Corona information from the Faculty of Arts

Keep updated

The university is monitoring the development of the coronavirus epidemic and the authorities' guidelines, and there is ongoing clarification of the many questions in connection with the reopening.

Therefore it is vital that you keep yourself updated. In addition to the information on this page, please keep yourself updated here:

Have you tested positive for COVID-19?

Fill out and submit AU’s COVID-19 form to notify your local studies administration office.


Use of empty/vacant classrooms

Classrooms may be used for e.g. group work when they are not used for teaching. But it is important that you book the rooms - even if you are standing right outside the room and can see that it is vacant.

If a room has not been booked, the cleaning staff will not be able to see that it has been in use – and then it won't be cleaned.

Before you leave the room:

Use spray and paper to wipe off:

  • Tables (tops and edges)
  • Chairs (backs and armrests)
  • Other points of contact (door handles, light switches etc.)

Access to communal facilities in Arts buildings

13 August 2020

From Monday 29 June 2020, you can once again use the communal facilities at Arts, such as libraries, study areas, reading rooms and group rooms. The doors will be open between 7:30 and 17:00 – outside these hours, you must use your key card.

From 10-23 August reading rooms and libraries in Aarhus may only be used by students who have exams in August.

To ensure that our return to the Arts communal areas takes place safely for everybody, there are a number of things you must know and do:

  • If you feel ill and/or have symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay at home
  • Maintain good hand hygiene – use hand sanitizer/wash your hands:
    • when you arrive on campus
    • when you arrive at study areas, group rooms and reading rooms, etc.
    • throughout the day when you are on campus
  • Observe the guidelines for how many people are allowed to be in a given room
  • Observe the distance requirement (1 metre)
  • If you use shared tools/equipment, ensure you clean your hands and the tools/equipment each time you use them
  • Wipe down the table and the chair armrests every time you leave a table.

In each communal area, there will be:

  • A sign to say how many people can be in the room
  • A sign displaying the Danish Health Authority's advice on preventing the spread of infection
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfectant for wiping down tables and other fixtures

Communal contact points will be cleaned every day. These include:

  • door handles
  • door frames and the area of door around the handle
  • switches and card readers
  • tables
  • chairs – back rests and arm rests
  • hand rails
  • dispensers

There will be an increased focus on the cleaning of toilets – especially those in busy areas.

Hand sanitizer and disinfectant bottles will be refilled daily. If you notice that a hand sanitizer or disinfectant bottle needs refilling, please contact the cleaning manager – you can find the relevant contact information here


Changes in your timetable - keep updated on Blackboard

25 August 2020

Restrictions related to Covid-19 may lead to changes in your timetable. Changes that do not necessarily appear in your timetable on mystudy. Therefore, it is important that you keep an eye on Blackboard.

Lecture participation in the autumn 2020


14 August 2020

Since the autumn classes are affected by the risk of quarantine for both students and teaching staff, it has been decided that the attendance requirement in connection with classroom participation does not apply in the autumn of 2020.

Instead, you must meet the requirements for classroom participation by taking part in the activities set by your teacher cf. the curriculum. Your teacher will inform you about how you meet the requirement for participation at the start of the course.

Division into classes

If a cours is divided into classes, you will be assigned to a class automatically.

Due to the current coronavirus restrictions, it will not be possible to apply to change or swap classes in autumn 2020.

Get help keeping up with your coursework if you aren’t able come to campus because of the coronavirus

If you aren’t able to come to campus due to a situation that’s directly related to the coronavirus, you can apply for an academic assistant who will help you keep up with your coursework.

An academic assistant is a fellow AU student who communicates what’s happening in your classes to you while you are unable to attend on-site classes.

Your academic assistant helps you keep up with your coursework by taking notes, as well as making video or audio recordings of lectures (by arrangement with the teacher), lessons and other course activities.

The teaching assistant can only help by communicating the content of the teaching. You must therefore be aware that you must meet the requirements for active participation, which are stated in your academic regulations and/or Blackboard.

Project Placements in Autumn 2020

11 June 2020

Although the situation for Autumn 2020 remains uncertain, most students will be able to carry out a project placement. If the situation changes significantly during the autumn semester, it might be necessary to adjust the project placement while it is in progress. Practical adjustments do not require a new agreement, but adjustments to job tasks (for example) will most likely require a new agreement, because the university has to approve that there is a connection between the project tasks, academic objectives and your specific objectives for the project placement.

The number of hours in the project placement specified in the project agreement and, in some cases, in the academic regulations sets the framework for the number of working hours in the project placement. Working hours do not have to be spent onsite in the organisation, but may, for example, comprise a mixture of onsite and online work. The project agreement does not need to include detailed descriptions of this when it only shows the facilities and tools that will be made available to you and when you know the conditions of the project placement.

New agreement

If there are significant changes to the nature of your job tasks, the project agreement must be adjusted and re-approved. If you think your project agreement needs to be adjusted, please contact your project host and/or your academic supervisor.

Alternative courses

If your project placement cannot be completed or you are unable to put a project agreement in place, you can be registered for the alternative course of study described in your academic regulations.

Guidelines for students in connection with courses with physical attendance

August 18 2020



Guidelines for teaching with physical attendance in the autumn of 2020.


  • If you feel ill and/or have mild symptoms of coronavirus infection you must stay home from work. If you have coronavirus symptoms you should remain at home until you have been without symptoms for 48 hours.
  • When arriving at the workplace, you must wash or disinfect your hands.

The rules below are based on the guidelines approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science

  • The authorities’ instructions to maintain a distance of at least one metre in public must be complied with.
  • In situations in which there is increased risk of infection through respiratory droplets, or where additional precautionary measures are is advisable out of an abundance of caution, a minimum distance of at least two metres must be maintained. This applies to the following situations:
    • In the classroom, there must be at least two metres between the teacher and the front row of students.
    • At oral exams, there must be at least two metres between the examiner/co-examiner and the examinee.
    • Physical activities such as singing or other activities that involve an increased risk of infection through respiratory droplets.
  • When measuring the distance between seated persons, measurements must be taken from the middle of each chair seat, and when measuring the distance between standing/walking persons, distances must be marked on walls, floors or the like, for example at entrances and other places where queues tend to form.


Access to AU Library

25 August 2020

You can now collect and return books and journals at AU Library including the Royal Danish Library.


General recommendations in relation to studying abroad

The Ministry of Higher Education and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have decided that study abroad can be seen as essential travel. As a result of this decision, AU no longer advises against studying abroad. 

What to be aware of?

The situation around COVID-19 changes constantly, and we recommend that you pay attention to the following:

  • How is COVID-19 developing in your host country - are you comfortable going there? 
  • Will your host country allow you to enter? Some countries have entry restrictions and/or quarantine rules.
  • Does your travel insurance  cover your trip including COVID-19-related illness?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travel Advice

Even if the travel advice is targeted at tourists, we recommend that you follow the travel advice for your host country. You can subscribe to updates here. 

Arts Travel Grant

16 April 2020

If you have been granted an Arts Travel Grant, and if you are in doubt as to whether you (due to Corona/Covid-19) can fulfil the criteria associated with it, you must write to and explain your situation. The cases will be assessed and treated individually.

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