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Corona information for international students

Corona updates for future international students at AU

In the FAQ below you can find updates on the corona/COVID19 situation in Denmark and what it means for international students coming to Aarhus University.

Stay updated:

Aarhus University corona FAQ (please check this page if you are a current student at AU)

Offical Danish corona website

Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel advice

Before coming to Denmark

What is the current situation in Denmark?

Danish health authorities have recommended a number of measures for the whole country:

  1. Facemasks are required in all public indoor spaces.
  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 social events on campus. Scheduled online events will proceed as planned.
  5. Remember to keep a safe distance and to wash your hands often.

Please also check the main Corona site for current AU students here

Can I enter Denmark as a student?

Under the authorities’ current guidelines for travel to Denmark, you can travel to Denmark in order to study. However, in order to enter the country, you must be travelling from a country that is not classified ‘red’ in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark’s travel advisories. 

If you are travelling from a land categorised as ‘orange’, ‘yellow’ or ‘green’, you may enter the country (For orange it is necessary that the educational institution that you are attending is open and requires that you are physically present to attend courses or exams that take place on campus. If all your courses and exams are delivered online, you will not be allowed to enter.)

Please note that it is important that you familiarise yourself with the Danish authorities’ guidelines on the terms and conditions of entry, as additional restrictions and requirements regarding entry into Denmark may apply for certain categories: https://en.coronasmitte.dk/rules-and-regulations/entry-into-denmark

For non-EU students applications for student residence permit is now possible again. 

At Aarhus University, we are not in a position to predict how the situation will develop, and unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that it will be possible for you to travel to Denmark in the autumn. This means that the decision on whether to plan on studying at Aarhus University this autumn is up to you.

Will I have to self-isolate after entering Denmark?

All persons entering Denmark are currently required by law to be tested and subsequently isolate for 10 days. The isolation may be broken off after a negative PCR test taken no earlier than on the fourth day after entry.

Please read this information carefully before you plan your travels to Denmark.

This will change for some countries after 21 April.

From 21 April it depends on the categorisation of your home country:

If you are travelling from a land categorised as ‘orange’, ‘you will have to selfisolate - like written above. If you are travelling from a land categorised as ‘green’ or ‘yellow’ you do not need to self-isolate. 

It’s important that you familiarise yourself with the Danish authorities’ guidelines on the terms and conditions of entry: https://en.coronasmitte.dk/rules-and-regulations/entry-into-denmark 

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.

I'm a current student but still not in Denmark, where do I find info on exams in relation to corona?

For information on classes, exams etc please go to the FAQ for current students 

Is physical presence on campus required?

Physical presence at AU is required. We expect that classes in Autumn will be conducted as a combination of online teaching and physical attendance.

No programmes will be available as online teaching only.

For Master's and Bachelor's degree applicants

I have applied to study a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Autumn 2021 – what do I need to know?


On the admission pages for Master’s and Bachelor’s? degree programmes we have gathered all information regarding covid19 and admission – including information on student’ residence permit and refund of tuition fee if necessary.

·         For Master’s degree applicants

·         For Bachelor’s degree applicants (coming later)

When in Denmark

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 and ask others to be considerate
  • Wear a face or mouth mask if you travel by public transportation and in all public spaces
  • 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

Where can I find information and updates on covid19 for current students?

Please visit the FAQ for current international students on information on classes, exams, access to campus etc.

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

Yes - when travelling by public transportation, doing groceries and in all public indoor spaces you have to wear a mouth or face mask.

According to EU guidelines you are also obliged to use a face mask in airports.

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

Please also read the guidelines for the use of face masks on campus

How do I get tested for COVID-19?

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?

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.
  • Make sure to get tested - you can book a test yourself at coronaprover.dk
  • If you feel so unwell that 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.

Updated 9 April 2021 – Information is subject to change