Events 2018

Key pick up and guided tour on campus

New country, new city, new university. The AU Summer University Team is ready to welcome you at Aarhus University by kick-starting your summer experience with an introduction day. Get ready to say hello to your new fellow students, pick up your key, and see the beautiful University Park at a guided tour around campus. Throughout the day, we will be ready to assist you with all your questions, and give you practical information related to your study and stay at Aarhus University. We are looking forward to seeing you in Aarhus!

Dates: 2 July, 22 July, 29 July

Meeting point: International Centre, Høegh-Guldbergsgade 4A, 8000 Aarhus C

Time: 12.00 - 8.00 pm

Opening reception

Welcome to Aarhus University! AU Summer University invites all students and lecturers for the opening reception of AU Summer University 2018. Meet and greet your fellow students and lecturers while you enjoy a drink and a snack. You can also enjoy the lovely view from the top of Nobelparken. So, come and join us for the welcome reception.

Price: free, but please note that sign up is mandatory for this activity

Dates: 3 July, 23 July

Time: 14.00

Meeting point: At Nobelparken, N. Jens Chr. Skous Vej 1-9, 8200 Aarhus, Building 1483

Guided tour: All you need to know about Aarhus

Do not miss our guided tour through Aarhus to see the best of the local attractions. On this tour, you will get an introduction to the city, hear a bit about the history of the old Viking city, Aarhus, and see the main sight of today's Aarhus. We have teamed up with some of the best guides in Aarhus, who will unveil the secrets of the city. Discover for example the oldest crypt in Northern Europe, hear why the City Hall Tower looks a bit strange and find out the link between an old Danish king and you phone's Bluetooth. The tour will be approximately 2 hours long. So, grab your sandals or sneakers and get to know Aarhus and your fellow students by joining us on the guided tour of Aarhus.

Included in the price: Guided tour

Dates: Time: 4 July, 24 July

Meeting point: Dokk1, Hack Kampmanns Plads 2, 8000 Aarhus C 

Time: 3.45 pm

Aarhus by Night

There is striking evidence suggesting that Aarhus is one of the best student cities in the world. The evidence is that Aarhus is flooded with bars, cafés, restaurants and clubs, which make the city a paradise for students! Drink the cheap, local beer on every corner of the city, or enjoy delicious drinks at the cafés in the city center. Would you like to get to know one of the absolute best student bars in Aarhus? Then join your classmates and us for a relaxed and fun evening! Let’s meet for a yummi burger (veggie burger is an option as well) and start the pubcrawl right after. During the evening, we will visit some of the greatest and popular bars in Aarhus.

Please note that you must be 18 years old to participate in this event.

Included in the price: Burger and beverage, pubcrawl with one beverage pr. place 

Date: 6 July, 3 August

Meeting point: Grillen, Klosterport 2, 8000 Aarhus C

Time: 5.45 pm

BBQ and games in Mindeparken

Aarhus is surrounded by sea and forests, which makes a beautiful scene for the city. This is the ultimate invitation to join us for a BBQ in one of the most attractive parks just at the periphery of the city, Mindeparken. The park is a memorial park for the Danish soldiers killed during World War I, and is located right next to Marselisborg Palace, which is the summer residence for Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.

We will bring some of the best outdoor games known to mankind! So do not miss this unique chance to challenge your colleagues to the game (which should be an Olympic discipline): The Viking Game! If you are not in the mood for games however, you are more than welcome to relax and enjoy the pleasant view of the sea, the forest and the beautiful palace.  After the games, we will enjoy a delicious BBQ together. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the long and bright Danish summer evening. 

Included in the price: Dinner and drinks

Dates: 1 August

Meeting point: Mindeparkens café, Carl Nielsens Vej 17, 8000 Aarhus, 8000 Aarhus C 

Time: 4.30 pm

Visit the Old Town

The Old Town is an open-air museum where it’s truly like walking into a time capsule. The Old town is a living picture of life in Denmark from 300 years ago and up to 1974. The town not only allows you to experience 75 historical houses from 24 different cities in Denmark from the outside, but you can also explore them from the inside. You will get a feeling of what it was like to live back then, and to see how Danes made their way of living, for example by talking to the live actors dressed in clothes from that time.

