Scholarships


We award 5 scholarships for entry into Grade 10 and 10 scholarships for entry into Grade 11 (the first year of the Diploma Programme), at a reduction of up to 85% off tuition, depending on your family’s financial situation. Scholarships last for three years, if you enter Grade 10, or for two years if you enter Grade 11.

You can apply for three types of scholarships:

  1. Academic Excellence Scholarship
  2. Arts Scholarship
  3. Sustainability Scholarship

Funding has been provided by our many generous donors, whose contributions to our ‘Giving Tree’ Community Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are open to external applicants as well as current CIS students.

The Scholarship exams take place on our campus or at your current school, and interviews can take place via Skype, so you do not need to be in Denmark to participate in the scholarship process.

High School Taster Days

Our Taster Days are a great opportunity for you to see how we operate.

Click on link below to see schedule for our Taster Days

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What criteria do we use to award scholarships?

Academic Scholarships:
We make decisions about which students should be offered academic scholarship based on two criteria - academic and personal. As the IB Diploma is an academically demanding programme, and as our purpose in giving scholarships is to attract very able students into the programme who might otherwise not be able to afford CIS, academic abilities are given priority in the first part of the academic scholarship process, the scholarship exams.We make decisions about which students should be offered a scholarship based on two criteria - academic and personal.

Once students have completed scholarship exam papers in English, Maths and have been deemed to be ‘scholarship students’ by our Head of Language A, and our Head of Maths, applicants are then invited to attend an interview. (Successful applicants may later be asked to take a language test, but this is for placement rather than admission purposes.)

Academic Criteria

  • Students demonstrate, in the scholarship exams, that they have the ability to work at a high level in both Maths and English.
  • A ‘high level’ can be defined as the ability to achieve at least a 5 in both HL English A and Maths SL, in the final Diploma Programme exams, which are scored on a 1-7 basis.
  • A ‘high level’ could also be defined as, in English, producing a literary commentary as part of the scholarship exam, which shows textual analytical skills beyond that to be expected from an average student of this age. In the Maths scholarship exam, a ‘high level’ of skill would be shown by possessing efficient numeracy skills in areas we would expect students of this age to have covered in their schools, alongside the ability to think creatively through a number of Maths problems.
  • While grades on a recent school report may help us to make final decisions about which students should attend the interview stage, particularly where a student may have performed less well on one component (perhaps Maths), than on the second component (English), it must be stressed that our primary academic concern is how students perform on both the scholarship exams, and NOT on how well they may have done in school prior to the start of the scholarship process

Calculators and dictionaries are not allowed in the exams.

Personal Criteria

Once students have proven their academic ability, the interview stage is designed to consider the extent to which the applicants can contribute to the CIS Community - and how well they will fit into our particular international school environment. We understand that the students will undoubtedly be nervous and a little tense throughout the interview, so it may help to know that the following skills are of importance to us:

  • The ability to speak with confidence to a small group of adults
  • The ability to answer standard interview questions in some detail, and to be able to articulate their views on issues in the news/current affairs
  • The ability to make a presentation on a topic about which they are passionate - or to demonstrate a particular skill or ability - perhaps playing a musical instrument, reciting poetry, doing magic tricks …..we’re open to all skills!
  • The ability to articulate what and how they will contribute to the CIS community should they be awarded a scholarship.


Arts and Sustainability Scholarships:

Arts Scholarship

This is for students who can demonstrate that they possess exceptional talents in the creative arts, particularly in Visual Arts, Music and/or Theatre, but we are also interested in submissions in creative writing, design, dance, and animation. Our hope is that students will inspire others in the school to develop their creativity in a range of fields.Students applying for our Arts Scholarship are asked to submit a portfolio of their best work in either paper or electronic format. This portfolio can contain between three and five examples of the students’ best work. This should be accompanied by a brief essay commenting on each of the pieces, and explaining how the student feels s/he could contribute to the creative life of CIS. At least one reference commenting on the student’s creative growth and potential should accompany the portfolio.

External applicants will be required to take the school’s standard admissions tests in English and Maths. Internal applicants will not be required to take any academic tests.

Sustainability Scholarship

This is for students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to protecting the environment and/or advocating for a sustainable lifestyle. The successful student will be expected to contribute to sustainability efforts during his/her time at CIS.

Students applying for our Sustainability Scholarship are asked to submit a portfolio demonstrating the work they have undertaken in support of environmental/sustainability issues in the two years prior to the scholarship applications. The portfolio can consist of paper or electronic material, and can be written or visual in nature. This should be accompanied by a brief essay commenting on the work undertaken, and explaining how the student feels s/he could contribute to the sustainable life of CIS. At least one reference commenting on the student’s environmental/sustainable contributions should accompany the portfolio.

External applicants will be required to take the school’s standard admissions tests in English and Maths. Internal applicants will not be required to take any academic tests.

Depending on the number of applications received for the Arts or Sustainability scholarships, we may also ask to interview some or all of these applicants. In this case, the expectations outlined above for the academic scholarships also apply here.


How do I apply?

    All scholarship applications must be sent/delivered to the Admissions Office at CIS. Applications handed in to the High School Office, or the Reception, will not be considered as part of the scholarship process.

