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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science

Access a wide variety of courses taught in English to complement your UC major. This program is about fully immersing in Danish culture and its educational system by taking courses along with local students.

Unique study opportunities

  • Explore key global topics like immigration, climate, and war from a Danish perspective.
  • Prepare for a future career in psychology, counseling, or social work.
  • Study business innovation and the strategies, technology, and human behaviors that drive success.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: None

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Two to four courses for a total of 20-24 quarter/13.3-16 semester UC units.
  • If you are enrolled in two or three courses, you may take one course for pass/no pass credit.
  • If you are enrolled in four courses you may take two courses for pass/no pass credit.
  • Most courses on this program are at the upper-division level.

Current Program Courses

Particular strengths of the university include course offerings in psychology, business and management, economics, communication, anthropology, and biological sciences.

Additionally, Aarhus University offers special​ courses for exchange students that will introduce you to the social, political, economic, and cultural life of Denmark.

The fall semester runs into the month of January. If you are studying during the fall only, you will need to select courses that will allow you to complete final exams in December. 

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Catalogs and resources

See the Aarhus University Catalog To use this catalog, select the following:

  • Course Type-select “Exchange”
  • Language of Instruction-select “English”
  • Period-Select “Autumn Semester” for fall and “Spring Semester” for spring
  • Use the Department field and the Search bar to search for courses

More catalogs and resources:

  • Aspects of Denmark course: Review the course description for this specially designed course for exchange students.
  • Danish Perspectives course: Review the course description for this specially designed course for exchange students.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.

Academic culture

You’ll enroll in courses directly at Aarhus University prior to departure with assistance from Aarhus University International Admissions staff and UCEAP.

Some courses may require attending at least 75% of all course lessons and active participation to pass the course.

Teaching at Aarhus University is generally structured around lectures, seminars, and practical exercises. Lectures host up to 400 students in an auditorium setting and consists mainly of one-way communication. The purpose of lectures is to provide the students with the necessary theoretical basis for further course work. Seminars, on the other hand, are for smaller groups of students (on average about 20 students). In this setting, professors encourage active dialog and participation in class discussions, which gives the academic atmosphere a relaxed and informal feel. When seminars are held in continuation of lectures, you’ll be asked to apply the theoretical concept and tools provided in the lectures. Practical exercises (or lab work) are most common at the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Health.

Study groups are a central part of university life. Not only can study groups benefit your studies, but it’s a helpful way to meet other students. We recommend joining a study group at the beginning of the semester. Many professors require students to make one or two oral presentations during the semester, and these presentations are prepared in study groups.

The exam system at Danish universities is unlike most other systems in Europe. Your final grade reflects only the official exams you complete during the semester. For the most part, oral presentations, papers, attendance, participation, and other smaller projects throughout the term are not graded. Most courses will have a single final examination.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework.  

Grades for the fall semester are typically available by late February and grades for the spring semester are typically available by late August.