Aarhus University

Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Website: http://www.au.dk/en/

http://vimeo.com/68767776 - Why Aarhus?
http://vimeo.com/68767774 - What’s Different in Aarhus?
http://vimeo.com/68767773 - The International Community
http://vimeo.com/68767775 - How to Make it in Class
http://vimeo.com/59403993 - Aarhus in the Eyes of Sun Yingtong (from Shanghai)

Information Sheet: 2021 Information Sheet

Aarhus University is the second largest University in Denmark and is the only ‘campus style’ University in the country. The university was founded in 1928 and today it has several world class research fields. The main part of the University is situated in a lush green parkland site called Universitetsparken. The campus is very attractive, complete with a lake, ducks, rolling hills and sculptures.

The University hosts 38,000 students, divided over over nine different faculties – Humanities, Theology, Educational Science, Social Sciences, Business, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, and the National Environmental Research Institute. The Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the School of Business are the most popular faculties with Law and European Studies being the most popular areas of study.  

Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark and was founded in 900 by the Vikings. It now has a population of 300,000 and a higher education student population of 50,000. Aarhus, in spite of its age, is a young and vibrant city which offers all the advantages of urban life, including charming cafes, great shopping and a lively nightlife. At the same time, the city is located on the waterfront and one is never far from beaches or woods. It is easy to get around the city as public transport is very good.

Practically everyone speaks English, as is the case in most of Scandinavia. Copenhagen is accessible by train in around 3.5 hours and Ryan Air runs direct flights from Aarhus to London daily (although the airport is about 40km from the city centre - access is by bus). 

The city is the perfect size for an exchange experience as it has many cultural attractions, including theatre, opera, art and concerts. There are also leisure and sporting activities available, plus the city has two premier football clubs – AGF and FC Aarhus – which play in the top Danish leagues.  

Accommodation is guaranteed to exchange students, provided they submit their accommodation applications before the advised deadlines. Rooms are single bedrooms, some with a private bathroom and others with access to shared bathrooms. All rooms have access to kitchen and laundry facilities. The dormitories can be shared with Danes or international students depending on the dormitory. The majority of the dorms are on campus. Students should be aware that they must pay a deposit of 2-3 months rent which is held in case there should be any damage or unpaid bills when students finish their lease. The deposit will be returned to each student after departure provided the room has been left in an acceptable condition.

The International Centre (IC) at Aarhus provides registration and support for international and exchange students, accommodation arrangements, orientation, organising a mentor, etc. The Centre is on the Main Campus and the staff are extremely helpful, warm and friendly.

The IC organises a two week-long Danish Course in August each year, followed by the AU Intro week which is mandatory for exchange students. Exchange students are offered a free membership of Student House Aarhus (Studenterhus Århus) which is both a meeting place and a social centre which organises movie nights, live music, parties, E.A.T. (Exchange at the Table) evenings (where students from different nationalities cook for each other), and outings and field trips such as kayaking, hiking and trips to Copenhagen.

Updated: June 2015