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Aarhus University

Country: Denmark

City: Aarhus


Type of school: Public Universities


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About Aarhus University


Aarhus University is a young, modern university, established in 1928. It has grown to become a leading public research university with global reach, covering the entire research spectrum.


With more than half of its 44,000 students enrolled at Master’s or PhD level, Aarhus University is a graduate university. Today almost 12 per cent of our students are international, representing over 100 nationalities.


This is no coincidence. Aarhus University has made internationalisation a high priority. We believe it to be a prerequisite for achieving excellence in teaching and research. International students are warmly welcomed, and we value the contributions they bring to our academic traditions and our vibrant campus life.


The university offers a broad range of degree programmes in English that are deeply rooted in research and reviewed on an ongoing basis to meet the highest national and global quality standards.


At Aarhus University, talent development is one of our core activities. The university strives to create new, dynamic career paths for young researchers. The development of research talent is an ongoing process which starts at the Master’s degree level.


A degree from Aarhus University gives the best possible starting-point for a future career, be it in research, industry or in the public sector.



Why choose Aarhus University?




Aarhus University is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top universities – for instance it was ranked as number 86 in the 2012 Shanghai Ranking and number 40 in Natural Sciences in the 2013 Leiden Ranking.



At Aarhus University, teaching is done by active researchers in an informal context. Dialogue between lecturers and students is considered central to the learning experience.



The AU School of Business and Social Sciences is accredited by EQUIS, the European Quality Improvement System.


Tuition is free for EU/EEA and Swiss citizens. For students outside these areas, tuition fees range from €9,100 to €15,300 annually.


Aarhus University offers 68 complete programmes in English at Bachelor’s and Master’s level. All PhD programmes are in English.



Almost 12 per cent of Aarhus University students are international, representing over 100 nationalities.


91 per cent of international students were satisfied or more than satisfied with their overall learning experience at AU. 85 per cent rated the support and guidance by the International Centre as good or excellent.


The International Centre offers a full induction and introduction programme as well as professional support and guidance throughout your time at AU.



AU offers career counselling and a free job bank for international Master’s students and graduates.


The Green Card residence permit to complete a higher educational programme in Denmark is valid for an additional six months after completion of the degree so as to give graduates time to look for work in Denmark.


Denmark is widely cited as one of the world’s most liveable places. It has the world’s highest level of income equality, according to the OECD.


Student programs

Danish Government Scholarships for foreign nationals under the Cultural Agreements
The Long-Term Scholarships

The Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements are aimed at highly qualified exchange students Ph.D. students wishing to immerse themselves in studies of the Danish language and culture or other fields of study related to Denmark.

Scholarships are offered to exchange students and PhD-level students from higher education institutions in the following countries:

  • 19 EU-countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, and the Netherlands
  • Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia and Turkey

Bachelor's degree students wishing to study Danish language and literature can also apply if they have studied the Danish language for two years.

Please note: Scholarships are only offered to students enrolled in degree-granting programmes at higher education institutions in the countries listed above. Ph.D. students must likewise be employed at, or affiliated with, higher education institutions in the abovementioned countries.

Applications from candidates affiliated with higher education institutions in countries other than those listed will not be taken into consideration. 


The Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements are aimed at highly qualified exchange students and Ph.D. students wishing to immerse themselves in studies of the Danish language and culture or other fields of study related to Denmark, such as: design, architecture, environmental studies, and other related fields.

When applications are reviewed, Danish host institutions carry out an individual assessment based on certain selection criteria.

Applicants from Non-EU countries:

For more information, please go to the website of the Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation.

Selection Criteria for Long-Term Study Scholarships

In order to ensure that the most qualified candidates are nominated for a scholarship under the Cultural Agreements, the scholarship committee has defined a set of criteria for the assessment of applicants. While the successful candidate does not necessarily need to meet all criteria, applicants who meet several criteria will have a better standing in the selection process than applicants who do not.

Please note that only master’s students can apply for scholarships. However, for studies in Danish language and literature, bachelor's level students can apply if they have studied Danish language for two years prior to when they wish to start their stay in Denmark.

In the selection process, the Danish host institutions will give priority to candidates:

  • Who motivate their choice of a specific research programme or field of study through its relation to Danish language, culture or other Danish areas of expertise. Successful applicants will describe the Danish dimension in their choice of studies or research when applying in fields such as: design, music, architecture, welfare, environmental studies, etc.
  • Who are nominated by a lecturer who teaches Danish in their home country. Applicants should include a reference from the lecturer in their application.
  • Who study Danish or Scandinavian languages and literature.
  • Who refer to an internationally acclaimed lecturer at the desired Danish host institution with whom they would like to study.
  • Who have contacted the desired Danish host university and received an invitation from a lecturer to conduct studies or research there.
  • Who study at a partner university or institution of the desired Danish host university.

