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Fabrissia Ribeiro


Name: Fabrissia Ribeiro

Country of origin: Brazil

Field of study: MA in Cognitive Semiotics

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

The flat hierarchy. Teachers and students exchange ideas while having lunch together, which is awesome! Also, I cannot forget to mention how pedagogical the university is. The entity wants to assure that we are learning. The staff is not there to see if you will fail, but to give you motivation to succeed.

2. What worries did you have before applying?

If I would be accepted. My CPR took a long time to arrive and the deadline for inscriptions was approaching. However, AU was very supportive and understood the situation. They were there for me, helping and orienting me, so I felt safe.

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

Aarhus University is by far the most supportive university I've been to - and I've tried schools in Brazil and France. The staff is very helpful and always answers your questions in a short time. Also, they are friendly, empathetic and, as I said, very pedagogical. I'm a big fan of AU.

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

That many people do not know what Cognitive Semiotics is. By "people" I mean especially recruiters. It is a bit hard to find jobs if you are not attached to a more commercial background such as Marketing, which hopefully is my case. However, I see my colleagues from Linguistics and other humanities backgrounds struggling to find a student job. We also cannot have an internship, and I guess this wasn't clear on the application page.

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

Bus + Train: Get a youth card/Ungdomskort if you have to catch buses and trains. It will save you A LOT of money. If you just have to use the bus, no. Just get a monthly card or, even better, get a bike - a used one.

Get a student job or a part-time job in a restaurant.

If you like to go partying/drinking go to the Friday bars or the events organized by your department. Beers are super cheap, around 5 DKK plus you can get along with many different people.

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

It is very pleasant! Besides the weather - which many people might dislike - Aarhus is by far the best place I've lived. We feel safe and welcomed here. Danes are SO friendly, opened and kind. Aarhus has many cultural activities and events. It is a city with a very young vibe. We have beaches, forests and the real city all together in just one place. Summer here is just lovely! But be prepared for a lot of wind and snow in winter :) Ah, and yes, please learn Danish. It will facilitate your life - in every aspect. Everyone speaks English here, of course, but your chances to get a job will increase much more if you speak the language.

7. What are your plans after you graduate?

To keep working in the field of marketing, communications and cognition. I'm also very interested in Neuromarketing, so I hope to develop all my knowledge successfully here.