University of Southern Denmark

University of Southern Denmark

Tel :+45 6550 1102


The University of Southern Denmark is situated in 5 cities in Denmark with more than 20,000 students.

At the Faculty of Social Science over 8,000 students were enrolled in 2011 including a high percentage of international students from all over the world. With a variety of international degree programmes in areas such as Economics, Finance, European Studies and International Marketing, the Faculty of Social Sciences offers an internationally acclaimed education with teaching at the highest level. Alongside wide ranging career options, the international students are left fully equipped to enter the business world.International students are highly valued at the faculty and their contribution to help shape the international environment is greatly appreciated. Therefore, we are working on developing additional study programmes directed at international students to maintain an international profile. In order to ensure that the international students have as pleasant a stay as possible, a staff member will be at disposal to help facilitate the process.

The Danish way of teaching combines lectures, group work and individual assignments which helps to ensure close relations with fellow students and teachers. In true Scandinavian tradition, students participate significantly in class and work in groups. This prepares the students for the many job opportunities later on.

At the Department of Border Region Studies (IFG) situated at the Sønderborg campus of the University of Southern Denmark the language of instruction is only English. Anchored in the history of the German/Danish border region the department follows a truly multidisciplinary approach, which makes the field of border region studies interesting and necessary for the EU integration process.

Research areas cover topics like regional economics, cross-border governance, cultural conditions and intercultural exchange, business relations and enterprises in border regions, European integration, national minorities and transnational education in border regions. The IFG is continuously building up expertise on border-related issues and enlarging its research partner network worldwide. The study programmes offered by the IFG in Sønderborg reflect this research profile.


For complete information on facilities available, please visit the university website.


For EU citizens, tuition fees will not be charged.

Tuition fee will be charged for students outside the EU and the EEA who want to participate in the international programmes offered at the Faculty of Social Sciences as guest students or for students enrolled in a full degree programme:

  • Bachelor level: One semester equals 30 ECTS: EUR 3,250.00, one year equals 60 ECTS: EUR 6,500.00 and a full bachelor degree equals 180 ECTS: EUR: 19,500.00
  • Master level: One semester equals 30 ECTS: EUR 4,250.00, one year equals 60 ECTS: EUR 8,500.00 and a full master degree equals 120 ECTS: EUR 17,000.00
  • SAS course: Course fees and participation in study tours and excursions EUR 3,100.00 per semester

All students will have to pay for textbooks and other materials in connection with the study at University of Southern Denmark.


Requirements for Undergraduate Programmes

Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate, the Higher Technical Examination ('HTX'), the Higher Commercial Examination ('HHX'), the Higher Preparatory Examination ('HF'), or the equivalent to one of the above mentioned.

Applicants must include information about the levels (O/A levels, IGCSE, GCE A-levels, Higher/Subsidiary level, number of hours, number of years of studying at school and university, and detailed course descriptions) in the subjects: mathematics, English (minimum at intermediate level) and also social studies or history (minimum at intermediate level).

Foreign students applying must have the IELTS-test with a minimum of 6.5 in the oral test and 6.5 in the overall test. (See for more information) or a TOEFL score of 575/230/88

Applicants from a country within the European Union or the EEA are not required to pass either an IELTS or a TOEFL test if they demonstrate knowledge of English corresponding with English at B level as a minimum.

Requirements for Graduate Programmes

Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration - in Business Relationship Management:

A complete undergraduate degree in Business Administration (approx. 3 years of study at university level which is roughly equivalent to a Danish Bachelor’s degree). The main field of the undergraduate degree must include subjects within the areas of 1) Economics, 2) Business Economics and 3) tool subjects (e.g. Introductory Programming and Data Processing, Mathematics, Statistics, Quantitative Methods and Business Law) where Business Law, Marketing, Financing, Macroeconomics, Managerial Accounting, Organisation Theory, Sociology and Statistics are most important. Please enclose course descriptions: Aim of the course, main topics, year’s workload/ECTS and literature as a minimum.

