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International applicants

Please download our short guide for International Applicants (pdf).

All applicants with an international entry qualification must apply by 15 March.
Deadline to submit documentation is 5 july for quota 1 and 2 applicants.

Entrance Examination

The following entrance examinations qualify for assessment in quota 1 and quota 2:

  • Danish/French Baccalaureat (DFB)
  • European Baccalaureat (EB)
  • International Baccalaureat (IB)
  • Option International du Baccalaureat (OIB)
  • GCE A-levels
  • The majority of European generel secondary school exams
  • Nordic exams

The following exams qualify for assessment in quota 2:

  • American High School diploma in combination with at least one year studies at university/college level or 3 AP exams
  • The majority of Non-European secondary school degrees in combination with at least one year studies at university/college level
  • The majority of European technical/business related secondary school degrees

A full list of qualifying examination can be found at the website for the Danish Agency for International Education.

If you have doubts whether or not your exam qualifies for admission you are advised to contact the University studies Office.

Conversion of grades

When assessing applications for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes based on foreign qualifications, Aarhus University relies on the guidelines laid down by the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education in the examination handbook (information in Danish only) containing guideline conversion tables for a number of selected countries. As a rule this applies if your examination can be assessed in quota 1 and quota 2.

For countries where no guideline conversion tables exist, but the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education has provided a table that includes the lowest passing grade and the highest grade for the grade scale of the relevant country, Aarhus University will perform a so-called linear grade conversion based on the lowest passing grade and highest grade on both grading scales (in Denmark, these grades are 2 and 12, respectively).

The individual foreign grade is calculated to a number with two decimal places between 2 and 12, and based on simple round-off it is converted to a full grade on the Danish 7 scale. This grade is only used in the quota 2 assessment at Aarhus University (including the quota 2 subject average)

Only grades for upper secondary school subjects are converted according to the above principles.

The above calculation method is approved by the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.

Specific admission requirements

In addition to having a valid entry examination all applicants must fulfill the specific admission requirements to the desired programme.

At the Danish Agency for International Education you can inform yourself on how we "translate" your exam and your subject levels to Danish standards (unfortunately only available in Danish).

In case you are taking a supplementary course which you finish after 15 March it is important that you put the expected end date on your application form. By 5 July at the latest you must send us a copy of the final documentation that you have passed the supplementary course.

Nordic entry examination

Please download our short guide for Nordic applicants (pdf).

Deadlines and final answers

Deadline to apply is 15 March. You can apply online at www.optagelse.dk. After you have submitted your online application it is very important that you print the signature page, sign it, and send it to Aarhus University.

All requirements must be documented by 5 July.

You will receive an answer to your application on 30 July.

Qualifying examination

To be eligible to apply for admission to a Bachelor’s degree programme at Aarhus University holding a Nordic entry examination you must have one of the following examinations:

  • Sweden: 3 years of upper secondary education
  • Norway: 3 years of upper secondary education and obtained ”generel studiekompetence”
  • Iceland: 4 years of upper secondary education – examination must include at least 140 ”einingar”
  • Finland: Both “Ylioppilastutkintotodistus/studentexamensbetyg” and “lukion päättötodistustus /avgångsbetyg” from upper secondary education

Specific subject-related admission requirements

In addition to the qualifying examination you must meet the specific admission requirements for the particular programme. The requirement of Danish A is fulfilled by Norwegians, Swedes, Icelanders, Fins, Faroese, and Greenlanders by having passed Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or Icelandic at the equivalent level.

The requirement of English at Danish B- or A-level can also be fulfilled by an English test. However, the score in an English test cannot be included in the calculation of the quota 2 subject average.

In the following table you can view how we convert Nordic subject levels to Danish subject levels.

Supplementary information concerning conversion of Nordic levels/grades is available at the Danish Agency for International Education. Choose your country in the drop down list and choose the tab ”fagniveauer/karakterer”.

At bachelor.au.dk you can view the specific admission requirements to each Bachelor’s programme. Choose relevant programme and admission afterwards.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

In Denmark it is not possible to improve the GPA for admission in quota 1, by taking supplementary subjects after secondary education graduation. This means, that the calculation of the GPA is based on the original slutbetyg/studentsprof/avgångsbetyg/vitnemål. Thus it is important that you submit a copy of your original slutbetyg/studentsprof/avgångsbetyg/primærvitnemål (førstegangsvitnemål). Documentation for improved or supplementary subjects must be submitted as a separate document. You are like Danish applicants able to get your quota 1 GPA adjusted by a bonus for early study start. The bonus is added after the calculation of a Danish GPA.

