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Dale Moore


Name: Dale Moore 

Country of origin: South Africa

Field of study: MSC in Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering

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

From an academic point of view, the freedom to openly discuss ideas and make suggestions followed by critical analysis and questioning. From a social point of view, the informal nature of staff-student interaction makes for a very exciting and dynamic learning experience; whether that is in a lecture, a workshop or drinking beers at a Friday bar, the experience has been an eye-opening but welcoming one.

2. What worries did you have before applying?

Moving from another country is not easy, especially coming from the other side of the world for an indefinite period of time. Things such as finding accommodation, making new friends as well as smaller things like: How to get my textbooks sent from home. Getting a job was also very important for me, which I did manage to do after a lot (8 months) of effort. I have also opened a small business where I help with English and mathematics for international school children. Opening a business in Aarhus is a very easy, efficient and free process; more students should look into it if they are struggling to find a job.

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

I previously studied at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. The biggest difference is the emphasis on application, which from an engineering perspective is a very good thing. At AU Foulum for example, there are several very exciting projects in bio-process engineering as well as animal sciences, genetics and more.

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

I would like to have known more about the various ways to get listed for accommodation which is very difficult to find here. Other small things which may not be important for exchange students but are important for full degree students such as finding a dentist and an optometrist could also be a good thing to know (and the costs associated with each).

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

• Cook your own meals (my favourite is pasta with bacon, tomato and peppers – a tasty but cheap meal)

• Ride a bike instead of taking the bus – it will quickly pay for itself, otherwise use a Rejsekort or klippekort for the bus

• Enjoy the free sights – there are several forests, beaches and cycling routes to use to keep in shape

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

Aarhus is a small city with a big heart. It has everything I need but don’t need to travel for a long time to get there. I enjoy not having to spend loads of time commuting by car like I used to. Living in Aarhus and Denmark in general is fairly relaxed, if a little on the expensive side, however, the reassurance of having a doctor without the alarming bill makes me a huge fan of the welfare system. From a social perspective, if you are looking for the party scene you will find it. Otherwise, if you prefer nature or exploring there are great opportunities for that too, it’s completely up to you.

7. What are your plans after you graduate?

I would really like to stay in Denmark, preferably in Midtjylland (Aarhus) or else somewhere like Aalborg or Odense (I don’t think Copenhagen is for me) as there are quite a few engineering firms in Jutland in general. I would like to go further into Biofuels production and/or research which is one of the reasons I moved here in the first place. Companies such as Dong Energy, Borregaard or even LEGO would be a dream come true, but I would be happy to get my hands dirty at any engineering firm to get a career started.