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Language Requirements

As an exchange student at Aarhus University, your will attend courses that are taught in English. You will be expected to actively participate  in class discussions, study groups and projects. You must also be able to write academic papers and take written exams. 

Please select your Faculty below, and click on the +-sign to read about specific English language requirements. 

AARHUS BSS

Exchange students at Aarhus BSS are not required to document English language proficiency.

You are expected to to have English language qualifications comparable to the English B level from the Danish upper secondary school (gymnasium). International qualifications comparable to this level are:

  • TOEFL test results of at least 560 (paper based test) or 83 (internet based test)
  • IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.5 points
  • C1 level obtained by examination from a CEFR-validated English language course 

FACULTY OF ARTS

Only applicants who are planning to apply for courses offered by the English Degree Programme are required to provide documentation for English language proficiency.

Applicants enrolled in an English Degree programme at their home university are exempt from documenting that they meet these requirements, provided that their home university has a partnership agreement with the English Degree programme at AU. Please check with the international coordinator at your home university.

Applicants enrolled in an English Degree programme where the home university does not have a partnership agreement with the English Degree programme at AU must document their English proficiency. This can be done by:

  • meeting the minimum English proficiency requirements established by Aarhus University or
  • providing documentation from your home university, confirming that English is the language of instruction for your university-level courses and exams 

Applicants to other Faculty of Arts programmes are not required to document English language proficiency, but are still expected to have English language qualifications comparable to the English B level from the Danish upper secondary school (gymnasium). International qualifications comparable to this level are:

  • TOEFL test results of at least 560 (paper based test) or 83 (internet based test)
  • IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.5 points
  • C1 level obtained by examination from a CEFR-validated English language course 

FACULTY OF HEALTH

Applicants for the International Semester in Medicine at the Faculty of Health are required to provide documentation for English language qualifications by means of one of these tests:

  • TOEFL test results of at least 560 (paper based test) or 83 (internet based test). Aarhus University does not accept the TOEFL ITP test. The Aarhus University TOEFL code is 8935.
  • IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.5 points
  • Cambridge ESOL examinations. English B – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or First Certificate with grade A. Applicants must upload their Confirmation of Entry, stating candidate ID number and candidate secret number, which are not stated on the test result itself.
  • CEFR-validated English language course (e.g. DAAD, 5-stars in all areas). English B – C1 level

Some applicants are exempt from this requirement:

Applicants with a qualifying exam, Bachelor’s or Master's Degree from: 

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Great Britain
  • Scotland
  • Ireland

Applicants holding a Danish/Nordic/Duborg/International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme)/European Baccalaureate (from the “ScholaEuropaea”) entrance examination. The transcript must show an English level which the Danish Agency for International Education considers comparable to a Danish B/A level in English.

Courses in the International Semester in Medicine are the only ones taught in English. Applicants to any other courses are expected to be fluent in Danish. 

FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Applicants at the Faculty of Science and Technology are required to upload proof of English language proficiency.

You must upload your test result or your test registration receipt to your application through the application portal. If you receive your test result after the application deadline, you must upload your test result to your application no later than the documentation deadline October 14, 2019.

You must take one of the tests below, and the test result must be no more than three years old at the time of application.

  • TOEFL: Paper-based test: at least 560 Internet-based test: at least 83.
  • IELTS: IELTS Academic test result of at least 6.5 points and equivalent of C1 level.
  • Cambridge ESOL examinations: Cambridge English Advanced (grades A, B and C) or Cambridge English First (grade A) or 180 points as a minimum on the Cambridge English Scale.

You are exempt from uploading an English test if:

  • You are enrolled as a student at a university in USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, or Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, or Faroe Islands.
  • You are currently enrolled in an English-taught Bachelor’s or Master’s programme. Please be aware that you must upload a letter of confirmation from your home university.
  • The language test requirement has been waived in the exchange agreement with your university. Check with your university's exchange office for more information.