A newer part of the city opened recently - The area in the era of the 1970’ies. From the outside, you can see how the shape and colors of the buildings have changed and inside you can have a look at things connected to some great authentic Danish musicians and politicians from a revolutionary time. Here, you’ll get an idea of how these influential people have contributed to shaping Danish culture.

Included in the price: Guided tour and entrance fee 

Date: 9 July, 8 August  

Meeting point: Main entrance for Den Gamle By/The Old Town, Viborgvej 2, 8000 Aarhus C

Time: 3.15 pm

Canoeing Trip

We want to invite you to escape the busy student-life for a short period. If you would like to spend a Sunday in nature and recharge your batteries for the upcoming week, you should join this event. You will get to see one of the most magnificent landscapes in Denmark. You can experience the wonderful scenery of the city Silkeborg’s lakes as we go canoeing down the Gudenåen, the longest Danish river. Please bring your own lunch, we will make time to eat at the riverside during the trip. We will also have time to go swimming in the lovely and chilly fresh water at the end of the trip. No prior experience is required, everybody can participate, so "paddle up" and join us for a scenic adventure – and a good work out!

Please note that this will be an active day with a lot of physical activity.


Included in the price: Transportation, canoeing and mid-way snack.

Date: 8 July, 5 August

Meeting point: International Center, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4A 

Time: 8.45 am

Visit the Viking Moot

This must be a once in a “summer-university-student’s” lifetime experience! The world's BIGGEST Viking moot is taking place at the doorstep of Aarhus. The great Viking Moot attracts “Vikings” from all over the world – more than 14 countries in total. Also worth mentioning is the Viking moot’s magnificent location right by the sea surrounded by beautiful nature. We will depart from the city center by bus, and enjoy the different shows the Vikings put up. Moreover, it is of course possible to taste some very delicious Viking-food and an amazing place to buy your souvenirs. Here, you will be able to enjoy the rest of the day watching grown-ups dressed as Vikings fight each other or you can go to the beautiful beach to recharge your batteries for the upcoming week.

Included in the price: Entrance fee

Date: 29 July

Meeting point: Moesgaard Museum, Moesgård Allé 15, 8270 Højbjerg (take bus 18 from the city)

Time: 10.00 am

Traditional Danish cakes and folk dance

Do you like traditions? Here in Denmark we like to keep some of our old traditions alive, and we would like to introduce you to them. We have invited some Danish folk dancing experts, who will be very happy to show us some of their dancing skills, and of course, teach us how to dance like they did back in the days. This is one of the many opportunities to learn more about the Danish culture. Speaking of culture and traditions, we will introduce you to the famous Danish pastries that you must try while you’re in Denmark. Search for “Danish” on Google’s images, and you’ll get an idea about how popular Danish pastry is.

Included in the price: Cake and dancing-instruction

Date: 26 July

Meeting point: International Centre, Høegh-Guldbergsgade 4A, 8000 Aarhus C

Time: 5.00 pm

Visit to ARoS Art Museum

Aarhus has developed into a city with lots of spectacular cultural attractions. One of them being the AroS Art Museum, with its characteristic “Rainbow Panorama” on top.  Entering, you will get a panoramic view of the city in all the colors of the rainbow. ARoS isn’t just the rainbow panorama, the museum offers both collections of Danish Golden Age paintings, contemporary art, and exciting, international exhibitions. 

Included in the price: Guided tour and entrance fee

Date: 18 July

Meeting point: Entrance via stairs, Aros Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus

Time: 3.45 pm

Djurs Sommerland

Do you like roller coasters and amusement parks? Then this is exactly what you need. We are going on a daytrip to the amusement park Djurs Sommerland. It’s the most visited amusement park in the Nordic countries, and they have over 60 different rides you can explore. You students are free to try out whatever you like in the park whilst we are there. Feel the rush of adrenaline at a hair-raising speed of 85 km/h in the “DrageKongen” (Dragon King), or try Denmark’s longest roller coaster “Juvelen” (the jewel) and get a stomach churning surprise. It’s going to be so much fun!

