Admission process and criteria

The European Schools must first and foremost ensure schooling and teaching of EU institution staff members’ children. At the European School in Copenhagen, this means that approximately 20% of the places are assigned to this group of pupils. The remaining places are allocated according to the criteria for admission (see Step 1 in the admission process).

Presently, the European School in Copenhagen has two language sections: a Danish language section and an English language section.

For school start, the European School primarily admits pupils for nursery class (børnehaveklasse). According to the Primary Education Act, compulsory school attendance begins 1 August of the calendar year in which the child turns six. On request from the parents, a child may according to the law be admitted to nursery class in the calendar year in which it turns five before 1 October, if it is considered prepared for school.

It is also possible to apply for Primary. However, the number of places here are limited.

Note: The European School only enrols pupils at the grade levels presently established at the school, and it is NOT possible for the child to be placed on a waiting list.

The European School in Copenhagen is funded by the municipality, and the school is therefore free of charge.

Deadline for applications is 31 December in the year prior to school start.

In order to be admitted to the school, the pupil must speak the language of the language section in question fluently, and the language must be anchored in everyday life.

Below, you can read more about the admission process:


Step 1: Application


Admission of pupils to the European School takes place according to the following criteria in order of priority:

a. Children of EU institution staff members are entitled to admission.

b.1. Pupils of whom one or both parents are international employees who come to Denmark with the purpose of working in Danish or international companies, organisations and educational institutions.

b.2. Pupils of whom one or both parents are returned Danish employees working in Danish or international companies and organisations and who have had a permanent workplace outside Denmark for a total of one year within the last five years.

b.3. Pupils moving here from another European school.

b.4. Pupils whose siblings are already enrolled in the school.

b.5 In case of extra places, these are allotted to applying local pupils who meet the necessary language requirements for admission.


If you can see that your child is in the target group, you must fill in:

1. Application form

2. School evaluation/report


Application and school evaluation/report must be sent to no later than 31 December 2016. Questions may be directed to


Step 2: Selection


If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available at the school, the pupils most ready for school and most linguistically qualified are recommended for screening, based on the criteria mentioned in Step 1.

The assessment hereof is based on the indicated linguistic level and school evaluation/report from former preschool/kindergarten/school. The assessment is made by an admission committee in January and February.


Step 3: Screening


The pupils chosen are called in for a screening which tests their language, scholarly and maturity level.

Screenings are performed in February and March.


Step 4: Admission


Based on the screening, the European School’s admission committee decides which children are best qualified linguistically and scholarly. The final evaluation and selection also takes into consideration the child’s age, desirable pupil composition and class formation.

You will be informed early April.