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Raghu Tomar


Name: Raghu Tomar

Country of origin: India

Field of studyMSC in Nanoscience


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

For me the best thing about studying at Aarhus University has been the opportunity to study directly from the professors who are also reputed researchers in their field. Small class size and encouraged interactions make up a very conducive environment to learn. Professors put a lot of effort in their classes and the coursework is not easy but for sure I get to learn a lot.

2. What worries did you have before applying?

Moving to another country always involves a lot of work. Your visa has to be arranged, apartment has to be searched for, CPR-number needs to be applied for and what not. Since I don’t speak Danish I was quite nervous about how will I get things done but thankfully the International Centre and the housing office came to my rescue and the fact that a large number of Danes speak good English helps a lot.

Meanwhile I am also working on my Danish.

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

I got my bachelor’s degree in Nanotechnology from SRM University, Chennai (India). There are a lot of differences between Aarhus University and SRM University and most significant of them is the exam pattern. Here exams are mostly oral and are conducted after every quarter whereas earlier I had just written exams biannually. Which one is better I cannot say for sure but it has been the most difficult thing for me to get used to. Also at AU, there is a lot more flexibility in taking a wide range of courses and one can chose to direct its degree programme in one’s desired direction. Also the relationship between teachers and students is much more casual yet professional here at AU.

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

As mentioned earlier; academic life is a lot different for me here compared to my previous university. I wish I had tried to look into it and gained more info about it before coming here.

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

a. Look for rooms away from the city centre

b. Cook at home more often

c. Bike. A lot!

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

In short it is quite fun and lively. The city is the perfect size so it has almost all the perks of a big city yet everything is very accessible in 15-20 minutes by bike. There are a lot of activities going around and most of them are either free or cheap enough that students can take part in. It is called “the city of smiles” for a reason.

7. What are your plans after you graduate?

After I finish my master’s degree I plan to go for PhD.