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Updated: April 2021

Admission 2021 will proceed as normal, but due to the Covid-19 situation, we cannot guarantee that you can start on our campus in China from September 2021. No one can foresee the future right now due to the current situation. However, we guarantee, that all master’s programs will start according to plan in September 2021, and that we are ready with online teaching, until we can all go to China. So, when you apply, please have this in mind and think about keeping your options open and perhaps also apply for other programmes.
Before the programmes start in August, we invite you to a physical or online seminar where you will meet the Danish SDC-team and your Danish and international classmates. Just before the semester begins, we host an introduction week where we introduce you to your Chinese classmates and some of your future teachers.

The semester begins in the end of August 2021 (precise date to be announced).

Contact

In case of any questions or doubts, you can always contact:
Anne Dorte Harbjerg Wieben (regarding admission and personal counselling):
E-mail: adhw@sdc.university -
Phone: +45 25563653

Thomas Lykke Pedersen (regarding living in China):
E-mail: ThomasLP@sdc.university -
Phone: +45 51715376

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When, where and how can I apply?
A: The application deadline for the SDC master's degree programmes is 1 March. Each master's degree programme yields a double degree from The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) and the Danish partner university of the specific programme. For instance, The University of Copenhagen is UCAS’ partner on the Water and Environment programme, whereas Aalborg University is UCAS’ partner on the Innovation Management programme. Click the links below to go directly to the Danish partner university application site of each of the programmes:

Innovation Management

Public Management and Social Development

Nanoscience and Technology

Water and Environment

Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Life Science Engineering and Informatics

International Food Quality and Health

Q: Where am I enrolled as an SDC student?
A: You will be enrolled as a student at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in China. Even though you apply through a Danish university, you will not be enrolled at a Danish university and will not be able to obtain an admission letter from Denmark. All admission documents will be issued by UCAS.

Q: When will I be informed if my application has been accepted?
A: By the end of March 2021, you will be informed directly whether you have been offered a seat or not.

Q: When will I know whether the fall semester will be online or take place in Beijing?
A: Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, SDC has been conducting online teaching from February 2020 and onwards and will do so until the summer Holiday of 2021. Whether the autumn semester of 2021 will be conducted online is not yet decided. This decision will be made and announced no later than 17 May 2021.

Students’ opportunity and decision to move to China (Yanqihu Campus) in the autumn is not linked to this decision.

Q: There are flights to China from my home country, can I go in the fall even if the semester is online?
A: SDC follows the official Danish and Chinese recommendations, however we do not control where students live. Before you start planning a trip to China during this time, you must contact your local Chinese Embassy/visa center for their recommendation, if you can be granted a visa for China, you must contact Wang Xin (xinwang@ucas.ac.cn) at SDC to ask if UCAS are ready to receive international students, and finally, you must find an insurance that will cover pandemics. If you can tick off these things, you can go on your own and take part in the online teaching at the Yanqihu campus.

Q: What if I decide to cancel my application after the deadline or wish to give up my seat?
A: If you have been offered a seat you need to follow the enrollment procedure and make sure you keep the deadlines. You can always retract your application and/or acceptance without any consequences. To cancel your application, you must contact Anne Dorte Harbjerg Wieben (adhw@sdc.univesity).

Q: Going to China is my main reason for applying to SDC, what if I can’t go in the fall?

A: The academic content of all our programmes is guaranteed, but if the stay in China is your main reason for applying, we recommend that you have a second or third priority when applying for your master's programme. However, no matter what you will still have a lot of interaction with Chinese teachers, students, and culture.
Q: Do I have to pay tuition at SDC?
Please read the following carefully to see if you must pay tuition to attend the programme. Tuition is 40 000 RMB a year.

Danish citizens
You must pay tuition if you at the time of application are not enrolled at a Danish university. However, you may be eligible to receive the Danish “Udlandsstipendium” to cover your tuition fee. To find out if you are eligible, please go to SU-styrelsen. Most Danish citizens will be eligible.

You do NOT have to pay tuition if you at the time of application are enrolled at a Danish University – either in a Bachelor programme, a full Danish Master's programme or a Danish supplementary course in connection to a Danish Bachelor or Danish professional bachelor programme.

Non-EU citizens
For all non-EU citizens, the tuition fee for all MSc programmes at SDC is 40,000 RMB a year.

EU/EØS citizens
You have to pay tuition if you at the time of application are not enrolled as a student at a Danish university either in a Bachelor programme, a full Danish Master's programme or supplementary courses. However, if you are equated with Danish citizens, who are required to pay tuition, you may be eligible to receive the Danish Udlandsstipendium (scholarship for studying abroad) to cover tuition.
To find out if you are eligible, please go to the website of the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants for more information.

You do not have to pay tuition if at the time of application are enrolled at a full Danish Bachelor programme, a full Danish Master's programme or a Danish supplementary course.

Q: Tuition – Will I still have to pay the full tuition fee even if teaching for one or more semesters is conducted online?
Yes. The tuition fee covers all academic aspects of your degree (teaching, exams, supervision etc.), and the allocated resources will not be reduced because the semester is online. Payment of tuition fee is due mid-August 2021. There is no administrative fee for applying.

Q: How can I see a programme overview and/or course descriptions?
A: You can always find Academic Regulations and the SDC Course Catalogues for each programme by following these links:

Innovation Management

Public Management and Social Development

Nanoscience and Technology

Water and Environment

Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Life Science Engineering and Informatics

International Food Quality and Health

Q: Do I need to be able to speak Chinese?
A: No. All programmes are taught (and exams are held) in English. All members of the staff in Beijing speak English. However, it is mandatory for all International students to take a full-year introduction course (approximately four hours/week) in Chinese language and Culture due to national requirements issued by the Chinese government.

Activities (tentative outline)

To keep you informed and make sure you get the best possible start of your studies we have planned a range of activities, meetings etc.

Spring semester


  • Online meeting with SDC Director & SDC Recruitment officer

  • Online meetings with SDC-students from 2020-cohort

  • Announcement from SDC regarding autumn semester teaching (17 May 2021)

  • Online meeting with SDC Director and SDC Recruitment officer (18 May 2021)

  • Information meetings with SDC Recruitment officer

  • Who’s Who - get to know your fellow students (Blå Bog)

  • Joint activities with Chinese classmates (intercultural learning)

  • Programme specific webinars





Autumn semester


  • 2-day seminar in Denmark (August 2021)

  • Joint introduction week together with Chinese students, Beijing/online event (August/September 2021)

  • Possible seminar in Denmark (if online teaching)

  • Meetings with SDC Director


  • Webinars