Commencement of studies exam

The compulsory commencement of studies exam will be held before the end of September on the first semester of all the Bachelor’s degree programmes and some selected Master's degree programmes.

  • The exam is not an academic test - the purpose is to determine whether all admitted students have actually started the programme.

  • The exam generates 0 ECTS credits and is a pass/fail internal examination with no co-examiner.
  • Two examination attempts are allowed.

Registration and your result

First-semester students are automatically registered for the exam. The result will be posted in the student’s self-service system (mit.au.dk).

Students who do not pass the first examination attempt will automatically be registered for the second attempt. The result of the second attempt will be posted in the student’s self-service system (mit.au.dk) no later than 28 September.

It's important to participate

If you don't participate in the commencement of studies exam and therefore do not pass, you will be withdrawn from your degree programme with immediate effect.

 

How does the commencement of studies exam take place on my degree programme?

Commencement of studies exam on Bachelor's degree programmes

The commencement of studies exam is held i conjunction to one of the courses in the first semester. You will find information about which of the courses in the academic regulations of your degree programme.

In your academic regulations you get more information about your commencement of studies exam. Follow the link 'Exam details'.

If you have questions related to the commencement of studies exam, you can ask the teacher in the relevant course or your student counselor.

Commencement of studies exam on Master’s degree programmes

From 1 September 2020, it will be possible to see in your academic regulations whether there is a commencement of studies exam on your Master’s degree programme. If there is a commencement of studies exam, you will also be informed about this in connection with your degree programme’s introductory event. The exam forms part of the degree programmes’ A lines.

On the Master's degree programmes at Arts, there are two types of commencement of studies exam:

1. Commencement of studies exam in the form of a questionnaire

On the following Master's degree programmes (line A), you must take the commencement of studies exam by completing a questionnaire:

  • Arab and Islamic studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Digital Design
  • Dramaturgy
  • History
  • Information Studies
  • International Studies
  • ICT-based educational design
  • Linguistics
  • Musicology
  • Study of Religion
  • Rhetoric

When you start the first semester of your degree programme, you will receive an email (sent to your AU email address) with a link to the commencement of studies exam. This exam consists of a questionnaire that you must complete by a specified date. 

If you fail to meet the deadline, you will use your first examination attempt, and you will automatically be registered for a second examination attempt. This re-examination will consist of the same questionnaire with a new deadline. You only have two examination attempts.

2. Commencement of studies exam connected to a course/module in the first semester

On the following master's degree programmes, the commencement of studies exam is connected to a course in the first semester:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Sustainable heritage management
  • Diaconia
  • European Studies
  • Global area studies
  • Human Security
  • Comparative Literature
  • Aesthetics and Culture

You can find information about which courses/modules the exam is connected to in your academic regulations. 

In your academic regulations, you can use the link 'see available courses’ to get to the course catalogue and to find more information about the commencement of studies exam.