Included in the price: Transport and entrance fee (incl. unlimited rides)

Date: 15 July

Meeting point: Aarhus Bus Station, Fredensgade 45, 8000 Aarhus

Time: 8:45

Departure: 6pm

Board Game Café

The Danes love to “hygge” and a board game challenge with some good friends is a good way to do it. The word hygge means a cosy and friendly feeling you get when you’re around people or things you like. If you want to experience a part of what Danish hygge can be, you should join us for a board game at Aarhus’ board game café. The café has tons of board games, and it’s up to you to decide whether you want to challenge your colleague or, if you want to stand together for a united victory. The café offers a variety of great beers, delicious coffee or tasty lemonade as well.

Included in the price: Entrance fee

Date: 16 July, 30 July

Meeting point: Aarhus Brætspilscafé, Vestergade 58A 8000 Aarhus C

Time: 3.45 pm

Tivoli Friheden and Friday Concert

We would like to invite you to a concert evening at the Tivoli Park to enjoy a Friday evening out after a busy week of studying. We are lucky to be able to introduce you to one of Denmark’s upcoming musicians, Hugo Helmig. Hugo is a rising star and he has taken over Denmark with his hit “Please Don’t Lie” in no time!

Tivoli is an amusement park in Aarhus with tons of fun rides. You can check out the Sky Tower with a free fall of 30 meters, or the Cobra rollercoaster with a G-force on the 4,5 – the highest G-force of rollercoasters in Denmark. If you do not feel like trying out rollercoasters all night, you can join us for a beverage instead, enjoy the extremely cozy green space, and secure some good spots for the concert!

Included in the price: Entrance fee and access bracelet for rides

Date: 27 July

Meeting point: Main entrance for Tivoli Friheden, Skovbrynet 5, 8000 Aarhus C

Time: 5.00 pm

Bowling is fun!

We thought that a night out with Bowling wouldn’t be a bad idea at all! Actually, the former years’ evaluations tell us that this evening is a student-favorite! Come and join us for a relaxed evening where you can try to beat your fellow students and friends in the tournament. It does not matter if you have never set foot in a bowling alley – it will be a lot of fun no matter what! 

Included in the price: 2 hours of bowling and shoe rental. 

Date: 13 July, 10 August

Meeting point: Thomas Jensens Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus (in front of Musikhuset (The Concert Hall) by the fountain)

Time: 7.30 pm

Danish Food Culture - “Smørrebrød”

Do you want to try an open-faced sandwich? Originally, the name is “smør” and “brød” (butter and bread) and consists of a piece of buttered rye bread, a dense, dark brown bread. The topping is called “pålæg”, which literally means on-lay, and can be a variety of cold cuts, for example meat slices, sliced vegetables or fruit, cheese, spreads, fish, eggs and much more. It may sound really weird but it’s really good! We would definitely recommend you to come and taste and experience the Danish food.

Date: 11 July, 6 August

Meeting point: At Nobelparken, N. Jens Chr. Skous Vej 1, 8200 Aarhus

Time: 5.45 pm

Included in the price: 3 pieces of smørrebrød and one beverage.

NOTE: No gluten free and vegan menu provided.

Deer Park Picnic

Let’s have a picnic! Come join us when we escape the city life for a moment and visit a deer park. Marselisborg deer park is located on the outskirt of Aarhus and is open all year long. The park covers around 54 acres, and you can experience sika deer, fallow deer and wild boar. Bring a lunch pack and we will have a picnic and enjoy our food together in beautiful surrounding.  

Please note, we can feed the animals too but only with apples and carrots – and keep in mind that it’s wild living animals, not pets. The wild boars are fenced in, phew! but you can get close to the deer.

Price: Free (bring your own food and drinks)

Date: 21 July, 12 August

Meeting point: Marselisborg Dyrehave, Ørneredevej 6 8270 Højbjerg

Time: 12.00 pm