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Practical information

Contact Information

E-mail: summeruniversity@au.dk 

Information Desk Phone: +45 25 58 06 52 (open from July 1st) 

Information Desk Location: Building 1451, Room 116 (from Monday July 3rd) 

Office and Key Pick-up Location: International Centre, Høegh-Guldbergsgade 4a, 8000 Aarhus C 

Studying at Aarhus University

Use of Laptop during your stay

We strongly recommend that you bring your own laptop during your stay at AU Summer University. It is not possible to borrow a computer from the 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

Courses

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.

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 responsibility 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 Grade Definition ECTS Grade
12 For 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
10 For a very good performance displaying a high level of command of most aspects of the relevant material, with only minor weaknesses. B
7 For a good performance displaying good command of the relevant material but also some weaknesses. C
4 For a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant material but also some major weaknesses. D
02 For a performance meeting only the minimum requirements for acceptance. E
00 For a performance which does not meet the minimum requirements for acceptance. Fx
-3 For a performance which is unacceptable in all respects.  F


Examination

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

The exam form for your specifik course i stated in the course description. 

Travelling to Denmark & Aarhus

Depending on where you are travelling from, the most common ways of arriving are:

  • Fly to Copenhagen, take a connecting flight to Aarhus, take the bus downtown
  • Fly to Copenhagen, take a train from the airport to Aarhus
  • Fly to Billund, take the bus to Aarhus
  • Take the train all the way to Aarhus
  • Take the bus all the way to Aarhus

Airports

Aarhus Airport – Tirstrup: www.aar.dk

Location: 45 km northeast of Aarhus. There are direct flights to Aarhus Airport from some European cities and Copenhagen. The airport bus is linked to most incoming/outgoing SAS flights and stops both close to the University and downtown Aarhus. It takes 50 minutes to get to Aarhus city centre and costs around DKK 115.

Billund Airport: www.billund-airport.com

Location: 100 km southwest of Aarhus, next to Legoland. Aarhus is also serviced by another international airport, Billund Airport. There is an airport bus from the airport to downtown Aarhus (bus 912X; from the Aarhus Bus Station) which takes 1 hour 30 minutes and costs around DKK 150.

Copenhagen Airport – Kastrup: www.cph.dk

Location: Copenhagen. Copenhagen Airport is Denmark’s main international airport and there are direct flights to Copenhagen Airport from most European cities. When you arrive at Copenhagen Airport, you can either continue your flight to Aarhus or Billund Airport or catch a train or bus towards Aarhus.

Trains

From Copenhagen

You can either take a bus or a train from Copenhagen Airport to Copenhagen’s central train station, and change to a direct train to Aarhus. The train takes 3–3.5 hours and they leave for Aarhus twice per hour. For more information on train departure times, please visit the website of DSB, Denmark’s State Railway company, at www.dsb.dk.

International connections to Aarhus

Aarhus is relatively easy to access by train from a variety of cities and European countries. The Danish network of trains is well developed. Please bear in mind that when you book tickets on Danish trains, you currently need to book a seat as well. There is however no additional fee to book a specific seat.

Aarhus Central Station (Hovedbanegården)

Aarhus Central Station (Hovedbanegården) is located in downtown Aarhus at the very end of the main shopping street. Outside the station, you will find a taxi rank and bus stops for most city buses.

Bus

From Copenhagen and within Denmark

FlixBus operates within Denmark and many other European cities and offers a cheaper alternative to the train, with an additional discount for students. The service between Copenhagen and Aarhus departs from Copenhagen Central Station or Copenhagen Airport and runs several times a day www.flixbus.dk. Another alternative is Kombardo Expressen, another bus company which will take you from Aarhus to Copenhagen via ferry. Prices start at DKK 99. Tickets can be booked on: https://www.kombardoexpressen.dk/ 

International connections to Aarhus

For international bus connections, the aforementioned Flixbus is a possible choice. If you wish to receive a student discount, it is very important that you bring a certificate of enrolment from either AU or your home university with you on the bus!

