SGS Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

The following information is on the admission requirements for students applying to the 4-year program in creative writing and specifically covers the following requirements: General, Specific, English Proficiency, Exemptions from Submitting an English Test, Conditional Enrolment, and exemptions from application materials.

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General Admissions Requirements

Specific Entry Requirements

English Proficiency

Danish B Level in English (Minimum Requirements)

Exemptions from Taking English Test

Conditional Enrolment

Exemptions from (partial) Application Materials

 

General Admissions Requirements

Students must hold a qualifying exam. To check if your upper secondary school exam is considered qualifying for university studies in Denmark, please check this website: Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. You will have to upload a copy of your original diploma and a copy of your diploma translated into English and verified by your school.

Specific Entry Requirements

Students must have passed their upper secondary or high school classes that fall within the humanities (English, Literature, etc) at levels A, B, or C (these levels refer to the course level, not the grades). Assessment of your subject levels from your upper secondary school exam is based on a comparison with the specific subject levels in the Danish upper secondary school based on the guidelines from the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. This assessment is solely made by the Admissions Board at The South Gate Society School of Creative Writing.

Please note that Danish levels do not necessarily correspond to the levels in your respective country.

English Proficiency

The Bachelor program is offered in English at SGS and requires that your proficiency of the English language is equivalent to level B (Danish level) in English, which is considered equivalent to level B2 referring to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Applicants applying for Bachelor’s program must submit the results of one of the below mentioned IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge tests with the required minimum scores – by uploading the test results with their application

We do not accept tests that are more than 2 years old at the time of the application deadline.

Danish B Level in English (Minimum Requirements)

IELTS (academic test): 6.5 www.ielts.org or
TOEFL (paper-based): 560 www.ets.org/toefl (paper-based tests taken after September 2017 will not be accepted. As of the admission year 2019, no paper-based tests from TOEFL will be accepted).
TOEFL (internet-based): 88 www.ets.org/toefl or
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE) www.cambridgeenglish.org or
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) www.cambridgeenglish.org or
Cambridge First Certificate with the grade B www.cambridgeenglish.org (as of the admission year 2019 the Cambridge First Certificate will no longer be accepted).

Exemptions from Taking English Test

The following conditions apply for being exempted from submitting an English test.

  • Applicants who have passed either ‘English level B’ or ‘English level A’ in upper secondary school in Denmark (minimum average grade 02)or a skills set test (‘realkompetencevurdering‘) in ‘English level B’ or ‘English level A’.
  • Applicants holding an English-taught qualifying upper secondary school exam, bachelor degree or master’s degree from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, or South Africa.
  • Applicants holding a Danish, Nordic, German, or European Baccalaureate (from Schola Europaea) qualifying exam with an English level, which the Danish Agency for Higher Education considers equivalent to a Danish B level in English. In regard to Language and International Studies English the achieved English level must be considered equivalent to a Danish A level by the Danish Agency for Higher Education.
  • Applicants holding a passed English-taught International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme http://www.ibo.org/). In regard to Language and International Studies English applicants must have passed an IB English course considered equivalent to a Danish A level by the Danish Agency for Higher Education.
  • Applicants holding a qualifying exam (with a minimum of two years of instruction in English during the last three years of upper secondary school) from EU/EEA countries if it is stated on the national final diploma that the achieved level of English language qualifications is equivalent to level B2 referring to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). In regard to Language and International Studies English level C1 (CEFR) must be stated as achieved level. Please note that this option will be removed from the 2019 admission year and onwards.
  • Applicants holding a complete bachelor’s or master’s degree in English linguistics.
  • Applicants with a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a Danish University to which a Danish B level in English (‘English B’) was a requirement at the time of admission.

Conditional Enrolment

Under most circumstances, you must meet all of the entry requirements by June 30 or your application is rejected. Conditional enrolment allows for a student to finalize specific entry requirements by September 1 instead of June 30.

You must apply for conditional enrolment by March 30 when applying, and if your application for conditional enrolment is approved, you are allowed to meet the entry requirements by September 1. It is exclusively for the Admissions Board to offer an applicant conditional enrolment.

Exemptions from (partial) Application Materials

  1. Official Identification: No Exemptions
  2. Resume or CV: No Exemptions
  3. Personal Statement: No Exemptions
  4. Writing Sample: No Exemptions
  5. Financial Aid Request Form: This form is not required, but applies only to students who are applying for financial aid in the form of a scholarship, tuition remission, or a Work-Study position.
  6. Letters of Recommendation: A minimum of one letter of recommendation is required. If, however, the student has reasons for not being able to obtain a letter of recommendation, then submit this reason with the application. Alternative letters are also allowed, for example, if you are at an age in which your instructors have passed, or if you are in a country that does not support artists and inquiring for this type of letter could put you in jeopardy, then state this in a document, and upload that document in lieu of a letter of recommendation. You are allowed to use letters of recommendation from your: boss, students, coworkers, colleagues, or anyone who has some level of evaluative ability to your work ethic and/or your passion for creative writing.
  7. Transcripts: Exemptions are considered on a case-by-case basis, and at the discretion of The Admissions Board.
  8. Language Proficiency: Exemptions are outlined above in “Exemptions from taking the English Language Test”
  9. Awards and Ancillary Materials: Not required.
  10. The Admissions Board has sole discretion to void requirements for any student based on their assessment of the student’s capability and desire to participate in the bachelor’s program.