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The study of the languages, literatures, cultures and media of Denmark and Scandinavia.

About the programme
Quota 1 2018: 8.5 (Standby: 7.9)   |   Quota 2 2018: 8.2 (Standby: 8.1) (Indicative)  
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: Week 35


This programme is only offered in Danish.

On the Bachelor’s degree programme in Scandinavian language and literature, you primarily study Danish literature and the Danish language. You also study Swedish and Norwegian literature, as well as the theory and analysis of different media.

Studying on the Scandinavian language and literature programme

Courses on the Scandinavian language and literature programme consist of a combination of lectures and classroom instruction, and activities include analysing literary texts, making presentations and participating in discussions with your teacher and your fellow students. You read all types of literature, from folk songs to contemporary novels, and you work intensively with critical analysis, close reading and a variety of theoretical approaches to language and literature.

A language expert with special expertise

On the Bachelor’s degree programme in Scandinavian language and literature, you study the grammar, structure and functions of the Danish language. For example, you might study dialects or conversational analysis, in addition to studying the mechanisms behind human communication. After the first two years of the programme, you are required to take a supplementary subject. A wide variety of courses are available, from comparative literature and event culture to maths, history or English.

Media analysis and media theory

During your studies, you apply a theoretical and analytical approach to the study of a variety of media, such as photography, film and TV as well as digital media. For example, you work with films and documentaries in Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, and you learn to understand these forms of expression in a technological and global context.

Career opportunities

Many graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in Scandinavian language and literature go on to do a Master’s degree. For example, the Master’s degree in Scandinavian languages and literature, which qualifies you to teach at secondary schools, seminaries and folk high schools. You can also work with communications or in publication and media.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22335

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language).


If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.          

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language).

Programme structure

The Bachelor’s degree in Scandinavian language and literature is divided into three parts: literature courses where you study a wide variety of texts and genres from different periods, language courses which focus on the structure and function of the Danish language, and culture/media courses where you study subjects such as how media are embedded in the contemporary understanding of culture.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in Scandinavian language and literature, you will find more information about the individual subjects, the programme structure and the requirements you must meet as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The degree programme diagram gives an outline of the entire Bachelor’s degree programme in Scandinavian language and literature. You can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.



Student life

The course programme at the Scandinavian language and literature programme

Most of your classes take the form of classroom instruction, where you and your fellow students are expected to participate actively in discussion and debate. In addition, there are lectures for your entire year group, at which your teacher reviews the assigned reading for the day. As a student of Scandinavian language and literature, you are also part of a study group. You and your fellow students in your study group work on assignments together and prepare presentations that you present for the entire class.

Below is an example of a weekly plan for the second semester of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Scandinavian language and literature. Scandinavian language and literature is a full-time degree programme, where you spend a lot of your time preparing for your classes on your own or with your study group.

9:00 - 14:00 Independent study
15:00. 18:00 Lecture: Scandinavian studies

8:00 - 11:00 Classroom instruction: Scandinavian studies
11:00 - 14:00 Lecture: Early literary history

8:00 - 14:00 Independent study
14:00 - 16:00 Exercises: Reading literature

9:00 - 11:00 Study group
11:00 - 14:00 Independent study
15:00 - 18:00 Classroom instruction: Morphology and syntax

9:00 - 12:00 Classroom instruction: Reading literature
12:00 - 14:00 Exercises: Morphology and syntax

Social life on the Scandinavian language and literature programme

There are lots of social associations to participate in after you’ve closed your books for the day.

The degree programme committee
If you are interested in study environment, teaching and exams, the degree programme committee is the place for you. As a member of the subject’s degree programme council, you can help to ensure that the students’ views are heard at university level.

The literary website Littuna.com is run by students from Scandinavian language and literature and comparative literature. New articles are added to the site every Monday. Come to one of the monthly editorial meetings to learn more.

Kakafoni is a lecture society that puts on a lecture once a month. Guest speakers include authors, directors, reviewers and many others.

Of course, the Scandinavian language and literature programme has a Friday bar. End the week with a beer or soft drink with your fellow students. KOMMAbar also throws several large parties every semester.

Studying abroad

You have the option of studying abroad for a semester during the programme. Studying in a foreign country improves your language skills fundamentally, and you get a chance to learn about another culture first-hand. During the last year of your programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

Commencement of studies

Your time at Aarhus University will begin with an introductory week in week 35 (the last week of August). During this week, you will get an introduction to IT systems, exam forms and degree programme structure and opportunities as well as meeting your teachers. You can read more about your commencement of studies and the introductory week here. On this page, you will also find tips and good advice for new students at Aarhus University.

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Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2016 AU employment survey.

Your career prospects depend on what supplementary subject you take and what Master’s degree you choose.

As a graduate of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Scandinavian language and literature, you possess a broad knowledge of the history and development of Danish and Scandinavian literature. You also know a lot about the Danish language in a Scandinavian perspective. You are also a trained communicator who speaks and writes fluent, correct Danish, and you understand how to analyse cultural and media phenomena.

Many graduates of the programme work in education, for example at upper secondary schools, business colleges and language schools. Other career possibilities include communications, copywriting and proofreading. Your knowledge of culture and media can also lead to a career in publishing or media.

Supplementary subjects

As a Bachelor’s degree student on the Scandinavian language and literature programme, you are required to take a supplementary subject in your third year. You can choose form among a variety of subjects. Here are some examples of supplementary subjects other students on the programme have taken:

  • Supplementary subject in english
  • Supplementary subject in history
  • Supplementary subject in rhetoric

Master’s degree programmes

Many graduates of the Bachelor degree programme in Scandinavian language and literature choose to continue their studies on a Master’s degree programme. You should be aware that specific supplementary subjects can be a prerequisite for admission to some MA programmes. Here are some of the options:

  • The Master’s degree programme in Scandinavian language and literature, where you continue to build on the theories and methods of the BA and learn to apply them in a more critical and independent manner. You also work with oral and written presentations at a more advanced level.
  • The Master’s degree programme in aesthetics and culture, where you work at the intersection of culture, aesthetics and art.
  • The Master’s degree programme in rhetoric, where you learn to communicate effectively - both orally and in writing.
  • The Master’s degree in journalism (cand. public), where you learn the art of journalism from a practical and theoretical perspective.