Free movers are expected to meet the same requirements regarding English qualifications as regular students (view AU language requirements applying to regular students).
Free movers must meet the prerequisites of the courses they are applying for. Additional requirements may apply depending on the courses they are applying for.
Free movers are obliged to pay a participation fee for the courses they attend. The prices are:
All free movers are obliged to pay participation fees whereas tuition fees only apply to free movers from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland as an additional cost.
The tuition fees are based on the ECTS workload chosen. See the tuition fee rates here.
You apply online through the Aarhus University self service system. To be able to apply online, you first have to create a self service account. Once you have created your account and logged on the self service system, please select the option "Application form for free movers (non-exchange)".
Please be aware that you need to start your application within 24 hours of creating the self service account.
To best prepare your application, it is important to understand the structure and the different locations of Aarhus University. Aarhus University has three different campuses (located in Aarhus, Herning and Emdrup) and is divided into four faculties, which are subdivided into 26 departments. Read more about the four faculties.
Remember when choosing courses that you may only take courses at one location and within one faculty. You may not choose courses at more than two different departments.
It is important that you have a relevant academic background for the courses that you apply for. You must have taken courses at your home university within the specific subject field you have applied to in order to be accepted to any of the departments.
EU students can sign up for 5 ECTS to 30 ECTS during a semester. To obtain a study and work permit, students from outside the EU/EEA have to study 30 ECTS in total (20 ECTS at one department). If you choose courses at more than one department, it is important that you choose at least 20 ECTS at one department. Students applying for courses at Aarhus BSS, should only apply for courses at one department.
At the application form, you can apply for housing as well, if needed.
You will be required to attach the following documents to your application:
Students applying to Aarhus BSS only: Students must upload a letter confirming that they will be able to transfer credits from Aarhus University to a degree at the home institution. If you cannot provide this documentation, you will be assessed according to the admission requirements of the relevant degree programme(s). Students can complete and upload this template or a similar document from the home university.
You will be informed approximately six weeks prior to semester start whether you meet the prerequisites to be enrolled in the requested courses. However, as enrolment in courses for free mover students is dependent on available space in the relevant courses, you will not receive final confirmation about course enrolment until approximately two weeks prior to semester start. If there is space left in the courses, you will receive a notification about this and an invoice. Only after the invoice has been paid in full, will you receive a Letter of Enrolment and be enrolled in the requested courses. Please be aware that due to this procedure, Aarhus University cannot guarantee that free mover students will be admitted and enrolled in courses by semester start.
If you apply for admission as a free mover student from a non-EU/EEA country, you should be aware that you will not be eligible to apply for a residence permit until after you have received a Letter of Enrolment and paid the relevant course fees. The residence permit processing time is approximately two months (60 days), which could make it difficult to receive a residence permit in time for semester start.
If your application is succesful, and once you have paid your fees, AU will send you a welcome e-mail containing the following documents:
The e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address that you have written in your online application.
It is also important that you begin to plan your trip to Aarhus as soon as possible. On the Arriving in Denmark page, you will find information about travelling to Aarhus and extended opening hours at and how to get to the International Centre (to register upon your arrival). You will also find information regarding Visas and Residence Documents, which we encourage you to read very carefully.