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Courses

Now 95 courses confirmed for 2019!

We are currently creating the descriptions for each course - they will be ready in late December. 

Until then you can download our preliminary courselist and sign up to receive the final courselist with descriptions, when it's ready in December.

In December you can find a description for each course on this website.

Acceptance letters and visa

I have been accepted / I am currently awaiting an answer to my application

When will I receive my acceptance letter?

If you applied by 15 March, you can expect to receive your acceptance letter in late April

When will I get an answer to my application if I applied between May 1-5th? 
We expect send out acceptance letters in Mid-May.

Do I need a visa to enter Denmark?
It is your own responsibility to check with the relevant authorities if you need a visa to enter Denmark, but just in case you do, we will automatically send every non-EU citizen an invitation letter. You do not have to ask for this, we will send it to you if we can see that you are not an EU citizen. We expect to send them out in Mid-May.

When will I receive the visa invitation letter?
We expect to send them out in Mid-May.

Travelling to Denmark

Depending on where you are travelling from, the most common ways of arriving are:

  • Fly to Copenhagen, take a connecting flight to Aarhus, take the bus downtown
  • Fly to Copenhagen, take a train from the airport to Aarhus
  • Fly to Billund, take the bus to Aarhus
  • Take the train all the way to Aarhus
  • Take the bus all the way to Aarhus


Airports

Aarhus Airport – Tirstrup: www.aar.dk

Location: 45 km northeast of Aarhus. There are direct flights to Aarhus Airport from some European cities and Copenhagen. The airport bus is linked to most incoming/outgoing SAS flights and stops both close to the University and downtown Aarhus. It takes 50 minutes to get to Aarhus city centre and costs around TRAVELLING TO DENMARK DKK 115.

Billund Airport: www.billund-airport.com

Location: 100 km southwest of Aarhus, next to Legoland. Aarhus is also serviced by another international airport, Billund Airport. There is an airport bus from the airport to downtown Aarhus (bus 912X; from the Aarhus Bus Station) which takes 1 hour 30 minutes and costs around DKK 150.

Copenhagen Airport – Kastrup: www.cph.dk

Location: Copenhagen. Copenhagen Airport is Denmark’s main international airport and there are direct flights to Copenhagen Airport from most European cities. When you arrive at Copenhagen Airport, you can either continue your flight to Aarhus or Billund Airport or catch a train or bus towards Aarhus.

 

Trains

From Copenhagen

You can either take a bus or a train from Copenhagen Airport to Copenhagen’s central train station, and change to a direct train to Aarhus. The train takes 3–3.5 hours and they leave for Aarhus twice per hour. For more information on train departure times, please visit the website of DSB, Denmark’s State Railway company, at www.dsb.dk.

International connections to Aarhus

Aarhus is relatively easy to access by train from a variety of cities and European countries. The Danish network of trains is well developed. Please bear in mind that when you book tickets on Danish trains, you need to pay a small additional fee to book a specific seat, which may be necessary if you are travelling during peak times!

Aarhus Central Station (Hovedbanegården)

Aarhus Central Station (Hovedbanegården) is located in downtown Aarhus at the very end of the main shopping street. Outside the station, you will find a taxi rank and bus stops for most city buses.

 

Bus

From Copenhagen and within Denmark

FlixBus operates within Denmark and many other European cities and offers a cheaper alternative to the train, with an additional discount for students. The service between Copenhagen and Aarhus departs from Copenhagen Central Station or Copenhagen Airport and runs several times a day www.flixbus.dk

International connections to Aarhus

For international bus connections, the aforementioned Flixbus and Eurolines (www.eurolines.dk) are possible choices. If you wish to receive a student discount, it is very important that you bring a certificate of enrolment from either AU or your home university with you on the bus!

Aarhus Bus Station (Rutebilstationen)

The Aarhus Bus Station (Rutebilstationen) is located 5 minutes’ walking distance down the street from Aarhus Central Station. Some city buses also stop at the Aarhus Bus Station and most regional buses arrive/depart from there.

 

Car

It is expensive to own a car in Denmark, so many people choose public transportation instead. If you wish to use your foreign car in Denmark, you must register it within 14 days upon arrival in Denmark. Registration of vehicles is administered by DK TaxAuthority, where you can also find rules and tax rates for imported cars. Some countries must also convert their driving license within 14 days after establishing residence. Please check all the information before bringing your car to Denmark at www.skat.dk.

