Aarhus Universitet - Science & Schulich Only
It would be shame to miss out on the experience of living in one of the best cities in the world!
With several world-class buildings, Aarhus is the 2017 European Capital of Culture. Aarhus Universitet (AU) is the highest-rated university in Denmark for student satisfaction, ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide, and is ranked as having one of the top 15 most beautiful campuses in the world.
Its current student population of about 44,500 enjoy research-based programmes and a stimulating environment: the walls of its main campus in Aarhus host the largest contemporary art collection in the city, and its buildings are considered an important icon of classic Danish architecture. AU is one of only 90 business schools worldwide with a Triple Crown accreditation.
Jan. 8, 2020
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Opens Nov. 1, 2020
AU offers a wide variety of programs, however students are limited to studies in the programs listed below. Exchange students must limit their course choices to those offered in the Engineering or Sciences faculties (depending on your program), and can only select courses in a maximum of two departments. All courses must also be offered at the same campus.
Exchange students are expected to take 30 ECTS credits per semester. 1 UofC Half Course Equivalent = 6 ECTS credits.
Biology, Computer Science, Chemistry, Ecology, Geology, Physics, Mathematics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience. A limited number of English courses are available at the 2nd/3rd year level we therefore recommend that English-speaking students go to Aarhus in their third year or above. Fourth year students may be eligible to take master's level courses in English - please book an appointment with the exchange advisor to determine eligibility.
AU offers a great program in Urban Water for Civil Engineering students. Students can go in Fall or Winter semester. However, the Fall semester runs until mid-January, so the Winter semester is recommended for students that would need to be back at UCalgary in January. Urban Water courses offered at Aarhus University (Denmark) exchange program might be count as Group B Technical Electives toward a Civil Engineering degree. However, an official letter of permission is required based on a case by case assessment. Please contact Ling Li in the Engineering Student Centre for course assessment.
AU also offers a program for Software Engineering. The Fall semester runs until mid-January but students can arrange for proctoring the exams online in Calgary (fees apply), in order to be back in January or go during the Winter semester. Six 5 ECTS courses at Aarhus University might be used as 4 ENSF Technical Electives. However, a case by case assessment is required. Please contact Ling Li in the Engineering Student Centre for course assessment.
The science and engineering exchange agreement with AU falls under TASSEP. TASSEP is the Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program, a consortium designed specifically with the curricular needs of science/engg students in mind. Canadian science/engg students have access to a variety of European Partners in the consortium.
Fall semester: August to January
Winter (Spring) semester: January to June
Note: it is not possible to complete course work/exams in December; continuing students are encouraged to apply for a Winter (Spring) term exchange or a full year exchange instead. Students in the Software Engineering Program can arrange for proctoring the exams online in Calgary (fees apply), in order to finish the Fall semester in December.
It is recommended that students budget a minimum of 5000-5500 DKK per month to pay for accommodation and living expenses. Additional financial information can be found online under the "Money Matters" section of the FAQ.
Please Note: Danish visa applications may require travel to the Vancouver consulate to submit the documentation and take biometrics as needed.
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Did you know that you can take your U of C funding with you on exchange?
Since you remain a degree seeking student at the U of C while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved U of C study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.
The type and availability of accommodation varies greatly between campuses. If exchange students apply for housing at their campus by the deadline, AU's International Centre will attempt to place them in university housing, which may be located on- or off-campus and may include private, semi-private, or shared rooms and facilities. If space is unavailable, the International Centre will advise students on finding accommodation in the private market. Prices may vary substantially depending on city and campus, but a broad estimation would sit between 2000-4000 DKK per month. See online for more general information about housing as well as housing details for each campus. There is a practical guide for housing as well.
This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in:
- the Faculty of Science at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).
- the Haskayne School of Business must meet the Haskayne requirements for exchange.
No Danish is required for English-taught courses, but for studies in Danish, applicants must have a command of Danish at the B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) at a minimum - certification of language proficiency may be required.
Do I have to speak Danish?
Most courses at AU for the first two years of university are taught in Danish while advanced-level courses are taught in English. We therefore recommend that English-speaking students go to Aarhus in their third year or above. Fourth year students may be eligible to take master's level courses in English - please see an advisor to determine eligibility.
What's so special about AU?
AU has three campuses. Its main campus is in Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark, which carries an eclectic mix of youthful communities, traditional winding streets, and internationally-acclaimed cultural events such as the annual Aarhus Festival, the largest of its kind in Scandinavia. The second campus is in the inland city of Herning, a vibrant community known for trade fairs and music festivals; it is also a primary centre on the Jutland peninsula railway network and therefore an easy area to travel to or from. The third campus is in Emdrup, a community on the outskirts of the large municipality of Copenhagen - an appealing cosmopolitan hub for those wishing to delve deep into Danish history.
What resources are available for new students?
AU's International Centre runs an events programme called "Intro Days" at the start of each semester, which are designed to introduce students to Danish life. Each of AU's three campuses offers its own Intro Days as well as a unique "Survival Guide for Exchange Students" specific to its available faculties of study, the host city, and cultural climate.
The International Centre also oversees Mentor and Buddy Programmes, which pair up international students with Danish students from the same academic department for a welcoming, intercultural experience.
What supports or services are available at Aarhus?
The university offers disability support for those with temporary or permanent accessibility needs. For information on accessibility of campuses across Europe, ESN has created "MappEd!" which allows you to check the accessibility of universities and cities across Europe. For city-specific services and places in Europe, the Jaccede interactive platform (website and/or smartphone app - both Android and iOS) also provides a searchable user-built database to identify important accessibility information of public places and locations.
Some countries require students apply for their student visa in person in Canada (sometimes outside of Calgary) – please check the consulate or embassy website for your host country to confirm the requirements for applying for a student visa early in your planning process. This may add to your budget if travel outside of Calgary is required, and it may alter travel plans prior to the start of your exchange.
Study Abroad 101
Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
How to Apply
Download the application guide
This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.
Identify three programs of interest
We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.
Check requirements and deadlines
These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.
Start your application
Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!
Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.
International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.
For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.