Academic information

AU Summer University consists of a portfolio of courses taught in English at Bachelor's or Master's level within the fields of Humanities, Theology, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Business and Educational Sciences.

As all teaching at Aarhus University is research-based, courses have a strong academic foundation.

Aarhus University is a young and visionary university progressively improving its position on world ranking lists. Research is the driving force behind the international recognition of the university, therefore collaboration with and attraction of researchers from the international elite is a prerequisite for continued excellence.  

Courses and terms: AU Summer University is divided into terms. During each term, students can earn 5 or 10 ECTS credits depending on course duration. Students can only take one course at a time.

Students: AU Summer University welcomes Danish and international full-time students, exchange students and free movers. Class sizes range from 20-50 students.

Danish 7 - point grading scale: The grading system used in all state-regulated education as from August 2007 is the 7-point grading scale. The grading scale is compatible with the ECTS-grading scale. The ECTS grading scale: ECTS credits indicate the student workload required to complete a course. They reflect the relationship between the quantity of work required by each course and the quantity of work required to complete a full year of academic study at Aarhus University.

Grade Description ECTS
12 For an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material, with no or only a few minor weaknesses. A
10 For a very good performance displaying a high level of command of most aspects of the relevant material, with only minor weaknesses. B
7 For a good performance displaying good command of the relevant material but also some weaknesses. C
4 For a fair performance displaying some command of the relevant material but also some major weaknesses. D
02 For a performance meeting only the minimum requirements for acceptance. E
00 For a performance which does not meet the minimum requirements for acceptance. Fx
-3 For a performance which is unacceptable in all respects. F


Teaching philosophy at Aarhus University:
In general there is no compulsory attendance at Aarhus University. This means that there is no checking up on students’ presence in class, which leaves students with a high degree of freedom - to be matched by their own responsibility and self-discipline! It is also worth pointing out that Danish higher education in general is characterized by an analytical approach. Students are thus not only expected to accumulate and reproduce knowledge but also to compare, analyse and evaluate on an individual basis. They must give their own opi­nion instead of repeating another person’s or professor’s opinion.  

The students expect a high academic content with focus on frameworks and methodologies followed by application on real world problems. The Danish students in general have very good analytical skills but they are not always good presenters. Also it must be pointed out that they do not have work experience as they usually continue doing a Master's directly after their Bachelor's studies. International students may be more experienced as they have different back­grounds. All courses are followed by both Danish and international students. We hope that the class­room situation will pave the way for social interaction between international and Danish students and lecturers.