Getting around in Aarhus – busses, bikes etc.

As you will soon find out, Danes are very fond of bicycles. Even during the winter, you will see most Danes using their bikes as a means of transport. However, the local bus network is well developed and the yellow city buses will take you all over the city. If you bring your own car, you will be able to find parking both in the city centre and on campus. Whilst parking on campus is free but time-limited, you will need to pay on the streets outside of campus. Once you find your parking space, you need to locate the closest parking meter in order to pay for a parking ticket. Please note the parking fines are expensive in Denmark. If you need to get somewhere fast and easily, you can always call one of the city taxis although they are quite expensive relative to other countries.

Rent a bike

It is possible to rent a bicycle for a shorter stay in Aarhus: Bikes4rent Phone: +45 27 29 06 90 The shop is located a bit outside the city centre but just call them, and they will deliver the bike to the city centre. The price for renting a bike is DKK 95 for one day, DKK 350 for one week and DKK 490 for two weeks. www.bikes4rent.dk

450 free city bikes in Aarhus

There are 450 city bikes in Aarhus free of charge 24 hours a day between May and October. You can find them located around the city in 56 specially allocated bicycle stands. Each bicycle has a coin slot (just like shopping trolleys in Danish supermarkets). Insert a DKK 20 coin in the slot and press the “key” into the other slot to unlock and release the bike from the bicycle stand. Your coin will be returned when you press the “key” back into the slot at any bicycle stand.

 

Public Transportation   

The local bus system

The city bus network of Aarhus is well developed. The yellow city buses can take you all over the city – from 05:00 to 00:00. There are also night buses on Fridays and Saturdays. Midttrafik is the bus company that runs the yellow buses and on their website you will find the timetables for the different bus routes. One-way tickets can be bought from a ticket machine in the bus for DKK 20 or via the Midttrafik app.

The only way to a buy a multiride ticket is through the Midttrafik app, where a 10 ride tickets cost DKK 170. If you plan on taking the bus more than 10 times this could save you money.
To go from the central train station to the International Centre by bus, you can go by these buses:
Bus 1A (direction Lystrup Trige)
Bus 12 (direction Mejlby/Gl. Kaløvej or Hjortshøjvangen)
Bus 13 (direction Vejlby/Stenagervej)
Bus 14 (direction Skejbyparken)
Bus 15 (direction Skejby/Nordlandsvej)
Bus 17 (direction Studstrup)
Bus 18 (direction Mejlby/Gl.Kaløvej)
Bus 20 (direction Åkrog Strandvej)
all departing from Park Allé by the town hall and get off at the ‘Nørreport’ bus stop.

Light Rail

It is also possible to ride the new light rail train. The light rail ticketing works the same way as in the buses and you can also use the Midttrafik app for it. To go from the central train station to the International Centre take the L2 towards Lisbjerg and get off at Nørreport.  

Taxis

In Denmark, taxis are relatively expensive in comparison to other countries. However, they are safe, reliable, and comfortable. 

Aarhus Taxa: +45 89 48 48 48
DanTaxi: +45 86 16 47 00 

Journey planner

For planning your journey in Aarhus, or for travelling within Denmark, the website Rejseplanen.dk provides an excellent tool (similar to Google Maps).

Arrival and Introduction days

We expect international guest students to pick up keys for housing and participate in introduction day taking place at the International Centre.

Arrival and key pick up take place at:
International Centre - front desk
Høegh Guldbergsgade 4a
8000 Aarhus 

2nd July - 12 noon-20 pm (for courses beginning on 3rd July)

22th July - 12 noon-20 pm (for courses beginning on 23rd July)  

29th July - 12 noon-20 pm (for courses beginning on 30th July)


If you arrive outside these hours please send us an email summeruniversity@au.dk. We will then advise you on how to get your keys and welcome kit.

Guided tours on campus take place continuously throughout the day.

Courses taking place outside Aarhus have separate introduction days.

First day of class

Check list (find your room, how to get there, find books, now when to start, schedule, preparation, log on to blackboard, locate coffee shop)     

Studying at AU

Use of Laptop during your stay

We strongly recommend that you bring your own laptop during your stay at AU Summer University. All over AU the Internet is wireless, so you will be able to work online in almost any place.

