The UNI exchange program with the Aalborg University in Denmark provides UNI students with a great opportunity to learn about Scandinavian culture and history while taking courses in English, Danish, French, German, or Spanish. Denmark connects the Scandinavian countries to central Europe and also offers an easy and very inexpensive gateway to Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Finland, as well as the rest of Europe. With little to get angry about in Scandinavia's coziest community, post-Viking Danes have had to file down their horns and make their mark in a more civilized fashion. The Danes have responded by inventing Lego toys, being the European Union's cagiest member, and producing some talented upstart soccer players. Brand recognition persists due to the Danes baking pastries so delicious that the addiction of the entire gap-toothed world is assured.
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Aalborg is an old, Danish city dating back to around the year 1040. With its approximately 200,000 inhabitants, it is the fourth largest city in Denmark and the capital of the region of northern Jutland, which has more than 600,000 inhabitants, and thereby, is the third largest region in Denmark.
Today, Aalborg is an active city of commerce and service while still having retained a significant industrial and production sector. During the recent decade, the major developments have taken place within IT, education, and research.
Aalborg presents itself as a young and attractive city of education with a well-developed cultural life, including concerts and other types of music. In the central section of the city, you find bustling streets and squares, many modern shops, cafés, pavement restaurants, and modern coffee bars. The city, furthermore, has a lively entertainment and restaurant street called "Jomfru Ane Gade," which is open almost around the clock.
Although Aalborg, in this way, is a lively city with lots of activities, it is nevertheless a safe city to live in. The city provides its inhabitants with good living facilities as well as an efficient public bus transport system with Aalborg University as a central hub.
In the city centre, Aalborg University's "Studenterhus" (student union) is located where students meet for cultural experiences or relaxion from books and student assignments.
The region of northern Jutland is also worth a visit. Only 35 kilometres from Aalborg, you find some of the best and nicest beaches in Europe along its western coastline. It is my hope that you want to become acquainted with Aalborg as your city of education for a period of time. I do not think you will regret this decision.
Henning G. Jensen
(Mayor of Aalborg)
Aalborg University (AAU) was inaugurated in 1974 and is thus a young and modern university which, over the years, has grown to become a large, well-established research and teaching institution in Denmark, offering quite an untraditional range of educational programmes and research in the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering. Additionally, new opportunities for cooperation between the various academic fields, both in research and teaching, are continuously developed. In this way, Aalborg University differentiates itself from the older and more traditional Danish universities with its focus on interdisciplinary, inter-faculty studies; an experimental curriculum based on an interdisciplinary basic course with subsequent specialization; a pedagogical structure based on problem-centred, real-life projects of educational and research relevance, which internationally has become known and recognized as "The Aalborg Experiment" or "The Aalborg Model." Furthermore, Aalborg University also greatly emphasizes international relations and cooperation.
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Although instruction at Aalborg University is in Danish, many classes are taught in English in the following disciplines: International Cultural Studies, Languages and International Business Communication, and Psychology. This program is an excellent option for European Studies and Political Science majors, International Relations minors, and anyone with an interest in Europe.
For information about the programs Aalborg University offers to international guest/exchange students, please see this page.
Courses offered specifically through the International Cultural Studies program are posted, by semester, here.
All international students and new staff members at Aalborg University are offered free Danish courses at the AAU Language School.
Finally, full-time internships may be arranged for the second semester of an academic year study. See this webpage.
The University also offers IT courses through their Summer School.
The autumn semester runs from September 1st until the end of January.
Exams take place in January.
The spring semester runs from February 1st until the end of June.
Exams take place in June.
Lectures and seminars usually take place in the beginning of the semester (first 8-10 weeks) and leave more time to concentrate on project work later in the semester.
The University is closed during Christmas and Easter holidays.
Aalborg University international student arrival details can be found here.
Accommodation & Meals
Aalborg University has an International Accommodation Office (IAO) which assists the University's international students in finding a place to live when they arrive in Aalborg. The accommodation that is offered is e.g. a single room in a private house, a dormitory room, or a bigger flat shared with other students. Unfortunately, the University is unable to assist in finding accommodation with a Danish family, but the International Accommodation Office can tell you whom to contact if you are interested in this.
The rent amount and location vary according to the type of housing chosen. Most apartments are located in or in the vicinity of downtown Aalborg, approximately 5-6 km from the University's main campus while the dormitories are located relatively closer to the main campus.
Aalborg lists up-to-date information about prices, all fees, application deadlines, etc., on their website, here.
Students pay UNI tuition and fees (in-state or out-of-state) plus the study abroad fee to participate. There will be additional costs for housing, food, books and supplies, round-trip air, and other personal expenses.
Many local expense projections can be found on the University's Student Life Finance page.
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