The Faculty of Arts
Based in the second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus University is a comprehensive, research-intensive and globally oriented university. The Faculty of Arts is one of four faculties here. With a research staff of more than 500, it is among the largest faculties in Northern Europe for research and teaching within the field of cultural and social practices.
Arts is home to a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplinarities. On this basis, the university seeks to address the most urgent challenges facing society today. A commitment to interact with society and seek solutions to pressing social questions is balanced with an emphasis on contributing to basic research.
Read more about the faculty of Arts on http://arts.au.dk/en/
Department of Computer Science
The Department of Computer Sciences conducts research, education and innovation of the highest international caliber. Through research-based education our highly skilled and acknowledged staff educates and mentors our extremely demanded bachelor’s, master’s and PhD students to be leaders of the next generation. Computer science is very important for the development of all sectors of society.
Indeed, the use of IT is a key factor for increasing productivity in Denmark, and the importance is reflected in the fact that our graduates enter into a, otherwise challenged, job market with no unemployment for them. The department will continue and improve our current work in order to be recognized as one of Europe’s leading departments in computer science.
Read more about the Department of Computer Science on http://cs.au.dk/
Denmark has become an attractive study destination for international students for many reasons. The following overview will give you the most important information and guidelines about Denmark.
Denmark has a high standard of living and combines social security with an attractive business climate and a clean and safe environment.
As Denmark is located in the Northern part of Europe then the geographic position makes Denmark an excellent gateway for those, who wish to study in Europe and explore Europe and Scandinavia.
Denmark’s infrastructure is well developed. The railway network is extensive, the roads are of high standards and are relatively uncongested. The aviation system is among the most developed in the world and the airports have connections to most of the big international airports in the world.
As most Danes speak English, you will find it easy to live in Denmark even if you do not speak any Danish. Approximately 80% of the population speaks English and many speak French, German or Spanish. When you go shopping, use public transportation and visit official buildings etc. you will find that you can manage perfectly well in English.
Danish higher education
Danish higher education is famous for its innovative teaching approach and high international standards. The Danish institutions offer a dynamic study environment with an emphasis on independent study, initiative and project-oriented learning.
As a student at a Danish higher education institution you are encouraged to play an active role in your learning process and take responsibility for planning and carrying out your projects, either independently or together with other students. In addition to attending lectures, you will be expected to participate in discussions and continuously develop your critical thinking and analytical skills.
For international students, the Danish approach to teaching and learning can introduce a whole new way of studying and thinking, which will challenge you and provide you with an excellent platform for your future career.
Danish higher education institutions are located in modern buildings with excellent facilities such as libraries, lecture, class and study rooms, laboratories, IT equipment, canteens etc. The libraries are public, so all students can borrow books, tapes, language learning materials, etc. for free.
Why choose Denmark?
1. Quality of education – there are great courses offered by Danish institutions that use innovative study methodologies, e.g. project based learning. Several Danish institutions are among the best 200 universities in the world according to different rankings.
2. English based programs – there are many interesting and innovative courses available in Danish institutions that are meant for international students and are taught in English. You don’t have to know Danish to go to study to Denmark.
3. State funded education – for students coming from EU/EAA, studying in Denmark is free as Danish government is paying for the studies to attract international students to the country. For NON-EU the tuition fee for one year is usually between 8,000 EUR and 14,000 EUR but there are scholarships available.
4. Good student job opportunities – there are good student job opportunities depending on the study location. Students need to work usually 12-15 hours a week to cover all their living costs. Of course, finding a job might be easier in some places than others.
5. International education – students in study groups are usually from different countries and that makes the education really international.
More info about studying in Denmark: http://www.studyindenmark.dk/
Currency rate: 7,46 DKK = 1 EUR
Education: No cost for students from EU/EAA
Living cost in Denmark varies place to place and universities to universities. However, in average the cost of living for international students in Denmark is approximately between 500$ and 800$ per one month. The cost of living in Copenhagen is higher that in other parts of Denmark.
- Living place is in average 250-350 EUR per month (2500 DK).
- Transportation is around 40-60 EUR per month (400 DK). Many students prefer bicycles as it is very easy in Denmark to get around by bicycle.
- Food & other costs are in average 200-300 EUR per month (2000 DK). Compared to other European countries, food and personal care items are expensive in Denmark. To get an idea of the price level, please visit the websites of supermarket chains in Denmark, such as Fotex, Netto, Aldi, Lidl, etc.
around 5,800 EUR per year will typically cover accommodation, food and general personal expenses.
Finding a place to live often takes time, so we advise you to contact your Danish education institution for information about accommodation as soon as you have been admitted in case you have not received the information with your admission letter.
The institutions will be able to assist you in finding a place to live. There are several accommodation options:
- room in a hall of residence, price: 240-400 EUR per month.
- privately rented room in a house or a flat, price: 200-500 EUR per month.
- privately rented flat – either alone or shared with other students, prices vary considerably.
Most Danish students supplement their income by working alongside their studies as Denmark is relatively expensive country. However, student jobs pay very well. The minimum wage per hour in Denmark is approximately 13EUR.
EU/EEA nationals apply for the work permit from the Danish authorities upon arrival in Denmark. Finding work may be somewhat difficult if you don’t speak Danish, however there are many possible student jobs (cleaning jobs, restaurants and cafes etc). The golden rule is that if you really need and want a job, you will find one. If you have special skills, such as computer programming, it may be easier to find a job.
Jobs can be found through local newspaper ads, through special agencies or through other students who already have a job or who have been studying there for some time. It is not recommended for you to work more than 15 hours per week – otherwise you may neglect your studies. You may work full time during the summer holidays. You should keep in mind to have at least 4 month’s money before arrival as it may take time to find a job. If you don’t then it’s advisable to work for a year and then start your studies.
The Danish Employment Services provide information on living and working conditions and job opportunities for foreigners at: www.eures.dk.
Another possibility is the website www.workindenmark.dk where you can find in-depth information about Denmark, the Danish society as well as the conditions and possibilities for working in Denmark. The site also contains a job database.