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Top reasons to choose Aarhus University

Aarhus University is a young, modern university established in 1928. It has grown to become a leading public research university with international reach covering the entire research spectrum. 

Top 100 University

AU is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top universities. It was ranked number 65 in the 2018 Shanghai ranking and among the world’s 100 best universities in 17 out of 42 subjects in the latest 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject. Read more about AU in the rankings.

Research-based teaching

At AU, teachers are active researchers and teaching takes place in an informal context. All programmes are deeply rooted in research and are reviewed on an ongoing basis to meet the highest national and global quality standards.

Favorable tuition fees

Tuition is free for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. For other students, tuition fees range from €8,000 to €13,500 annually.

Study in English

AU offers more than 60 complete programmes in English at Bachelor’s and Master’s level. All PhD programmes are in English. 

An international university

Around 12 per cent of AU’s 39.000 students are international, representing over 106 nationalities.

Service and guidance

For students, the International Centre offers a full induction and introduction programme as well as professional 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 into the university as smooth as possible. IAS assists researchers and PhD students from abroad in all practical matters, including visa, resident and work permit,  housing services, child care, etc.

World-class higher education system

According to Universitas 21 Ranking 2019 Denmark ranks fifth best in the world in proving higher education.  

The green card scheme

The Green Card residence permit to complete a higher educational programme in Denmark is valid for an additional six months after completion of the degree, so graduates have time to look for work in Denmark.

Unique Research facilities

Aarhus University offers state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories. We have a strong tradition of multidisciplinary research for instance in one of our 42 major research centres.

Attractive working conditions

International staff at AU emphasize favorable working conditions as an important motivation for working at Aarhus University. These include an attractive salary, a pension, and parental leave benefits.

On top of this international academic staff members can, under certain conditions, benefit from a special tax scheme to further improve working conditions. 

Great work-life balance

Denmark prides itself on having a healthy work-life balance. Researchers will enjoy flexible working conditions and social support networks, including maternity/paternity leave and childcare facilities at reasonable prices. Furthermore, Denmark is widely cited as one of the world’s most liveable places. It has one of the world’s highest levels of income equality according to the OECD.

Safe, secure, equal

Denmark is widely cited as one of the world’s most liveable places. It has the world’s highest level of income equality according to the OECD.

Based on the Corruption Transparency Index, Denmark is the least corrupt country in the world.

English – no problem

Danes were recently ranked as one of the best non-native English speakers in the world, so it is easy for international students to get along in Denmark even if they don’t speak Danish.