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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.

 

What options do I have if the courses that I need to take under my current academic regulations are no longer taught?

Although certain courses under the academic regulations under which you are enrolled are no longer taught, it may still be possible to take the course exams. It will appear from the phase-out plan in your academic regulations.

Whether you will be able to take the course exams depends on whether you have previously participated in the classes and whether you have previously taken any course exams. Your possibilities depend on which of the three following categories you belong to:

  1. If you have previously participated in the classes and have taken the exam
    You can take the re-examination in the course as long as the exam is still offered (according to the phase-out plan in your academic regulations) and you have not used all of your exam attempts.
  2. If you have previously participated in the classes, but have not taken the exam
    The last ordinary exam in a course takes place in direct continuation of the last course offered. If the course if offered for the last time in the spring semester 2019, the ordinary exam will be offered for the last time during the summer exams 2019, after which only the re-examination will be offered in the re-examination period (second and third exam attempts). If there is only one form of examination in the course, this is the form offered in the re-examination.
    To be registered for the re-examination, you must apply for dispensation, as you need to have taken the ordinary exam to be registered for the re-examination. Read more here.
  3. If you have not previously participated in the classes and have not yet taken the exam
    You can prepare for the exam yourself and take the re-examination. To be registered for the re-examination, you must apply for dispensation, as you need to have taken the ordinary exam to be registered for the re-examination. Read more here.

You can also request to be transferred to a new version of the academic regulations and apply for credit transfer for the courses that you have passed under your current academic regulations. This way, you participate in the classes and take the exam under the new academic regulations.

Archived regulations

In the search module at the top of the page you will find only the current academic regulations. If you need an older version,  please contact Study Center Arts

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