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Corona information for international students

Corona updates for future international students at AU

Aarhus University has reopened. In response to an increase in the coronavirus cases in the city of Aarhus, many staff members based in Aarhus are working from home until 4 September.

As an international student admitted to AU, you will be allowed to enter Denmark.

Please consult the FAQ below for further information.

Corona FAQ for international students

What is the current situation in Aarhus?

Unfortunately, the city of Aarhus has seen a recent increase in the number of new coronavirus cases. In response to this, Danish health authorities have recommended a number of measures for Aarhus which will apply at least until 4 September:

  1. Facemasks are now required when using public transportation.
  2. Most AU staff will work from home. However, the International Office is able to remain open and offer strictly limited services to newly arriving international students. You will be able to pick up the key for your AU Housing at International Office weekdays between 10 am and 2 pm.
  3. If you need to contact the International Office, please send an email to ic@au.dk 
  4. Aarhus University has cancelled all events on campus Aarhus for the next two weeks, including Intro Week activities. Scheduled online events will proceed as planned.
  5. At this point, the start of the Autumn semester is scheduled to go ahead as planned - see more in the FAQ for current students at AU.
  6. Remember to keep a safe distance and to wash your hands often.

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?

Aarhus University follows the official guidelines from the Danish Health Authorities. Therefore students do not need to be tested or self-isolate upon arrival to Denmark.

Some departments might have other guidelines and may require a negative test before entering the department. This applies to students from Erasmus Mundus Journalism and Computer Science. You should have heard from your department if it also applies to you. 

We still encourage you to keep the proper distance and take all other precautions listed under the Danish Health Authorities’ guidelines (se further below)

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
  • Keep your distance (at least 1 meter) and ask others to be considerate
  • Wear a face or mouth mask if you travel by public transportation
  • 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

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?

When travelling by public transportation you have to wear a mouth or face mask.

According to EU guidelines you are also obliged to use a face mask in airports. Additionally, individuals arriving from banned countries are encouraged to use a face mask when travelling by public transport to their final destination.

You should also wear a face mask if you need to go for a COVID-19 test.

How do I get tested for COVID-19?

It is not mandatory to take a test when you enter Denmark. In some cases, it is possible to get a free covid-19 test when entering Denmark.

Advance booking is not necessary. The test takes about 5 minutes to complete. You will only be contacted if you test positive for Covid-19. It may take up to 72 hours.

Swab tests are available at the German/Danish border crossing in Frøslev and Kruså. 

You can find more information on how to find the test centres at the airports here:

Copenhagen Airport

Billund Airport

Information on opening hours and how to find the test centre in Aarhus is available here

Please note that this test centre is only open for healthy persons. If you develop Covid-19 symptoms please see the section “What should I do if I have symptoms of corona virus when I am in Denmark”.

If you test positive, you will receive a text message within 72 hours. See the section below about what you need to do if you have symptoms or test positive for corona or read more on the webpage of the Danish Health Authority.

What should I do if I have symptoms of coronavirus 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 coronavirus.

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 coronavirus.
  • 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.

What does it mean to self-isolate?

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

Please keep a minimum of 2 meters distance from everyone to the extent that it is possible.

You need to stay in your room or apartment as much as possible. If you live in a dormitory room with shared kitchen and/or bathroom, please clean surface areas (tap, sink, toilet, toilet seat, etc.) after each use.

Make sure that you follow the Danish Health Authority's guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus (please see below).

Grocery shopping and delivery is available through a variety of online supermarkets. 

Please wear a face mask if you have to break your self-isolation - e.g. if you need to go to for a COVID-19 test.

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

If you are a non-EU citizen, you must have a residence permit in order to study in Denmark. The application for a residence permit takes place in your home country prior to your 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 21 August 2020 – Information is subject to change