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Supplementary subject 

About the programme
Language: English  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


The aim of the Bachelor’s supplementary subject is to develop your English-language skills and general communicative competences by understanding and analysing the theory and practice of intercultural, digital, and public communication. The subject will help prepare you for international careers or professions involving international communications.

Forms of Teaching

Active student participation is at the heart of this degree programme. Seminars are designed to revolve around student contributions, with a variety of study group tasks and assignments in order to improve your oral and written English skills as well as give you an understanding of communication theory and practice.


Here are some of the questions you will encounter during your studies:

  • What are the challenges of intercultural communication and how can we face these challenges?
  • How do persuasive language and narrative framing shape public attitudes to important contemporary issues and how can we use such rhetorical strategies to communicate effectively?
  • How can we draw on communication research and findings to improve our interpersonal and small-group communication skills?
  • How can we most effectively use different digital platforms to communicate with various audiences?


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. Futhermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with supplementary subject. 

ECTS requirements

It is a requirement that you have passed 60 ECTS credits in your core subject before 15 April. Introductory courses are not included when calculating these ECTS credits. 

Level requirements

English B

History B or History of Ideas B or Comtemporary History B or Social Science B

If you do not meet the level requirements, you can supplement subject levels.

Restricted admission

40 seats. The number of seats is indicative and can be adjusted continuously by the university.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) obtained in the core subject in the Bachelor’s degree by 15 April. Propaedeutic courses are not included in the GPA.

All Bachelor’s supplementary subjects require a sufficient number of participants. Therefore, we kindly urge you to make up to four applications to make sure you are admitted to a Bachelor’s supplementary subject in case your highest priority is not offered. The same applies if your highest priority has restricted admission and not all qualified applicants are admitted. 

Non-permissible combinations of subjects

You cannot take a supplementary subject in the same field as your central subject. The general rule is that you may not choose a Bachelor’s supplementary subject with the same title as your central subject.

If you are supplementing a subject level in the Danish upper secondary school and do not finish the supplementary subject before August, you have to upload the documentation that you are registered for the supplementary subject to your application for admission no later than 1 August. Deadline for uploading documentation for passed supplementary subject is 5 September.

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:


Structure bachelor

Student life

The academic life of students at Contemporary Communication in English

Classroom instruction in smaller groups gives you a chance to participate more actively and engage in discussions with your fellow students. You will also be part of a study group. Together, you will prepare presentations, review assigned reading, and discuss course material in connection with assignments and exams.

The social life of students at Contemporary Communication in English

English is a large degree programme so there are many opportunities for social interaction with fellow students at all stages of their studies. As well as the Esperanto Friday bar, several student organisations such as Anglia organise events throughout the year. Annual social highlights include the English department’s Yule Ball and the English Department Revy each spring. English typically attracts a high number of international exchange students, providing a vibrant intercultural Atmosphere.

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The degree programme supplements your core academic competences in a new context. You will enhance your oral and written English skills, understand communication theory and its practical applications, and develop your ability to use digital platforms to communicate with international audiences. You will be encouraged to apply these skills to communicate in English about issues in your major subjects, so course assignments are flexibly designed to accommodate different backgrounds and interests.

The supplementary subject in Contemporary Communication in English provides valuable skills for students who want to work internationally or whose prospective careers involve international communication.