Self-designed supplementary subjects abroad (ITTU)

Self-designed supplementary subjects abroad are referred to here using their Danish abbreviation (ITTU).
The ITTU scheme gives you the chance to take a semester abroad. Each ITTU consists of 45 ECTS, of which (at least) 30 ECTS are done abroad. 

NB: ITTU is not a possibility for students at International Business Communication, at Education Science and at Theology.

Application deadline

Your study period abroad must be approved in advance whether you organise the trip yourself or do an exchange agreement. You can apply once a year.

For students on exchange agreements and students travelling as free movers, the following deadlines apply for applications for ITTU:

  • 15 February: Application deadline for a ITTU and prior approval of courses abroad
  • 15 April: Application deadline for admission to 15 ECTS Bachelor’s supplementary subject at Aarhus University

Structure of ITTU

A self-designed supplementary subject abroad (ITTU) consists of:


Semester 5

Bachelor’s supplementary subject  at Aarhus University


Bachelor’s project


Semester 6

Courses at a university outside Denmark



  • A course combination cannot be approved if it prolongs the time it takes you to complete your degree. It is therefore a requirement that your ITTU and your Bachelor’s project can be completed in a year.  

The following rules apply to 15 ECTS at Aarhus University:

The following rules apply to 30 ECTS courses abroad:

  • You may choose courses within or outside your core subject.
  • The courses may not overlap (in terms of their subject or content) with the courses of your core subject.
  • The courses may not contain introductory courses (e.g. German for foreign students in Berlin or introductory courses for foreign students).

Rules for ITTU

The rules for the organisation, application and approval of ITTUs are described in the internal rules for the Faculty of Arts for ITTUs.


  • Choosing an ITTU is binding.
  • In the event that the study abroad period cannot be carried out, you will continue on the supplementary subject at which you are doing the 15 ECTS courses.
  • You cannot apply for admission to an ITTU if you have already been granted admission to a supplementary subject.

Which BA Supplementary subjects can I choose as a part of my ITTU?

The following BA Supplementary Subjects can be included in your ITTU:

  • Billedkunst og visuel kultur (offered in Danish)
  • Dramaturgi (offered in Danish)
  • Engelsk 
  • Filosofi (offered in Danish)
  • Fransk (offered in Danish)
  • Historie (offered in Danish)
  • Idéhistorie (offered in Danish)
  • Musikvidenskab (offered in Danish)
  • Nordisk sprog og litteratur (offered in Danish)
  • Retorik (offered in Danish)
  • Spansk (offered in Danish)
  • Tysk (offered in Danish)
  • Centraleuropastudier (offered in Danish)
  • Begivenhedskultur (offered in Danish)
  • Humanistisk organisationsudvikling (offered in Danish)
  • Contemporary Communication in English
  • Journalistisk formidling (offered in Danish)
  • Museologi: kuratering og kulturarv (offered in Danish)
  • Sociology
  • Kreativ og professionel skrivning (offered in Danish)
  • Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Cultural Data Science
  • Social Minds
  • Humanistisk teknologiudvikling (offered in Danish)
  • Kønsstudier (offered in Danish)
  • Addressing global challenges
  • Critical Data Studies
  • Humanistiske konfliktstudier (offered in Danish)

Planning the ITTU

  1. Organise your studies abroad

    If you decide to do an ITTU, you need to find out which university you want to study at and which courses match your wishes and Aarhus University’s requirements.

    You can either travel abroad using one of Aarhus University’s exchange agreements, or arrange your own trip as a so-called “free mover”.

    If you want to use one of Aarhus University’s exchange agreements, this website shows you what to do. See the list of exchange agreements

  2. Send Application for ITTU

    Fill out and send in the form "ITTU Application". In the form, you need to indicate at which university abroad you have been accepted, along with information about which courses at that university you want advance approval for in order for these courses to be included in your ITTU.

    If you have not yet been accepted at a university abroad, you have to indicate this in the form.

    The deadline form sending in the form "ITTU Application"  is 15 February.

  3. Apply for admission to 15 ECTS BA supplementary courses

    Once you have applied for ITTU, you have to apply for admission to the BA supplementary course at the Arts department that you want to be included in you ITTU.

    Even though you will only be taking 15 ECTS at the BA supplementary course during the first semester, you nevertheless need to apply for the BA supplementary course in the same way as students following the full supplementary course.

    We recommend that you indicate priorities.

    You have to apply through DANS – the digital application system at AU.

    The deadline is 15 April.

After returning home

When you have passed the courses on your ITTU, you must apply for credit transfer.

You can apply using the form at

Please remember to enclose documentation of the current marking scale of the university at which you did the exams. 

Read more about credit transfer and documentation requirements.

If your results from the ITTU are registered too late, there may be consequences for grants received through the Education Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark and your potential admission to a Master’s degree programme. You must therefore apply for credit transfer as soon as you receive the results from your host university.

Please note that Aarhus University does not automatically receive a copy of your results from host universities outside Denmark, so it is important that you get hold of a copy of the results yourself. If you do not receive the results within two months, we recommend that you contact the host university or your international coordinator.


Can I rearrange the semesters so that I go abroad on the fifth semester?

  • No, the structure of the ITTU is fixed.

I cannot see the courses offered on future semesters at the university abroad. What should I do?

  • You must apply for prior approval of the courses that are presented in their list of current courses. The courses offered often resemble each other from one year to the next. You are allowed to apply for prior approval for more than 30 ECTS, but you may only use 30 ECTS in your ITTU. If it proves impossible to do the courses you have chosen, you must apply to change your ITTU approval.

I would like to do 15 ECTS at home on a programme that is not included in the supplementary subject package. Is that possible?

I am admitted to a supplementary subject with restricted admission and have been granted an unfilled place. Can I apply for an ITTU?

  • No, when you are admitted to a supplementary subject with restricted admission, the courses you take abroad must be included in your supplementary subject. You must therefore send an application for credit transfer to the board of studies at your supplementary subject.

Do the 30 ECTS abroad and the 15 ECTS from the supplementary subject package always have to be linked in terms of the subject studied?

  • No, the 30 ECTS abroad and the 15 ECTS from the supplementary subject package do not need to be linked. 

What happens if my plans to do 30 ECTS abroad come to nothing?

  • If this happens you will continue on the supplementary subject on which you have done the 15 ECTS, thereby doing your whole supplementary subject package there instead of doing an ITTU.

What happens if I fail one of the courses abroad?

  • If you can’t do a re-examination abroad, you must apply to change your ITTU approval as quickly as possible because you will have to complete your ITTU in some other way. Typically, the solution is to do another course on the supplementary subject on which you did your 15 ECTS. Or you can choose a Summer University course.   

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