Please note you are ineligible for a scholarship if:

  • You are already enrolled or planning to enroll in a full degree, joint degree, or double degree programme in Denmark. Full, joint, and double degree students enrolled in a Danish institution are not considered exchange students and are ineligible for scholarships.
  • You are not currently enrolled in, or conducting research at, an institution of higher education in your home country.
  • You intend to pursue studies at a bachelor’s level during your stay in Denmark in fields other than Danish language and literature.
  • You intend to pursue studies at a Ph.D. or post-doctorate level during your stay in Denmark
  • You plan to conduct studies or research on a part-time, rather than a full-time, basis.
  • Media, Communication and Information


    • Corporate Communication
    • Journalism, Media and Globalisation


  • Social Sciences, Politics and Economics


    • Economics and Management
    • Human Security
    • International Studies
    • Quantitative Economics


  • Biology, Chemistry and Nature


    • Agrobiology
    • Agro-Environmental Management
    • Bioinformatics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Chemistry and Biotechnology Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Medicinal Chemistry
    • Molecular Biology
    • Molecular Nutrition and Food Technology
    • Sustainable Animal Nutrition and Feeding
    • Technical Geology


  • Education, Psychology and Teaching


    • Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management
    • Anthropology of Education and Globalisation


  • Technical Science, Construction and Development


    • Global Management and Manufacturing
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • Technical Science, Construction and Development


    • Architectural Engineering
    • Technology Based Business Development


  • Physics, Mathematics and Nanoscience


    • Astronomy
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematics-Economics
    • Nanoscience
    • Physics
    • Science Studies
    • Statistics


  • Media, Communication and Information


    • Marketing and Management Communication
    • International Communication and Multimedia


Language, Culture and History



  • Finance, Business and Management


    • Economics and Business Adm. – General Programme
    • Economics and Business Adm. – International Management
    • Economics and Business Adm. – International Business
    • Economics and Business Adm. – Sustainability
  • Finance, Business and Management


    • Economics and Business Adm. – Business Intelligence
    • Economics and Business Adm. – Consumer Affairs
    • Economics and Business Adm. – Finance
    • Economics and Business Adm. – Finance and International Business
    • Economics and Business Adm. – Information Management
    • Economics and Business Adm. – Innovation Management
    • Economics and Business Adm. – International Business
    • Economics and Business Adm. – International
    • Economic Consulting
    • Economics and Business Adm. – Logistics and Supply Chain Management
    • Economics and Business Adm. – Management Accounting and Control
    • Economics and Business Adm. – Marketing
    • Economics and Business Adm. – Marketing and Business Innovation
    • Economics and Business Adm. – Strategy, Organisation and Leadership
  • MBA

    Full-time MBA


  • IT, Electronics and Programming


    • Electronic Design Engineer
  • IT, Electronics and Programming


    • Computer Science
    • Information Technology
    • IT Product Development
    • Optics and Electronics

About City

Aarhus or Århus is the second-largest city in Denmark. The principal port of Denmark, Aarhus is on the east side of the peninsula of Jutland in the geographical centre of Denmark. Aarhus is the seat of the council of Aarhus municipality with 323,644 inhabitants and 256,018 (1 January 2013)in the inner urban area. According to Aarhus municipality, the "Greater Aarhus" area has a population of about 1.25 million people The city claims the unofficial title "Capital of Jutland".


Aarhus is the main and biggest city in the East Jutland metropolitan area (Danish: Byregion Østjylland), which is a co-operation in eastern Jutland with 17 municipalities.[ With more than 1.2 million people living in the East Jutland metropolitan area it represents approximately 23% of the population of Denmark. Aarhus has the second-largest urban area in Denmark after Copenhagen.


Interesting Places

  • Århus Domkirke, the tallest and longest cathedral in Denmark.
  • Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady), a large church.
  • Aarhus Rådhus (City Hall of Aarhus), drawn by Arne Jacobsen.
  • Musikhuset (The Concert Hall of Aarhus)
  • Aarhus Universitet (Aarhus University).
  • Statsbiblioteket (State library).
  • Den Gamle By (The Old Town), an open air museum displaying the old original buildings of not only Aarhus, but several other cities in Denmark.
  • Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium (The Jutlandic music conservatory).
  • Botanisk Have (Botanical garden).
  • Tivoli Friheden, amusement park.
  • ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, the main Aarhus arts museum.
  • ARoS Art Museum
  • Aarhus Kunstbygning, an arts museum.
  • Marselisborg Slot (Marselisborg Palace), the summer-retreat of the Danish royal family.
  • Aarhus Theatre, the largest theatre in the city. Søsterhøj, a 325 metre tall concrete tower with guyed mast on its top
  • Skejby Sygehus, the second largest hospital in Denmark
  • Atletion, a combined sports venue
  • Kvindemuseet, the Women's Museum
  • Den Permanente a popular closed beach area, also providing views of Helgenæs and Samsø across Århus Bay.
  • Moesgård Museum, a museum that features many relics from the region, including Gravballemanden.
  • Viking Museum
  • Godsbanen

Find information on admission requirements, how to apply, tuition fees, residence permits and much more on our website.



The application deadline for all Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes can also be found on our website.

Contact details

Address:Nordre Ringgade 1

8000 Aarhus


Phone:45 8715 0000

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