Aarhus Bus Station (Rutebilstationen)

The Aarhus Bus Station (Rutebilstationen) is located 5 minutes’ walking distance down the street from Aarhus Central Station. Some city buses also stop at the Aarhus Bus Station and most regional buses arrive/depart from there. 

Car

It is expensive to own a car in Denmark, so many people choose public transportation instead. If you wish to use your foreign car in Denmark, you must register it within 14 days upon arrival in Denmark. Registration of vehicles is administered by DK TaxAuthority, where you can also find rules and tax rates for imported cars. Some countries must also convert their driving license within 14 days after establishing residence. Please check all the information before bringing your car to Denmark at www.skat.dk.

Getting around in Aarhus – busses, bikes etc.

As you will soon find out, Danes are very fond of bicycles. Even during the winter, you will see most Danes using their bikes as a means of transport. However, the local bus network is well developed and the yellow city buses will take you all over the city. If you bring your own car, you will be able to find parking both in the city centre and on campus. Whilst parking on campus is free but time-limited, you will need to pay on the streets outside of campus. Once you find your parking space, you need to locate the closest parking meter in order to pay for a parking ticket. Please note the parking fines are expensive in Denmark. If you need to get somewhere fast and easily, you can always call one of the city taxis although they are quite expensive relative to other countries.

450 free city bikes in Aarhus

There are 450 city bikes in Aarhus free of charge 24 hours a day between May and October. You can find them located around the city in 56 specially allocated bicycle stands. Each bicycle has a coin slot (just like shopping trolleys in Danish supermarkets). Insert a DKK 20 coin in the slot and press the “key” into the other slot to unlock and release the bike from the bicycle stand. Your coin will be returned when you press the “key” back into the slot at any bicycle stand.

VOI Scooter

For fun and easy transportation in Aarhus it is possible to rent an eco-friendly scooter running up to 20 km/h. The red/orange scooters are placed all over town and are easily accessible. Download the Voi Scooter app to your phone to get started and look up where the closest scooter is located. It costs 30 DKK to unlock the scooter and 1,5 DKK/minute. You can leave the scooter on almost any sidewalk in the city for the next one to pick it up.

Donkey Bikes

Donkey Bikes is an even more flexible bike rental offer as you pay by the minute. The orange bikes are situated all over Aarhus. Download the Donkey Republic bike app to look up the closest bike(s). Unlock the bike using the app and pay after finishing the ride. The price for 1 hour = 30 DKK, 4 hours = 60 DKK and one day = 100 DKK. You can end the ride and leave the bike in any of the Donkey-spots.

Swapfiets

You can also rent a bike for a full month here in Aarhus for only DKK 150 (with student discount) including service if it breaks down. In case this happens they will come to you and swap it to a new one, thus the name Swapfiets. After placing the order, the bike will be delivered to you. Please note that the minimum contract period is one month with one month notice.

Public Transportation   

Please note it is mandatory to wear a face mask when standing up in public transportation in Denmark. This goes for both busses and trains.

The local bus system

The city bus network of Aarhus is well developed. The yellow city buses can take you all over the city – from 05:00 to 00:00. There are also night buses on Fridays and Saturdays. Midttrafik is the bus company that runs the yellow buses and on their website you will find the timetables for the different bus routes. One-way tickets can be bought from a ticket machine in the bus for DKK 22 or via the Midttrafik app.

The only way to a buy a multiride ticket is through the Midttrafik app, where a 10 ride tickets cost DKK 170. If you plan on taking the bus more than 10 times this could save you money.

To go from the central train station to the International Centre by bus, you can go by these buses:
Bus 1A (direction Lystrup Trige)
Bus 12 (direction Mejlby/Gl. Kaløvej or Hjortshøjvangen)
Bus 13 (direction Vejlby/Stenagervej)
Bus 14 (direction Skejbyparken)
Bus 15 (direction Skejby/Nordlandsvej)
Bus 17 (direction Studstrup)
Bus 18 (direction Mejlby/Gl.Kaløvej)
Bus 20 (direction Åkrog Strandvej)
all departing from Park Allé by the town hall and get off at the ‘Nørreport’ bus stop.

