Read about the admission requirements for the Service, Hospitality and Tourism programme at UCN

Facts about the programme

Start of term: September.
Entry grade point average: 6,3 and open admission (E-learning) in 2019.
Study places: 100 study places, hereof 70 study places on campus and 30 online in 2021.
Allocation of study places: 50 % in quota 1 and 50 % in quota 2.

Find your specific general admission requirements in list of foreign qualifications for entry to higher education in Denmark listed by country of graduation.

​Admission requirements

You must meet one of the following admission requirements:

General upper secondary education

General upper secondary education with specific requirements: 

  • English corresponding to Danish B-level (210 hours)
  • Mathematics corresponding to Danish C-level (125 hours) or business economics Danish C-level (75 hours) or managerial economics Danish C-level (75 hours).

Please note: The above hours relate to the final three years of your upper secondary education (1 hour = 60 minutes).

A vocational education similar to one of these Danish vocational educations

No additional specific academic requirements.

Baker (fundamental knowledge of bakery and the manufacture of bread, cakes and desserts, traditional as well as contemporary baking methods, ingredients, customer service etc.)

Retail sales assistant (knowledge of selling, customer service, ordering products, shop economics, presentation of products and the shop in general etc.)

Butcher, retail (knowledge of butchering, preparation of various cuts of meat, preparation of sausages and ready-made dishes, cold cuts, customer advising, presentation of dishes etc.)

Event coordinator (knowledge of planning and arrangement of concerts, parties, events, weddings, generating ideas and concepts, matching events with client expectations, booking, contracts, economics, hosting skills, client contract, drawing up a budget etc.)

General office clerk (knowledge of client contact in writing and in person, various IT software for use in the office, general administrative tasks and various specific tasks depending on the kind of office you are working in)

Cooking and catering (knowledge of cooking, composing good meals, presenting a meal in an appealing manner, cookery, meal planning, planning purchase of ingredients, food storage, food sales, serving of foods, customer service etc.)

Commerce and trade (knowledge of B2B trading, purchases, logistics, getting quotations, comparison of price and quality, sales, customer behaviour, negotiation techniques, sales planning, marketing analyses, importing of goods, exporting of goods, international trade markets etc.)

Confectioner/pastry chef/chocolatier (knowledge of the manufacture of pastries, cakes, desserts, ice creams, sugar confectionery, baker's confectionery, chocolate and hand crafted sugar and chocolate decorations for baked goods and ices etc.)

Receptionist (fundamental knowledge of customer service and customer contact over the telephone and in person, helping guests in e.g. hotels, helping guests at conferences, good communication skills, knowledge of account keeping and helping directing guests to nearby attractions etc.)

Waiter (knowledge of serving food and drinks to guests, making conversation with guests, helping guests match their tastes with the offers on the menu, table arrangements, mixing drinks and cocktails, knowledge of wines, customer services etc.)

Admission requirements for applicants who hold an IB Diploma

To meet the entry requirements for admission to Academy Profession degrees and Bachelor’s degrees, you must hold either:

  • an IB Diploma Programme (DP) Course Results or IB Certificate with at least the grade of 3 in all six subjects and 3 subjects as Higher Level (HL) subjects and a total of 18 points

  • an IB Diploma together with a IB Diploma Programme (DP) Results


  • English B level, standard level (SL)
  • Either Mathematics, standard level (SL) previsoulsy termed Mathematical methods SL or Economics, standard level (SL) or Business and management, standard level (SL)
Other vocational education corresponding to a Danish 3-year vocational education

Other vocational education corresponding to a Danish 3-year vocational education. In addition, Mathemathics skills corresponding to Danish C-level or Business Economics skills corresponding to Danish C-level or Managerial Economics corresponding to Danish C-level.

Selection criteria

  • Work experience relevant to your choice of studies
  • Other work experience
  • Studies or work in a country other than your home country
  • Involvement in extra curricular activities or (unpaid) work in any type of organisation or association
  • Additional proficiency (e.g. parts of higher education level courses, summer school or other upper secondary level courses)
  • Your motivation letter
  • English language qualification

English language requirements

At UCN you are expected to participate actively in class discussions as well as group work and projects. You must also be able to write academic papers and take written and oral exams. Therefore, you must have a high level of English proficiency. 

This means that you must have English language qualifications comparable to the English B level from the Danish upper secondary school (gymnasium) and you must have a final grade of minimum 3.0 on the Danish grading scale. In order to live up to this, you must have had a minimum of 210 hours of lessons in English (1 lesson = 60 minutes) during the final 3 years of your secondary education. Additionally, it is also mandatory to attach one of the English tests that UCN accepts.

We do not accept "Kompetencebeviser" from e.g. VUC in Denmark instead of an English test.

If you have studied or lived in the UK/USA or another English-speaking country (except for native speakers), please note that you must take and pass one of the English tests that are mentioned below on this webpage – Which English tests does UCN accept.

Based on a professional assessment UCN can decide that we need further documentation regarding your English skills, either by you obtaining extra documentation or by you participating in an interview conducted in English.

Which English tests does UCN accept?

All applicants holding a foreign entrance examination and applying for English-taught programmes must document their English language qualifications with one of the below mentioned English tests. 

Please note that we will not accept English tests that are older than 2 years.


  • Overall score of minimum 6.5

TOEFL iBT + TOEFL iBT Home Edition 

  • A minimum score of 83
  • UCN’s TOEFL code is 7294

Cambridge ESOL examinations

  • C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English Advanced - CAE): grade C, B or A
  • C2 Proficiency (formerly known as Cambridge English Proficiency – CPE): grade, C, B or A
  • B2 First (formerly known as Cambridge English First – FCE): grade A

Pearson PTE Academic

  • A minimum score of 58

Oxford Online Placement Test

  • Overall score of minimum 75 and also a minimum score of 75 in each subtest
  • You are only allowed to use 60 minutes when taking the test
  • Please note that this test is only valid if taken via a UCN partner organisation

Other CEFR-comparable English tests with a borderline score of B2/C1

  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to document this level from a CEFR-validated English language course


Your test results (and other required documents) must be uploaded by the application deadline. Find the application deadlines for all programmes here.

Do all applicants have to submit an English test?

Applicants who are exempted from submitting an English test are applicants from

  • ​Duborg-Skolen
  • A.P. Møller-Skolen
  • International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme)
  • European Baccalaureate (from the EB diploma programme)
  • Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden. PIease note that applicants with a secondary education from these 4 countries must have had a minimum of 210 hours of lessons in English (1 lesson = 60 minutes) during the final 3 years of their secondary education.
  • ”Native speakers” with an English taught qualifying exam (including applicants with a qualifying examination from
    • USA
    • Canada
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • Great Britain
    • Scotland
    • Ireland
PIease note that applicants with a secondary education from the above-mentioned countries must have had a minimum of 210 hours of lessons in English (1 lesson = 60 minutes) during the final 3 years of their secondary education. The applicants must also have a final grade in English B level which corresponds to minimum 3.0 on the Danish grading scale.

If you do not live up to the minimum 210 hours of lessons, you must take and pass one of the English tests that are mentioned on this webpage.


Magdalena Atanasova Mincheva
International Consultant

+45 72 69 13 52

Non-EU / non-EEA citizens

Carina Mortensen
International Consultant

+45 72 69 13 51

EU / EEA citizens