The Aarhus University Model for the Study Progress Reform II has now been approved

The Aarhus University Model for the Study Progress Reform II has now been approved by the senior management team. As the rules governing your degree programs are changing, it will affect you as a student.

2016.05.09 | Michael Mejlgaard Udby

The Aarhus University Model for the Study Progress Reform II has now been approved by the senior management team. As the rules governing your degree programs are changing, it will affect you as a student. Please read more about the overall framework (will be available soon). Even though the rules are now changing, the goal remains the same. The average duration of studies must be reduced by 4,7 months by 2020 or Aarhus University risks a fine of up to 240 million D.Kr., which will have direct effect  on the quality of education.

While the rules and regulations will of course affect your degree programs in the long run, there are also matters which you need to relate to now:

The new rules will become effective from 1 September 2016

This means that the current rules pertaining to registration for courses and exams, as well as exemptions given in this regard, still apply and will apply for the summer exams 2016. Your registration for Summer University is still binding. You will therefore be automatically registered for both 1st and 2nd examination attempt. It will not be possible to deregister from these exams.

You must still be a full time student from 1 September 2016

With the new model you will have more flexibility – and thus responsibility – in planning your study program.

In the autumn 2016 semester, you are registered for 30 ECTS – you are automatically registered for mandatory courses, while electives you have to sign up for yourself.  If you have registered for less than 30 ECTS, you will - due to the new rules - not be forced to take courses worth 30 ECTS. 

It is your own responsibility to make sure that you are registered for the courses you wish to take in the autumn 2016 semester, as well as make sure that you pass 45 ECTs per year (40 ECTS for programs that only offer courses in modules of 10 ECTS). It is no longer a requirement that you register for 30 new ECTS per semester.

Therefore, from 16-18 May 2016 you will have the option to adapt your study program in the autumn 2016. If you change your registration, it will be as a rule be binding. If you hurry, you might actually also be able to adapt your registration before 10 May 2016. Please disregard any automatically generated notices of error you might receive in connection with registration for courses via the Self Service System.

If you, in cooperation with the student counsellor office, have made a special program for your studies, please contact the student counsellors before you start changing your registrations for the autumn 2016 semester.

You will still be automatically registered for the master’s thesis on your 4th semester

- and it is not possible to deregister

This means that rules in connection with the master’s thesis have not been changed and you will automatically be registered for this on your fourth semester of your master’s degree program. Thus, if you commenced your master’s degree program in February 2015, you will be registered for your thesis in the autumn 2016. If you commenced your master’s program in the autumn 2016, you will be registered for your thesis in the spring 2018 semester.

A part of the new model is maximum duration of studies

-and of course, you interested in knowing your specific maximum duration of studies. And we will tell you, but it takes time to calculate for all students and as soon as we have calculated your maximum duration of studies we will let you know.

You will find more information about the new rules on your Study Portal under Study Progress Reform – BSS. Also, please be advised that students who are enrolled in a new bachelor- or master program after 1 July 2016 also will be included in the new rules for the government stipend (SU). Please read more here.

For the professional bachelor programs BDE and GMM in Herning, the new rules will apply from 2017, which is why the current set of rules will apply until then.

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