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Student internships at AU

Student Internships

Aarhus University welcomes interns and Erasmus+ placements
Read about how to apply and where to find practical help

At Aarhus University, internships are not part of the study programmes and there is therefore no database over available internship positions. If you would like to do an internship placement at Aarhus University you must contact the department you are interested in directly to find out your options. Read below how to go about it.

Erasmus Placement at Aarhus University

About Erasmus placement at Aarhus University

The Erasmus programme offers students at higher educational institutions the opportunity to spend a placement period at an institution in another participating country. Read more about the Erasmus placement programme and note in particular the information about the required Training Agreement.

If you are interested in applying for an Erasmus Placement at Aarhus University (AU), the first step is to ensure that your home university will endorse your application. As a minimum, it is important that all applicants are able to provide a Training Agreement, which has to be endorsed by the home university and subsequently by a relevant supervisor from AU. Please note that it is your own responsibility to find a researcher, who is willing to host and supervise you. You can search for researchers here.

Being accepted for an Erasmus Placement at AU means that the applicant is allowed to carry out the program described in the Training Agreement. Therefore, the acceptance only includes the academic content of a placement. Non-academic services such as student ID, mentor/buddy programme and intro activities etc. are not included in an Erasmus Placement at AU. Nor will students at AU through Erasmus Placement receive a transcript of records since an Erasmus Placement is rarely combined with enrolment into courses. For information about housing, please see information below.

Lastly, in some cases an Erasmus Placement may be combined with the student writing his/her thesis at AU and such a combination also requires that the student obtain an endorsement by relevant AU faculty for supervision. Similar to an Erasmus Placement, an Erasmus Placement combined with thesis work only includes the academic content of a placement. Non-academic services are not included in an Erasmus Placement combined with thesis work at AU.

This distinction between academic and non-academic services is due to the fact that the Danish University system is largely based on students enrolling for courses and passing exams. Since most Erasmus Placements do not include students signing up for courses, the AU International Centre does not provide non-academic services in relation to an Erasmus Placement at AU

Internship at Aarhus University

About internships at Aarhus University

Student placement is an alternative term to the widely used term 'traineeship' or 'internship'. 

If you are a student at a university outside the EU/EEC countries, it may be possible to arrange an internship at Aarhus University. Your internship must be arranged directly with a department and a professor/supervisor at Aarhus University. Please note that it is your own responsibility to find a researcher, who is willing to host and supervise you. You can search for researchers here.

The internship has to be an integrated part of your studies at your home university. This means that there has to be an educational agreement between your home department and the AU host department.

Please be aware that it is not legal to enter Denmark as a tourist and start an internship. Also you must not start your internship on a permit granted to another EU country. You must be granted a relevant residence and work permit to Denmark prior to your internship. In the "before arrival" section you will find information on how to apply for residence permit as an intern.

Before arrival - Erasmus+ placement

Planning your Erasmus+ Placement at Aarhus University

  • Find relevant researcher to host and supervise you. Search for researchers here
  • Provide Erasmus+ learning agreement for traineeships signed by home university and by relevant researcher at AU. The document is provided by your home university
  • It is strongly recommended that you take out private full-time liability and accident insurance before your stay at Aarhus University. Aarhus University will not provide insurance. If you are in doubt about how you are covered or what is recommended in Denmark – please read more here. You can also contact the Employment Law department for an assessment of possible insurance options. In regard to health insurance you will be covered by Danish national healthcare if you stay in Denmark for more than three months
  • Start looking for housing as - see more at AU Housing service 

Before arrival - Internship

Planning your internship at Aarhus University

  • Find relevant researcher to host and supervise you. Search for researchers here
  • Together with your host, make a description of your responsibilities and an educational plan. Make sure that you also have a description of how your internship will supplement your ongoing education at your home university
  • If you are an EU citizen - please see under the "Upon arrival" section to see how to register. If you are a non-EU citizen you must apply for residence permit before going to Denmark. Your host/ host department should start the application process 3-4 months before you wish to start the internship
  • To obtain a residence and work permit for interns, you have to meet these conditions and apply using the online application facility using the so-called PR3 form. Your place of internship must complete the first of the two parts of the form. When they have completed their part, a reference number and password will be shown, which your place of internship must pass on to you. You are then able to open the online application and complete your part.

    To be granted a residence permit as an intern in Denmark, there are a number of conditions that you must meet. Among other things conditions concerning age and income. Please find the full list of conditions on the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration website under “Other interns.”

  • It is strongly recommended that you take out private full-time liability and accident insurance before your stay at Aarhus University. Aarhus University will not provide insurance. If you are in doubt about how you are covered or what is recommended in Denmark – please read more here. You can also contact the Employment Law department for an assessment of possible insurance options. In regard to health insurance you will be covered by Danish national healthcare if you stay in Denmark for more than three months
  • Start looking for housing - see more at AU Housing service

Upon arrival

Upon arrival

  • If you have accommodation through AU Housing service, go to the International Centre to pick up the key and sign the housing contract
  • Make an appointment with your supervisor/host for a local introduction
  • If you are a European citizen - apply for residence certificate at The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). You must apply as a person with sufficient funds (self-supporting) as you will not be enrolled as a student at Aarhus University 
  • Apply for a Danish cpr-number (social security number) at Citizen Service Aarhus 

Before departure

Before departure

  • De-register at Citizen Service
  • Follow housing procedures regarding check out incl. handing in keys
  • If you are an Erasmus+ trainee then remember to get the Traineeship Certificate signed by your supervisor/host