 

Study Culture

As an international student, you may be surprised by the study culture at Aarhus University. The study culture Denmark is informal, and the hierarchy between lecturers and students is flat and not very strict.

Lecturers are addressed by their first name
Rather than Ms., Mrs., Mr., Dr. or Professor, most lecturers will ask you to call them by their first name.

Active participation in class
Most courses use a combination of big lectures and smaller classroom-based seminars. In the seminars, you are expected to participate, for instance by asking questions, taking part in discussions or doing presentations. Critical thinking and freedom of speech are important at Aarhus University, and it is okay not to share all of your lecturer’s opinions.

 

Academic Information

Courses

The AU Summer University programmes are, in general, elective courses and carry 5 or 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), which equals a workload of 125-150 hours for 5 ECTS courses and 250-300 hours for 10 ECTS courses. During AU Summer University, you will receive information about the courses, recommended literature, time schedules and examinations through the AU Summer University website and intranet.

Time Schedule

In general the courses take place in the morning, but some will also run in the afternoon. You should expect the courses to be taught between 09:00 and 17:00, and please find your academic time schedule in Blackboard.

Study methods at AU and in Denmark

While course work activities count as part of the final examination grade for most courses, there are rarely visible checkups (e.g. roll calls) on your presence in class. This leaves you with a high degree of freedom to be matched by your own responsability and self-discipline. Please also note that in some courses class attendance is actually a pre-requisite for participating in the exam. The dialogue in the classroom between lecturer and student is central to the teaching at AU. Students are expected to take an active part in the academic discussions during class, and many lecturers require students to make oral presentations once or twice during the course.

Another distinctive feature of Danish university education is the academic environment, which may seem informal to foreign students. Professors and other staff members often chat informally with the students and socialize with them during breaks. It is also worth pointing out that Danish higher education is characterized by an analytical approach. Students are thus not only expected to accumulate and reproduce knowledge but also to compare, analyse and evaluate on an individual basis. Most courses are followed by both Danish and international students. We hope that the classroom environment will pave the way for social interaction between international and Danish students, and we encourage internationals to break the ice with Danish students and to work in groups.

 

The Danish Grading Scale

The Danish grading scale has seven grades of which five are passing grades and two are failing grades as listed below. The Danish grades correspond to the ECTS grades. The ECTS grading system was developed by the European Commission in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad.

The Grading Scale
Danish GradeDefinitionECTS Grade
12For an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material, with no or only a few minor weaknesses.A
10For a very good performance displaying a high level of command of most aspects of the relevant material, with only minor weaknesses.B
7For a good performance displaying good command of the relevant material but also some weaknesses.C
4For a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant material but also some major weaknesses.D
02For a performance meeting only the minimum requirements for acceptance.E
00For a performance which does not meet the minimum requirements for acceptance.Fx
-3For a performance which is unacceptable in all respects. F

 


Examination

The examinations may be written or oral. There are five frequently used examination methods at Aarhus University. How frequently each examination form is used varies from faculty to faculty and lecturer to lecturer:

  • Oral examination on the examination syllabus
  • Oral examination on a set subject plus the examination syllabus
  • Written examination on a topic from the examination syllabus
  • Assignment on a fixed subject (takehome exams)
  • Assignment on an optional subject (takehome exams)
  • Coursework activities during class

Classroom, syllabus, schedule, books

Blackboard

Blackboard is the Learning Management System at Aarhus University. Here information from the lecturer will be shared and the system can be used during your course to share information related to your course with the lecturer and the other students. Please remember to check your course(s) in Blackboard right away, as some courses might have preparations you need to do before the course starts.

The website for blackboard is http://bb.au.dk

How to access blackboard?
Logging on to blackboard for the first time? Follow these steps:

1. You need your WAYF login to access blackboard. Your WAYF login is your general login to all systems at Aarhus University; you use it for blackboard, to access mit.au.dk, to access library resources etc.
The username for your WAYF login is your AU ID.

2. To create a password for your WAYF login (or if you have forgotten your password), please go here and enter your AU ID: http://mit.au.dk/access/glemtAdgangskode.cfm
An activation link will then be sent to the email address you used when applying for AU Summer University in our application system.

