Frequently Asked Questions

How does the European School system compare to other school systems?

The European School Copenhagen is an Accredited European School (AES) and therefore follows the curriculum of the European Schools. Students who complete the final year exams at a European School are awarded a European Baccalaureate (EB), an educational diploma recognised in all member states of the European Union as well as in many other countries in the world. Please see the attached guide for a comparison of the European Schools system with other school systems.

Which classes can I apply for?

The European School Copenhagen opened in August 2014 with two nursery classes and two Primary 1 classes. Since then, the school has gradually expanded and today the school has 15 classes across two language sections, English and Danish.

In August 2019, the school will open 1 new nursery class in the English section, 1 new nursery class in the Danish language section and four new classes in a French language section.

Please see the attached table of classes offered at the school.

What is the process for applying to existing classes?

You can apply to the school’s existing classes through our ‘rolling admissions process’ at any time during the school year. You can find the online application on our website under Nursery class, Primary classes or Secondary classes, depending on the class you wish to apply for. In the application, you can also enter the requested start date.

The applications received during the year are assessed if/when spaces become available. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee a place at the school. Admission is based on criteria set by the Municipality of Copenhagen, a language screening and availability of spaces in the class applied for. Not everyone will be invited to a screening. At the end of the school year, all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application. Applicants who are unsuccessful can reapply the following year.

What is the process for applying for new classes?

Each year, in August, the school opens new nursery classes, and in the coming school year, the school will also open new classes in a French language section – see the attached table of existing classes and new classes opening in August 2019. You can apply for these new classes from 7th December 2018 to 28th January 2019. Applicants for the new classes will be notified of the outcome of their application in April 2019.

What grade level should I apply for?

The attached document provides a guide to where your child would be placed in terms of age, but the grade level and language section will also be determined based on the child’s current grade level and school report as well as the admissions screening.

How old does my child have to be to attend nursery class?

According to the Danish Primary Education Act, compulsory school attendance begins 1 August of the calendar year in which the child turns six. This means that the children who attend the European School Copenhagen are 5-6 years old when they start in nursery class.

What language section should I apply for?

The language of the section is known as L1 and is the language of instruction. The child must speak the language of the section fluently and the language must be anchored in daily life. In Primary 1, the students start their first foreign language (known as L2). The options for L2 will depend on the choice of L1. In Secondary 1, students select a second foreign language (L3). Please see the attached document regarding language choices.

Can I schedule a visit to the school?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer individual visits to the school. We have an annual information evening in November before we open the admissions process for new classes. Read more here.

What does the screening involve?

The screening for nursery class and Primary involves an assessment of the child’s language skills, school readiness and academic level, and takes approximately 20 minutes with a teacher. Parents are invited to attend for the first few minutes, after which the teacher undertakes the screening with the child.

In Secondary, the screening is a 30-minute written test in the language of the language section applied for and in the child’s first foreign language (see language choices). Both tests will consist of a text accompanied by a few questions.

Where can I read more about the European Schools system and curriculum?

You can read more about the European Schools here.

Are there any school fees?

The European School Copenhagen is funded by the Municipality of Copenhagen and the education is free of charge. We also do not charge an application fee. Books and educational materials are provided too.

In 2019, the After School Care fee is DKK 962 per month. For more information about the After School Care, please contact Uri Harlam, Head of After School Care, at

Who do I contact if I have any questions or issues with my application?

If you have any questions about the admissions process, please contact the school at +45 3614 0190 or email For data protection, we do not recommend that you send sensitive personal information to the school’s email address.

If you experience technical issues while completing your online application, you can write to or call +45 2132 6456 between 10am – 12pm (GMT +1) on weekdays.