Below you can read about what you should be aware of before conducting an exam.


Prerequisites are criteria which students must comply with in order to take certain exams.

Here you will find more information about prerequisite requirements and what you need to do as a lecturer.


Conducting examinations

Below you will find various information about conducting examinations.

Exam form

The type, content and assessment of a specific exam are described in detail in the academic regulations for the degree programme in question.

If you are in doubt about something in relation to a particular exam, the academic regulations are a good place to start.

Information about elective subjects

The exam information for elective subjects is typically not included in the academic regulations, but rather in the course description in the course catalogue.

Syllabus for exams and re-examinations

The syllabus is linked to the specific course offered each semester and is valid until the course is offered again.

This means that the syllabus is valid in direct continuation of the teaching – at the ordinary exam and the re-examination immediately thereafter.

If re-examination are offered in the following semester's exam period, the syllabus is also valid for this re-examination.

Students who are to take a re-examination in later semesters will be examined in the most recent syllabus.

Policy regarding the language of teaching and exams at Arts

FAQ about the language of teaching and exams

Is it possible to deviate from the language policy described in the academic regulations?

As the faculty management team has adopted the language policy, only they can approve any requests for deviation from or changes to the policy. Any requests to deviate from or change the language policy must therefore be forwarded to the faculty management team.

In practice, it is the head of department who passes on the request to the school management team via the director of studies. If the school management team agrees with the request, they can forward it to the faculty management team.

Students or teachers cannot forward a request to the faculty management team, as any requests for deviation from the language policy have to be supported by the department and school before being discussed by the faculty management team.

Who ensures that the correct language is indicated in the course catalogue?

The head of department must register the correct language of teaching with UVA/EKA, and they will update the course catalogue. The language of teaching must be agreed between the teacher and the head of department. The deadline will typically be in the semester before the course begins.

Can parts of the teaching material be in Danish when a course is offered in English?

Teaching material for courses offered in English may be in Danish on degree programmes for which the admission requirement is Danish, and if there are no exchange students on the course.

Alternatively, you can have two syllabuses – one for students who speak Danish and one for exchange students which contains alternative literature instead of the Danish material.

Can students choose the language of the exam if a course is taught in several languages?

Yes. If it is indicated in the course catalogue that a course is taught in more than one language (Danish and English, for instance), students can choose between these languages for the exam. However, the students’ choice may be limited by the topics/themes which are available for the exam, and will also depend on whether the teacher supervising and assessing assignments within these topics/themes can conduct exams in the language in question.

Are students always entitled to take exams in all the languages stated for a course in the academic regulations?

No. The languages stated in the academic regulations are the languages in which a course can be conducted. But the language in which the course is actually conducted may vary. Students are normally only allowed to take the exam in the language(s) in which the course has actually been conducted. So students need to check the course catalogue to find out which languages apply with regard to a particular course. On some degree programmes, it is possible to reach an agreement with the teacher about taking an exam in another language.

If this is possible, it will be stated in the academic regulations above the degree programme diagram, where students can also see their options.

If students have chosen Danish as their exam language, does the teacher have to be able to speak Danish at oral exams, or is it sufficient that the teacher understands Danish and replies in English?

As long as the teacher understands Danish, and the student speaks Danish, the teacher may reply and ask questions in English. Students should be informed about this in advance.



Below you will find information about the assessment of exams.


At the Faculty of Arts, the system WISEflow is used in connection with the submission and assessment of written exams as well as for the registration of assessments of oral examinations.

Students’ access to assessment notes

The EU Court of Justice has ruled that students are entitled to see the assessment notes of the examiner and co-examiner. Assessment notes are all the corrections and comments that the examiner and the co-examiner are obliged to make in writing – and keep for at least one year – in connection with the assessment of both oral and written exams.

How to store exam notes and other documents containing personal data

If you have any exam notes in physical form or other material containing personal data, it must be stored in a locked location when not in use, and may only be made available to trusted persons. The physical material must be destroyed responsibly when the purpose of the storage is terminated.


If you in connection with the assessment of written assignments and Master’s theses suspect that a student has not written parts of the submitted assignment, i.e. has copied text written by someone else without proper reference to the source, it is possible to check the assignment for plagiarism in the plagiarism detection system Ouriginal.

Suspected exam cheating

If you or your co-examiner suspects that a student has cheated and the student has not yet received a grade for the exam in question, you must first put the exam assessment on hold. Contact your UVAEKA exam team for help with the administrative aspects.

After this, you as an examiner should thoroughly investigate and document your suspicions before you report the case to Educational Law. Please note that any planned oral defence will be suspended until the case is decided. UVAEKA can also help you with this.

You can read more about cheating in exams and your role as an examiner on the case handling portal of the studies administration. Here you will also find a description of how to report cheating at exams.

Below we have prepared a short checklist for examiners at Arts:

  • Inform your director of studies and UVAEKA that the exam assessment has been put on hold.
  • Report the case in writing to Educational Law using this form (cc UVAEKA when submitting the report).
  • Inform the student about the report (or ask UVAEKA to do it).

For your information, students can read about different types of exam cheating here.

Complaints about exams

Students must submit their complaint no later than 14 days after the exam result in question has been announced. In order to minimise the number of unjustified complaints, Study Centre Arts encourages students to discuss the reasons for the complaint with the examiner, if possible.

You may therefore be contacted by students who are considering submitting a complaint. You are not required to give students feedback on the assessment. However, many students will be very pleased with the feedback they receive. This will make them better understand the basis for the grade, and they can use the feedback in the next exams rather than initiating a complaint process.


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Important dates

Spring 2024/summer exams 2024

Period of teaching 1 February - 23 May
Ordinary Exam 24 May - 28 June
Re-examination 1 - 30 August

Fall 2024/winter exams 2024-25

Period of teaching 2 September - 13 December
Ordinary Exam 16 December - 31 January
Re-examination 1 - 28 February

Spring 2024/summer exams 2024

Period of teaching 3 February - 20 May
Ordinary Exam 21 May - 30 June
Re-examination 1 - 31 August

Are you a co-examiner?

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