All About Academic Programs for International Students at Aarhus University

Aarhus University, a global beacon of academic excellence, offers diverse programs for international students. From bachelor’s to PhD levels, explore how AU integrates a global perspective into its courses, preparing students for success in today’s interconnected world.

All About Academic Programs for International Students at Aarhus University
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Embarking on an educational journey abroad opens doors to new horizons, cultures, and opportunities. Aarhus University (AU), nestled in the heart of Denmark, stands as a beacon of academic excellence and innovation, attracting students from all corners of the globe. This blog dives into the array of academic programs specifically tailored for international students at AU, offering insights into how the university not only paves the way for academic achievement but also integrates a global perspective into every course, research opportunity, and campus initiative.

Whether you're drawn to the arts, the intricacies of science, or the dynamics of social sciences, AU's international programs are designed to challenge, inspire, and prepare you for a successful career in today's interconnected world.

Did you know?

Aarhus University is highly regarded globally, ranking among the top 100 and 150 universities worldwide according to several prestigious rankings. It excels in research quality, degree program quality, and internationalization, being ranked as the 45th "Most International University in the World" by THE. Its positions in the six major world rankings are notable, with rankings like SHANGHAI placing it 78th globally. These achievements highlight AU's strong global reputation, built on high-quality research, teaching, and international collaboration​​.

Bachelor's Programs at Aarhus University

Aarhus University offers a range of bachelor's programs for international students, focusing mainly on business, economics, and engineering disciplines. Specifically, within the School of Business and Social Sciences (Aarhus BSS), the programs include Economics and Business Administration, available both in Aarhus and Herning​​. This broad spectrum reflects Aarhus University's commitment to providing diverse educational opportunities that cater to the global student community, blending theoretical knowledge with practical applications to prepare students for their future careers.

For those interested in engineering, Aarhus University extends innovative engineering programs that are built on over a century of experience in the field. The university prides itself on creating excellent career possibilities for its graduates. Although specific bachelor's level engineering programs for international students primarily come in the form of international exchange opportunities, the university offers comprehensive Master of Science in Engineering programs in various specialties like Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering, Civil and Architectural Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, indicating a strong emphasis on engineering disciplines at the postgraduate level​​.

Admission Requirements for Bachelor's Programs at Aarhus University

All applicants must have a qualifying entry examination that is recognized for higher education studies in Denmark. This includes exams like the Danish/French Baccalaureate (DFB), European Baccalaureate (EB), International Baccalaureate (IB), and various European upper secondary school exams​​. For certain non-European qualifications, such as the American High School diploma, additional requirements apply, like having completed at least one year of higher education or equivalent supplementary subjects, or having passed 3 advanced placement tests (AP tests) in different subject areas with a minimum score of 3​​.

In addition to having a recognized high school diploma, you need to meet the program-specific admission requirements. This often involves having studied certain subjects at specific levels during your high school education​​. Aarhus University follows the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s guidelines for assessing international qualifications, including a conversion of grades to the Danish grading system for quota 2 applicants​​.

International applicants usually need to apply by 15 March for admission in the autumn semester. If you apply by this date, you have until 5 July to submit all required documentation​​.

For more detailed information on the application process, check Aarhus University's detailed Bachelor's Admissions and International Admissions webpages.

Master's Programs at Aarhus University

Economics and Business Administration MSc programs

Aarhus BSS School of Business and Social Sciences provides several Master of Science programs in English within the Economics and Business Administration area. Some of these include specializations in:

  • Business Intelligence
  • Commercial and Retail Management
  • Digital Business Management
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Innovation Management
  • Management Accounting and Control
  • Marketing Analytics and Strategy
  • Strategic Communication​​

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University offers a Master's Degree in Computer Science for international students, highlighting the university's commitment to providing research-based teaching and excellent career opportunities. The program is designed to cater to the high demand for computer scientists in Denmark and includes strong collaboration with large IT companies. EU/EEA/Swiss students can benefit from tuition-free education, and all students have access to the department's own job bank and annual career day​​.

These programs are just a snapshot of what's available at Aarhus University. The university is known for its diverse offerings across different fields of study, catering to a wide range of academic interests and career aspirations.

For more detailed information about all the master's degree programs offered, application requirements, and deadlines, visit the designated webpage on the Aarhus University website​​​​​​.

PhD Programs at Aarhus University

PhD programs span across various faculties and specialized fields, ensuring a wide range of research areas are covered. Whether you're interested in Economics and Business Economics, Arts, or other disciplines, the university likely offers a program that matches your academic background and research interests. For those uncertain about the right PhD program for them, Aarhus University advises contacting the relevant graduate school directly to find a suitable match​​.

The structure of PhD programs at Aarhus University may vary, including models like the 4+4 or 5+3 programs, where students can enroll with different levels of prior education. These structures are designed to accommodate students at various stages of their academic careers. While it's normally expected that applicants do not already hold a PhD degree, the university offers detailed guidelines for applying with non-Danish qualifications and navigating employment and funding aspects of the program​​.

For more detailed information on specific programs, application guidelines, and contact details for inquiries, you can visit the Aarhus University's official webpage for PhD programs.

Continuing Education at Aarhus University

Aarhus University offers a variety of continuing and further education programs, including short courses and longer study programs. While most programs are in Danish, there are some available in English. These programs span various fields such as languages, culture, history, art, communication, psychology, innovation, organizational theory, IT, pedagogy, society, health, and more.


Embarking on an educational journey at Aarhus University isn't just about acquiring a degree; it's a gateway to becoming a part of a global community that values academic excellence, innovation, and cultural diversity. With its wide array of programs tailored for international students, AU is committed to fostering an environment where students are challenged and inspired. From undergraduate to PhD levels, the university offers a rich tapestry of opportunities that prepare students for the global workforce. This blog has highlighted just a fraction of what AU has to offer, underscoring its role not only as an educational institution but as a launchpad for future leaders, thinkers, and innovators on the global stage.

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