Supplementary subjects and improvements of grades

Applicants are able to take supplementary subjects in order to fulfil the specific requirements and/or improve the grades in the particularly relevant subjects that are included in the quota 2 subject average. In Denmark supplementary subjects are offered at VUC. Remember to state in your application if you are taking supplementary subjects, and when you expect to complete these. All documentation for completed supplementary subjects must be handed in to the university no later than the 5 July at 12.00, unless you apply for conditional admission.

Conversion of a Nordic GPA to a Danish GPA and conversion of single grades

Aarhus University comply with the guidelines compiled by the Danish Agency for International Education in order to convert a Nordic GPA to a Danish GPA (quota 1) and convert single grades that are included in the quota 2 subject average. Choose your country in the drop down list and choose the tab ”karakterer”.

Be aware:

  • In order to convert a Nordic GPA to a Danish GPA (quota 1), the Nordic GPA is calculated before conversion to a Danish GPA.
  • In order to calculate the quota 2 subject average the Nordic grades are at first converted to Danish grades before the quota 2 subject average is calculated. If more grades are included in the same subject at the required level, the Nordic grades are first converted to Danish grades, before an average of the grades in the particularly subject is calculated, which finally is included in the calculation of the final quota 2 subject average.

Last year’s quota 1 GPA cut-offs and quota 2 subject averages (indicative) are available at bachelor.au.dk. Choose programme and admission afterwards.

Processing of application

Applicants holding a Nordic entry examination apply for admission on equal terms with Danish applicants and other EU applicants (except Norwegian applicants for medicine and odontology to which a special Norwegian quota exist). Applicants who meet the requirements are assessed in quota 1 and quota 2. However applicants holding certain examinations (particularly found in Sweden and Norway) which is either “custom designed programmes” or with a vocational focus will only be assessed in quota 2. You can check your examination and how we assess your examination at the website for the Danish Agency for International Education. Choose your country in the drop down list and choose the tab ”eksaminer”. If you are eligible to be assessed in both quota 1 and quota 2, you are at first assessed in quota 1. If you cannot be admitted via quota 1, you are assessed in quota 2.

Be aware: We advise you to regularly consult the website for the Danish Agency for International Education regarding potential changes in the assessment of your subject levels and grades. The guidelines of the year are usually available and updated from February, and hence this guide should be read with caution to potential changes, which is your own responsibility to be aware of.

Information to Nordic applicants to medicine and odontology

Number of study places in the Norwegian quota

Norwegian applicants applying for admission to the Bachelor’s programmes medicine and/or odontology are assessed in a special Norwegian quota. All Norwegian applicants, having both Norwegian citizenship and holding a Norwegian entry examination are assessed in the Norwegian quota (some exceptions may occur, for applicants with either Norwegian citizenship or a Norwegian entry examination, which in some cases are assessed in the regular quota). In 2011 there were a total of 21 student places in the special Norwegian quota for medicine (19 student places in quota 1 and 2 in quota 2) and 2 student places for odontology (both places in quota 1). We expect the quota numbers to be approximately the same in 2012. No special quotas exist to other Nordic applicants, who therefore are assessed in the regular quota and no special Norwegian quotas exist for others Bachelor’s programmes than medicine and odontology.

Quota 1

In 2011 the requirement for a student place in quota 1 at medicine at Aarhus University was a GPA at 10.1 at the Danish 7-point-scale (9.9 in the special Norwegian quota). The requirement in quota 1 at odontology was 9.7 at the Danish 7-point-scale (8.5 in the special Norwegian quota).

Requirements to medicine and odontology

Besides a qualifying examination you must meet the specific admission requirements. The specific admission requirements to the Bachelor’s programmes medicine and odontology are:

Danish A and English B and Mathematics A and Physics B and Chemistry B / Biotechnology A.

Supplementary information concerning conversion of Nordic subject levels/grades is available at the Danish Agency for International Education. Choose your country in the drop down list and choose the tab ”fagniveauer/karakterer”

Contact information

For further information please contact the student counselor at medicine or the student counselor at odontology.

