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Registration for courses and exams

As a service, you will be registered for compulsory teaching and corresponding exams prior to the start of each semester.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are registered correctly for teaching and exams before the end of the registration period. You can see your registrations on your self-service facility.

You can change your registration or withdraw from teaching and exams during a limited period before the semester starts:

1-5 May: registration and withdrawals for the autumn semester

1-5 November: registration and withdrawals for the spring semester

If you withdraw from the first exam attempt for an exam, you can only register for this exam the next time this exam is offered in a regular term. If you for instance withdraw from an exam (first exam attempt) in the autumn semester, you will only be able to take this exam in the autumn semester of the following year.

NB: You will only be registered automatically for your first examination attempt. So you always have to  register yourself - during the limited period - for second and third examination attempts.

Registration for courses

Registering for humanities electives and elective courses

You will not be registered automatically for elective courses and other elective elements such as humanities electives. You must therefore register/indicate your priorities at (self-service) during the registration period:

  • 1-5 May for the autumn semester
  • 1-5 November for the spring semester

When you register for an elective course, you automatically register for the corresponding exam as well. After the deadline your registration is binding. You will no longer be able to withdraw from or change your elective course.

If you haven't registered within the registration deadline, you should contact Study Centre Arts. Please note that it is only possible to register for courses which still have vacant places. 

Registering for profile courses, project placements and field study

If you are going to do fieldwork or a project placement, you must register at This applies even if you have not obtained a final agreement with a host organisation or received a signed project placement agreement.

You must register at (self-service) during the following periods:

  • 1-5 May for the autumn semester
  • 1-5 November for the spring semester

After the deadline, your registration is binding.

If you have registered for fieldwork or project placement in the coming semester, but fail to finalise an agreement about this, you can apply to register for one of the alternative courses stated in your academic regulations for the semester in question after the normal deadline.

Please note that the number of courses offered may be limited, as you can only register for courses which still have vacant places.

The deadlines for entering into an agreement for project placements or fieldwork are:

  • 15 August for the autumn semester 
  • 15 January for the spring semester

Registering for elective courses in the first semester

Elective subjects in the autumn semester

If the first semester of your Bachelor's or Master's degree programme includes elective courses, you must register for these/indicate your priorities via the self-service system (

For students at the following Bachelor's degree programmes, the registration deadline is 10 to 15 August

  • History

For students at the following Master's degree programmes, the registration deadline is 5 to 10 August

  • Anthropology (General Anthropology, choice of language of teaching on 'Contemporary anthropological themes')
  • Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Art History
  • Brazilian Studies
  • China Studies (A2)
  • Comparative Literature
  • English (Track A)
  • India and South Asia Studies (A2)
  • Information Studies (A1)
  • Japanese Studies (A2)
  • Linguistics
  • Media Studies (only for students who have not registered in May)
  • Philosophy
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Study of Religion

For students at the following Master's supplementary subjects, the registration deadline is 5 to 10 August

  • English (Track A and B)
  • Music as Cultural Practice
  • Audio Visuality
  • Analysis and Interpretation
  • Music, Historiography and Communication

Registration for elective courses in the first semester of the Bachelor's degree programme

As a service, you will automatically be registered for compulsory teaching and exams on the first semester. You can view your registrations in the self-service system.

If you cannot complete the teaching and exams corresponding to 30 ECTS points (the prescribed duration), you can withdraw from one or more courses and associated exams. Withdrawals must take place by 1 September at the latest.

Please note that at most degree programmes, all exams on the first semester are part of the first-year exam. Before withdrawing, please contact the Student Counsellors' Office with regard to discussing the plans for your studies.

You can withdraw by contacting Study Centre Arts in Emdrup or Aarhus.

Registering for pre-approved courses on another degree programme or at another university (credit transfer)

If you have gained advance approval for courses at another degree programme or university, this advance approval replaces registration for teaching and exams in AU’s system. 

Once you have passed one or more courses at another university, you must submit an application for credit transfer to your board of studies at Aarhus University. Credit for the course(s) must be transferred, otherwise they will not be included as part of the 45 ECTS you need to pass each academic year.

Read more about deadlines and procedures when applying for advance approval and credit transfer. 

Teaching plans and division into classes


The timing of your teaching will be shown in your timetable.

The teaching will be planned in relation to the number of students registered for each course.

As a rule, the timetables at the School of Communication and Culture and the School of Culture and Society are announced at the beginning of January (for the spring semester) and the beginning of July (for the autumn semester). This is to make sure that we make the best possible use of our classrooms.

The timetables for students at the Danish School of Education are announced at the beginning of November (for the spring semester).

Division into classes

If your courses are divided into classes, you will be assigned to a class automatically. If you need to change classes, you can ask to do this in the periods 1-15 September and 1-15 February. However, you can only change classes if there is room in the class in question. Please note that you can only change to another class on the same course – you cannot change from one topic or elective course to another.

Please contact Study Centre Arts in writing if you want to change classes. Please state your name, student registration number and the class you want to change to (and from).

Students admitted to business language degree programmes (BA or MA in International Business Communication) in or before 2016

You can only change classes if the director of studies gives you dispensation to do this. You can apply for dispensation via the self-service system (

Participation in teaching activities without registration

Access to courses at the Faculty of Arts is reserved for students who are registered for the teaching and exams.

Students who are not registered may, in agreement with the course teacher, attend classes or lectures. The agreement must be made before you can attend the specific class or lecture.

Registration for exams

Types of exam

If you are unsure about which types of exam your degree programme offers, you can find the answer in  your academic regulations .

If you are taking a course with an active participation exam, or where active participation is stated as a prerequisite for sitting the exam, you can find more information on the page on Active class participation as well as in your academic regulations.

Registering for exams after the normal deadline

If you were unable to meet the registration deadline for exams due to exceptional circumstances, you must apply for registration after the normal deadline.

You can apply for registration after the normal deadline by sending an application for dispensation via (self-service).

Applying for special examination conditions

If you are applying for dispensation in connection with the upcoming examination period, please note that Arts Studies Administration has a processing time of about eight weeks. So we recommend that you apply well in advance – preferably in March and October, respectively.


If you fail an exam, you can register for re-examination. Be aware, that there is a short deadline for registration, if you want to register for re-exam i the same semester as the scheduled exam.

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