Aarhus University is a top ten university among universities founded within the past 100 years. The university’s goal is to contribute towards solving the complex global challenges facing the world. The university therefore strives to combine the high level of academic standards of its researchers with collaboration across disciplinary boundaries to combine research in new ways.
The study programmes at AU are based on and integrated with the research activities. They are developed in a close collaboration between employers, academic staff and students. Aarhus University's most important contribution to society are its graduates. AU has 44,000 students – of which 5,000 are international students. As an exchange student it is possible to study at Aarhus University either for one or two semesters, or to attend one of the many courses offered by AU Summer University during July and August.
The university offers more than 1,000 courses taught in English each year, within the areas of Arts, Science and Technology, Health Sciences, and Business and Social Sciences both at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels.
Research at Aarhus University is partly organised in departments distributed among four main academic areas, and partly in 15 basic research centres and 8 interdisciplinary centres.
Two researchers from the university have received the Nobel Prize, firstly in Chemistry (1997), and subsequently in economics (2010) respectively.
There are more than 6,000 researchers (4,300 full-time equivalents) at the university, including approximately 2,000 PhD students.
City of Aarhus
The university’s main campus is located in Aarhus, a dynamic city in Denmark’s Jutland peninsula. From here, the beach, the harbour and the forest are all within a 15-minute bike ride. With a Top 100 university right in its heart, Aarhus is swarming with students eager to study and have a good time. With students making up 16 per cent of its population of 330,000, Aarhus is the youngest city in Denmark. Every year the celebrated Spot Festival showcases more than 130 upcoming bands, while the three-day Northside Festival displays the most popular acts in alternative music. The art museum, ARoS, delivers groundbreaking works from some of the world’s most progressive artists. At the harbour, you can find the largest public library in Scandinavia, Dokk1 - a cultural centre, which offers a modern, functional and in the same time, visually stunning experience. Aarhus is known as Denmark’s culinary capital and has four Michelin-starred restaurants. There are dining opportunities everywhere, from the cosy cafés in the Latin Quarter to the modern restaurants in the central shopping area.