International Baccalaureat (IB)

Application and answer to your application

Deadline to apply is 15 March. You must apply for admission through www.optagelse.dk

All requirements must be documented by 5 July.

You will receive an answer to your application on 30 July.

Assessment of your application

Aarhus University accepts the IB diploma and applicants with an IB diploma are assessed on equal terms as applicants with a Danish entrance examination. If you are an IB applicant you must apply by 15 March, and upload your final diploma by 5 July if you apply in the same year as you finish your exam. Aarhus University will assess your application in both quota 1 and 2. In order to apply for Aarhus University you must have an IB Diploma and a minimum of 24 points (IB diplomas with total points at 24-27 must not have any failing conditions). Aarhus University does not accept IB certificates as a qualifying examination.

IB results

The IB results are converted to the Danish grading scale according to the guidelines set forth by the Danish Agency for International Education. Applicants with an IB diploma will get the speed start bonus (calculation of grades with 1,08) if the exam is maximum two years old in the year of applying to AU.

IB subject levels

Applicants with an IB exam must meet all the specific entry requirements. AU follows the guidelines set by the Danish Agency for International Education in the translation of subject levels.

Exemptions; Danish and English
For the study programmes where Danish A is a requirement, AU accepts:

Danish A1 HL
Danish A literature HL

Recognised as Danish A

Danish A1 SL
Danish A literature SL
Danish A2 HL and SL
Danish B HL

Recognised as ”Study Test in Danish as a Second Language” in combination with mother tongue or English at A level

Applicants with an IB diploma will be granted a dispensation from English B if the IB has been taught in English but the applicants has not had English A1 or A2 as a subject. English B SL is considered the equivalent of English B.

If your A1 or A2 language is not one of the Nordic languages you need to pass the Studytest in Danish language or document your language skills in another way. Read more about Danish language requirements.

Citizenship and tuition fees

All EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are exempt from payment of tuition fees.

Students liable to pay tuition fees

All non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens (including students holding a British national overseas passport) are liable to pay tuition fees.

Exempt from payment of tuition fees are students:

  • on a bilateral exchange agreement;
  • holding a permanent residence permit in Denmark or one of the other Nordic countries;
  • having been granted a temporary residence permit "with a view to/possibility of" being granted permanent residence in Denmark or one of the Nordic countries;
  • who are 'permanently resident' in one of the Nordic countries, cf. Article 7 of the Nordic agreement on access to higher education;
  • with a residence permit granted on the grounds of family reunification;
  • having become EU citizens pursuant to the Executive Order on Residence in Denmark for Aliens Falling within the Rules of the European Union (EU Residence Order);
  • having been granted a full scholarship pursuant to the Ministerial Order on Scholarships with Grants to Cover Living Costs Incurred at Universities (Scholarship and Grant Order);
  • children of workers from non-EU/EEA countries having been granted a residence permit pursuant to Section 9M (previously 9C) of the Danish Aliens Act and whose parents have been granted residence permits pursuant to Section 9A of the Danish Aliens Act.
  • with a dual citizenship (EU/EEA + non EU/EEA) who decide to enter Denmark as an EU/EEA citizen (using both citizenships to enter Denmark is not possible).

Payment and study residence permit

You cannot obtain a study residence permit in Denmark without having paid your tuition fees. Aarhus University is not allowed to inform the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment of your expected arrival before you have paid your tuition fees. In addition, after that date, the Agency will spend up to two months dealing with your application for a study residence permit. Thus, for you to obtain your study residence permit in due time before commencement of studies, we strongly advise you to pay your first tuition fee instalment two-three months in advance.

Documentation

If applicable, your current residence permit in Denmark must always be uploaded in your application(s) for admission in order for Aarhus University to determine whether or not you are liable to pay tuition fees.

In case of changed residence status during your enrolment, you must always notify Aarhus University and submit your new residence permit. Please use the contact information below.

Questions and contact

For further information, please contact AU Studies Administration, Admissions:

Fee rates

Annual tuition fee rates

Tuition fee rates for non-EU/EEA students for academic year 2014-15:

Tuition fee rates for non-EU/EEA students for academic year 2013-14:

Tuition fees rates for non-EU/EEA students for academic year 2012-13:

The tuition fee rates are determined by the university main areas and may be subject to change, also for enrolled students during their degree programme.

