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Education Abroad Office

Aarhus University

Area: Global Exchange
Location: Aarhus
Country: Denmark
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year

USC's exchange program at Aarhus University (AU) is designed to expose American students to Danish life and culture. The university was founded in 1928 and today it has several world class research fields. Aarhus University  is a top ten university among universities founded within the past 100 years. It has a long tradition of partnerships with some of the world's best research institutions and university networks. AU has a strong commitment to the development of society that is realized through its collaboration with government agencies and institutions and the business community. Around 12 percent of AU’s 40,000 students are international, representing over 120 nationalities. USC applicants will study alongside other international and local Danish students. Danes were recently ranked as one of the best non-native English speakers in the world, so it is easy for international students to get along in Denmark even if they don’t speak Danish and AU offers courses in English.

Cost: USC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: 3.0 GPA

The standard of living is high and the economy typically performs above the European average in Denmark. Accommodation, food, transport, and leisure are therefore relatively expensive in Denmark compared to many other countries. AU estimates that students should budget approximately €1,000 per month in expenses.

A wide variety of courses are taught in English, however, the selection of courses varies from semester to semester and students must meet the pre-requisistes of their desired department.  Please consult the course information page to find courses offered in English. Generally, students can choose courses from one faculty only, and most faculties allow students to choose courses from one department only.

To see courses USC students have taken at this university in the past, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Aarhus University hosts a number of events throughout the semester. Along with academic debates and lectures, ranging from local faculty level to university wide, AU also holds a number of social events for both international and Danish students throughout the year. On top of these events, there are several clubs and organizations through Aarhus University that students can become a part of, many of which operate in both Danish and English 

Per university policy, all USC students will be charged for  emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance of  for their time abroad. Students will be enrolled in this insurance by the education abroad office prior to their departure. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Students have the option to apply for dorms and shared houses directly through AU. If students do not wish to live in a dorm or shared house, additional housing options are available and must be secured individually. The optional application for housing is integrated into the admission application. It is highly advised that students submit their AU application early in order to have a better chance at securing the housing option of their choice. 

USC students have the option to study at Aarhus for the fall or spring semester, or for the academic year. The fall semester at AU takes places from late August to late January. The spring semester takes place from late January to late June. Students who choose to study abroad for only the fall must consider the Aarhus calendar vs the USC calendar and how it may affect the start of their semester back at USC. 

 Aarhus University hosts a mandatory  orientation for all international students at the beginning of each term. The Orientation (Introduction Week) includes campus tours and covers information on courses, exams, technology on campus, and Danish culture. Students must arrive approximately  1.5 weeks before the start of the Aarhus semester to settle into housing and attend the orientation. 

U.S. citizens who attend AU for a semester or longer are required to apply for an student residence permit (not a visa) prior to departing the US and upon receipt of acceptance materials from Aarhus. Students must apply in person at the nearest Danish Embassy which is in Washington D.C. for South Carolina Residents. Timing is crucial when it comes to obtaining your residence permit as they can take up to 2 months to be processed. 


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