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Corona information for international students

Corona updates for future international students at AU

Aarhus University has gradually reopened and will be fully open 4 August 2020.

As an international student admitted to AU, you will be allowed to enter Denmark. Depending on your country of residence, you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Please consult the FAQ below for further information.

Can I enter Denmark as a student?

Yes, students admitted to AU can enter Denmark. You are allowed to enter Denmark if you have a worthy purpose (‘anerkendelsesværdigt formål’). As a student admitted to AU, you fulfill this requirement.

At the Danish border, you will be required to document your admission. Please carry your letter of admission as documentation.

Non-EU students must present a valid residence permit when entering Denmark. It is not possible to enter Denmark prior to the start date of your residence permit.

More information is available on the official Danish corona website

Will I have to self-isolate after entering Denmark?

Students from certain countries will have to self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival to Denmark.

If your country of residence is on the list of banned countries, the Danish Health Authority strongly recommends that you self-isolate for 14 days. The list of banned countries is based on the current number of infected people and is updated weekly by Statens Serum Institut (SSI).

If you are required to self-isolate, we encourage you to arrive 14 days before you have to be physically present on campus.

What does it mean to self-isolate?

Self-isolation means that you stay at home and do not go anywhere where you may infect others.

You are not allowed to enter the AU campus during your isolation. Certain services, such as key pick-up, will be allowed.

You have to stay in your room or apartment as much as possible. If you have to use a shared kitchen or bathroom, make sure you follow the Danish Health Authority's guidelines to prevent the spread of the corona virus (please see below).

We recommend that you bring as much as possible of what you will need (bed linen, towels etc.) for the first two weeks from home.

Grocery shopping and delivery is available though a variety of online supermarkets. More information will be provided prior to your arrival.

What are the Danish Health Authority's guidelines to prevent the spread of corona virus?

To protect yourself and others, it is important that you follow the official guidelines in Denmark:

  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer
  • cough or sneeze into your sleeve 
  • avoid handshakes, kisses on the cheek and hugs - limit physical contact
  • clean thoroughly at home and in the workplace
  • keep your distance (at least 1 meter) and ask others to be considerate

Please consult the Danish Health Authority FAQ for more detailed information on the guidelines

Do I have to wear a mouth or face mask in public?

The Danish Health Authority does not encourage healthy individuals to wear mouth or face masks as it is uncertain if they have any effect on virus transmission.  

An exception to this is in airports where you are obliged to use a face mask, according to EU guidelines.

What should I do if I have symptoms of corona virus when I am in Denmark?

It is important to be aware of any symptoms. If you are unsure whether you are ill, the Danish Health Authority recommends  that you consider yourself ill. Fever, dry cough, troubled breathing are typical symptoms of the corona virus.

If you become ill, also with mild symptoms, please follow the guidelines issued by the Danish Health Authority:

  • Self-isolate immediately until you have been symptom-free for 48 hours. Stay away from other members of your household.
  • Follow the general guidelines to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
  • If you need medical assistance, call first. Do NOT show up without an appointment.

On weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., call the nearest doctor’s office for an assessment of your symptoms. After hours, on weekends and public holidays, please call your regional emergency medical service:

  • Students living in Aarhus or Herning:  +45 70 11 31 31
  • Students living in Copenhagen: +45 70 15 07 08


If you do not have a CPR number, you can call the International Office at +45 87 15 02 20 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Do NOT show up.

Does the corona virus affect my ability to apply for a residence permit to Denmark?

If you are a citizen of a non-EU country, you must have residence permit in order to study in Denmark. The application for residence permit takes place in your home country prior to arrival in Denmark, and is processed by Danish embassies or Visa Facilitation Service Centers (VFS) abroad. Processing time is up to 60 days. For more information on Danish immigration, please visit their webpage.

Due to the corona pandemic, however, many Danish embassies and VFS Centers are closed. Consequently, you might not be able to apply for a residence permit at the moment, and AU strongly advises against travelling to Denmark without a residence permit. Please contact the Danish embassy or VFS center closest to you in order to determine when you will able to apply 

Is physical presence on campus required?

Physical presence at AU is required. Classes will be conducted as a combination of online teaching and physical attendance.

No programmes will be available as online teaching only.

Updated on 1 July 2020 – Information is subject to change