Terms of payment

Valid from 1 January 2012

Payment and fees

  • Tuition fees are payable biannually before the start of each semester.
  • The instalment paid per semester corresponds to 30 ECTS credits.
  • It is not possible for full-degree students to pay tuition fees in smaller instalments.
  • Students with a workload in excess of 30 ECTS credits per semester are billed separately for the additional ECTS credits.
  • The tuition fees are paid for the total number of ECTS credits, regardless of the period of enrolment.
  • Students who take single-subject courses are billed for the specific single-subject ECTS credits.
  • Books and other course material are not included in the tuition fees.
  • The tuition fees payable for the individual study programmes are shown in the list of tuition fee rates.

Payment on commencement of studies

  • The tuition fees must be received by the university prior to the date of commencement of studies, however with the following exceptions:
  • When starting an English-language Bachelor’s degree programme (via admission under Quota 3) or a Master's degree programme (candidatus) with restricted study places, payment must be received by 1 July at the latest. The early deadline for paying tuition fees is to ensure that places not paid for can be allocated to other qualified applicants prior to the commencement of studies.
  • In the case of non-payment of the tuition fees by the due date, the offer of admission is withdrawn.
  • No refunding of tuition fees is possible after the date of commencement of studies unless the student has, through no fault of his or her own, failed to obtain the expected residence permit or as a result of other documented circumstances, such as serious illness in the student himself or herself or the death of close relatives.
  • In connection with the refunding of tuition fees, enrolment is automatically cancelled.
  • Students who receive federal aid from the U.S. government to fund their studies are not required to pay tuition until they have received their first loan disbursement, which occurs around the month of October for the autumn semester, and February for the spring semester.

Payment for subsequent semesters

  • As from the second semester, tuition fees must be received by the university prior to the start of the semester, i.e. by 1 September for the autumn semester and by 1 February for the spring semester.
  • The payment of tuition fees is for 30 ECTS credits per semester for the prescribed standard number of semesters for the completion of the degree programme. After the prescribed standard period of study, the degree programme is deemed to have been paid for, and enrolment may be prolonged without additional tuition fees being charged.
  • Students who are granted a credit transfer from earlier studies may be charged reduced tuition fees. The reduced tuition fees are charged for the semester in respect of which the credit transfer is granted and based on the ECTS weighting approved by the university.

Delays and special leave

  • Tuition fees corresponding to 30 ECTS credits are paid in advance for each semester until the degree programme has been paid for, regardless of delays relative to the prescribed standard period of study.
  • The tuition fees entitle students to three exam attempts in accordance with the applicable exam regulations.
  • No tuition fees are payable by students who have been granted special leave from the start of a semester, regardless of the period of leave. The payment of tuition fees is resumed as from the first semester following the end of the period of leave.
  • If special leave is granted after the first date of a semester in respect of which tuition fees have been paid, the tuition fees will not be refunded to the student, but will be transferred to the first semester following the end of the period of leave.
  • The study activity rules on special leave apply irrespective of the payment of tuition fees.

Payment in connection with full scholarships (tuition waiver)

  • Students who have been granted a full scholarship are entitled to sit the exam and two additional exam attempts for each course, provided that the ordinary exam is sat. If the ordinary exam is not sat, tuition fees must be paid for the two additional exam attempts corresponding to the ECTS credit weighting of the course.
  • The tuition waiver is cancelled for students who, at the time of commencing their thesis, are delayed by more than 5 ECTS credits relative to the prescribed period of study, and such students are required to pay for the remaining ECTS credits.
  • Students who have started writing their thesis, but who have been delayed relative to the prescribed period of study, are not charged for the ECTS credit weighting of the thesis. However, an agreement concerning the submission of the thesis must always be made pursuant to applicable rules.
  • Other terms regarding full scholarships with or without a grant to cover living costs are set out in the contract made by the student and the university.