3. When you have received your activation link, click it and enter a new password.

4. Once you have registered at mit.au.dk, you can log on to Blackboard using the WAYF login.

 

If you have already logged on to mit.au.dk when applying for housing, please use the password you created for this for blackboard as well.

All other information you will receive directly from your lecturer by email or on Blackboard.

Location and Syllabus

You will be able to see the syllabus, on-campus location, literature and day to day readings for your course in Blackboard. Please read it carefully. Lecturers expect students to be prepared for the course. A list of classrooms can be found here for each course.

Access your AU email

Blackboard messages will be sent to your AU email address. You can access your AU email here: post.au.dk. Please log in using your au<AUID>@uni.au.dk (e.g. au123456@uni.au.dk) and your mit.au.dk password.

Bookstore

Course material

The literature you need for your courses can be bought in the students' book store, Stakbogladen. For some courses the material needed has been pre-ordered. You will find more information on the intranet and on the course website.

AU Bookstore - Stakbogladen
Aarhus Student House
Ndr. Ringgade 3
8000 Aarhus C
www.stakbogladen.dk

BSS Books

For students following courses offered within Aarhus BSS (School of Business and Social Sciences) most books have been pre-ordered and can be bought at BSS Books. You can view the book list here.

Please order no later than 12 June, if you want to be sure to have your books by the start of your course.

BSS Books
Fuglesangs Allé 4
8210 Aarhus V
Tlf. 8615 5777
www.bssbooks.dk/en/

Important - BSS Books will be closed in July!
All online orders must be placed no later than 12th June, if you want to make sure that your book arrives on time. Books maybe shipped within Denmark or can be picked up at the store. If your are an international student you are welcome to send the pre-ordered book to the International Centre, Høegh-Guldbergsgade 4A, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark.    

WI-FI on Campus

WI-FI: Eduroam

Wireless internet is available in all buildings at Aarhus University. To access the internet from your Mac or PC download the settings from eduroam.au.dk/en (click ”Log on to Eduroam” and choose “Students”) and login to Eduroam following one of these procedures:

  1. If you have an active login for Eduroam from your home university you can use this. Or you can
  2. Use the Eduroam login provided by AU.

The AU login for Eduroam is @uni. au.dk (e.g. au123456@uni.au.dk) and the same password you used for Blackboard (your password for mit.au.dk). You will receive an email with your AU ID from the Summer University Administration. If you don’t remember your password (or haven’t logged in to Blackboard or https:// mit.au.dk before) you can retreive your (new) password here: mit.au.dk/access/ glemtAdgangskode.cfm?sp=en.

To retrieve the password you need to enter the email you used when you applied for AU Summer University, then an activation link for the new password will be sent to you. Please note that this will also alter your password for Blackboard.

To access the internet from your smartphone pick the Eduroam network and type in username and password.

Campus facilities: library and canteen

The Library

Aarhus University offers international students and lecturers a number of academic services and facilities, which are described below. If you have any queries, librarians will be available whenever possible in both the main and individual faculty libraries.

AU LIBRARY, NOBELPARKEN

At the library you will be able to consult the books in the Reading Room – those placed on the dedicated shelf for AU Summer University cannot be taken out of the library but there are photocopiers and printers available where pages can be scanned and copied. Furthermore, the Royal Danish Library has an extensive electronic journal database, which you can use by logging on as a student or lecturer at the library or anywhere on campus. Visit the library on campus or the website for more details. You have online access to the library databases through the Internet.

AU LIBRARY, NOBELPARKEN
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 5
Building 1461-63
8000 Aarhus C
Summer opening hours (July 2 - August 10):
Mon - Fri: 10:00 – 14:00
Contact information:
(+45) 9135 6447
nobelparken.library@kb.dk

Information about all libraries at AU:
www.library.au.dk

Upon arrival you will receive a 24 hours access code for the library.

 

Computer Facilities

We strongly recommend that you bring your own personal laptop for the duration of the AU Summer University. You will be able to plug in your laptop to the AU network at several locations and you can connect to the wireless network in almost all areas of almost every building at the University.

IT Help Desk

During the AU Summer University, the Help Desk will be able to help you with IT related problems, e.g. support of applications and configuring laptops to the wireless network at AU.

