Science to supplement your educational programme.

In the online course database you will find all relevant information regarding the courses:  course language, teachers, timetables, curiculla, exam etc. – Under the tab "Education" or "Sign up", you can check to see whether the course is offered to Open University students.

University of Copenhagen - Courses (

Please note that most courses for Open University students at Department of Political Science are only offered in Danish.

Specific admission requirements for Department of Political Sciences:

To be admitted to the Department of Political Science also requires an upper secondary school programme as follows: Danish level A, English level B, mathematics level B, and either history level B, history of ideas level B, social studies level B, or contemporary history level B. All subjects require a pass.

Please note: level B mathematics is required when taking Method 1 and 2, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. It is not possible to apply for exemption to this requirement.

Admission requirements – courses at master's level

To be admitted to courses at Master's degree level, the applicant must have completed a Bachelor's degree or have equivalent documented qualifications.

Exemptions from the admission requirements

It is possible to apply for admission to certain single subjects even if you do not meet each specific entry requirement. Contact for more information.



Tuition fee

Danish and  EU/EEA-citizens  must pay a tuition fee of DKR 800 per ECTS point. This price pertains to all courses - spring, summer and autumn.





Foreign nationals with a Danish stay permit:  Foreign nationals with a permanent stay permit or a temporary stay permit granted for permanent stay must pay a tuition fee of DKR 800 per ECTS point. This price pertains to all courses - spring, summer and autumn.

Foreign nationals without a Danish stay permit must pay a price of DKR 1260,- pr. ECTS point. This price pertains to all courses - spring, summer and autumn.




After being accepted to a course, you will receive an invoice by e-mail. The tuition fee must be paid by bank transfer.

When you have paid the invoice, you are formally enrolled at the University and will get access to the intranet and online course material. 



The price includes lectures/classes, online course material and 3 exam attempts.

(2 exam attempts at Department of Political Science)




You can only get a refund if you cancel the course before the semester begins.

Deadlines for cancellation and refund:

  • Spring semester: January 15
  • Autumn semester August 15
  • Summer Schools: July 1st



If you have any questions regarding application procedures, prices, etc. you can write to us by email to

If you have any counselling questions, you can contact Student Guidance by email or phone: 35 32 46 00