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Freemovers and professionals

Admission for freemovers/non-Partner students

International freemovers/professionals can apply for courses using the online application system from January 15th - April 1st or from May 1-5th. Along with your application you must hand in the required documentation.

You have to apply as a freemover if;

  • You are attending a university that does not have a bilateral partnership agreement with Aarhus University
  • Your university does not want to nominate you for exchange or if your nomination has been rejected
  • You are a working professional not currently enrolled at a university 

Please note that all EU/EEA/Swiss citizens will have to pay the EU-fee for the courses, whereas citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland will have to pay the non-EU fee.

Requirements

  • You are expected to fulfill the same requirements that apply to regular students. Freemovers therefore need to provide documentation for their subject levels in applicable subjects. Mathemathics if applying for courses offered by the School of Business and Social Science. Mathematics, chemistry, and physics if applying for courses offered by Faculty of Science and Technology.
  • If you are applying for admission to AU Summer University courses at Master level, you must hold a relevant Bachelor degree (or as a minimum 180 ECTS in your study programme) by the time of application deadline.
  • An English test as you are required to have a high level of English proficiency. Find information on language requirements here.
  • You will have to pay for the course. Prices changes according to subject area, ECTS and your citizenship.

Required documents for your application

If you are applying for courses at bachelor level you must upload the following to your application:

  • Your secondary school leaving certificate (high school or equivalent)
  • A transcript showing the courses of your current studies.
  • Documentation for your English language proficiency. Please find the list of the accepted English tests as well as the list of applicants who are exempted from providing English tests here
  • A copy of your passport (EU citizens can also use ID cards) 

If you are applying for courses at master level you must upload the following to your application:

  • Your Bachelor's degree diploma including transcript of records and a transcript of records showing the courses (and any results) of your current studies
    • you must hold a relevant Bachelor's degree, or as a minimum have obtained 180 ECTS points in your study programme, by the time of application. For example; if you are applying for a course within economics you need a bachelor within economics, business administration or similar. 
  • Documentation for your English language proficiency. Please find the list of the accepted English tests as well as the list of applicants who are exempted from providing English tests here
  • A copy of your passport (EU citizens can upload ID cards instead) 

Fees change according to subject area and ECTS: Please find the exact fee on the respective course page. 

Unfortunately we cannot give any exemptions to the academic or language requirements and we do not offer scholarships of any kind to Summer University students.

FAQ

What is included in the course fee?

The fee only covers the actual course fee. 

This means that books, course material, housing, social program and meals are not included in the fees and must be paid separately.

Estimated budget for one month in Aarhus: 

  • Social Activities: 100-140 EUR
  • Housing: 430 EUR
  • Meals: 200 EUR
  • Transport: 40 EUR
  • Books: 40 EUR
  • Total: 810-850 EUR

I consider my English skills acceptable, but I have not taken an English test. What can I do?

According to the Danish Ministry of Science's Order no. 212 §9 (21/2 2012) on Admission to Danish Universities, and the Danish Ministry of Education’s Order no. 214 §9 (21/2 2012) on Admission to Higher Education in Denmark (The Admission Order), all applicants must, as a minimum, document English language qualifications comparable to an "English B level" in the Danish upper secondary school (Gymnasium). A few courses require 'English A', which is one level higher than 'English B'.

Here you'll find an overview of how to document your English language proficiency.

Most of the accepted English tests are internationally available.

Do you have any scholarships available for AU Summer University?

No! Unfortunately, we do not have any kind of scholarships available for AU Summer University courses.

Deadlines and Application

The application system is open from December 1st and closes March 15th.

Payment deadline
If you are accepted in the course(s) you applied for you will receive an email with further payment instructions. The deadline will be two weeks from the day the email was sent - The exact date will appear from the email.

Please note that payment can only be made with credit card.

Withdrawal deadline

If it is no longer possible for you to participate in the course you have paid for you need to withdraw no later than 4 weeks prior the course starts. After that date a refund of your participation/tuition fee is no longer possible. 

FAQ for free-mover students

I consider my English skills acceptable, but I have not taken an English test. What can I do?

According to the Danish Ministry of Science's Order no. 212 §9 (21/2 2012) on Admission to Danish Universities, and the Danish Ministry of Education’s Order no. 214 §9 (21/2 2012) on Admission to Higher Education in Denmark (The Admission Order), all applicants must, as a minimum, document English language qualifications comparable to an "English B level" in the Danish upper secondary school (Gymnasium). A few courses require 'English A', which is one level higher than 'English B'.

Make sure that you check the list for exemption possibilities for native English speakers and certain Nordic countries.

Most of the accepted English tests are internationally available.

When do I have to pay participation fee and when do I have to pay tuition fee?

Participation fee must be paid by all admitted free-mover students.

All non-EU/EEA citizens are also liable to pay tuition fee.

Exempted from payment of tuition fees are:

  • students on a bilateral exchange programme
  • students with a permanent residence permit in Denmark
  • students with temporary residence permit with a view to/possibility of permanent residence in Denmark
  • children of workers from non-EU/EEA countries

You can find the tuition and participation fee for each course on the individual course sites.

Is anything else included in the participation and tuition fees?

No.

This means that books, course material, housing, social program and meals are not included in the fees and must be paid separately.

Do you have any scholarships available for AU Summer University?

Unfortunately, we DO NOT have scholarships available for AU Summer University courses.

Is it possible to sign up for two classes during the same term?

No. For each main session, students must choose one class only as they are taught concurrently. 

I am not sure that I will receive my English test results/other documentation before the deadline (March 15th). Can I still apply?

You can submit your application in the application system, uploading an empty document instead of your missing documentation (please make a note in the comments that you will be providing the documentation at a later stage). When we check the documents in your application, we will set your application to "incomplete". This will re-open your access to the application allowing you to upload your final documentation when you have it. Also, remember to resubmit your application once you have uploaded the final documentation.

Please note that we cannot guarantee to take any documentation into consideration that is received later than March 15th.

My university uses another kind of credit system than ECTS - how do I know if I have what's equivalent to 180 ECTS?

Generally speaking, 180 ECTS is equivalent to three years of full-time studies. You can find guidelines made by the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher education here. If your country is not on the list, we will do an individual assesment on your documentation once we receive your application.

How are seats for the courses allocated?

Please note that, unless otherwise announced in the course description found in the course catalogue, seats in any given course will be distributed to the following groups in descending order:

  • Aarhus University students from primary program or related education (see course catalogue)
  • Aarhus University students from any other study program
  • Students from other Danish universities applying to take the course as a credit module as well as students  nominated through an exchange agreement or other partnership agreement
  • Freemovers and other Danish applicants (Tomplads)

Within these groups the seats will distributed as described in the course description.