    For students who are not enrolled in our school:

  • Please complete the application form which you will find to the right.
  • This is our standard application form and is not specific to scholarship applications. Therefore it is important that you indicate that you are a scholarship candidate. There is space to indicate this at the end of the application form, where it reads: If you have any comments or additional information to provide, please enter that here. Please make note of any special living arrangements.
  • Please ensure that you indicate which type of scholarship you are applying for - Academic/Arts/Sustainability. If you are unsure, you should indicate that you are applying for both Academic and either Arts or Sustainability.
  • In addition to the form, we require the following documents/information:
    • A personal statement explaining your reasons for applying for a scholarship (max 1 A4 page).
    • One copy of each of your two most recent school reports (Report cards from June 2019 and December 2020 / alternatively June 2018 and June 2019 if a December (1st semester) report card is not issued at your school)
    • If applying for an Arts/Sustainability scholarship, please see the specific details below for the additional documents/materials required.
    • The completed CIS Teacher Questionnaire
    • The CIS Subject Choice Form (Grades 9 - 10) or (IB DP)
    • Enrollment Agreement
    • Copy of passport
    • The deadline for the receipt of the application form and accompanying documentation is 12:00 (noon) on January 31st, 2020. Absolutely no applications will be accepted beyond this date and time. Incomplete applications will be discarded after 12.00 (noon) on January 31st, 2020 and considered as non-existing.

    For students who are already enrolled in our school:
    • A personal statement explaining your reasons for applying - stating clearly which of the three scholarship types you are applying for (Academic, Arts, Sustainability) (max 1 A4 page).
    • One copy of each of your two most recent school reports (e.g. June 2019 and January 2020)
    • If applying for an Arts/Sustainability scholarship, please see the specific details below for the additional documents/materials required.The CIS Subject Choice Form (Grades 9 - 10) or (IB DP)
    • The deadline for the receipt of supporting documents is 12:00 (noon) on January 31, 2020. Absolutely no applications will be accepted beyond this date and time. Incomplete applications will be discarded after 12.00 (noon) on January 31, 2020 and considered as non-existing.

Dates and deadlines

  • 14 January 2020: A Taster Day for grade 9 and 10 applicants, when you can spend time in class with current Grade 9 and 10 students. Prior to the Taster Day we will host a small IB MYP introduction meeting for visiting students and their parents, from 08:30 - 09:00. Sign up here.
  • 15 January 2020: A Taster Day for Grade 11 applicants. A Taster Day, when you can spend time in class with current Grade 11 students. Prior to the Taster Day we will host a small IB DP introduction meeting for visiting students and their parents, from 08:30 - 09:00. Sign up here.
  • 20 January 2020: at 12:00 (noon). Deadline for submission of financial documentation for pre-estimation of fee reduction (optional).
  • 24 January 2020: Feedback on pre-estimated reduction.
  • 31 January 2020 at 12:00 (noon): Application deadline. Interested applicants should apply through the link to the right indicating the application is for a scholarship and stating clearly which of the four scholarship types you are applying for (Academic, Arts, Sustainability), There is space to indicate this at the end of the application form where it reads: If you have any comments or additional information to provide, please enter that here. Please make note of any special living arrangements.
  • 4 February 2020: Scholarship exams. This will include exams for those applying for academic scholarships, and exams for those applying for Arts or Sustainability scholarships
  • 25 February 2020 by 18:00: Students will be informed whether or not they will be required to attend the interview.
  • 6 March 2020: Scholarship interviews.
  • By 13 March 2020 at 18:00: Students will be informed whether or not they have successfully been awarded a scholarship.
  • By 23 March 2020 at 12:00 (noon), the students awarded a scholarship are to submit the required family financial documentation to the Admissions Office. (Unless they have already submitted financial information by the pre-estimation deadline).
  • By 27 March 2020 at 18:00, the Admissions and Business Office will communicate the financial decisions possible for the students awarded the scholarship.
  • By 3 April 2020 at 12:00 (noon) Students and their parents must have either accepted or declined the scholarship offer.
  • 14 April 2020: A non-refundable deposit is due. Students and parents who accept the award of a scholarship may not subsequently turn this offer down, unless there are very extreme circumstances in place, such as having to unexpectedly leave Denmark. Only in this case will the deposit be refunded.
  • Who will be interviewing me?

    You will be interviewed by the High School Principal, Mr Stephen McIlroy, a member of the School Board, and either the Middle Years Programme Coordinator or the Diploma Programme Coordinator.

    What do you mean by 'make a presentation' at the interview?

    We want you to show us what you are really good at, or what excites you. So, if you play an instrument, or sing, or can juggle, or write short stories, you may wish to perform for us. We can arrange for a range of musical instruments to be available.

    Alternatively, you may want to make a presentation about your passion in life, or tell us how you feel about a particular issue which concerns you. We can have a laptop and projector available, if you wish, or you can just stand up and make a speech.

    The presentation gives you a chance to show us something really important about you. It should only last five minutes - so you need to be well prepared.

    Who should I contact if I have any questions?

    • For issues related to the application form, financial questions, emergency questions or the application process, please contact the admissions@cis.dk
    • For issues relating to the scholarship exams and the interviews, please contact the Diploma Programme Coordinator, Mary Donnellan, at dpcoordinator@cis.dk

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