FAQ

Where can I go?

Browse this page for information about possible destinations or find the full list here.

How do I apply?

You have to apply online before March 15. Find more information on this page where there is also a link to the application system. (Link til hvordan søger jeg-kasse)

What prerequisites should I fulfil to apply?

You have to be able to read and speak English. Furthermore, you need a preapproval for the course and space in your study program for the courses (because these courses you take at summer university will replace courses you would otherwise take at AU). So, you will need to make an application to the study board in order to allow you to have the summer course replace for instance an elective course, an IV elective or a third type of course depending on the academic regulations covering your degree programme.

There can also be a requirement regarding grade average from some host universities. If so, it will be stated in the description when you click on the specific university on this page.

What happens if I don’t get the preapproval before March 15?

In that case you can still apply and you can still get a seat. You will then have to forward us the preapproval when you get it. But, please note that applicants who hold a preapproval by March 15 with be prioritized over applicants without one.

If you are unable to get the preapproval before the application deadline, you should upload the receipt you got when you applied for the preapproval (e.g. a screen shot of the email you received when you applied or a screen shot of your application for a preapproval) instead of the preapproval in the application system. 

What are the chances of getting a seat?

2020 is the first time we are launching a greater and more coordinated initiative in the hopes that more AU students will go abroad for a summer school through the agreements we have. It is therefore quite difficult for us to predict how big the interest will be and for that reason, we are unable to say anything for sure about the chances of getting a seat.

But, if you are open to the possibility and if your study board is not too strict about which courses you are able to take, we estimate that the chances of getting a seat are pretty good as we have quite a few seats available. If you do not get a seat the first time around, we will do what we can to help you secure a spot at a different university if you are interested in that and you can get a preapproval.  

Can I apply together with a friend of mine?

Yes, you can. You and your friend just need to be sure to have the same priorities and you will need to write the name of the person you are applying with in step 6/7 in the “Other information” box. If there are more applicants than spots for the university/universities, you are applying for and we will have to allocate seats according to grade point average, it will be the grade average of the one with the lowest grade average that counts.

This means that by applying together with another student, you agree to the fact that we, on paper, juxtapose your grade average with your co-applicants grade average.

How are the seats allocated?

It is not first come, first served so allow yourself to spend some time finding a couple of interesting summer schools and apply for the preapproval(s) )and remember to apply before March 15 regardless of whether you have received the preapproval).

Some students are not able to get a pre-approval before march 15th, due to circumstances outside their control – such as e.g partner universities who does not have available literature lists before closer to course start or due to the lack of elaborate course syllabus at this point. Also due to the different procedures at the different faculties, we have come to realize that not all students have equal acces to getting a pre-approval on equal terms with. So, in case you do not have a pre-approval before March 15th, you will not be disfavored.

We will allocate the seats based on GPA and an assessment of the likelihood that you can get credits at the respective university with your AU background.

So, before March 15th you can upload either one of these three documents

a)       A pre-approval

b)       A receipt that you have applied for a pre-approval

c)       This intended course selection form, if you are not able to apply for a pre-approval in due time

All applicants with either one of these documents in their application will be considered equally and allocated based on GPA and the expected likelihood of you getting a pre-approval (if you don’t have one by March 15th).

When will I hear the outcome of my application?

You will receive an answer to your application before April 1. This way, if you do not get a seat, you will be able to apply for a summer course at AU before April 1 or regular semester courses between May 1-May 5.

What if I do not get a spot?

If you do not get a spot, you will be able to apply for a seat at one of the universities you did not apply for, provided there are seats available. The possible rejection letter will include information on how to do this. 

If I go on summer school exchange, will I then also be able to go on semester exchange?

Yes. But be aware that depending on what you study, there can be a requirement that you have at least 20, 25 er often even 30 ECTS left in your study programme in order to be able to get a semester exchange seat.

So if you are thinking about going abroad for a semester, then carefully consider how many ECTS you should obtain from a summer school abroad. If you for instance get 15 ECTS credits during a summer school exchange, you might not be able to go on semester exchange. So please check the guidelines for semester exchange concerning your specific study programme. 

What if I get a spot, but I subsequently do not get a seat the course I have a preapproval for?

That we “give you a spot” at a university is unfortunately no guarantee that you can get a seat in a specific course at the host university. Some courses can be cancelled or become fully booked. This unfortunately means that you will have to apply for a new preapproval with the study board for the course you are accepted to by host university. Some courses may also be cancelled at the host university, in which case you may have to switch courses. 

Who can I contact for counselling and other questions?

You are always welcome to send us an e-mail at summeruniversity@au.dk or call 87150000 or drop by the international centre at Høegh-Guldbergsgade 4a (1651-120), you do not need to book us beforehand.

However, if your questions are of a more academic character, such as “can I get this course pre-approved for my studies at AU?” or “what kind of courses at AU could this course replace..”, we may not be able to answer since we do not have in-depth knowledge of all study programmes. We therefore suggest that you go to your course specific student counsellor with such questions.   

You can also use this facebook group to get in contact with other AU students in the same situation as you and share experiences, questions and other related stuff.

The university I am interested in seems to have a deadline prior to 15th of March, what to do?

When you research the partner universities websites you may discover that some, for instance LUISS og Hokkaido, have a course application deadline that is sooner than March 15th. 

In these cases it can be an idea to apply directly to that university before you apply to us. But before you do we recommend that you contact the respective university in order to get their advice on if you can change your application status, if you do not/do get a nomination from us later on.

We know that this is possible at Hokkaido for example, where you can apply to them now, and then later change or withdraw your application if you do not get a nomination eventually. 

With all our offered universities however it is possible to apply after March 15th, our deadline is based on this. but there may be cases where it can be an advantage to apply directly to a university before you get an answer from us. 

I need a 10 ects credit course in order to replace a course at AU, however, the university i'm interested in only offer courses lower than 10 ECTS?

[Translate to English:] boks jeg mangler et 10 points valgfag

We know that some universities, e.g Kings College only offers 7,5 ECTS credit courses and if you need a 10 ects credit course in order to have it transferred to AU this can be challenging.

However, it is always the local study councils here AU who decides the ECTS load and level you can transfer back. So, we recommend that you apply for the pre-approval in any case and let it be up to your study council to decide.

At some universities it may also be necessary to combine more courses in order to get the required amount of ects credits (at Hokkaido for example, where most of the courses are less than 5 ects credits.) in such case the study council may decide that a given combination of courses at said university will be transferred as one block of 5 or 10 ects credits.