Aarhus University Seal / Aarhus Universitets segl


About the programme
GPA 2018: All applicants admitted  
Language: Danish | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / september


This programme is only offered in Danish.

Languages and literature

At the Scandinavian Institute, you work with Danish and the other Scandinavian languages in many different ways, and look at them from many different angles. You read ancient and modern literature and get an overview of the history of Danish literature. You also learn to analyse an individual work by means of close reading, using different theoretical approaches. In addition to the language and literature parts of the subject, you also learn to analyse the media and different forms of cultural expression.

Danish in Scandinavian and international contexts

In the subsidiary subject in Scandinavian languages and literature, you examine the Danish language and Danish literature in a Scandinavian perspective, at the same time as focusing on the world around us, and on world literature in particular. You study subjects such as Norwegian language policy, famous Finnish–Swedish authors, Sami minority poetry and the history of the Icelandic language. You also examine Baudelaire’s influence on Sophus Claussen. By putting Danish into perspective with the other Scandinavian countries and the rest of the world, you gain an understanding of what is special about Danish, and you also acquire an understanding of Scandinavian and international trends that influence Danish culture.


As a Scandinavian languages and literature student, you can work with the following questions:

  • What characterises Avant-garde literature?
  • What is text message language?
  • How do you analyse a film by Lars von Trier?
  • Is ´postmodernism´ a cultural trend?
  • What does ´poetics´ mean?

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.

Structure bachelor


Structure master


Student life

As a subsidiary subject student of Scandinavian languages and literature, you attend the same lectures and lessons as first-year and second-year Bachelor’s degree students. You attend large-scale lectures for all students in your year, but most of the teaching is in the form of classroom lessons, where you and your reading group have the opportunity to study different subjects in depth and prepare presentations under supervision. You subsequently make a presentation to the rest of the class.

Academic and social environment

The institute has a strong tradition for associations in which students plan study-related and social events.

  • The Student Committee is the forum for discussions about the student environment, teaching, exams, the library, study areas and other issues relating to the institute. The Student Committee represents the students.
  • Vandfanget is the name of the institute’s newsletter. It is published four times a year and a theme is chosen for each issue. Past issues have dealt with themes such as humour and the avant-garde.
  • Kakofoni is the students’ lecture association. It organises approximately one event per month. The lecture association has organised visits by authors such as Ursula Ankjær Olsen, Pia Juul, Søren Ulrik Thomsen, the film director Nils Malmros, the critic Lars Bukdahl and many others.
  • Finally, the institute has a Friday bar called KOMMAbar, which is a meeting point for your class and other students at the Scandinavian Institute and the Nobel Park. In addition to the Friday bar, le boN also organises fun and festive parties during the year.
  • The Faculty of Humanities also organises numerous lectures, dissertation defence, intro days, seminars and sports days in the course of the year.

Follow the student life at Aarhus University

-experienced, photographed and filmed by the students themselves.

  With thousands of pictures #yourniversity gives insight into the everyday life as a student at AU; the parties, procrastination, exams and all the other ways you’ll spend your time at university.    


The photos belong to the users, shared with #Yourniversity, #AarhusUni and course-specific AU-hashtags.



With Scandinavian languages and literature as a subsidiary subject, you are qualified to teach at upper secondary schools, training colleges, folk high schools and evening classes, etc. Danish is a major subject at upper secondary school and if you combine it with another major subject such as History, English or Social Science, your job prospects are going to be good. This does, however, not mean that you have to choose two major subject to have good job opportunities. The combination of Danish with a minor subject as Music is also widespread.

Communication, media and administration

Graduates with a subsidiary subject in Scandinavian languages and literature also find work as communication officers, copywriters and campaign planners in public or private sector institutions and in advertising agencies. Many are also involved in organisation and project management in the media and publishing houses, for example, or in cultural institutions and public administration.

Competence profile

  • You learn to communicate confidently, appropriately and creatively in correct Danish – in connection with copywriting, teaching and writing assignments, for example.
  • You become familiar with the structure and use of the Danish language.
  • You acquire knowledge of the history and development of Danish and Scandinavian literature.
  • You learn how to analyse cultural and media phenomena and forms of expression, and acquire analytical skills that you can apply in many different contexts.