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About the programme
GPA 2020: All qualified applicants accepted  
Language: English  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


No longer open for admission from 2021
Vehement discussions about EU quotas for refugees, the outsourcing of Danish jobs, Eastern European labour, illiberal democracy, Russian infiltration in Europe, drunken Danish upper-secondary pupils in Prague and many other topics are all signs that the Central European countries – in particular the four so-called “Visegrad” countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) – are now playing a growing role for both Europe and Denmark. Danish companies have a significant presence in the region, and tourism and trade are increasing, but few people in Denmark know much about these countries. This supplementary subject, conducted in English, will redress this imbalance.


The supplementary subject gives you an introduction to the recent history, political systems and social/cultural conditions of this region and these four countries, focusing in particular on the end of communism and the introduction of political pluralism and a market economy. The supplementary subject in Central European studies will give you the chance to do a six-week internship at a Danish company or institution with links to the region. This will give you a unique opportunity to use your knowledge and competences in a Central European context.

Questions about Central Europe

  • How do the Visegrad countries view their place and role in Europe and the EU?
  • How are these countries affected by their communist past?
  • How does democracy work in these four countries?
  • Why do Danish companies choose to set up shop in this region?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulation for the bachelor’s supplementary subject:


In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Programme structure

Student life

Academic life on the Central European Studies

The teaching in Central European studies is conducted in English. The supplementary subject is open for students of all subjects at the Faculty of Arts, and their diverse academic background is a bonus in the interdisciplinary courses. Visiting professors from Central Europe will be affiliated with the teaching in contemporary topics, and you will be well equipped to take on your six-week internship.

Social life on the Central European Studies

Central European studies is part of the global studies programme, which is characterised by the inclusion of many small subjects (including Russian Studies). So the students quickly get to know each other (and their teachers). The courses are taught in English, so students from abroad will probably also take part (perhaps even students from Central Europe), thereby ensuring that the study environment is both academically and socially varied. The programme has a good study environment that you can actively participate in.

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Your career opportunities after completing a supplementary subject in Central European studies depend on your main Bachelor’s degree programme and the Master’s degree programme which you attend subsequently (if any).

Competence profile

The supplementary subject in Central European studies gives you the following competences:

  • Knowledge of current political, economic, social and cultural conditions in Central Europe
  • Knowledge of the recent history of the region in a European context
  • Knowledge of the political systems and situations of the Central European states
  • The ability to combine insights and approaches from various academic disciplines
  • The ability to use your knowledge of the region in a specific, practical working context
  • Experience of communicating in English

Job profile

You will be qualified to work in private companies, public institutions, NGOs and teaching/media contexts which have an affiliation with or special focus on the region. The supplementary subject also gives you good opportunities to strengthen your international competences by continuing on a Master’s degree programme in European studies, international studies or the international and global history line.