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Academic information

AU Summer University consists of a portfolio of courses taught in English at Bachelor, Master and PhD level within the fields of Humanities, Theology, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Business and Educational Sciences.

As all teaching at Aarhus University is research-based, courses have a strong academic foundation and we therefore only recruit internationally recognized researchers and lecturers.

Aarhus University is a young and visionary university progressively improving its position on world ranking lists. Research is the driving force behind the international recognition of the university, therefore collaboration with and attraction of researchers from the international elite is a prerequisite for continued excellence.

Work environment

Aarhus University engage international researchers in world class research groups embedded in a friendly and supportive work environment. The university and Danish society in general is characterised by good working conditions, modern facilities, and high quality equipment. Denmark is a safe and clean country with a well functioning welfare system. Being a visiting guest lecturer on campus during July and August is a special and different experience. You will have the chance to meet with international researchers across academic disciplines ina relaxed athmosphere.

Courses and terms

AU Summer University is divided into two terms. During each term, students can earn 5 or 10 ECTS credits depending on course duration. International guest lecturers only teach one course or part of a course depending upon the subject.


AU Summer University welcomes Danish and international full-time students, exchange students, and free movers. Class sizes range from 20-50 students.

Danish 7 - point grading scale

Danish 7 - point grading scale: The grading system used in all State-regulated education as from August 2007 is the 7-point grading scale. The grading scale is compatible with the ECTS-grading scale. The ECTS grading scale: ECTS credits indicate the student workload required to complete a course. They reflect the relationship between the quantity of work required by each course and the quantity of work required to complete a full year of academic study at the University of Aarhus.

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 teaching style can differ a lot from one University to the other. Therefore, it is always interesting to teach at other schools especially if it is a foreign country. 

Teaching philosophy at Aarhus University

In general there is no compulsory attendance at Aarhus University. This means that there is no checking up on students’ presence in class, which leaves students with a high degree of freedom - to be matched by their own responsibility and self-discipline! It is also worth pointing out that Danish higher education in general 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. They must give their own opi­nion instead of repeating another person’s or professor’s opinion.  

The students expect a high academic content with focus on frameworks and methodologies followed by application on real world problems. The students in general have very good analytical skills, but they have no work experience as they usually continue doing a Master's degree directly after their Bachelor studies. International students may be more experienced as they have different back­grounds. All courses are followed by both Danish and international students. We hope that the class­room situation will pave the way for social interaction between international and Danish students and lecturers.