Why collaborate with AU?

Why choose Aarhus University?


AU is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top universities. It was ranked number 73 in the 2015 Shanghai ranking and number 81 among the largest universities in the world in the 2015 Leiden
Ranking. Read more about AU in the rankings.


At AU, teachers are active researchers and teaching takes place in an informal context. All programmes are deeply rooted in research and are reviewed on an ongoing basis to meet the highest national and global quality standards.


Aarhus University’s School of Business and Social Sciences (Aarhus BSS) is accredited by AACSBAMBA andEQUIS for the school’s core business activities. This means that Aarhus BSS is a Triple Crown accredited business school.


Around 12 per cent of AU’s 40,000 students are international, representing over 100 nationalities.


The International Centre offers a full induction and introduction programme as well as professional support and guidance throughout your time at AU.


Danes were recently ranked as some of the best non-native English speakers in the world, so it is easy for international students to get along in Denmark even if they don’t speak Danish.


Denmark is widely cited as one of the world’s most liveable places. It has the world’s highest level of income equality according to the OECD.

Based on the Corruption Transparency Index, Denmark is the least corrupted country in the world.


According to Universitas 21 Ranking 2018 Denmark ranks third best in providing higher education.

Student exchange

Aarhus University is a well-established host for international students from all over the world, offering more than 60 programmes taught in English.

International Centre at Aarhus University is a professional unit catering to international students both in and outside of Aarhus University. We currently have 1,800 international students annually, with an ambition to expand.

International Centre assists the increasingly large and diverse group of international students aiming to make the students’ transition from home to Aarhus University as easy and as pleasant as possible.

IC offers arrival and departure assistance, housing services for international students and for other visiting groups, logistics services, welcoming programme with introductions to Danish, the Danes and studying in Denmark, social events, support in practical matters and much more.

With a partnership agreement ensuring balanced student exchange, students from your university do not pay tuition fees at Aarhus University.

Read more about student exchange.

Research Collaboration

Researchers at Aarhus University have a long and strong tradition for research collaboration and co-publishing and are eager to engage in international research collaboration to the benefit of all involved.

Danish researchers are world champions in writing highly cited academic articles. According to Times Higher Education Supplement's survey of the most-cited nations Denmark ranks as no. 1. However, research excellence is not all. The overall job satisfaction depends upon more factors; social as well as cultural. In this respect Aarhus University has a lot to offer. According to Nature Magazine's International Career Survey, Denmark ranks as the one most likely to provide its scientists with an excellent all-round experience.

Looking at ranking evaluations you will see that universities that engage in collaborative research rank higher than those who do not. You will also notice that co-authored articles are quoted more frequently than articles with only one author. However, research collaboration is costly and potentially difficult because of language barriers, geographical distance and cultural challenges.

Please let us know your ideas and perspectives on potential strategic alliances, such as summer schools, research collaboration, joint degrees summer schools or others.

Campus, city and surroundings

The university is situated in a beautiful, yellow-brick campus in the centre of Aarhus city. The campus includes an attractive park that hosts students’ social activities and events, concerts and is available for all city residents to enjoy.

The city of Aarhus is situated on the Eastern cost of Jutland, the large peninsula in Denmark. The city is thus surrounded by cost line and beaches to the east, forests to the south and to the west beautiful hilly area with lakes and streams. The city of Aarhus is home to more than 320,000 people. Aarhus University and Aarhus city is an attractive venue for students as well as for researchers with excellent job opportunities and with educational opportunities for the entire family with an international school and an established International Baccalaureate within the city limits.

International Centre

International Centre at Aarhus University gives priority to internationalisation and continually strives to professionalise and coordinate the efforts made towards this aim. The internationalisation strategy of Aarhus University 2014-2020 prioritises five core activities; the internationalisation of education, student mobility, internationalisation of research, mobility of researchers and the internationalisation of research-based consultancy.

International Centre is a service organisation for both incoming and outgoing students and staff. Read more about the International Centre.