Payment in case of changed residence status in Denmark

  • Students who are granted a permanent residence permit in Denmark in the course of a semester will still have to pay tuition fees until the following semester if the validity of the residence permit falls after 1 March for the spring semester and after 1 October for the autumn semester.
  • Students who are granted a permanent residence permit in Denmark which is valid from before 1 March in the spring semester and before 1 October in the autumn semester may apply for a refund of the tuition fees paid for the relevant semester, always provided that proper documentation for the new residence permit is submitted. If the residence permit is valid from a later date, the tuition fees paid for the relevant semester are not refunded.
  • In the event that a student’s status changes in the course of a semester to the effect that the student no longer holds a permanent residence permit in Denmark, tuition fees must be paid from the following semester.
  • Students are required to provide the university with documentation of any such change of status.

Payment in case of changed residence status in the EU/EEA

  • Non-EU/EEA students with a residence permit in the EU/EEA, but without EU/EEA citizenship, cannot be exempted from payment of tuition fee.
  • Students who are granted status as an EU/EEA national, valid from before 1 March in the spring semester and before 1 October in the autumn semester, may apply for a refund of the tuition fees paid for the relevant semester, always provided that proper documentation for the new residency is submitted.
  • Students who change their residency status from non-EU/EEA national to EU/EEA national in the course of a semester will still have to pay tuition fees until the following semester if the validity of the change to EU/EEA national status falls after 1 March for the spring semester and after 1 October for the autumn semester.

The above is stipulated pursuant to Section 3 of the

Ministerial Order no. 1281 of 15 December 2011 on Funding and Accounts, etc. at Universities.

Apply as a transfer student

Would you like to be transferred to a degree programme at Aarhus University from the same degree programme at another university? Read below how you can do it.

What does ‘transfer’ mean?

Transfer means that you are transferred from a degree programme at another university to the same degree programme at Aarhus University.

Who can apply for a transfer?

All students who comply with the following requirements and any other requirements set out in the Executive Order on Admission (Part 7, Article 40) can apply for a transfer.

Please note! About Medicine, Odontology and Psychology: Transfer to these programmes is not possible unless otherwise stated on this website. Applications for transfer are not accepted at the moment due to lack of available slots at all levels of the programmes.

The following applies to Bachelor’s degree students:

  • At the time of enrolment (i.e. the date on which the transfer takes effect), you must have passed all examinations corresponding to the first year of studies in the degree programme at Aarhus University to which you are transferring.

You can apply for a transfer even if, at the time of application, you have not yet passed all examinations that form part of the first year of studies in the degree programme to which you are transferring. The board of studies for the relevant degree programme at Aarhus University determines which examinations form part of the first year of studies.

If you have not completed the entire first year in the degree programme at Aarhus University to which you are transferring, you can apply for enrolment in the degree programme via the Coordinated Enrolment System (KOT) (website in Danish only).

  • There must be places available at the level you enrol in when transferring to Aarhus University.

It is up to the board of studies for the degree programme in question to determine whether there are places available.

  • You must comply with all the requirements for enrolment in the degree programme to which you are transferring.

The following applies to Master’s degree students:

  • You must have passed the examinations that, in accordance with the academic regulations, are placed in the first year of the degree programme at Aarhus University to which you are applying for transfer.
  • There must be places available at the level you enrol in when transferring to Aarhus University.

It is up to the board of studies for the degree programme in question to determine whether there are places available.

How do I apply for a transfer?

Do as follows:

  1. Complete the form Transfer to a degree programme at Aarhus University (download PDF file).
  2. Attach the mentioned documentation to your application form.
  3. Forward the completed application form and attachments to the University Studies Office at Aarhus University.
  4. Please note that the academic regulations for your degree programme can contain specific language requirements, e.g. you must have passed A level in Danish or the Danish language entrance requirements (Studieprøven).

Contact info:

When should I apply?

It is a good idea to apply for transfer well in advance of the commencement date of the degree programme in question, as you should normally expect the processing of your application to take about three to four weeks.

When will I receive a reply?

You will receive a reply to your application for transfer as soon as it has been processed, normally after three to four weeks. You will receive a letter in the post.

When can I start?

If you have received a letter about enrolment in reply to your application for transfer, it will contain information about the self-service facility, student card, etc. If you have further questions about the commencement of your studies, the level at which you can enrol, etc., please contact the subject area in question. In addition, you will generally receive information from the board of studies for your degree programme regarding the commencement date, etc.

We wish you luck with your studies at Aarhus University!

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Revised 2014.10.07

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