Light Rail

It is also possible to ride the new light rail train. The light rail ticketing works the same way as in the buses and you can also use the Midttrafik app for it. To go from the central train station to the International Centre take the L2 towards Lisbjerg and get off at Nørreport.  

Taxis

In Denmark, taxis are relatively expensive in comparison to other countries. However, they are safe, reliable, and comfortable. 

Aarhus Taxa: +45 89 48 48 48
DanTaxi: +45 86 16 47 00 

Journey planner

For planning your journey in Aarhus, or for travelling within Denmark, the website Rejseplanen.dk provides an excellent tool (similar to Google Maps).

Classroom, syllabus, schedule, books

Brightspace

Brightspace is AU’s shared learning platform. Brightspace will be where you access your courses, communicate with teachers and fellow students and find material and other relevant course-related information.

Please be aware that you are responsible for staying informed about your courses. You can stay informed via email notifications, the Brightspace Pulse App or by checking Brightspace on a regular basis.

The website for brightspace is https://brightspace.au.dk/d2l/home and you can find a guide on how to log on to Brightspace here

Not all students may be able to access Brightspace as of June 2nd, you will receive an e-mail once you are able to access Brightspace. 

Syllabus

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

Books

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

Access your AU email

Brightspace 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 mitstudie.au.dk password that you also used when you applied for AU Summer University.

Classrooms

The list of classrooms can be found here

WI-FI on Campus

WI-FI: Eduroam

Wireless internet is available in all buildings at Aarhus University. To access the internet from your Mac or PC download the settings from eduroam.au.dk/en (click ”Log on to Eduroam” and choose “Students”) and login to Eduroam following one of these procedures:

  1. If you have an active login for Eduroam from your home university you can use this. Or you can
  2. Use the Eduroam login provided by AU.

The AU login for Eduroam is au<AUID>@uni.au.dk (e.g. au123456@uni.au.dk) and the same password you used for e.g Brightspace (your password for https://mitstudie.au.dk). You will receive an email with your AU ID from the Summer University Administration. If you don’t remember your password (or haven’t logged in to Brightspace or mitstudie.au.dk before) you can retreive your (new) password here.

To retrieve the password you need to enter the email you used when you applied for AU Summer University, then an activation link for the new password will be sent to you. Please note that this will also alter your password for Brightspace.

To access the internet from your smartphone pick the Eduroam network and type in username and password.

Campus facilities: library and canteen

AU Library

Aarhus University offers international students and lecturers a number of academic services and facilities, which are described below. If you have any queries, librarians will be available whenever possible in both the main and individual faculty libraries.

AU LIBRARY, NOBELPARKEN

At the AU Library, Nobelparken you will be able to consult the books in the study area. Furthermore, the Royal Danish Library has an extensive electronic journal database, which you can use by logging on as a student or lecturer at the library or anywhere on campus with your AU ID. Visit AU Library, Nobelparken on campus or the website for more details.
You have online access to the library databases through the Internet.

AU LIBRARY, NOBELPARKEN
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 5
Building 1461-63
8000 Aarhus C
Summer opening hours (June 26 - August 12):
Mon - Fri: 10:00 – 14:00

Contact information:
(+45) 9135 6447
nobelparken.library@kb.dk

Information about AU Library:
https://library.au.dk/en/welcome

Upon arrival you will receive a 24 hours access code for the library.

Computer Facilities

We strongly recommend that you bring your own personal laptop for the duration of the AU Summer University. You will be able to plug in your laptop to the AU network at several locations and you can connect to the wireless network in almost all areas of almost every building at the University.

IT Help Desk

During the AU Summer University, the Help Desk will be able to help you with IT related problems, e.g. support of applications and configuring laptops to the wireless network at AU.

