Aalborg University is different from other universities on various parameters. For example due to the PBL model, AAU partners with companies and public institutions. Therefore, AAU students work closely together with collaborators in companies and public institutions to solve real life issues. As a student, you acquire important qualifications and strengthen your existing qualifications to use in your future job. And you are never alone, as you will be part of a group with other AAU students throughout the entire period.
Guide to study abroad at AAU
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.
Deadline: 15 March
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.
Deadline: 1 April
Deadline: 15 October
Spring semester = 1 February - 30 June (Even semester)
Autumn semester = 1 September - 31 January (Odd semester)
Studying at Aalborg University (AAU) 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 AAU's PBL method below.
What is PBL and why is it important?
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
- Project group work strengthens the students’ cooperation capabilities
- It requires students to reflect on their 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
- 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 AAU 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 write a joint group report on it. It is through the semester projects each semester that the students can create their unique academic profiles, 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 is no course selection as such. The semesters are pre-planned and stated in the curriculum. In the “Choosing your study program” section below you’ll find more information on how to find the different programs.
How time is spent throughout a typical semester at AAU
Most time at 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 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. Afterward, hopefully, you will discover that that is when you perhaps learned the most.
Choosing your study programme at AAU
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.
You can find detailed information on a section of guest and exchange programmes with only specific semesters taught in English here:
You can find the specific courses for a programme in the curriculum of the programme in question.
Writing your master thesis as part of the exchange
It is an individual decision made by the relevant study board, whether you can write your master's thesis during your exchange stay.
Alternatively, you can apply for an internship at the desired study board in the semester prior to your Master's thesis.
Your application must be submitted in the Application Portal.
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
Students nominated within Erasmus+ (mobility for studies only) will need to fill in and sign a Learning Agreement/Online Learning Agreement.
To find out how to start your Learning Agreement, please contact (the International Office at) your home university.
The Learning Agreement is not part of the application process with Aalborg University (AAU) and you can only have it signed by your host department at AAU if you are fully accepted (depends on individual academic evaluation and on you providing all required documentation).
Information on the "host institution responsible person" for the Learning Agreement will be disclosed in the Letter of Enrollment for exchange.
The Learning Agreement is an academic matter and is to be handled between the student and the host department. The International Office is not involved in the signature of Learning Agreements.
The entire set of documentation must be uploaded to your application in the Application Portal.
Please note: Aalborg University does not accept documents sent by post or email.
I am not sure about the documentation I have
Don't worry! As long as you submit your application by the deadline you will get a second chance. If the documents you have uploaded are not sufficient, we will reopen the relevant sections of your application so you can 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.
- 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 are seen
- List of courses you expect to follow at AAU
Programs offered in English at Aalborg University (AAU) require that your command of the English language is equivalent to level B (Danish level) in English.
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
- 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: 30 June
- 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.
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 the 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 the 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)
- A Nordic or German upper secondary school diploma, International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma program), 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 on average (Danish grade scale).
- A Danish Upper secondary school diploma - 'English level B' with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on average.
- A Danish Upper secondary school diploma - 'English level A' with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on average.
Special COVID19 measures
Due to COVID-19, AAU will for the September 2022 and February 2023 intakes accept:
- TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition. Minimum accepted score: 85.
- IELTS Indicator online test. Minimum accepted score: 6.5.
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.
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. Documentation requirements are the same.
If you only wish to join Aalborg University for one or two modules or if you are not currently enrolled in a higher education program, please apply via the Empty Place Scheme.
Are you a student at another Danish educational institution? Then you can apply for enrolment as a guest student on, for example, a minor subject, electives or individual courses at Aalborg University. It is a requirement that the applied course is included as a credit-granting part of your bachelor's or master's degree programme.
You must apply for a study place through Master Admission. Further information on the application process.
Want to know about the academic year, Danish culture, and the grading system in Denmark?
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How it is to be an international student at AAU
And also thank you very much for the whole semester. It was a very nice experience studying at the AAU. The staff is very friendly, the CREATE campus offers an excellent working environment and especially the feedback culture was something new and refreshing for me.
Matthias Rudel, exchange student at AAU in 2022/2023
Contact International Office
Tlf.: 9940 9592
Rikke R. Sørensen
Tlf.: 9940 7576
Mette Sæderup Thorvaldsen
Tlf.: 9940 7512
For AAU students who wish to spend a semester abroad
COVID19 in Denmark and at Aalborg University
The Danish travel restrictions may change before you arrive or during your stay. Please keep yourself updated by reading the information on en.coronasmitte.dk.
If you are not sure how the entry information applies to your specific situation, please don't hesitate to contact the authorities' hotlines.
From 1st February 2022 there are no longer COVID-19 restrictions in Denmark. There will continue to be recommendations for the use of face masks and corona passport for an example at hospitals and in elderly care.
It is also still possible for private businesses and private cultural institutions as well as associations etc. to make demands for eg corona passport or the use of a face mask /shield.
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).