For Non-EU/EEA citizens from countries where English is not the native language adequate proficiency in spoken and written English is required since English is the language of instruction. One of the following proficiency tests is required: TOEFL with a score of min. 575 paper based, computer based min. 230, and Internet based 88 or IELTS with a score of min. 6.5.

PLEASE NOTE: The University of Southern Denmark only accepts original test scores sent directly from the test centre or the educational testing service (ETS) before registration deadline.

EU/EEA citizens and Exchange students are not required to document their English skills but are of course expected to meet the language level in English required at graduate level.

Master Science in European Studies

Since English is the language of instruction adequate proficiency in spoken and written English is required, if English is not the native language. One of the following proficiency tests is required (TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS - original test must be sent directly from the test centre):

  • TOEFL with a score of min. 575 paper based, computer based min. 236, internet based 88, (institutional code 8512, department code 80 Other Social Sciences)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English level A-C,
  • IELTS Academic with a score of min. 6.5,
  • TOEIC with a score of min. 701 or
  • Common European Framework level C1.

Applicants must have a degree from an institution of higher education in Germany or elsewhere with at least three years of study in European Studies, Economics, Business Administration, Social Sciences. Main field of the undergraduate degree should include subjects within the areas of 1) Research Methods, 2) Economics and 3) Political Theory. If this does not apply to you, please enquire at:

Master of Arts in Business, Language and Culture, Chinese

Bachelors of Art (BA) in Business, Language and Culture (Chinese) (Danish: Bachelorer (BA) i erhvervsøkonomi – erhvervssprog, negot. (Kinesisk)) have a right to be admitted according to the Regulation of Admittance (regulation no 362 of May 20th 2005) § 15, 1.)

Other Bachelors with a combination of business economics and humanities comprising Chinese language (as for example BSc in Business, Asian Language and Culture with Chinese at Copenhagen Business School) can be accepted if approved by the board of studies. If necessary the board of studies may require extra courses to be taken.

Applications should be send to:

University of Southern Denmark
Sønderborg Campus
Karina Madsen/International Office
Alsion 2
DK - 6400 Sønderborg
Fax: +45 6550 1093

Case Study

Name: Jolanta Wzientek

Age: 27

Nationality: Polish

Programmes studied: BSc in Economics and Business Administration & MSc in Business Relationship Management

Graduation: September 2011


I undertook my bachelor and master degrees at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg. Both programs were offered by the department of Border Region Studies.  I found these programs very interesting and challenging because of the interactive teaching methods, group working and interaction with students from all over the world, which vary significantly from the teaching methods used in my home country. I highly appreciated the possibility of cooperating with real businesses, while working on school reports, which gave students employment possibilities. I perceived it as a very rare opportunity, which to my knowledge is not offered to students in many other countries. 

Because of my energetic nature and high ambitions, besides studying at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg, I was also an active member of the local Marketing Committee, and a Vice President of the Academic Board of Business Administration and European Studies – Sønderborg. On top of that, for two year I was also working as an Academic Advisor for students from the Social Sciences faculty.

As a student, I valued a lot the possibility of questioning the professors and having a discussion with them, which has its roots in the Danish culture, and vary a lot from the polish culture. As a colleague, I have found the cooperation with the teaching and administrative staff at the Department of Border region studies as a very friendly, professional and supportive.

Currently I live in Lyon (France), where I have moved three months ago together with my boyfriend, who was out stationed down here from Danfoss A/S.  Because it is very difficult in France to find a job, without the knowledge of the French language, I am undertaking very intensive French courses with a hope to get a full time job soon.

But for that moment, based on my previous experiences from the Marketing Department at SDU, I will represent the study programs offered by the Department of Border Region Studies at an Educational International Fair in Paris in January 2012, during which, I aim to attract to SDU many French students.

Best regards – Jolanta Wzientek