Print Account

All students are able to use AU Library's print and copy facilities via MyPrint. All you need is your Danish CPR-number and your 4-digit pin.

If you don’t have a Danish CPR number, use your borrower ID and your 4-digit pin. Log in with your AU ID to see your borrower ID. Here you are also able to change your pin.

To be able to print or copy:

1.       Upload funds to your MyPrint account

2.      Upload the files you need to print

3.      Go to one of the library’s photocopiers/printers, log on to the printer and copy/print according to your needs

Read more about MyPrint


Canteens

DALE’S CAFÉ

Dale’s Café is a meeting place for international students and the University’s increasing number of PhD students. It is situated in the Dale T. Mortensen Building where you will also find the Help Desk of AU Summer University.
The café offers quality coffee, sandwiches and a wide selection of beers. It has an informal lounge area where you can relax whilst enjoying snacks and beverages.

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 08:30 - 15:30

NOBEL’S CAFÉ & DELI

The Nobel’s Café & Deli is close to where most classes will be held, on campus. The canteen offers sandwiches, warm meals, coffee, tea and snacks. You can find the canteen in Building 1481.

Opening hours:
Mon - Thu: 08:00 - 14:00
Friday:       08:00 - 13:30

Useful apps/useful links

For your Smartphone

Rejseplanen (Journey Planner)

The easiest way to find your way around both Aarhus and Denmark is with the “Rejseplanen” (Journey Planner) app, which allows you to search the connections of trains and buses to help you get to where you are going. The app allows you to search for an address from your current position, and thus shows you the appropriate bus, train and/or walking directions to get to your final destination. The app can be downloaded via the app/play store, on the Rejseplanen website (only available in Danish), or by clicking the icon above.

DSB

Finding and buying train tickets with Denmark’s national train service (DSB) is quick and easy with the DSB app. The app allows you not only to search for the next train connection, but also to purchase your tickets and seat reservations all in one place. When travelling, all you have to do is show the ticket on your phone to the conductor when they check tickets. The app can be downloaded via the app/play store or on DSB’s website (only available in Danish).

Midttrafik

The Midttrafik app allows you to buy single tickets and multiride tickets for the city buses (yellow) and the regional buses (blue) in Aarhus. The app is unfortunately only available in Danish, but Midttrafik’s website has a guide in English that explains how to set up an account and buy tickets. The app can be set up with your payment card, which is helpful if you find yourself without coins for the bus. Download it it via the app/play store or on Midttrafik’s website.

AU Find

You can use the AU Find app to find information about a person, a building or a unit at Aarhus University. All the addresses are shown on a map, and they are integrated with the Google Maps Directory, which gives you directions. You can also add a person directly to your contacts for quick reference later. Download the AU Find app by clicking the appropriate links on this page.

 

Pre-arrival Checklist

  • Notify us if you need assistance with visa before May 1st
  • Obtain visa (if needed)
  • Buy health and home insurance
  • Apply for AU housing before May 1st or find housing on your own
  • Sign up for social programme
  • Notify the Summer University team when you will arrive
  • Join the Facebook group for Summer University (from May)


Useful Links

The Official Portal for Foreigners » www.newtodenmark.dk

Tourist Guide of Aarhus » www.visitaarhus.com

Studenterhus Aarhus » www.studenterhusaarhus.dk

The Official Website of Denmark » www.denmark.dk

The Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs » www.um.dk

Study in Denmark » www.studyindenmark.dk

VisitDenmark – Danish Tourist Board » www.visitdenmark.com

Help Desks and Contacts

At the Summer University Help Desk we will do our best to support you. We know almost everything there is to know about bus departures, sights to see, when to be where or where to find out! The Help Desk will be open 08:30 - 14:00 in building 1453. The buildings are actually located close to teaching facilities on campus and a group of AU student assistants will help you find locations, guide you to the photocopier and the canteen, and in general answer any questions you may have during the summer. From 14:00 - 15:30 the Help Desk is available at the International Centre.

Opening hours

Mon – Fri 08:30 - 14:00
Building 1453

Mon – Fri 14:00 - 15:30
International Centre
Dale T. Mortensen Building 1650
Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4A
8000 Aarhus C