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Experience the beauty and culture of Denmark while studying at the internationally renowned University of Aarhus located in the center of the "the world's smallest big city" of Aarhus. Students can directly enroll in courses in English in over 30 subject areas while also learning Danish culture and language. Students with proficiency in Danish will be able to take advantage of additional courses.
The city of Aarhus was founded during the Viking Age, and there are still traces of the people who chose to settle by the mouth of the Aarhus river. With a population of around 300,000 people, Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark and because of the high population of university students it retains a young and exciting vibrancy of its very own.
Aarhus was founded during the Viking Age, and there are still traces of the people who settled by the mouth of the Aarhus river. Old street names such as Volden (The Rampart) and Graven (The Moat) mark the limits of the town as it then was.
With a population of around 300,000, Aarhus is the second largest city and the principal port in Denmark, located on the peninsula of Jutland. Because there are 25 educational and research institutions within the city limits, Aarhus retains a young and exciting vibrancy of its very own. This is clearly evident along the "Vadestedet" by the river, where the student population frequents the many cafes and restaurants packed tightly in there.
The landscape is generally hilly, interspersed with forests, meadows and beaches that can be explored year round.
Getting to Your Program
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Aarhus but are given guidelines for arrival dates and times. If contacted, the student mentor is able to offer assistance upon arrival in Aarhus.
A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. Semester and academic year students must also obtain a Student Permit before departure from the US. Because the student permit includes biometrics (fingerprinting), you must apply in person at the Consulate General in New York. IAP will provide you with residence permit information to assist you in the application process.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
A 2 week pre-semester course entitled "Destination DK" is offered in August and introduces students to the Danish language and culture. Participation is highly encouraged as it prepares students for life at Aarhus and teaches various Danish customs and social behaviors. For students who are not attending the course, there will be a week-long mandatory orientation before classes begin. This event is designed to give new exchange students an introduction to the University and to the city of Aarhus. Spring participants will receive a day-long orientation upon arrival in Aarhus.
The University of Aarhus guarantees accommodation to all exchange students and assists students in finding the right housing. Students can choose from student residences, shared-facilities houses or private housing.
All rooms offered are furnished (a minimum of a bed, a desk, a lamp, a study chair and basic kitchen utensils) with access to kitchen, toilet and bathing facilities. Bed linens, duvets and pillows are not included in the rented rooms. This means you have to bring your own set or buy one in Aarhus.
Excursions and Activities
The University of Aarhus is located in the center of the city, close to cafes, shops, streets and a busy and buzzing social life along the river. Aarhus is a modern, safe city and everything is within biking distance. The town hosts various festivals, concerts, and theater performances.
The University of Aarhus also publishes a monthly newsletter for international students highlighting upcoming events and activities at the university and around the town. Studenterhus Aarhus is the meeting place for international and Danish students on campus. This center of activity organizes social and cultural activities as well as field trips throughout the year.
The landscape around Aarhus is generally hilly, interspersed with forests, meadows and beaches that can be explored year round.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
You will also be covered by the Danish Health Insurance Scheme as soon as you register at the National Registry Office (Folkeregistret). Registration at the National Registry Office (Folkeregistret) must take place within five days after arrival in Denmark
Staff from the University of Aarhus International Centre.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Program Handbook
(Spring - 2012-13)Aarhus Denmark Summer Handbook
(Summer - 2012-13)Aarhus Denmark Program Handbook
(Fall - 2013-14)Aarhus Denmark Program Handbook
(Year - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
to see testimonials from students abroad or to contact a returned student.
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The University was founded in 1928 and has a student enrollment of 35,000 students in nine faculties and schools and 35 departments. Students can take coursework in humanities, theology, science, health sciences, social sciences. Participants are also encouraged to pursue Danish language study at the University. As a social welfare state, Denmark also offers students the opportunity to delve into comparative studies of government, social policy and law.
Fall and Academic Year participants are highly encouraged to participate in a two week pre-semester course in August entitled "Destination DK" that introduces students to the Danish language and culture.
Prior to departure, participants will be assigned a student mentor who will provide advice and information about studying at the University of Aarhus.
Students are also able to apply for the summer session at Aarhus which is divided into three 4-week terms. Students can choose to take one course for four weeks, or two courses for 8 weeks. The program consists of a portfolio of courses within the fields of Humanities, Theology, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Business and Educational Sciences.
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Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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