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Aalborg University

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Program Snapshot

The city of Aalborg is home to Denmark’s most innovative and internationalized university. Programs taught in English include international cultural studies and communication, media studies, psychology, Danish studies, international management, architecture and design, art and technology and medialogy. Excellent graduate engineering programs are offered in English.

Aalborg University is closed for SM1/FY applications for 2016-2017.

Situated in the northern part of the Jutland peninsula, Aalborg is the fourth largest city in Denmark. The city is situated at the narrowest stretch of the picturesque Limfjord; extensive beaches and other impressive scenery are within easy reach. Aalborg, an old historic city, received its municipal charter in 1342; many old buildings still function as natural elements in the townscape. For many years, Rebild Bakker, a beautiful hilly area just south of Aalborg, has been the venue for the national celebration of links with America by Danes and Danish-Americans. The Danish Emigration Archives are housed in Aalborg.

The main university campus is situated in the southeastern part of the city, approximately five kilometers from the city centre. In the city centre, there is an excellent Student House. The city has fine connections with Copenhagen (plane, bus, rail), as well as with Norway, Sweden (Gothenburg is just 3 hours away by high-speed ferry), and continental Europe.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for a semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement is generally very Limited for US students
ISEP Exchange chance of placement is generally Very Limited for I-to-I students.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: late August to June;
Semester 1: late August to December/January (depending on examination schedules);
Semester 2: late January to June.

Fast Facts
Aalborg, Denmark (pop. 123,432)
Student Enrollment: 14,185
Language of instruction: English, Danish
University Home Page

Courses in the Faculty of Humanities are open to ISEP exchange students.

Courses taught in English
The Faculty of Humanities offers the following programs: Culture, Communication and Globalization (CCG), and International Cultural Studies. The International Cultural Studies program is popular with undergraduate students studying international relations, literature, and political science http://www.hum.aau.dk/ics/.

Academic Notes
Students typically enroll in 6-7 classes per term which averages to 12-14 hours in class per week. A term runs for 8-10 weeks followed by supervised project work and exams.

Transcript issued for Semester 1: Late February - Early March
Transcript issued for Semester 2: August
Transcript issued for Full Year: August

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
Language Courses: An intensive Danish language course is offered each semester, starting early September and early February. The course lasts approximately eight weeks and aims to enable foreign students to handle some everyday communication situations.

I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit the ISEP Language Proficiency Report.

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Students must have a minimum of sophomore academic standing to be considered for an undergraduate exchange program.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Single semester only (full-year placement not possible).

Hints for Researching Courses
Courses for Exchange Students

Housing and Meals
ISEP students are housed in student residence halls or in private accommodation. A stipend is provided to cover the cost of meals.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: $400-500

The orientation program includes introduction to the city of Aalborg and the university, guided walks, and more. The program includes events organized during the first couple of weeks.


Pick-up will be arranged at Aalborg Airport or at the train/bus station for students who arrive on the official arrival day.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Some international students choose to work as volunteers at the Students' House (Students' Union) in downtown Aalborg, for instance staffing the café.

Aalborg University (AAU) was inaugurated in 1974 as the fifth multi-faculty university in Denmark. The defining elements of Aalborg University are internationalization, close co-operation with the surrounding society, the advanced use of the latest information technology, and the method of teaching, which is characterized by interdisciplinarity, problem-centered and project-organized studies, and interaction of theory and practice through close cooperation with institutions and companies outside the university. A key concern of the university is to strengthen the conversion of research results into increased practical application in Danish products and production processes. Total enrollment: more than 12,000 students including more than 1,000 international students.