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Language Requirements

As an exchange student at Aarhus University, you 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. 

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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

Exchange students who wish to apply for courses at the Department of English are required to provide documentation of their English language proficiency. This may be done in one of two ways:

1. The student can meet the minimum English language requirements established by Aarhus University

or

2. The student can submit a letter from their home university confirming that courses and related examinations have been conducted through the medium of English

Exchange students nominated by the AU Department of English partner institutions or English degree programmes at other universities are exempted from these requirements.

Applicants to other Faculty of Arts programmes are not required to document English language proficiency, but are 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

Exchange students at Faculty of Health 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. 

Applicants to any courses taught in Danish are expected to have Danish language qualifications comparable to C1 level. 

FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES

Applicants at the Faculty of Natural Sciences are required to upload proof of English language proficiency together with your application for admission.

You must upload

  • your test result
    or
  • your test registration receipt

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 1 December, 2021.

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. Please be aware that B2 level is not accepted.
  • Cambridge English Advanced with grades A, B and C or 180 points as a minimum on the Cambridge English Scale.
  • Cambridge English First  with 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.

FACULTY OF TECHNICAL SCIENCES

Applicants at the Faculty of Technical Sciences are required to upload proof of English language proficiency together with your application for admission.

You must upload

  • your test result
    or
  • your test registration receipt 

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 1 December, 2021.

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. Please be aware that B2 level is not accepted.
  • Cambridge English Advanced with grades A, B and C or 180 points as a minimum on the Cambridge English Scale.
  • Cambridge English First  with 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.