Mentor/Buddy Programme

Aarhus University has a mentor/buddy programme which will help the students ease into their new study environment and hopefully make them feel safe and welcome, in Aarhus.

Most departments at Aarhus University will pair new international exchange students with a Danish/current student from the same department. The mentor/buddy will be able to provide you with information about studying at AU and living in Aarhus. The mentor/buddy is also responsible for assisting the international student with solving practical and administrative tasks related to their arrival.

What to expect from your mentor/buddy?

  1. Your mentor/buddy will make contact with you before your arrival.
  2. Your mentor/buddy will set a time and place for your first meeting (preferably on the time of your arrival).
  3. Your mentor/buddy will help you pick up your key at the International Centre (if you received a housing offer), by either accompanying you there or picking up the key in advance if you arrive outside opening hours. This requirement is only relevant to the Mentor Programme, not the Buddy Programme at the Faculty of Arts.


Exchange students at Health Sciences, Science and Technology, and School of Business and Social Sciences (Law, Political Science, Psychology) will be assigned a Mentor once they have been accepted into AU. Your Mentor will contact you after your acceptance has been cleared and will coordinate and communicate with you directly.

Your Mentor is there to assist you with settling into Aarhus and university life, and will tell you more about their role when they contact you. Please note that it is very important that you let your Mentor know when you arrive in Aarhus (they will pick you up or direct you to your destination).

Exchange students at BSS within the Departments of Economics and Business, Business Communication and the Business Administration will be assigned a Mentor to help guide them through the beginning of their stay at School of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University. The Mentors are all students at School of Business and Social Sciences and will participate both in the Intro Days and throughout the semester's various social activities. During the Intro Days, exchange students will be placed into small groups, where there will be tutor teams to guide each group.


For further information about the mentor programme, please see the contact information below:

Science and Technology: Hans Binderup,

Health: Rasmus Thøger Christensen,

Economics and Business, Business Communication and Business Administration:   Nina Jørgensen


Türkan Öztürk, 


Alberte Højsgaard

Political Science:

Sune Orloff Hellegaard,







The Buddy Programme is for students within the Faculty of Arts in Aarhus and Emdrup and exchange students who will be attending AU Herning.

Your Buddy will be a student who is already studying at AU, either in Aarhus, Emdrup or in Herning (where appropriate) and will volunteer to help you become familiar with the university. Your Buddy will be able to answer most of your questions and introduce you to AU and your new study city, too.

The Buddy may be able to assist with:

  • Contacting incoming exchange students via email before their arrival
  • Helping new exchange students feel wel­come and comfortable in Denmark and showing them around
  • Helping exchange students contact local authorities. Exchange students will receive more detailed information about these formali­ties from either AU's International Centre in Aarhus or AU Herning’s International Office.
  • Helping exchange students with practi­cal things regarding AU and ex­tracurricular activities


For further information about the Buddy Programme, please see the contact information below:

Arts: Christine Aa. L. Jensen:

Erasmus Mundus Journalism: Christina Buhl: