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    What is an exchange student?

    An exchange student is a student from one of Aalborg University's partner universities (Erasmus, Nordic or overseas) who wishes to study at Aalborg University for one or two semesters and who has been nominated for exchange at Aalborg University by the partner university.

    For more information on the nomination process, please contact the international office at your home university.

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    What is an exchange semester like?

    Spring semester = 1 February - 30 June

    Autumn semester = 1 September - 31 January

     

    Studying at Aalborg University may be somewhat different from being a student at other Danish universities. This is due to the PBL method. To make sure everyone is on the same page, please read the short explanation of Aalborg University’s PBL method below.

    Each semester has a certain theme and there is a planned learning outcome. To achieve the learning outcome there are certain mandatory theory modules. Typically, there are three theory modules (5 ECTS points each) which all are prerequisites for the semester project/project module (15 ECTS points). There is no set number of lectures for a given module. It follows our PBL setup (Problem Based Learning) where the project module is a synthesis of the theory modules used on a real life problem. The learning outcome for the project is also found in the curriculum.


    The project module has a threefold (or more) purpose

    1) Project group work strengthens the students’ cooperation capabilities

    2) It requires students to reflect on their own learning – it must be argued how and why they used the taught theory in the project or why not if they didn’t and why they chose to use a different theory, and

    3) It helps students in transferring their knowledge into “how do I use this in the real world” as most often the group project will be undertaken in cooperation with a company, where the company presents a case/the problem to be solved/or is the data.

    This means that students at Aalborg University build their academic profile via the semester project. The project is a free-topic subject (however it must fall under the theme of the semester) where the students, in groups, do research about a subject that interests them and they write a joint group report on it. It is through the semester projects each semester that the students can create their own unique academic profile, as they choose what to research. The project groups only last for the semester project. The next semester the students form new groups based on interest and thus the group one is in could be entirely, or only somewhat different the next semester.

    As a consequence there no course selection as such. The semesters are pre-planned and stated in the curriculum. In the “Choosing your study programme” section below you’ll find more information on how to find the different programmes.

    The illustration below shows how time is spent throughout a typical semester (with the semester start to the left). Most time in the beginning of the semester is used on courses/lectures but gradually that decreases and the project work increases. The project exam is an oral group exam where the project report is defended. 

    So the project report is like a very long essay, and it is not necessarily fun all the time – most likely it will be quite frustrating as there not only will be the academic troubles in learning new theories and learning how to apply them, but also the aspect of finding out how to work together in a group may prove to be frustrating. Afterwards, hopefully, you will discover that that is when you perhaps learned the most.

     

    Choosing your study programme

    As mentioned in the section above, our study programmes are essentially set packages, which means that there is no course selection as such. Semesters are pre-planned and as stated in the curriculum. Thus, it is not possible to mix and match courses from different programmes.

    AAU programmes with English taught semesters

    You can find the curriculum with the specific courses on the study programme’s website.

    Click your way to a specific study programme from the links below and then click on the link to the Curriculum (found on the right hand side of the study programme’s webpage in the box “Facts about the programme”).

    Keeping the above in mind applicants can find the specific courses for a programme in the following ways:
    Students currently pursuing a Bachelor degree may look in our Bachelor.

    Keeping the above in mind applicants can look for relevant teaching packages in the following ways:
    Students currently pursuing a Bachelor degree may look in our Bachelor list: http://www.en.aau.dk/education/bachelor and in the Bachelor part of the guest & exchange list: http://www.en.aau.dk/education/guest-exchange.
    The two lists differ in the way that the former has programmes fully taught in English, whereas programmes on the latter only have one or two English taught semesters. Therefore, only exchange students can apply for programmes on the latter list. However, as an exchange student, you do not need to limit yourself to the exchange list; you may also look through the full bachelor list.

    Likewise, if you have already successfully completed your Bachelor degree you may instead choose from the Master programmes list: http://www.en.aau.dk/education/master or the master part of the guest & exchange list: http://www.en.aau.dk/education/guest-exchange.

    Please note that some semesters have pre-requisites. E.g. to follow the 6th semester of Energy Engineering you need to have successfully completed the equivalent of 5 semesters of Bachelor studies in a similar field. This should be apparent from the curricula.

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    Nomination deadlines

    September intake

    Due to COVID19 we have extended the nomination deadline for the Septemeber intake 2021 to 1 April 2021.

    (Usual eadline: 15 March)

    february intake

    Deadline: 1 October

     

    What is nomination for exchange?

    • Universities that hold an exchange agreement with Aalborg University select the students that they would like to go abroad during the upcoming semester(s). For more information on this process, please contact the international office at your home university
    • The universities then let Aalborg University know which students they would like to send to Aalborg University
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    Application deadlines

    September intake

    Deadline: Due to the current COVID-19 situation in many countries, Denmark included, the application deadline for Erasmus, exchange and paying guest students planning to start their stay at Aalborg University in September 2021 has been extended to 15 April 2021

    february intake

    Deadline: 15 October

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    How to apply

    Your application must be submitted in the Danish Application Portal. Find the login-link in the right-hand side of this page. 

    You need to create a profile in the Application Portal in order to submit your application for exchange.

    Please note: You are responsible for keeping yourself updated on the status of your application by often logging into the Application Portal and by reading and responding to any new messages. 

    Spring semester = 1 February - 30 June

    Autumn semester = 1 September - 31 January

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    Guide to the Application Portal

    Download guide to the Application Portal

    Guide to the application portal

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    Documentation requirements

    The entire set of documentation must be uploaded to your application in the Application Portal. Find the login-link in the right-hand side of this page. 

    Please note: Aalborg University does not accept documents sent by post or email.

    If the documents you have uploaded are not sufficient, you will be requested to submit further documentation. We will give you a detailed explanation of the extra documentation we need from you and give you a deadline for uploading it to us.

     

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTation

    • Certificates and academic transcripts in English
       
    • Documentation for English language level. Please read the section below on language requirements carefully to find out how you need to document your English skills
       
    • Copy of the section in your passport or National ID where your name, picture and nationality is seen
       
    • Learning agreement
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    Language requirements

    Programmes offered in English at Aalborg University require that your command of the English language is equivalent to level B (Danish level) in English. 

    Please note!

    When applying as an exchange student (including Erasmus) or paying guest you must upload one of the following:

    • a passed test or other valid documentation for your English language skills as described below or
    • a receipt from the test centers confirming, you have signed up for a test
      • If you upload a receipt for signing up for a test please note that the deadline for submitting the test result will be as follows:
        • Fall semester 2021:
          • 30 June 2021 for non-EU nationals (to allow sufficient time for your application for a residence permit)
          • 20 August 2021 for EU nationals (as they don't need a residence permit to enter Denmark)
        • Spring semester: 15 December

    We do not accept IELTS and TOEFL tests that are more than 2 years old at the time of the application deadline. We do not accept the “TOEFL MyBest Scores”.

    How can I meet the language requirement?

    Please be sure to read the entire section before contacting AAU about how to document your English language skills. 

    If your documentation is not described below, it is not considered valid English language documentation for exchange at AAU.

    Special COVID19 measures

    Due to COVID19, AAU will for the September 2021 intake accept:

    With ETS offering this TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition and IELTS the Indicator online test, AAU considers the possibility to sign up for an official English language test restored and all applicants who don’t hold or have the opportunity to obtain an ordinary type of documentation (as described below) are required to sign up for the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition or the IELTS Indicator online test.

     

    ordinary Types of documentation

    You can prove your language proficiency by uploading one of the following:

    • IELTS (academic test): 6.5
    • TOEFL (internet-based): 85
    • C2 Proficiency (CPE): 180
    • C1 Advanced (CAE): 180
    • ECPE: Passed test including certificate
       
    • An English taught qualifying upper secondary school diploma, Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK or Ireland. (Minimum two years of the Bachelor or Master must have taken place in one of the mentioned countries).
       
