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Studying at AU

Use of Laptop during your stay

We strongly recommend that you bring your own laptop during your stay at AU Summer University.

Study Culture

As an international student, you may be surprised by the study culture at Aarhus University. The study culture Denmark is informal, and the hierarchy between lecturers and students is flat and not very strict.

Lecturers are addressed by their first name
Rather than Ms., Mrs., Mr., Dr. or Professor, most lecturers will ask you to call them by their first name.

Active participation in class
Most courses use a combination of big lectures and smaller classroom-based seminars. In the seminars, you are expected to participate, for instance by asking questions, taking part in discussions or doing presentations. Critical thinking and freedom of speech are important at Aarhus University, and it is okay not to share all of your lecturer’s opinions.

At some courses, there is a requirement for 80% attendance as a prerequisite for the exam. The requirement for 80% attendance applies to the live part of the online teaching. This is stated in the course description if there is a requirement for attendance.

Academic Information


The AU Summer University programmes are, in general, elective courses and carry 5 or 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), which equals a workload of 125-150 hours for 5 ECTS courses and 250-300 hours for 10 ECTS courses. During AU Summer University, you will receive information about the courses, recommended literature, time schedules and examinations through the AU Summer University website and intranet.

Time Schedule

As the teaching in 2020 primarily takes place online, the timeschedules will vary. You'll find your time schedule on Blackboard. There may be inconvenient times due to time differences.

Study methods at AU and in Denmark

While course work activities count as part of the final examination grade for most courses, there are rarely visible checkups (e.g. roll calls) on your presence in class. This leaves you with a high degree of freedom to be matched by your own responsability and self-discipline. Please also note that in some courses class attendance is actually a pre-requisite for participating in the exam. The dialogue in the classroom between lecturer and student is central to the teaching at AU. Students are expected to take an active part in the academic discussions during class, and many lecturers require students to make oral presentations once or twice during the course.

Another distinctive feature of Danish university education is the academic environment, which may seem informal to foreign students. Professors and other staff members often chat informally with the students and socialize with them during breaks. It is also worth pointing out that Danish higher education is characterized by an analytical approach. Students are thus not only expected to accumulate and reproduce knowledge but also to compare, analyse and evaluate on an individual basis. Most courses are followed by both Danish and international students. We hope that the classroom environment will pave the way for social interaction between international and Danish students, and we encourage internationals to break the ice with Danish students and to work in groups.


The Danish Grading Scale

The Danish grading scale has seven grades of which five are passing grades and two are failing grades as listed below. The Danish grades correspond to the ECTS grades. The ECTS grading system was developed by the European Commission in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad.

The Grading Scale
Danish GradeDefinitionECTS Grade
12For an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material, with no or only a few minor weaknesses.A
10For a very good performance displaying a high level of command of most aspects of the relevant material, with only minor weaknesses.B
7For a good performance displaying good command of the relevant material but also some weaknesses.C
4For a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant material but also some major weaknesses.D
02For a performance meeting only the minimum requirements for acceptance.E
00For a performance which does not meet the minimum requirements for acceptance.Fx
-3For a performance which is unacceptable in all respects. F


The examinations may be written or oral. There are five frequently used examination methods at Aarhus University. How frequently each examination form is used varies from faculty to faculty and lecturer to lecturer:

  • Oral examination on the examination syllabus
  • Oral examination on a set subject plus the examination syllabus
  • Written examination on a topic from the examination syllabus
  • Assignment on a fixed subject (takehome exams)
  • Assignment on an optional subject (takehome exams)
  • Coursework activities during class

Online-classroom, syllabus, schedule, books


Blackboard is the Learning Management System at Aarhus University. Here information from the lecturer will be shared and the system can be used during your course to share information related to your course with the lecturer and the other students. Please remember to check your course(s) in Blackboard right away, as some courses might have preparations you need to do before the course starts.

The website for blackboard is http://bb.au.dk

How to access blackboard?
Logging on to blackboard for the first time? Follow these steps:

1. You need your WAYF login to access blackboard. Your WAYF login is your general login to all systems at Aarhus University; you use it for blackboard, to access mit.au.dk, to access library resources etc.
The username for your WAYF login is your AU ID.

2. To create a password for your WAYF login (or if you have forgotten your password), please go here and enter your AU ID: http://mit.au.dk/access/glemtAdgangskode.cfm
An activation link will then be sent to the email address you used when applying for AU Summer University in our application system.

3. When you have received your activation link, click it and enter a new password.

4. Once you have registered at mit.au.dk, you can log on to Blackboard using the WAYF login.

If you have already logged on to mit.au.dk, please use the password you created for this for blackboard as well.

All other information you will receive directly from your lecturer by email or on Blackboard.


The online teaching will take place via Zoom. On Blackboard you'll find a link to the Zoom-teaching room. Depending on the lecturer and the department offering the course, it can vary where the zoom link can be found. 

Version 1

The most common way to access zoom is through a submenu on the left hand side of the course page called "Online meetings" or equivalent. Pressing this link will take you to a page listing all the scheduled zoom meetings for your specific course. Press join when you have arrived at the lecture you need to attend. 

Version 2

The link to the list of available zoom meetings can found in an announcement on blackboard or in the course plan. In this version it will be an actual URL and not a button you need to press. Pressing this link will take you to a page listing all the scheduled zoom meetings for your specific course. Press join when you have arrived at the lecture you need to attend. 

Version 3

For some courses, you need to go to the submenu "Tools" in the menu on the left hand side of the course page.

Then you need to click on "Zoom meeting".

Pressing this link will take you to a page listing all the scheduled zoom meetings for your specific course. Press join when you have arrived at the lecture you need to attend.   


You will be able to see the syllabus, literature and day to day readings for your course on Blackboard. Please read it carefully. Lecturers expect students to be prepared for the course. 


It is the student's own responsibility to buy the necessary books.   

Access your AU email

Blackboard messages will be sent to your AU email address. You can access your AU email here: post.au.dk. Please log in using your au<AUID>@uni.au.dk (e.g. au123456@uni.au.dk) and your mit.au.dk password.

Help Desks and Contacts

At the Summer University Helpdesk we will do our best to support you.

The Help Desk will be online in 2020

Email: Summeruniversity@au.dk 

Opening hours

8.00 - 18.00 (Monday to Friday)