Admissions
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 successfully 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.

What languages do you offer and which language section should I apply for?

In the European Schools system, there is a very strong emphasis on learning languages. The European School Copenhagen has three language sections/tracks – English, Danish and French. The language of the section/track is known as L1 and this is the primary language of instruction. In order to be admitted to a language section, the child must speak the language of the section fluently and the language must be anchored in daily life.

Students start their first foreign language (known as L2) in Primary 1. The L2 options depends on the L1. The choice of L2 is particularly important, because later in Secondary students will be taught some of their subjects in their L2.

In Secondary 1, students must select a second foreign language (L3) and in the final years of the EB programme, students can also choose a third foreign language (L4).

Please see the attached document regarding language choices.

What 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 21 classes across three language sections/tracks – Danish, English and French.

In August 2021, the school will open three new nursery classes (one in each of the three language sections – Danish, English and French) as well as a new combined Danish/French Secondary 1 class and three new classes in Secondary 5 (English and Danish only).

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 link on our website under Nursery class, Primary or Secondary, depending on the class you wish to apply for. In the application, you can also enter your requested start date.

The applications received during the year are only 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 three new nursery classes, and in the 2020/21 school year, the school will also open a new combined French/Danish Secondary 1 class and three new Secondary 5 classes – see the attached table of existing classes and new classes opening in August 2020. Applications close in January each year (except Upper Secondary). After the application deadline, the applications are reviewed and those who best meet the admission criteria are selected for screening. All applicants are notified of the outcome of their application in April 2020.

What grade level should I apply for?

This document shows the school’s minimum age requirements for admission in each year level and a guide to help you understand the European School system in relation to the Danish, French, UK and IB school systems.

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 between 5-6 years old when they start in nursery class.

Can I schedule a visit to the school?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer individual visits to the school. Each year, we organise an information evening in November before we open the admissions process for new classes in primary and secondary. We also have an information evening regarding our upper secondary/gymnasium in January. 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 section applied for and in the child’s first foreign language (see language choices above). 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 on the website https://www.eursc.eu/. Please click here for information about the curriculum and syllabuses in the European School system.

What are the school fees?

The European School Copenhagen is funded by the Municipality of Copenhagen and the education, including books and educational materials, is therefore free of charge. There are also no application fees.

The fee for the After School Care programme is currently DKK 1,005 per month for residents in the Municipality of Copenhagen (fees may vary if the child resides in another Municipality). It is possible to apply for reduced fees or free after school care depending on your household income and there is also a reduced fee for siblings. Please click here for more information about fees and subsidised child care in the Municipality of Copenhagen. For more information about the After School Care, please contact Uri Harlam, Head of After School Care, at HG5V@kk.dk.

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, Mon-Fri 8-14 (GMT+1). 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 dit@buf.kk.dk or call +45 2132 6456 between 10am – 12pm (GMT +1) on weekdays.