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What are academic regulations?

All AU students are enrolled under specific academic regulations covering the degree programme to which they have been admitted.

Your academic regulations are important because they tell you what you need to learn each semester and how this will be done – as well as describing the rules applying to your degree programme. You are responsible for keeping up to date with the rules with which you need to comply.

Your academic regulations are the legal foundation of your degree programme. Your academic regulations contain:

  • Admission requirements for your degree programme
  • A description of your degree programme and the qualifications you will achieve
  • Descriptions of the knowledge, skills and competences that you will acquire
  • The structure of your degree programme
  • Descriptions of each course, its purpose, and the academic goals which form the basis of your exam assessment
  • Descriptions of all the exams you will need to pass
  • A summary of the general rules applying to students

Academic regulations are drawn up by teachers and students in degree programme boards and boards of studies, and are subject to the approval of the dean.

The framework for degree programmes and academic regulations is defined in a range of ministerial orders.

How can I find the academic regulations that apply to me?

You can do this by logging onto mitstudie.au.dk and clicking on ‘My academic regulations’, which you will find under your timetable.

My academic regulations are being discontinued - FAQ

My academic regulations are being discontinued – will I lose my place at university?

No. The discontinuation of your academic regulations does not mean that you will lose your place.

If your academic regulations are discontinued, you will be transferred to a new version and can continue your studies under these regulations instead. Your maximum degree completion time defines the deadline for completing your degree programme. The discontinuation of your academic regulations does not affect your maximum degree completion time.

You can find the deadline for completing your degree programme at mystudies.au.dk. 

What happens if I am transferred to new academic regulations?

If you are transferred to new academic regulations, the board of studies will assess the extent to which you can transfer credit for the courses which you have passed under your old regulations to the new regulations.

The section of your new academic regulations entitled “Rules regarding credit transfer” contains guidelines for transferring credit from the old regulations to the new regulations.

If there is a big difference in the academic content of the new and old regulations, it might not be possible to transfer all the courses or ECTS credits that you have passed to the new regulations. So you might have to pass additional courses and gain additional ECTS credits in order to complete your degree programme.

What happens when course credits cannot be transferred to the new academic regulations?

It might not be possible to transfer all the courses and/or ECTS credits that you have passed under the old regulations to the new regulations because the academic content or number of ECTS credits of these courses has been changed significantly in the new regulations.

If I lose ECTS credits when transferring to new academic regulations, will my maximum degree completion time be extended?

No. The discontinuation of your academic regulations does not affect your maximum degree completion time. Your maximum degree completion time will be unchanged, so you will not be given any more time to complete your degree even though you have lost subjects or ECTS credits when transferring to new academic regulations.

You can find the deadline for completing your degree programme at mystudies.au.dk.   

Can I apply for dispensation to avoid being transferred to new academic regulations?

No. When academic regulations are discontinued, all the students enrolled under them are affected. You will also be transferred even if you are (or have been) on parental leave or sick leave, or if other exceptional circumstances apply which prevent you from completing your final exams before your academic regulations cease to be valid. This applies even if you have previously been given dispensation to follow an individual timetable.

If you have previously been given dispensation to follow an individual timetable, you should contact a student counsellor for guidance, because you may need to draw up a new study plan.

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