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Top reasons to choose Aarhus University

Aarhus University is a dynamic, modern and highly international university. Since its founding in 1928, it has grown to become a leading public university with international impact and reach across the entire research spectrum. Aarhus is a great place to study and a great place to work. Here are some of the top reasons to come work or study with us.

We are a Top 100 University

AU is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top universities. It was ranked number 78 in the latest Shanghai ranking and is among the world’s 100 best universities in 17 out of 48 subjects in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

In fact, according to the 2020 Universitas 21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems, Denmark ranks number three in the world based on performance in three areas: resources, environment, connectivity and output.

Denmark is a great place to live

Safe, secure and equal

Denmark is widely cited as one of the world’s most liveable places for a variety of reasons. It has the world’s highest level of income equality, according to the OECD. Furthermore, Denmark is widely cited as one of the world’s most liveable places. And based on the Corruption Transparency Index, Denmark is the least corrupt country in the world. Levels of public trust are high and crime is low.

We’re always here for you

AU offers all the practical support and guidance you need to feel at home here. For students, the International Centre offers a full induction and introduction programme as well as professional, friendly support and guidance throughout your time at AU.

For researchers and PhD students, Aarhus University offers a full range of services to make your transition to the university as smooth as possible. IAS (International Academic Staff) assists researchers and PhD students from abroad with all practical matters, including visa, residence and work permits, housing services, child care, etc. 

Top reasons to study in Aarhus

Our teachers are world-class lecturers

At AU, classes are taught by active researchers in an informal, stimulating atmosphere. All degree programmes are deeply rooted in the latest research and are subject to a rigorous quality assurance programme to ensure they meet the highest global quality standards.

We offer competitive tuition fees

Tuition is free for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. For other students, tuition fees range from €8,000 to €15,300 annually.

English is our second language

AU offers more than 50 full degree programmes in English at Bachelor’s and Master’s level. All PhD programmes are in English. And Danes were recently ranked as among the best non-native English speakers in the world on the on the annual English Proficiency Index (EPI), so it’s easy for international students to feel at home in Denmark from day 1.

Our student body is diverse and highly international

Around 12 per cent of AU’s 36,500 students are internationals – from over 120 countries.

Denmark offers an attractive green card scheme

The green card residence permit granted to international university students in Denmark is valid for an additional six months after completion of the degree, which gives graduates time to look for work in Denmark.

Top reasons to work at AU

We have state-of-the-art research facilities

Aarhus University offers world-class research facilities and laboratories in a wide range of subjects. We have a strong tradition of multidisciplinary research for instance in one of our 42 major research centres.

We offer attractive working conditions

When asked about what they appreciate most about AU, our international staff at AU emphasise favorable working conditions as an important motivation for working at Aarhus University. These include an attractive salary, a generous pension scheme and parental leave benefits. What’s more, international academic staff members are eligible for tax breaks in many cases.

We are world champions in work-life balance

Danish workplace culture stresses the importance of work-life balance, and AU is no exception. Researchers enjoy flexible working conditions and a high level of autonomy and self-determination. What’s more, the municipality offers a range of high-quality social services that enhance the quality of life for internationals, including free healthcare and subsidised childcare and international schools.

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