Orientation Week Cognitive Science BA 2022

Welcome to Cognitive Science

Here you will find all you need to know about your orientation week

Welcome to Cognitive Science!

Dear new students,

Welcome to your new degree programme! On this page, you will find the most important information about starting your studies. Your introduction week will take place in week 34, but, in many ways, the whole of your first academic year will be a transition to being a university student.

Your introduction week is organised by your student advisers, who are older fellow students on your degree programme. On the right-hand side of this page, you will find your student advisors’ contact information. You are always welcome to contact them if you have any questions about your introduction week. 

The programme for your introduction week can be found in the welcome leaflet on this page. Your student advisors have also included a lot of other practical information for you in this leaflet, so it's important to read it through.

On this page, you will also find a lot of other relevant information, including information about the IT systems and the commencement of studies exam. If you have any questions, please ask your student advisors or write to studiestart.arts@au.dk.

We look forward to seeing you at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University.

Commencement of studies exam

As of 1/9 2016 a commencement of studies exam has been introduced on all Bachelor’s degree programmes at the Faculty of Arts. This exam will be conducted in September during the first semester of the Bachelor’s degree programme.

On the Cognitive Science programme the exam is linked with the course called Cognition and Communication. You can use the link to read more about the nature of this exam in the course catalogue. Keep in mind that the course catalogue will be updated regarding the commencement of studies exam by the 1st of September!

It is important that you are well informed about the commencement of studies exam. During the introduction week your student counsellor can tell you more about the commencement of studies exam on your degree programme.

Teaching, timetables and study techniques

We hope you are looking forward to getting started on your new degree programme. In the welcome leaflet, your student advisors have written a little about what you can expect in your first semester, and, later, you will receive further information about your curriculum from your teachers on the e-learning platform Brightspace. It is your teachers who decide which course information and materials you receive and when. Therefore you will sometimes be able to find information about your course before your introduction week, but you will sometimes only be given this information during your first lesson.

If you would like to know what your timetable for the first semester looks like, you must log in to mystudies.au.dk. Please be aware that the timetable is often only ready on mystudies.au.dk shortly before the start of the semester. This is because the studies administration first have to register and allocate places for all the news students on courses. So please don’t worry if your timetable is not ready the first time you log in. It will arrive.

You can also prepare for your new life as a university student by reading more on AU Studypedia, which is an academic study tool that you can use throughout your degree programme. Here you can find a lot of good advice and tools for being a university student, including good study habits, note-taking techniques and assignment formalities. AU Studypedia has devoted a whole section to new students. In this section, you can find exercises and good advice to get off to a good start as a university student.

Zero tolerance

At AU, we place a high priority on treating each other with decency and respect, and we have zero tolerance for any form of harassment, bullying, violence or discrimination. No one should have to experience this - not during the welcome week neither. 

If you experience any kind of this behaviour, please be aware of the different places where you can find help and counselling. Learn more at our Zero tolerance webpage. 

Do you have special needs for help or support?

At the office for Special Educational Support (SPS), you can get information and guidance, if you have any special needs for aid during your studies. Needs of support or aid may be due to:

  • Reading-/writing-/calculation difficulties
  • Mental disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Mobility disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Visual impairments

Important: You are welcome to contact SPS even if you have not yet started your degree programme – also if you are not sure whether you qualify for aid or not.

To learn more about SPS visit their webpage: https://studerende.au.dk/en/csu/

Your local student counsellor can also tell you more. Find your student counsellor here.