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Self-designed supplementary subjects abroad (ITTU) - Arts

Self-designed supplementary subjects abroad – only for students at the Faculty of Arts

Self-designed supplementary subjects abroad are referred to here using their Danish abbreviation (ITTU). The ITTU scheme gives you the chance to take (at least) one semester abroad. Each ITTU consists of 45 ECTS, of which (at least) 30 ECTS are done abroad. Here are the rules about choosing and applying for an ITTU, as well as an explanation of what you should do after studying abroad.

Structure of ITTUs

  • Each ITTU consists of 15 ECTS at Aarhus University (studying a supplementary subject without restricted admission at the Faculty of Arts) on the 5th semester, and then doing 30 ECTS abroad on the 6th semester. The Bachelor’s project accounts for the remaining 15 ECTS on the 5th semester.
  • Course combinations which result in the extension of your studies (spending more than one year on your supplementary subject and Bachelor’s project combined) cannot be approved.
  • You are allowed to change the order of semesters and place the 30 ECTS period abroad in the 5th semester and the other 15 ECTS and the Bachelor’s project in the 6th semester, if this is practically possible. Please check your academic regulations and other relevant procedures to make sure that your plan is possible. And please note that in the spring semester there are very few 15 ECTS courses without restricted admission at supplementary subject level.
  • It is possible to do a 60 ECTS period of study abroad if you have been given prior approval to transfer 15 ECTS (or the equivalent) abroad to the Bachelor’s project.

Rules for ITTUs

Here are the formal rules for ITTUs:

  • Choosing an ITTU is binding. Once you have applied for an ITTU you may not switch to other supplementary subjects. If it proves impossible to study abroad, you will continue on the supplementary subject in which you have chosen the 15 ECTS.
  • This means that you cannot apply for admission to a Bachelor’s supplementary subject once you have applied for an ITTU.

The following rules apply to 30 ECTS courses abroad:

  • They may be within or outside your core subject. They may not overlap (in terms of their subject or content) with the previous 120 ECTS on your core subject.
  • They may not contain introductory courses (e.g. German for foreign students in Berlin).
  • The above rules regarding courses abroad are effective regardless of whether 30 or 60 ECTS are studied abroad.

The following rules apply to the remaining 15 ECTS:

  • They must be chosen from one of the existing Bachelor’s supplementary subjects without restricted admission at the Faculty of Arts.
  • The 15 ECTS must all be from the same supplementary subject (so you may not choose 10 ECTS from one supplementary subject and 5 ECTS from another).
  • They must be outside your core subject and they may not involve other non-permitted combinations.
  • They may not be introductory courses.
  • You may not replace the 15 ECTS on a supplementary subject without restricted admission for which you have applied as part of your ITTU. Not even if a supplementary subject with restricted admission turns out to have vacancies after the application deadline.

Procedure – how to apply

  1. You need to decide whether you are up to the task of designing your own ITTU, because doing this is more demanding than choosing one of the Bachelor’s supplementary subjects already offered by Aarhus University.
  2. If you decide to do an ITTU, you need to find out which university you want to study at and which courses match your wishes and Aarhus University’s requirements.
  3. You can either travel abroad using one of Aarhus University’s exchange agreements, or arrange your own trip as a so-called “free mover”. If you want to use one of Aarhus University’s exchange agreements, this website shows you what to do: List of exchange agreements.
  4. When you have reached a decision about studying abroad, you must apply to do an ITTU. This also constitutes your prior approval of the courses you will take abroad. Students who apply for an AU exchange programme will be informed about whether their application has been approved in mid-January, after which they can apply for an ITTU/prior approval. Students who organise their own trip must also apply for approval of their ITTU.
  5. For students with exchange agreements as well as students organising their own trips, the deadline for application is 15 February.
  6. You can apply for an ITTU at mit.au.dk, where you must use the form “Prior approval for courses outside AU”.
  7. The application must include: Details about which 15 ECTS supplementary courses at the Faculty of Arts will be included in your UTTI. You must state the name of the supplementary subject, the academic regulations and the title of the course(s) concerned. Your application must also include a course description, the ECTS weighting and any documentation showing the conversion of the courses abroad into ECTS credits. You can apply for prior approval of several courses amounting to more than 30 ECTS if there is any uncertainty about the courses being offered abroad. The combination of 30 ECTS abroad and 15 ECTS on a supplementary subject does not have to be explained in terms of relevance for the subject concerned.
  8. When you have passed the courses on your UTTI, you must apply for credit transfer at mit.au.dk. If your results from the UTTI are registered too late, there may be consequences for grants received through the Education Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark and your potential admission to a Master’s degree programme. Please note that Aarhus University does not automatically receive a copy of your results from host universities outside Denmark, so it is important that you get hold of a copy of the results yourself. You must also enclose documentation of the current marking scale of the university at which you did the exams.

Important deadlines

  • 1 December is the deadline for applying for an exchange agreement.
  • 15 February is the deadline for applying for a UTTI and prior approval of courses abroad, using the form Prior approval at mit.au.dk. Your study period abroad must be approved whether you organise the trip yourself or do an exchange agreement.
  • 15 September is the deadline for applying for exchange programme vacancies.

FAQ

I can’t see the courses offered on future semesters at the university abroad. What should I do?

  • You must apply for prior approval of the courses that are presented in their list of current courses. The courses offered often resemble each other from one year to the next. You are allowed to apply for prior approval for more than 30 ECTS, but you may only use 30 ECTS in your UTTI. If it proves impossible to do the courses you have chosen, you must apply to change your UTTI approval.

 

I would like to do 15 ECTS at home on a programme that is not included in the supplementary subject package. Is that possible?

  • No, you can only do the 15 ECTS on one of the supplementary subjects at the Faculty of Arts which do not have restricted admission.

 

Do the 30 ECTS abroad and the 15 ECTS from the supplementary subject package always have to be linked in terms of the subject studied?

  • No, the 30 ECTS abroad and the 15 ECTS from the supplementary subject package do not have to be related.

 

What happens if my plans to do 30 ECTS abroad come to nothing?

  • If this happens you will continue on the supplementary subject on which you have done the 15 ECTS, thereby doing your whole supplementary subject package there instead of doing an ITTU.

 

What happens if I fail one of my courses abroad?

  • If you can’t do a re-examination abroad, you must apply to change your ITTU approval as quickly as possible because you will have to complete your ITTU in some other way. Typically, the solution is to do another course on the supplementary subject on which you did your 15 ECTS. Or you can choose a Summer University course.

Contact

General questions about ITTUs: Please contact your student counsellor or the Study Centre Arts.

Questions about exchange agreements: Please contact the international coordinators at the Faculty of Arts.

Questions about the Danish Students’ Grants and Loans Scheme while studying abroad: Please contact the Danish Students’ Grants and Loans Scheme Office at Aarhus University and read these web pages.