Answering all your FAQs about Aarhus University in Denmark

Discover admissions, programs, campus life, and more at Aarhus University. Get answers to all your FAQs and embark on your academic journey with confidence!

Answering all your FAQs about Aarhus University in Denmark
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Nestled in the heart of Denmark, Aarhus University is not just a beacon of academic excellence but also a vibrant community where diverse cultures and ideas flourish. We understand that moving to a new country for your studies is both an exciting and a daunting prospect. With this in mind, we've put together a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help ease your transition and make your decision-making process smoother.

From navigating the admissions process to settling into your new home away from home, our aim is to provide you with all the essential information you need. Whether you're curious about the courses offered, campus life, housing options, or the support services available to international students, we've got you covered. This guide is crafted with your needs in mind, offering insights and tips to ensure you're well-prepared for your journey at Aarhus University.

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What programs are available for international students at Aarhus University?

Aarhus University offers a broad spectrum of programs for international students across various fields of study. Whether you're looking for undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral opportunities, the university caters to a diverse range of academic interests. Here's an overview of the types of programs available:

  • Bachelor's Degree Programmes: Focused primarily on providing foundational knowledge and skills in specific areas of study.
  • Master's Degree Programmes: Advanced programs designed for deep dives into specialized topics, with a range of courses available in English, particularly within business, economics, and engineering.
  • Engineering Degree Programmes: Tailored for those interested in the technical and practical aspects of engineering, with various specializations.
  • PhD Programmes: For those interested in pursuing research at the highest academic level, offering the opportunity to contribute to the university's robust research environment.
  • Exchange Programmes and AU Summer University: These programs offer short-term study options for international students looking to experience studying in Denmark without committing to a full degree program.

For more detailed information on specific programs, admission requirements, and application processes, visit Aarhus University's official website.

What are the admission and language requirements for these programs?

For Master's Degree Programs, admission typically requires a university degree recognized as equivalent to a Danish Bachelor’s degree in both level and length (180 ECTS). Besides, applicants must meet the specific requirements of the program they are applying to, including language proficiency​. Documentation of your Bachelor's degree's general and specific contents is necessary for the assessment of your qualifications for Master's programs​.

Language Requirements

  • For Bachelor’s Degree Programs: Most programs require qualifications comparable to a Danish upper secondary school English at B-level. This can be fulfilled by various qualifications, including specific international baccalaureate, European baccalaureate, or a completed high-school diploma from English-speaking countries like the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, or Ireland. For non-native English speakers, English language proficiency tests such as TOEFL (minimum 83 internet-based) or IELTS (minimum 6.5 points) are accepted.
  • For Exchange Students: Requirements vary slightly depending on the faculty. For instance, exchange students at Aarhus BSS and the Faculty of Health are expected to have English qualifications comparable to the Danish upper secondary school English B level. Qualifications meeting this level include a TOEFL score of at least 83 (internet-based) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Specific programs may have additional requirements or exemptions based on the student’s home institution or program of study​.

Are there scholarships or financial aid options available for international students at Aarhus University?

Aarhus University offers a limited number of scholarships to talented non-EU/EEA students, which may include tuition fee waivers and/or monthly grants towards living expenses. These scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence. The application for admission automatically considers you for a scholarship, with no need for additional documentation. There are also external scholarships and loan programs available for students liable to pay tuition fees.

For more detailed information on scholarships, how to apply, and the selection process, please visit Aarhus University's scholarships and grants page.

What housing options are available at Aarhus University for international students?

Aarhus University provides housing services for different groups of international students, including exchange students, Erasmus Mundus & Joint Programme students, non-EU full-degree students, EU full-degree students, interns/traineeships, and summer university students. The housing options vary depending on your student classification, and you can review specific options based on your situation through the AU Housing section on their website.

For more detailed information on the available housing options for international students at Aarhus University, you can visit their housing options page​.

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What student clubs or organizations can I join at an international student at Aarhus University?

As an international student at Aarhus University, you'll join a diverse community of over 4000 students from more than 120 nationalities. The university fosters a vibrant student life that integrates you into the academic and social fabric of the institution. Through various clubs and organizations, students have ample opportunity to engage, network, and immerse themselves in the dynamic study environment AU offers.

For more details on student life and how to get involved, check out Aarhus University's Student Life page.

What support services are available for international students at Aarhus University?

The International Centre at Aarhus University offers various support services for international students, including housing services, introductory programs, visa support, Danish language courses, help with exchange agreements, and more. The center acts as a central hub for international and PhD activities and is situated in the Dale T. Mortensen building.

For more detailed information, you can visit the International Centre's webpage.

What is the average cost of living for a student in Denmark?

In Denmark, international students should budget between DKK 6,000 to DKK 10,000 per month for living expenses. This estimate covers accommodation, food, transportation, healthcare, insurance, and personal expenses. Costs vary by city and lifestyle.

Do I need a visa or residence permit to study in Denmark?

International students from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland need a visa or residence permit to study in Denmark. The specific requirement—whether it's a visa for short-term stays or a residence permit for longer studies—depends on your nationality and the duration of your stay. It's crucial to apply well in advance of your intended start date due to processing times.

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