    • Applicants holding an English taught qualifying upper secondary school exam, Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK or Ireland (Minimum two years of the Bachelor or Baster must have taken place in one of the mentioned countries)
       
    • A Nordic or German upper secondary school diploma, International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme) or European Baccalaureate (from Schola Europaea) with an English level equivalent to a Danish B level in English with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in average (Danish grade scale).
       
    • A Danish Upper secondary school diploma - 'English level B' with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in average.
       
    • A Danish Upper secondary school diploma - 'English level A' with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in average.
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    Freemover/Paying Guest Student

    If your home university does not have an exchange agreement with Aalborg University (or if the agreement they have doesn't cover the academic area you are interested in), you could opt to apply for a freemover/paying guest student semester of 30 ECTS at Aalborg University. Please note that fees apply.

    To apply, please follow the application instructions for exchange students. Instead of a Learning Agreement, please upload a document stating that you are applying as a freemover as well of the courses and modules you intend to enrol in at Aalborg University.

    If you only wish to join Aalborg University only for one or two modules, please apply via the Empty Place Scheme.

Overall regarding Covid-19 in Denmark and at Aalborg University

Last update: 8 June 2021

Official Information from Danish Authorities is available in English on the website of the Danish police
 

CAN I ENTER DENMARK AS AN EXCHANGE STUDENT TO AALBORG UNIVERSITY?

As of 21 April 2021, Danish authorities have categorized all countries as yellow, orange or red. 

Conditions for entering Denmark vary between these categories.

As both the rules for each category and the countries in each category tend to change on short notice, we will not be posting specifics on the website. 

To find out more about your options please:

  • Go to the website of the Danish police
  • In the section "Where are you travelling from"/"Country categories" find out which group you belong to
  • Then read the section that applies to you.
  • If you hold a residence permit for Denmark and travel from a country categorised as red please contact the Arrivals Hotline of the Danish police as the information on their website is currently unclear on this area. You willl find on the contact number on the website of the Danish Police

If you are not sure how the entry information applies to your specific situation, please don't hesitate to contact the Arrivals Hotline of the Danish police that you'll find on the website of the Danish Police

Please note that different conditions such as negative Covid-19 test and self isolation still apply in most cases. For more information, please visit the website of the Danish police.

How to prepare

Please read the sections mentioned above and make a comprehensive list of the steps that you need to go through.

Follow these steps.

Please note that as countries can change category often (once a week when this was written) you might not be able to plan your travels as well in advance as you would have normally done.

While the minimum requirements vary a bit, you will come along way assuming that (if you are eligible for entry) you will need to provide a negative COVID19 test no more than 24 hours old, be tested upon arrival, self isolate for ten days upon arrival.

IS TEACHING ONLINE OR ON CAMPUS?

Teaching is still mainly online, however as of 12 April some activities for some students start moving on campus. For further information, please see the 

FAQ ABOUT COVID-19 AND ADMISSION

 

Current exchange student at Aalborg University

Current students including exchange students at Aalborg University receive relevant AAU-related corona information directly on their AAU-mail. This information, as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions are also available on aau.dk/coronavirus (Danish and English versions on the same page).

Questions?

Current (exchange) students that didn’t find answers on aau.dk/coronavirus are kindly asked to contact their study secretary for study related issues.

New or current exchange students with general, exchange related questions, please don’t hesitate to contact internationaloffice@aau.dk

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Problems using the application portal?

Please contact AAU IT Support: support@its.aau.dk | +45 9940 2020

Questions about exchange?

internationaloffice@aau.dk

Cultural agreement programme

PLEASE NOTE: The Scholarships under the Cultural Agreement Programme will not be available from 2021 and forward. The information on the following pages is only relevant for the previous call years. 

Read more about the Cultural Agreement programme

 

Danish Summer Language Scholarships - extra application round summer 2020. Short deadline.