FAQ - International semester

Why is it the 11th semester that's chosen as the international semester?

The 11th semester is chosen as the international semester at AU because the foreign universities primarily exchanges students at gynaecology/obstetrics and paediatrics. At the international semester we'd like to increase the possibilities for studying abroad and attracting international students.

What's in it for me to study the international semester at AU?

You'll get international perspectives integrated in the teaching and you'll meet students from different countries at the semester. The international students can contribute with new aspects of study life and health care from their home countries. On top of that you'll improve your English skills since both material, lectures, classes, clinic and exam papers are in English (but at the OSCE you can be examined in Danish - see below).

How is it secured that the AU teachers' English skills are on a high enough level?

The teachers are offered a course in order to upgrade their skills in English and the project group responsible for the international semester will continuously follow up on the quality of the teaching.

Will lectures and team based teaching be in English at AU regardless of the foreign students' language skills?

Yes, regardless of the foreing students' language skills the teaching (oral presentations and teaching material) will be in English when you study at the international semester at AU.

Will the clinical teaching at the departments in Denmark be in English even though there are no foreign students present?

No, if there are no foreign students present at the department the teaching will be in Danish. However, any presentations and written material given out as part of the teaching will be in English.

What's the buddy/dyad arrangement all about?

An international and a Danish student will accompany each other in the clinical training. The Danish student will act as an interpreter (when needed) when the international student have to talk to the patients. Research shows that this arrangement makes for as good or maybe even better stays since the two students have to help each other out and give each other feedback.

Will relevant English literature be suggested?

As with the rest of the master's degree programme there are no syllabus books but lists of diseases instead. Relevant text books in English will be suggested.

Which language is used at the exam?

At the MCQ exam cases and questions will be formulated in English.

At the OSCE exam the written material will be in English but the answer can be in both Danish and/or English.

Will there be granted extra time for the exams (OSCE and MCQ)?

No, there will not be granted extra time for neither the MCQ nor the OSCE exam. It's not possible to extend the OSCE exam since it's already a full 2-day exam.

How do you ensure that the quality of the teaching won't deteriorate after the implementation of the international semester?

Both teaching and exams will continuously be monitored and evaluated.

Who can we contact if we have constructive feedback during the semester?

1-2 voluntary AU student representatives from the semester will be pointed out and they will be the spokespersons for the rest of the semester's student body. Likewise 1-2 of the foreing studens will be pointed out as spokespersons.

The spokespersons are frequently in contact with the international semester's project group and can thus continuously communicate the students' feedback. Midterm evaluations and final meetings will take place emphasizing the welfare and satisfaction of both the Danish and international students so any adjustments can take place during the semester.

Is it possible to take the 11th semester before the 10th if you don't want to study the 11th in English?

No. The board of studies have decided that it's not possible to take the 11th semester before the 10th if the reason is that the teaching is in English at the 11th semester.

How is the clinical training distributed?

The board of studies have decided that the international students are exempted from the drawing of lots for the clinical training. There will be a trial period of 3 semesters and the reason for this is:

  • the international students are placed at the same clinical teams in Aarhus in order to optimize the output.
  • Clinical teams without international students will be in Danish

If you get a clinical training stay in Aarhus you'll be part of a mandatory dyad arrangement where you're matched with an international student. As dyade partner you'll sum up the Danish patient talks in English and you'll help the international student to get a professional good and rewarding clinical training stay.

If you don't want to be part of this dyad arrangement in English you can apply for a clincial training stay outside of Aarhus where it won't take place.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have further questions regarding the international semester please contact your student counsellor.

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