This website about the available study place scheme (tompladsordningen) applies both to English-speaking applicants who have a residence permit and live in Denmark and to applicants from a foreign university who are not covered by an Exchange Agreement (free movers).
On this website it is possible to apply for admission to a single subject under the available study place scheme at the Faculties Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences.
The available study place scheme provides you with a good opportunity to upgrade and expand your skills. You can choose from among many of the subjects offered by Aarhus University, and thereby benefit from the latest research in the field that interests you. In order for you to be admitted, there must be a vacant place in the single subject you would like to study, and you must also meet the admission requirements.
The teaching takes place during the day together with the university’s full-time students. The academic year is divided into two semesters at Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences. Your participation fees cover teaching, three examination attempts and administration.
Students who live in Denmark and who are enrolled in full-time degree programmes cannot be admitted to a single subject under the available study place scheme if the single subject can be included in the full-time degree programme in which they are enrolled.
On the other hand, as a free mover applicant, it is a prerequisite for admission that you can document that you are enrolled in a full-time degree programme at a foreign university.
Aarhus University reserves the right to reject qualified applicants due to insufficient capacity or a lack of teacher resources, and to cancel the single subjects that have been offered if there are insufficient numbers of qualified applicants or if there are other special circumstances.
Find details about the university’s subjects in the AU course catalogue.
You can refine your search by choosing words such as ‘period’, 'language', ‘department’ and ‘degree programme’. The course catalogue is divided into subject areas, and it might therefore be necessary to refer to several different fields to find courses on a particular subject.
In the Bachelor’s guide and the Master’s guide, you can find a thematic overview of the university’s different degree programmes. This should help identify the single subject to search for in the course catalogue.
Please note that not all the university’s subjects are available for admission in the available study place scheme. Student counsellors can provide information about which single subject you can apply for, the academic content and any specific admission requirements.
It might be a good idea to contact the student guidance office, where you can get help about admission requirements and academic prerequisites.
The admission requirements for single subjects in the available study place scheme are the same as those for full-time study programmes that include the single subject. However, there is no requirement for a grade point average (GPA).
In addition, applicants must also meet the specific academic requirements for the individual single subject, including language requirements.
Here you can find information about admission requirements for Bachelor’s degree programmes at Aarhus University.
Here you can find information about admission requirements for Master’s degree programmes at Aarhus University.
Under normal circumstances, you must document that you meet the admission requirements at the end of the application deadline.
However, if you, as an EU citizen, do not meet the requirements by the application deadline, you can send it later if you can document that you are in the process of obtaining the documentation. For example, knowing that you will have to take an English test in the near future.
The shorter deadline for non-EU citizens is because of the short time to process the application in order to obtain a residence permit.
There are different requirements in relation to whether you are applying for admission to a bachelor's course or a master's course.
Note price increase: For single subjects offered at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Technical Sciences, the participation fee will increase to 500 DKK per ECTS credit. The price increase will come into effect starting from the Spring semester of 2024.
Aarhus Faculties of Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences
Technical Sciences, single subjects
DKK 500 per ECTS credit per single subject
Natural Sciences, single subjects
DKK 500 per ECTS credit per single subject
NB! The state subsidy for part-time study programmes is determined in the Finance Act for one year at a time. Aarhus University therefore reserves the right to make any adjustments to the participation fees.
All free movers are obliged to pay participation fees whereas tuition fees only apply to free movers from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland as an additional cost.
The tuition fees are based on the ECTS workload chosen. See the tuition fee rates here.
Please note that it is not possible to apply for admission to single subjects under the available study place scheme via the self-service facility for students.
To be admitted, you must fill in an application form which you can fill in online, save and then submit via the secure online form along with relevant documentation.
You must state on the application form which subjects you would like to enrol in. It is therefore necessary to obtain information about these subjects before you fill in the form.
Se a full list of relevant documentation above.
A single subject can be included in a number of Bachelor’s degree programmes.
To ensure that your enrolment is correct, you must write the following in the application form:
The exact title of the single subject, e.g. ‘Advanced Algebra’, and the STADS UVA code, which you can find in the course catalogue.
Please submit the completed application form and any attachments via the secure online form and your application with relevant documentation will be registered.
The university registers personal data, the basis for admission and the result of the university’s application process.
Continuing Education processes your application and sends you a letter in response.
You can expect a response by mid-August/mid-January at the latest, depending on when you submitted your application. For some single subjects, you will not receive notification of admission until just prior to commencement of studies, when we can first ascertain whether there are any vacant places.
If you would like credit transfer for tests or examinations from other degree programmes, please contact the board of studies for the relevant degree programme.
The participation fees cover participation in the teaching and three examination attempts, and are charged in connection with enrolment.
The fees are free of value-added tax and do not cover expenses for teaching material.
The deadline for payment is stated on the invoice. The closer to the commencement of studies you are enrolled, the shorter the payment deadline.
The participation fees entitle you to attend classes once, and only during the period in which you are admitted. If you would like to attend the classes again, you must submit a new application for admission, and you will be required to pay participation fees again.
The state subsidy for part-time study programmes is determined in the Finance Act for one year at a time. Aarhus University therefore reserves the right to make any adjustments to the participation fees, including the course in progress.
When you submit your application for admission, please fill in the slip with payment details attached to the application form. This enables us to send any charges directly to your employer when you are admitted.
Refunds and changes to your enrolment
If you wish to cancel your enrolment after the commencement of studies, your participation fees will not be refunded. However, your participation fees can be refunded if you cancel prior to the commencement of studies.
Once the application deadline has expired, you may not make any changes to your enrolment, such as changing from one discipline to another.
To enable Continuing Education to register your cancellation, you must send written notification to email@example.com. To enable us to refund your participation fees, remember to state your name, student registration number and which subject(s) you wish to cancel, as well as your own or your employer’s bank details.
If you require specific professional guidance, the student counsellors for the individual subjects can help you. They can provide you with guidance regarding the right single subject, admission requirements and prerequisites.
For guidance regarding your application and participation fees, please contact Continuing Education at Nat-Tech by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is not possible to complete a Bachelor’s (BSc) or Master’s (MSc) degree under available study place scheme. The most you can study is half of a BSc degree and half of an MSc degree, which means that you may study for a maximum of 90 ECTS credits for a BSc and 60 ECTS credits for an MSc. You can study for 60 ECTS credits in one year, corresponding to one full-time year. You can subsequently be admitted to single subjects corresponding to a maximum of 25 ECTS credits per semester. If you would like to complete a BSc or MSc degree, you must apply for admission to the relevant degree programme as a full-time student.
If you are a citizen outside the EU, you must apply for admission well in advance, as you can only apply for a residence permit once you have been admitted to a minimum of 30 ECTS courses and have paid the fees. You must have a residence permit before you come to DK. It will take up to 60 days to achieve the residence permit. In order to achieve a residence permit in Denmark you must be submitted to courses at full time, which means that you must follow courses with 30 ECTS points pr. semester.
As an EU citizen, you do not have to apply for a residence permit before arrival. You do this when you arrive (no later than 5 days after). This is done on SIRI's website: https://www.nyidanmark.dk/en-GB/ContactUs/Contact%20SIRI/SIRI%20branches
Read more at our international website: https://international.au.dk/life/studentscomingtoau/prepareyourarrival/
For rules and regulations regarding the individual offers, please refer to the academic regulations for the degree programme the single subject is part of, and the course description in the course catalogue.
You can read the relevant rules and Executive Orders (in Danish only) at the bottom of the Continuing Education portal about the available study place scheme.
Find all the academic regulations at Aarhus University.