Canteens

During AU Summer University Nobels Café and Deli will be open. Here it will be possible to buy coffee, cake, sandwiches, wraps and salads and much more to student friendly prices. Futhermore will it be possible in the Canteen to buy a hot dish with or without meat.

Summer opening hours
Canteen:
Monday to Friday: 11:00-13:30

Caféen:
Monday to Friday: 8:30-15:00

Merchandise

It is possible to buy Aarhus University merchandise such as hoodies, mugs & tote bags from the Information Desk in Building building 1451 room 116. Drop by during opening hours or check out Stakbogladen if you wish to see prices and the full selection.

Useful apps/useful links

For your Smartphone

Rejseplanen (Journey Planner)

The easiest way to find your way around both Aarhus and Denmark is with the “Rejseplanen” (Journey Planner) app, which allows you to search the connections of trains and buses to help you get to where you are going. The app allows you to search for an address from your current position, and thus shows you the appropriate bus, train and/or walking directions to get to your final destination. The app can be downloaded via the app/play store and on their website (only available in Danish).

DSB

Finding and buying train tickets with Denmark’s national train service (DSB) is quick and easy with the DSB app. The app allows you not only to search for the next train connection, but also to purchase your tickets and seat reservations all in one place. When travelling, all you have to do is show the ticket on your phone to the conductor when they check tickets. The app can be downloaded via the app/play store or on DSB’s website (only available in Danish).

Midttrafik

The Midttrafik app allows you to buy single tickets and multiride tickets for the city buses (yellow) and the regional buses (blue) in Aarhus. The app is unfortunately only available in Danish, but Midttrafik’s website has a guide in English that explains how to set up an account and buy tickets. The app can be set up with your payment card, which is helpful if you find yourself without coins for the bus. Download it it via the app/play store or on Midttrafik’s website.

AU Find

You can use the AU Find app to find information about a person, a building or a unit at Aarhus University. All the addresses are shown on a map, and they are integrated with the Google Maps Directory, which gives you directions. You can also add a person directly to your contacts for quick reference later. Download the AU Find app by clicking the appropriate links on this page.

Pulse

Pusle is the app connected to Brightspace, which is AU’s shared learning platform. Here you can access your courses, communicate with teachers and fellow students and find material and other relevant course-related information. 

Useful Links

The Official Portal for Foreigners » www.newtodenmark.dk

Tourist Guide of Aarhus » www.visitaarhus.com

Studenterhus Aarhus » www.studenterhusaarhus.dk

The Official Website of Denmark » www.denmark.dk

The Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs » www.um.dk

Study in Denmark » www.studyindenmark.dk

VisitDenmark – Danish Tourist Board » www.visitdenmark.com

Information Desk

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

The Help Desk can be found in building 1451 room 116.

You are also welcome to send us an e-mail at summeruniversity@au.dk or call the Information Desk at +45 25 58 06 52

Opening hours

8.30 - 15.30 (Monday to Friday)

On the first day of each term (Monday 4th and 25th of July the Help Desk will be open from 8.00.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Numbers

SUMMER UNIVERSITY Information Desk - Phone number: +45 25 58 06 52 
There will be somebody at the phone on work hours 8.30 am - 3.30 pm Monday-Friday and during the social activity events. 

DOCTOR on call (Lægevagten Aarhus) - Phone: +45 70 11 31 31. Open on weekdays 4pm-8am and weekends/holidays 24 hours.

DENTIST on call (Tandlægevagten Aarhus) - Phone: +45 4 51 51 62. Address: Frederiks Allé 20, 8000 Aarhus C.

EMERGENCY ROOM (24-hour service) - Always call in advance. Phone: +45 70 11 31 31. Address: Aarhus Universitetshospital, Skejby, Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 161. Entrance J3.

POLICE - Call in case of stolen possessions and other matters. Phone: +45 87 31 14 48 or 114

PHARMACY (24-hour service) - Løve Apotek, Store Torv 5 (Main Square), 8000 Aarhus C - Phone: +45 86 12 00 22

For emergencies (such as ambulance, fire, police est.), call 112