The European School Copenhagen opened the upper secondary educational cycle in August 2020. The upper secondary cycle comprises Secondary 5, 6 and 7 (equivalent to the Danish gymnasium) and leads to the European Baccalaureate diploma, which is an officially recognised entry qualification for Higher Education in all the countries of the European Union and many other countries in the world.

The learning environment is international with students from many different countries and a brand new school building in the heart of Carlsberg Byen in Copenhagen. We offer a comprehensive multilingual curriculum and a flexible combination and choice of subjects.

About the Upper Secondary

Applicants have the option of applying for Secondary 5 (equivalent to 1.g.) in either our Danish or English language section.

The language section language is the primary language of instruction and the students’ first language (L1). In the Danish language section, however, the students also have the option of choosing French for their L1 classes (applicants will need to be bilingual Danish/French to choose L1 French).

As a European School, we offer a comprehensive multilingual curriculum with a combination of language, humanities and science subjects. Besides instruction in the language of the section (L1), some of the subjects are also taught in the student’s first foreign language (L2) and as a result, you achieve a high academic level in several languages.

Besides high academic standards, we focus on the students’ well-being as we believe that well-being is essential to be able to learn and develop academically and socially. Teachers follow a class teacher programme to ensure a systematic approach to learning development talks witt the students with regards to knowing which students to challenge through talent programmes and which students to support with personal or academic challenges through study cafees and/or talks with our study counsselor.

We are proud to offer an exciting international learning environment with students from many different countries and great new facilities, centrally located in Carlsberg Byen in Copenhagen.

Students who successfully complete the so-called Bac years Secondary 6 and Secondary 7 are awarded the European Baccalaureate (EB) diploma, which is an officially recognised entry qualification for higher education in all the EU countries and many other countries.

Applications for 2023/24

You can apply for our three new Secondary 5 (1.g) classes between January 15th and March 1st 2023 on Read more under ‘Applying for Upper Secondary’.

Applications for 2022/23 

We still have a few available spaces! Contact us now on +45 36140190 or read more under Admissions.

Orientation Evening

If you wish to learn more about attending the Upper Secondary at ESCPH, please come to our Orientation Evening on 10 January 2023 from 19:00 – 21:00. View the event here.

Additionally, we have an Orientation Day on a Saturday for the students who are on efterskole, and thus cannot attend the regular Orientation Evening. This takes place on 28 January 2023 from 10:00 – 12:00.

Here you can see the school, meet the staff, and learn more about student life and the European Baccalaureate.

More information:

Download or browse our brochure below.

Mobility Programme

The mobility and student exchange programmes in the 2023-2024 school year can be organised.

One of the benefits of being part of the European School system is the opportunity for S4 and S5 students to take part in the exchange programme between European Schools. This enables students to improve their language skills, be immersed in a different culture and make new friends!

The programme allows S5 students to attend for the duration of semester 1, including exams in the hosting school. S4 students may be allowed to go for 6 to 8 weeks, preferably during the first semester.

Due to organizational reasons, the number of students that can be admitted to this programme is limited, and not all the requests can be accepted.

In order to be approved, a school exchange needs the approval of the directors of both schools involved. In our school, applications will be approved by the class council.

For more information, please consult our Mobility Programme Handbook.

You can fill out the initial request survey here.

Guidelines can be found here in either English, German, or French.

List of European schools in the Mobility Programme can be found here.

Last updated October 13, 2022