Registration for exams

Registration deadlines

  • 1-5 May: registration and withdrawal for the autumn semester

  • 1-5 November: registration and withdrawal for the spring semester

Important information

  • You will be registered automatically for compulsory courses and corresponding exams prior to the start of each semester.
  • You must check that you are registered correctly for courses and exams before the registration deadline. You can see your registrations in your study timeline on
  • If you want to change or withdraw your registration for courses and exams, you must do it before the registration deadline. Before you withdraw your registration, please be aware of the special rules that apply.
  • The automatic registration for exams only applies to the first exam attempt. This means that you are responsible for registering for the second and third exam attempts. For more information see the page Re-examinations

Registration for courses

Registering for internationalisation electives and elective courses


You will not be registered automatically for elective courses and other elective elements such as internationalisation electives and profile courses. You must therefore register/indicate your priorities in the Student Self-Service system (STADS) during the registration period.

When you register for an elective course, you will be registered automatically for the corresponding exam as well.

After the registration deadline, your registration is binding. You will no longer be able to withdraw from or change your elective course.

If you do not meet the registration deadline, you must contact Study Centre Arts and apply for registration for the course after the normal deadline. Please note that in this case it is only possible to be registered for courses that still have available places.

Registering for profile courses, project placements and field studies

If you are planning to do a field study or project placement, you must register in the Student Self-Service system (STADS). This applies even if you have not obtained a final agreement with a host organisation or signed a project placement agreement.

You must register during the registration period stated above.

After the deadline, your registration is binding.

If you have registered for a field study or project placement in the coming semester but fail to obtain an agreement, you can apply for registration for the alternative courses specified 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 with vacant places.

Read more on the page about project placements.

Registering for elective courses in the first semester

Elective courses 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 in the Student Self-Service system (STADS) via

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

  • History

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

  • Anthropology (General Anthropology, choice of language of instruction on the course 'Contemporary anthropological themes')
  • Art History
  • Comparative Literature
  • English (Track A)
  • Media Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Study of Religion
  • Theology

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

  • English (Track A and B)
  • History
  • Audio Visuality
  • Philosophy
  • Visual Art and Visual Culture

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

As a service, you will automatically be registered for compulsory courses and exams on the first semester. You can view your registrations in the Student Self-Service system (STADS).

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

Please note that on 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 from a course and exam 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 courses 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 credits you need to pass each academic year.

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

Registering for AU Summer University courses

You have the opportunity to take your profile course or internationalisation elective at AU Summer University.
You can also apply for advance approval to let a course at AU Summer University replace an elective or a compulsory course in your degree programme.

The courses you can take at AU Summer University will be published continuously in the course catalogue and can be found by ticking the “Summer University” box when selecting the course type.
You can apply for the courses in the Student Self-Service system (STADS) at between:

  • 15 January - 1 April 2019

Please be aware that you must have space in your degree programme for the courses you are interested in. Otherwise, your registration will be rejected.

Teaching plans and division into classes


Your timetable will tell you where and when your classes are held.

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 consider that there are special circumstances that necessitate a change of team, 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 (during the aforementioned periods) 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 Student Self-Service system (STADS) at

Participating in teaching activities without registration

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

Other individuals who are not registered may, subject to agreement with the course teacher, attend a small number of classes or lectures. This agreement must be made before the class or lecture in question.    

Registration for exams

Registering for exams after the normal deadline


If you were unable to meet the registration deadline for exams due to special 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 the Student Self-Service system (STADS) at

Applying for special examination conditions

If you are applying for dispensation in connection with the upcoming examination period, please note that the Arts Studies Administration has a processing time of up to eight weeks (July not included). So we recommend that you apply well in advance – preferably in March and October, respectively.


If you fail an exam, you can register for the re-examination. Please be aware of the short deadline if you want to take the re-examination in the same semester as the ordinary exam.

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