Mentor/Buddy Programme

Aarhus University offers a mentor/buddy programme to help exchange students ease into their new study environment, and make them feel welcome in Aarhus. Please note that the mentor/buddy programme is not available to freemovers at this time. 

Most departments at Aarhus University will pair new international exchange students with a Danish student from the same department. The mentor/buddy will be able to provide you with information about studying at AU and living in Aarhus, and will assist you with solving practical and administrative tasks related to your arrival.

What to expect from your mentor/buddy?

  1. Your mentor/buddy will contact you before your arrival
  2. Your mentor/buddy will set a time and place for your first meeting (preferably at the time of your arrival).
  3. Your mentor/buddy will help you pick up your key at the International Centre (if you have arranged housing through Aarhus University), either by accompanying you there or by picking up the key in advance if you arrive outside opening hours. This service is offered only by the Mentor Programme, not the Buddy Programme at the Faculty of Arts.


Exchange students at Health Sciences, Science and Technology, and School of Business and Social Sciences (Law, Political Science, Psychology) will be assigned a Mentor once they have been accepted at AU. Your Mentor will contact you and will coordinate and communicate with you directly.

Your Mentor is there to assist you with settling into Aarhus and university life, and will tell you more about their role when they contact you. Please note that it is very important that you let your Mentor know when you arrive in Aarhus (they will pick you up or direct you to your destination).

Exchange students at BSS within the Departments of Economics and Business, Business Communication and the Business Administration will be assigned a Mentor to help guide them through the beginning of their stay at School of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University. The Mentors are all students at School of Business and Social Sciences and will participate both in Intro Days and throughout the semester's various social activities. During Intro Days, exchange students will be placed in small groups, where tutor teams will guide each group.


For further information about the mentor programme, please see the contact information below:

Science and Technology:  Jacob Pytlich,

Health: Health: Milena Meisner-Jensen (International Student Counsellor)

Economics and Business, Business Communication and Business Administration:  Nina Jørgensen

Türkan Öztürk 

Alberte Højsgaard

Political Science:
Sune Orloff Hellegaard


The Buddy Programme is for exchange students within the Faculty of Arts in Aarhus and Emdrup.

Your Buddy will be a current student at your campus, and will volunteer to help you become familiar with the university. Your Buddy will be able to answer many of your questions relating to your study program, AU and your campus.

The Buddy may be able to assist with:

  • Contacting you via email before you arrival
  • Helping you feel wel­come and comfortable in Denmark, and showing you around
  • Assisting you with contacting local authorities. You will receive more detailed information about these formali­ties from either AU's International Centre in Aarhus or AU Herning’s International Office.
  • Helping you with practi­cal issues regarding AU and ex­tracurricular activities


For further information about the Buddy Programme, please see the contact information below:

Arts:  Christine Jensen

Erasmus Mundus Journalism:  Xenia Samsøe Teilmann