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Self-designed supplementary subjects abroad

Self-designed supplementary subjects abroad are referred to here using their Danish abbreviation (ITTU). The ITTU scheme gives you the chance to take a semester abroad. Each ITTU consists of 45 ECTS, of which (at least) 30 ECTS are done abroad. Here are the rules about choosing and applying for an ITTU, as well as an explanation of what you should do after studying abroad.

NB: ITTU is not a possibility for students at International Business Communication

Structure of ITTU

A self-designed supplementary subject abroad (ITTU) consists of:

  • 15 ECTS at a Bachelor’s supplementary subject without restricted admission at Aarhus University
  • 30 ECTS Bachelor’s courses at a university outside Denmark

Semester 5

Bachelor’s supplementary subject  at Aarhus University

15 ECTS

Bachelor’s project

15 ECTS

Semester 6

Courses at a university outside Denmark

30 ECTS
  • You are allowed to change the order of semesters and place the 30 ECTS period abroad in the 5th semester and the other 15 ECTS and the Bachelor’s project in the 6th semester, if this is practically possible. Read more in the FAQ.
  • A course combination cannot be approved if it prolongs the time it takes you to complete your degree. It is therefore a requirement that your ITTU and your Bachelor’s project can be completed in a year.  

The following rules apply to 15 ECTS at Aarhus University:

  • You must choose one of the existing Bachelor’s supplementary subjects without restricted admission at the Faculty of Arts.
  • The supplementary subject must not lie within your core subject and it may not involve other non-permitted combinations.
  • The supplementary subject must not contain introductory courses.
  • Once you have chosen, you cannot switch to another supplementary subject without restricted admission. This also applies if a supplementary subject with restricted admission turns out to have vacancies after the application deadline

The following rules apply to 30 ECTS courses abroad:

  • You may choose courses within or outside your core subject.
  • The courses may not overlap (in terms of their subject or content) with the courses of your core subject.
  • The courses may not contain introductory courses (e.g. German for foreign students in Berlin or introductory courses for foreign students).
  • The above rules regarding courses abroad are effective regardless of whether 30 or 60 ECTS are studied abroad.

Rules for ITTU

The rules for the organisation, application and approval of ITTUs are described in the internal rules for the Faculty of Arts for ITTUs.

Guidelines:

  • Choosing an ITTU is binding.
  • When you have applied for an ITTU, you cannot switch to other supplementary subjects, and you cannot apply for admission to a Bachelor’s supplementary subject.
  • In the event that the study abroad period cannot be carried out, you will continue on the supplementary subject at which you are doing the 15 ECTS courses.
  • You cannot apply for admission to an ITTU if you have already been granted admission to a supplementary subject with restricted admission or with introductory courses.

How to apply

  1. Think about and explore your options
    You need to decide whether you are up to the task of designing your own ITTU, because doing this is more demanding than choosing one of the Bachelor’s supplementary subjects already offered by Aarhus University.
  2. Organise your studies abroad
    If you decide to do an ITTU, you need to find out which university you want to study at and which courses match your wishes and Aarhus University’s requirements.

    You can either travel abroad using one of Aarhus University’s exchange agreements, or arrange your own trip as a so-called “free mover”.

    If you want to use one of Aarhus University’s exchange agreements, this website shows you what to do.

    See the list of exchange agreements
  1. Apply for an ITTU
    When you have reached a decision about studying abroad, you must apply to do an ITTU. This also constitutes your prior approval of the courses you will take abroad.

    If you have applied using one of Aarhus University’s exchange agreements, you will receive a reply as to whether you have been granted an exchange place in mid-January. You can then apply for admission to and approval of an ITTU. If you organise your study abroad period on your own initiative (free mover), it may take longer before your agreement is in place.

    You must apply for an ITTU before the deadline, regardless of whether your agreement is in place.

    For students with exchange agreements as well as students organising their own trips, the deadline for application for ITTUs is 15 February.

    You can apply using the application module

    Your application must include:
    • Course title
    • Course description
    • Documentation for ECTS weighting (or how to translate into ECTS)

After returning home

When you have passed the courses on your ITTU, you must apply for credit transfer.

You can apply using mit.au.dk.

Please remember to enclose documentation of the current marking scale of the university at which you did the exams. 

Read more about credit transfer and documentation requirements.

If your results from the UTTI are registered too late, there may be consequences for grants received through the Education Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark and your potential admission to a Master’s degree programme. You must therefore apply for credit transfer as soon as you receive the results from your host university.

Please note that Aarhus University does not automatically receive a copy of your results from host universities outside Denmark, so it is important that you get hold of a copy of the results yourself. If you do not receive the results within two months, we recommend that you contact the host university or your international coordinator.

FAQs

Can I rearrange the semesters so that I go abroad on the fifth semester?

  • Yes, provided that it is feasible – in other words, that it is possible for you to complete the 15 ECTS on a supplementary subject without restricted admission and that you can be assigned a supervisor for your Bachelor’s project in the spring semester. Please check your academic regulations and other relevant procedures to make sure that your plan is possible. And please note that in the spring semester there are very few 15 ECTS courses without restricted admission at supplementary subject level.

I cannot see the courses offered on future semesters at the university abroad. What should I do?

  • You must apply for prior approval of the courses that are presented in their list of current courses. The courses offered often resemble each other from one year to the next. You are allowed to apply for prior approval for more than 30 ECTS, but you may only use 30 ECTS in your ITTU. If it proves impossible to do the courses you have chosen, you must apply to change your ITTU approval.

I would like to do 15 ECTS at home on a programme that is not included in the supplementary subject package. Is that possible?

  • No, you can only do the 15 ECTS on one of the supplementary subjects at the Faculty of Arts which do not have restricted admission.

I am admitted to a supplementary subject with restricted admission and have been granted an unfilled place. Can I apply for an ITTU?

  • No, when you are admitted to a supplementary subject with restricted admission, the courses you take abroad must be included in your supplementary subject. You must therefore send an application for credit transfer to the board of studies at your supplementary subject.

Do the 30 ECTS abroad and the 15 ECTS from the supplementary subject package always have to be linked in terms of the subject studied?

  • No, the 30 ECTS abroad and the 15 ECTS from the supplementary subject package do not need to be linked. 

What happens if my plans to do 30 ECTS abroad come to nothing?

  • If this happens you will continue on the supplementary subject on which you have done the 15 ECTS, thereby doing your whole supplementary subject package there instead of doing an ITTU.

What happens if I fail one of the courses abroad?

  • If you can’t do a re-examination abroad, you must apply to change your ITTU approval as quickly as possible because you will have to complete your ITTU in some other way. Typically, the solution is to do another course on the supplementary subject on which you did your 15 ECTS. Or you can choose a Summer University course.   

Application deadline

  • 15 February is the deadline for applying for a ITTU and prior approval of courses abroad.

    Your study period abroad must be approved whether you organise the trip yourself or do an exchange agreement.

Contact

General questions about ITTU: Please contact the Study Centre Arts.

Questions about exchange agreements: Please contact the international coordinators at the Faculty of Arts.

Questions about the Danish Students’ Grants and Loans Scheme while studying abroad: Please contact the Danish Students’ Grants and Loans Scheme Office at Aarhus University and read these web pages.

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