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Anna Ollmann


Name: Anna Ollmann

Country of origin: Austria

Field of study: MSC in Organic Agriculture and Food Systems

1. What is the best thing about being a student at Aarhus University?

What I like most is that my professors actually know me by name! This is very different for me, and it also means that you can’t just miss a class without them noticing! (At least that’s what I like to imagine - it makes me cycle through wind and snow to all my classes)

I also like all the group projects, it’s nice to work on something together and learn from each other. We also had lots of excursions to farms, with free cake included!

Oh, and the welcome days were nice too, I got to meet lots of other internationals, and they showed us around the campus.

2. What worries did you have before applying?

I was very worried that something could go wrong, like missing documentation and such. Besides that, I was not sure if I was ‘good enough’ for this degree, because it seemed very specialized, and my bachelor was rather broad. What worried me most was finding a place to stay. It is really difficult to find affordable accommodation here. It was all good in the end though :)

3. What is the biggest difference between studying at Aarhus University and where you studied before (please include where you studied before)?

I have studied at the University of Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) before, and for me it is very different here! At BOKU, there were lots of normal lectures, with one big exam per semester for each course. At AU there is so much more group work, and I learned much more during each course. Also, all my exams were oral so far, which was also new to me. 

4. What would you like to have known before applying?

I was not really happy with the content of one course, so half of my first semester here was rather tough for me. It would be nice to be able to talk to students who have taken this course before.

5. Please give 3 good tips to keeping living costs down as a student in Denmark

First of all, I would get a bicycle! It’s really easy to get around here, and it’s so much cheaper than taking the bus. Second, I always prefer to cook food at home and take it to school, instead of buying lunch. And, what I only found out recently, it’s much better to go to the supermarket only once a week instead of every other day or so. Every time I am in the supermarket I am tempted to buy things I don’t need, and it’s better to be tempted less often.

6. What is it like to study and live in Aarhus and in Denmark?

It’s great! Denmark cares very much about its people, also about international students! I felt very welcome when I moved here. AU helped me with getting a CPR number (which you need for EVERYTHING), that was really helpful. It’s a bit expensive to live here, but many students have a job, even without speaking good Danish. Everyone speaks very good English, so it’s possible to live here without learning Danish. There is the possibility to take free Danish classes, which I find great, because they could be pretty expensive as well. All in all, I’m happy that I moved here, and I’ll be sad to go back home after my studies.

7. What are your plans after you graduate?

I would like to continue working for a university; I plan on doing research on farms. After some time, I would also like to do a PhD in that field, if possible.