Empty-place Scheme

If you are an EU/EEA citizen and live in or near Aalborg, Esbjerg or Copenhagen - where Aalborg University has campuses and programs - and are able to participate in single courses at Aalborg University in the daytime on weekdays, you can apply for admission through the socalled "Empty-place Scheme" (tompladsordningen).

As a student enrolled under this scheme you participate in selected parts of the programs that the University's full-time students are enrolled in and under the same conditions. You must pay a tuition fee for each course.

Please note: If you are not an EU/EEA citizen, you will only be able to apply for admission to single courses through the empty-place scheme if you can present a residence permit for Denmark issued due to other activities in Denmark (e.g. work or full-time studies). The Dansih Immigration Service does not issue residence permits for single course studies.

If you are enrolled under the empty-place scheme, you can complete no more than:

  • 90 ECTS credits of a bachelor degree and
  • 60 ECTS credits of a Master's degree

It is not possible to complete an entire bachelor or Master's degree under this scheme. It is, however, possible to complete a minor (90 ECTS credits in total of which 45 ECTS credits are at the bachelor level and 45 ECTS credits are at the Master's level).

If you want to study full-time for a period, you are only allowed to study for a maximum of one year as a full-time student under the scheme. One year of full-time studies carries 60 ECTS credits.

In order to be admitted there must be empty student places at the course/courses. The University reserves the right not to admit qualified applicants due to insufficient capacity.

The semesters run from:

  • September 1 - January 31 (fall semester) and
  • February 1 - June 30 (spring semester).

For information about which courses you can follow, please visit www.studyguide.aau.dk or contact the University's student guidance.

For information about admission requirements, please visit www.apply.aau.dk or contact the the University's student guidance.

Application Deadlines

Applicants who are already holding a residence permit for studies in Denmark:

  • 1 June - for courses starting in September
  • 1 December - for courses starting in February the following year


Applicants who are already holding a residence permit for studies in Denmark and are applying for supplementary courses in connection with admission to a fulltime Master's programme:

  • 1 July - for courses starting in September
  • 1 December - for courses starting in February the following year


Applicants who need to apply for a visa before studies in Denmark:

  • 1 April - for courses starting in September
  • 15 October - for courses starting in February the following year

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee for the Empty-place Scheme varies depending on the amount of ECTS credits that the courses carry and your citizenship.

EU and EEA Citizens

  • DKK 600 pr. ECTS credit
  • DKK 18,000 for a full semester (30 ECTS credits)

Other Citizens

The tuition fee depends on the specific program that the course is part of and on the amount of ECTS credits that the course carries. If you have this information, you can contact the office for Continuing Education for further information about the fees.

(All prices may be subject to change).

Quick guide to how to apply

You must apply for courses under the empty-place scheme through Aalborg University's online Application Portal, which you will be guided to by clicking on the link "Apply for admission" in the white box above.

Before you do that we recommend that you read the instructions on how to log in to the Application Portal (follow the link "How to log in" in the white box) and follow the instructions.

After having logged in to the Application Portal, you must do the following:

  • Institution name: choose "Aalborg University"
  • Type of education: choose "Tomplads"
  • Click on the "Search" button
  • In the search result you will see "Tompladsfag". Choose this and click on "Move on to creation of application"
  • You will now be guided through by the system.
    Note: You wil presented with a text field where you must type the name of the course you wish to apply for.

If you have any questions about the application process, you are welcome to contact:

Kirsten Birk Wogensen
Phone. +45 9940 2437
E-mail: kbw@adm.aau.dk