Credit transfer

If you are a full-time student it is possible to have exams taken at other institutions transferred and inserted into your study programme. However, the courses must be academically evaluated and approved by the board of studies. The courses can be inserted either as electives or, in case of complete equivalence, as compulsory courses.

Please read the instructions below for more information.



How to apply for pre-approval/credit transfer

If you want to replace a course in your study programme with a course from another programme, you can either apply for a pre-approval (before you leave) or transfer (after you have completed the course). It is the Board of Studies that determines whether you can be granted a pre-approval or credit transfer.

If you wish to apply for pre-approval for/credit from a course at another Danish institution or pre-approval for/credit from a course at a foreign university, please use the application form at  

Please note that the pre-approval is not a guarantee for admission to the course(-s) you have applied for -  you must contact the relevant institution yourself to apply for admission to the subject/subjects.

If you want a course as supplement to your programme, you must apply as a fee paying single subject student.

What information do I need to apply?

You can only apply for pre-approval or credit transfer when you have collected all relevant information listed below:

Pre-approval (before taking a course at another university)

  • Name of the course, educational programme and institution
  • Official course descriptions in Danish and English with clear statement of level and ECTS/credits 
    • Courses for the MA programme must be graduate level - certain 4th year undergraduate courses may also be approved
  • List of literature for each course
  • If courses do not have ECTS-credits, please enclose information on the credit system used, ie. how many credits comprise a full semester and study programme

Credit transfer (after passing courses at another university)

  • Official grade transcript
  • From non-Danish institutions: an official description of the grading scale used
  • All course titles must be available in English
  • A copy of your pre-approval, if you have applied for this previously
  • List of literature for each passed course
  • Remember to state whether you want the courses transferred as political science or social science courses

Political science and social science seminars

Credit modules or exchange semesters can be transferred either as political science or social science seminars when you are a student in MSc Political Science. Approval of political science seminars depends on the content and aim of the specific courses.

Take-home assignments

When planning your master's programme, please be aware that a full exchange semester (30 ECTS-credits) may count for one of the two required take-home assignments, you must complete during the programme.

As a general rule you must complete a full exchange semester, as it is assumed that a take-home assignment of about 42,000 characters (incl. blanks) will  be completed during the stay.

If you hand in any further large written papers during your stay abroad, you may apply with the Board of Studies for approval of an additional take-home assignment. In this case please attach the relevant exam papers to you application for credit transfer. 

Casework time

It may take up to 6-8 weeks for the board of studies to assess you application for pre-approval or credit transfer due to the academic assessment of each course. 

If you have further questions please contact the student councellors