With more than half of its 43,000 students enrolled at Masters or PhD level, Aarhus University is a graduate university. Today more than 10 per cent of our students are international. Among our students more than 103 nationalities are represented.
This is no coincidence. Aarhus University has made internationalisation a high priority. We believe it to be a prerequisite for achieving excellence in teaching and research. International students are warmly welcomed, and we value the contributions they bring to our academic traditions and our vibrant campus life.
The university offers a broad range of degree programmes in English that are deeply rooted in research and reviewed on an ongoing basis to meet the highest national and global quality standards.
For Aarhus University talent development is one of our core activities. This means that the university strives to create new dynamic career paths for young researchers. The development of research talent is an ongoing process which starts at the Masters degree level.
A degree from Aarhus University will give you the best possible starting point for your future career, be it in research, industry or in the public sector.
AU has the exclusive ECTS accreditation and the School of Business and Social Sciences (Aarhus BSS) holds the distinguished international AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditation (Triple Crown).
At Aarhus University, we offer our international students a range of special services to help them get the best possible start to their new studies. In addition, the university offers a range of services and facilities to all students, which international students also benefit from.
Especially for international students
The International Centre is ready to help international students throughout their stay, as well as offering different kinds of services such as introduction weeks and social and cultural events. The centre also has a service desk for international students and staff, which is open Monday-Friday from 10am to 2pm. The International Centre is situated in the Dale T. Mortensen Building.
Aarhus University organises an introduction week for all new international students. The intro week is held at the beginning of the academic year. It is designed to introduce new international students to the university and to the city of Aarhus or Copenhagen. The programme introduces students to their specific programme of study and offers guidance on topics such as academic culture, living in Denmark and using the library, as well as offering city tours and social activities to allow students to get to know each other and their surroundings.
To improve their Danish skills or simply learn the basics, international students are invited to join one of the off-campus Danish classes.
In Aarhus, these are offered by LærDansk. At LærDansk Aarhus, students will find an international environment in which they work together with other young foreigners on the mutual project of learning Danish and acquiring an insight into Danish society and culture. Instruction is free of charge and takes place in the late afternoon or evening.
In Copenhagen, the university offers new international students the opportunity of learning Danish through the language school CLAVIS.
The courses will not give participants enough knowledge of Danish to allow them to attend classes or lectures in Danish.
Student services for all students
The student counsellor
Student counsellors are experienced students who advise other students in the same department. This is the first place for students to go when they have questions; the counsellors are there to help you or advise you on where to go for additional help.
Legal Aid Office
The office provides free legal advice to students on all matters. If they are not able to provide you with an answer right away, they are likely to investigate the matter further for you. The office is located in the University Student House in Aarhus.
Student Advisory Office
This group of social workers and psychologists assists students with personal matters. The service is free of charge and completely confidential.
There are numerous canteens located on all Aarhus University campus locations.
Friday bars (student bars)
The Friday bars (Fredagsbar) are a good opportunity for students to meet and enjoy a drink or two together. Every Friday around noon, each department sets up a small bar in a canteen or a classroom where beer and soft drinks are served. At Aarhus School of Business, the popular Klubben bar is open every Thursday evening.
Almost every department has its own library. The main libraries on the three campuses also subscribe to major newspapers from around the world. The State and University Library is the main library of the university (located in Aarhus). It has an extensive electronic journal database, which you can use by logging on as a student or researcher at the library or from home. The libraries in Herning and Copenhagen serve the students and staff there. In Copenhagen, the library system is integrated, meaning that it is possible for students to borrow books and material from all university libraries in the city.
This centrally located bar at the Student House Aarhus provides students with a cosy atmosphere and many board games.
Dales Café is a new meeting place for international students and the universitys increasing number of PhD students. The café offers quality coffee, sandwiches and a wide selection of beers. It has an informal lounge area where students and young researchers can relax while enjoying snacks and beverages.
Studenterhus Århus (Student House Aarhus)
Student House Aarhus organises a number of activities throughout the semester for international and Danish students, ranging from parties and road trips to language classes and weekly international nights.
Aarhus University Sports (AUS)
AUS is open to all university students and organises a wide range of activities, from badminton to fencing to chess.
Studenterhuset (Student House @ Købmagergade)
The University of Copenhagen runs Studenterhuset @ Købmagergade 52. Membership for students from other universities is available for a small fee. The Student House organises a number of activities throughout the semester for international and Danish students, ranging from parties and road trips to language classes and weekly international nights.
University Student Gymnastic Association
The University Student Gymnastic Association is a long-standing sports club whose principal aim is to give students in Copenhagen an opportunity to participate in all kinds of different sports ranging from water sports, ballgames, outdoor activities, dance/exercise, martial arts and many other activities.
Access to the school
With your student card and code, you can access the buildings and some of the rooms at the university in order to study or spend time socially.
Student house and café The student house and café is one of the places where students meet each other irrespective of degree programme and educational institution.
Birk College has a fitness room located a few minutes walk from the student lodgings.
Aarhus University offers Masters degree programmes in the cities of Aarhus, Herning and Copenhagen.
The largest campus is centrally located in Aarhus. On campus, you really feel like you are a student at the university as a whole, as the distances between the different departments are very short.
The compact campus fosters a unique and dynamic study environment, which enhances both the academic environments and the social lives of students. Students from different fields meet in the Friday bars, at Student House Aarhus and around the rest of the city.
The campus in Copenhagen is located in the northern part of the city in Emdrup. Here the campus is home to a wide range of degree programmes within the fields of pedagogics, learning and didactics.
The Herning campus is located in Birk Centerpark, where you will find education, art and business life in one location. With student housing for over 400 students, there is plenty going on in the area.
Study and teaching environment
Instruction at Aarhus University is generally structured around lectures, seminars, project-oriented work, practical exercises and for some students laboratory classes. Students are expected to participate actively in academic discussions during class.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Short Course at Aarhus University!