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Study progress reform

The provisions of the University Act on study progress are specified in a general set of rules for Aarhus University and in internal rules for the faculty of Arts.

Study progress reform II at the Faculty of Arts

Registering for teaching and exams

You will be registered for the compulsory courses you need to attend in the coming semester, but you can withdraw subsequently if you wish to. Registration and withdrawals take place in the registration periods prior to each semester:

  • Teaching in the autumn semester: 1-7 May
  • Teaching in the spring semester: 1-7 November

Once you have been registered for teaching, you will be registered automatically for the associated exams.

Registration for 2nd and 3rd exam attempts

You will not be registered automatically for your 2nd and 3rd exam attempts, but have to register at the student self service (mit.au.dk) within the registration periods. 

Find information about the relevant deadlines and procedures.  

Registering for the Master’s thesis:

Registration for the Master’s thesis is compulsory, and you will be registered automatically for the prescribed deadline in your 4th semester (or 5th semester if your programme has been extended). The prescribed deadlines are 1 June for students on a two-year Master’s degree programme starting in the summer; and 2 January for students starting in the winter and students whose programme has been extended.

You cannot withdraw from the Master’s thesis.

Withdrawals

You will be registered for the compulsory courses you need to attend in the coming semester, but you can withdraw subsequently if you wish to. Registration and withdrawals take place in the registration periods prior to each semester:

  • Teaching in the autumn semester: 1-7 May
  • Teaching in the spring semester: 1-7 November

You will be registered automatically for the thesis, and you cannot withdraw from it.

First-year exam

Bachelor’s students (enrolled in September 2016 or later) must pass a first-year exam by the end of their first year of study. This means that there may be some exams for which you are only allowed two attempts.

Your academic regulations explain which exams your board of studies has decided should be included in the first-year exam.

The rules on first-year exams have not been changed for Bachelor's students who were enrolled before September 2016.

Maximum period of study

The maximum period of study for students at the Faculty of Arts is the prescribed period of study plus six months. If you fail to complete your degree programme within this time frame, you will be withdrawn. You will be withdrawn irrespective of the number and type of subjects you have failed to pass, even though you have not actually tried to pass the exams in question within the prescribed period of study.

Maximum period of study – transitional provisions

Remaining period of study for students enrolled before 1 September 2016

If you were enrolled before 1 September 2016, your maximum period of study will be calculated on an individual basis. The final date will be calculated based on the number of ECTS credits remaining on your programme (converted into the number of whole semesters). Plus six months.

Principles for calculating maximum periods of study

The deadline for calculating your remaining period of study has not been finalised yet. Once it has been finalised, the remaining period of study will be calculated for each student at the Faculty of Arts.

So the tables of final dates below should be regarded as guidelines only. The lists are based on a deadline of 1 September 2016.

Bachelor’s degree programmes

Prescribed period of study remaining

Maximum period of study

Final date

5-30 ECTS

Two semesters

Summer 2017

35-60 ECTS

Three semesters

Winter 2017/18

65-90 ECTS

Four semesters

Summer 2018

95-120 ECTS

Five semesters

Winter 2018/19

125-150 ECTS

Six semesters

Summer 2019

155-180 ECTS

Seven semesters

Winter 2019/20

185-210 ECTS

Eight semesters

Summer 2020

 

Master’s degree programmes

Prescribed period of study remaining

Maximum period of study

Final date

5-30 ECTS

Two semesters

Summer 2017

35-60 ECTS

Three semesters

Winter 2017/18

65-90 ECTS

Four semesters

Summer 2018

95-120 ECTS

Five semesters

Winter 2018/19

125-150 ECTS

Six semesters

Summer 2019

Special rules for students enrolled before 1 September 2015

As of 1 September 2015 the Faculty of Arts defined the rules applying to maximum periods of study. If the calculation of your remaining period of study under the transitional rules (remaining prescribed period of study plus six months) results in a maximum period of study which is longer than that stipulated in the rules applying as of 1 September 2015, the 2015 rules will still apply.

Requirement for active enrolment

The requirement for active enrolment means that you must pass at least 45 ECTS credits out of the 60 ECTS credits that constitute an entire year of study.

The requirement is accumulated, meaning that you after the first year of study must have earned at least 45 ECTS, after the second academic year at least 90 ECTS, etc.

The number of ECTS credits passed is a measure of how actively you are enrolled. Participation in teaching and failed attempts to pass exams do not count as active enrolment.

Parental leave

Parental leave entitles you to dispensation. If you wish to take parental leave during your studies, you must apply for dispensation from both the requirement for active enrolment and the maximum period of study.

Studying abroad

When you gain advance approval of a period studying abroad, you need to make sure that this advance approval covers the number of ECTS credits required to comply with the demand for active enrolment in the year of study concerned. You also need to make sure that it is still possible to complete your degree programme within the maximum period of study.

Dispensation

Dispensation before 1 September 2016

If you have been given dispensation from the requirement for registration owing to parental leave in the autumn of 2016, the spring of 2017 and the autumn of 2017, your maximum period of study will be extended to correspond with the duration of this leave.

Dispensation after 1 September 2016

If you can provide evidence of exceptional circumstances, you can apply for dispensation from the rules.

In the past it may have been relevant to grant dispensation from the compulsory registration for 30 ECTS, but under the new rules it will be relevant to apply for dispensation from the requirement for active enrolment and the maximum period of study.

The following situations may also lead the board of studies to grant dispensation from the requirement for active enrolment and the maximum period of study:

1) If the student concerned is an elite sportsman/sportswoman

2) If the student concerned is the chair of a committee under the Danish Youth Council 

3) If the student concerned is an entrepreneur

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