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Office of International Programs

Denmark Aalborg University (AAU) – Aalborg Universitet

Spring Semester

Program Dates: early February to late June
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Aalborg University is a young and moderninstitution, withstate-of-the-art facilities and a truly international environment. Theunique approach to learning is an aspect that makes the University stand out significantly from the rest as an innovative and creative institution. The University employs problem-based project work. This pedagogical approach ensures that students develop very particular competencies within problem solving, both in theory and in practice.

It is the philosophy of Aalborg University that a sound study environment offers the best conditions for academic advisement. Therefore, the University strives to make it easy for its international students to get to know their fellow students as quickly as possible.

Program Features:

  • Location: Aalborg is Denmark’s fourth biggest city and with its approximately 125,000 inhabitants, it is of amanageable size. As a student at Aalborg University, you can enjoy Aalborg’s many opportunities with regard to cultural experiences, sports and spare time activities.
  • Language: The programs offered to exchange students are taught in English. Danish is the official language of the country, but English is prominently spoken as most Danes speak English fluently.
  • Program Type: Exchange Partnership Program (this means that you pay tuition directly to MSU at your normal rate and do not pay any fees for tuition to Aalborg University). Housing, meals and other miscellaneous expenses will be paid while in Denmark (not to MSU). Students will participate in this program during the spring semester.
  • Areas of Study: AAU offers a number of programs open to exchange students and taught in English. MSU students can choose from the following programs (all courses will come from one program):
    • Economics and Business Administration
    • International Business Communication
    • International Cultural Studies
    • Scandinavian Studies

    Links to further information on these programs can be found here.

    See a list of courses that have been pre-approved to replace MSU degree requirements or electives.

    * While preparing to study abroad, students should consult their academic advisor for assistance in choosing the most appropriate courses for their degree program.
  • Housing: Aalborg University has an International Accommodation Office (IAO) that assists international students in finding a place to live before they arrive in Aalborg. If you meet the IAO’s application deadlines, you are guaranteed accommodation when you arrive. The accommodation that is offered may be a single room in a private house, a dormitory room or a large flat shared with other students. The rent and location vary according to the type of housing. Most flats are located in or in the vicinity of central Aalborg, approximately 5-6 km from the University’s main campus, while the dormitories are located relatively closer to the main campus.  We would suggest that students opt for the downtown housing, in order to be close to many activities and social events. 

    On-campus student cafeterias are available withouto meal plans, however students cook most of their own food in their residence.


How to Apply

Application Deadline: September 15th

Application Procedure:

    • Step 1: Submit a completed MSU Study Abroad Application to the MSU Office of International Programs by September 15th
    • Step 2: Receive letter of acceptance to study abroad through MSU from the MSU Office of International Programs
    • Step 3: By the appropriate deadline, complete the Aalborg University online exchange student application.
    • Step 4: You will receive an acceptance letter from Aalborg University informing you of your final acceptance status. If admitted, complete the process outlined below for Admitted Students along with any other instructions you receive from AAU.

Eligibility: Undergraduates, with sophomore status and at least a 2.5 GPA (cumulative)

Contact Information:

Information for Admitted Students
* Although we make every attempt to keep this information up to date, please defer to information provided to you directly from the host institution as the best resource. If there are discrepancies between the protocols listed here (applying for housing, getting registered for courses, etc.) and those told to you by your host institution, default those of the host institution. However, health insurance requirements, course equivalencies, credit transfer and grading are determined solely by MSU.

  • Apply for student housing: Review your housing options. Then, complete the online housing application by the appropriate deadline.

  • Check out Aalborg University's Arrival Guide and AAU’s website for important information that will help you prepare for your program!
  • Visa: Terminology note: the words 'visa,' 'residence permit' and 'study permit' are used interchangeably to describe the document that authorizes a person to enter or leave the country for which it was issued.

    Information about your Danish Residence Permit (aka ST1 student visa application): All North American exchange students must apply for a residence permit to study in Denmark. Please, follow the instructions given by your closest Danish Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Danish Embassy in the USA (for American citizens). Danish Embassy in Canada (for Canadian citizens).

    After your final admission, you will receive your ST1 student visa application form from the AAU International Office along with your admission letter which will provide pertinent information needed for your residence permit application. Note, there is a fee for your residence permit; current fees, listed in Danish Kroner, can be found here. NOTE that it will be necessary for you to travel to the Danish Embassy, Consulate or General Consulate in order to apply and have biometrics recorded. Click here for additional information about the residence permit application process.

  • Planning your travel:Wait to make your travel arrangements until you have received guidelines from AAU regarding official arrival dates and times, as well as dates of your final exams at the end of your program. After booking all travel arrangements (flights, trains, etc.) is is imperative to schedule your arrival with your coordinator at AAU.
  • Global Health Insurance: Insurance coverage necessary for your study abroad program differs from what most domestic insurance policies offer. To address these special needs, the Office of International Programs has identified an affordable and comprehensive international health and travel policy through Cultural Insurance Services International that all MSU study abroad students participating in a partner program must purchase. Instructions on how to register and make payment will be provided during your pre-departure orientation meeting.
  • Academic System: Courses that you enroll in will be determined by the program you choose. Within some programs, you will have a few options to choose from. Each course in your program is typically completed with a comprehensive final exam. This may seem different for students when compared to many courses at MSU that have a greater emphasis on homework and tests throughout the semester.

    Credit for courses taken at Aalborg University is recorded in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). According to MSU policy, 2 ECTS credits are equivalent to 1 credit earned at MSU. A typical semester enrollment would be 30 ECTS credits to be considered full time. Each student is responsible to maintain full enrollment, taking a minimum of the equivalence of 12 MSU credit hours (24 ECTS).

  • Grading: Scores received at Aalborg University will be evaluated according to World Education Services (WES) grading standards published on the WES website. Conversions can be accessed by selecting Denmark from the drop-down box.

 Last updated June 21, 2017