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Welcome to SDU

Welcome to your new study programme at SDU. We have gathered the information you need to get the best start on your studies here. There is a lot of information to take in, so we recommend that you spend some time browsing the pages you find here and via the links below before the semester starts. 

Each of the four boxes below provide you with the information you need to get a head start on your studies and give you an overview of what you need to know and be aware of as a student at SDU. Among other things, you will find a link to your introduction day, which is held some time before the semester starts and will introduce you to your line of study and give you a chance to meet your new fellow students.

You can navigate the different sites by choosing “menu” in the top right corner and choosing the site you are looking for. 

At the bottom of the page, we have included a FAQ, where we answer some of the questions you might have as a new master’s student. 


If you haven’t got your Bachelor degree from the University of Southern Denmark, it’s very important that you order your student card as soon as possible. When you order it, you’ll receive an exam number, which you need for accessing the university’s IT facilities.

This also applies if you have got your Bachelor degree from the University of Southern Denmark but more than 90 days have passed since the grading of your last exam.

As a student at the University of Southern Denmark, you have access to the IT services of the University of Southern Denmark, including your student e-mail address, the Student Self Service portal and the e-learn platform Blackboard. 

We will send you an e-mail with information on the IT services of the University of Southern Denmark and on the access to these services to the e-mail address that you stated on your application. If you did not receive the e-mail within 1 week, please contact

If you are not fully admitted to your master study programme, the courses that you need to pass, will be listed in your letter of admission.
You must send the documentation to the admissions office through as soon as possible and no later than September 25th. 2020.

If you are studying for your bachelor at the University of Southern Denmark, and you do not expect to complete it before study start, you can apply for permission to follow master study courses without having completed your bachelor programme. You must apply no later than September 15th 2020. Find out how to apply here.

At the University of Southern Denmark, you must register for the courses yourself before the semester begins. You will not be able to register for the courses until 3 days after you have ordered your student card.

You must register for courses in the Student Self Service portal. The deadlines are August 31 for autumn courses, and January 31 for courses in the spring semester.

Read more about course registration here

If you did, what to do next depends on whether you completed your previous study programme or not.

Did you not complete your master's programme?

If you were previously admitted to a master's programme and you did not complete it, you must apply for credit transfer. This means that the courses which you have previously passed can be included in your new study programme, reducing the length of your new study programme proportionally.

Did you complete your master's programme?

If you have previously completed a master's programme, you may apply for credits.
Read more on credit transfer.

As a student at the University of Southern Denmark, you are responsible for keeping yourself updated on the rules of examinations, including exam registration and deregistration. You must know all applicable regulations and the university’s requirements for academic practice in relation to exam assignments. Read more about general examination regulations.

Do you know what student activity means?

As a university student, you must register for courses and exams yourself and you must pass a specific amount of ECTS every year. In addition to this, you must also complete your study programme within a specific period of time, and there are clearly defined rules for leaves of absence, among other things. Knowing the rules and keeping yourself updated on the university’s rules on student activity is your obligation. Read more about student activity.

Do you have a permanent physical disability or a mental disorder, which requires special support in relation to completing a university study programme, you can apply for Special Educational Support (SPS).

Let us help you find accommodation in your city of studies. Read more about accommodation

Directory to your campus

In order for you to find your way around your campus, we have made a directory for our campuses.

Challenges in relation to your studies?

Your study secretariat and your faculty will help you overcome your study related challenges. Read more about student guidance service.

Student Services

At Student Services you will find the joint administrative services together. Read more.


If you have any questions regarding your study start or your study programme, please feel free to contact us at



Last Updated 26.08.2021