An exemption is an exception to the usual rules and regulations applying to your degree programme. Exemptions are granted only on the basis of a specific application and only in exceptional cases. The Director of Studies or the Board of Studies will assess your application.
You are always welcome to contact the Student Counsellors' Office if you need to know more about filing an application for a special exemption.
Applications for exemptions can be met only if you can document that ‘special circumstances’ apply and thus may provide an exception from the usual rules and regulations in your case. When applying for an exemption, you must enclose documentation substantiating these ‘special circumstances’. Such documentation can be e.g. a medical certificate confirming that you have been ill, a death certificate confirming that you have lost a close relative, or similar.
As an example you can apply for an exemption for the rules if you can document:
As a student, you are responsible for keeping yourself informed of the rules applying to your degree programme. Lack of knowledge of rules and regulations governing your degree programme is therefore generally not considered a special circumstance.
Please notice that no matter which circumstances and documentations presented the decision on an application for an exemption is based on an individual assessment. Therefore, it is not possible to get a binding pre-assessment of the outcome from an application.
If your application for exemption is met, you should be aware that such exemption will apply only to one specific examination, or alternatively only for a limited period of time. If you need an exemption at a later point, you must therefore submit a new application for exemption.
The student counsellors offer information and advice on the planning of your studies. You are therefore strongly encouraged to contact the student counsellors if you need to apply for an exemption.
If you fall ill in connection with an exam at Aarhus BSS you can read about your options at 'Illness at exams'.
You apply by using the electronic form at mystudies.au.dk. You will find the form under 'Applications'. Please notice the following requirements for your application:
The application for an exemption is considered by the Board of Studies that is responsible for your study programme (where you are enrolled as either undergraduate or graduate students).
A confirmation e-mail when will be sent to your AU mail, when you have submitted an application via mystudies.au.dk. Make sure to save the confirmation. This is your only proof that your application has been sent.
If you want to submit additional documentation to your application for an exemption you must either it via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please notice that a doctor’s note does not in itself guarantee that the application will be accommodated. Thus, it is important to provide a detailed doctor’s note to support the application as best as possible.
For the doctor’s note to provide relevant information in relation to support the application, it should contain the following information:
If you want to make sure that the certificate contains all the relevant information, you can bring the the board of studies document regarding doctor's note.
It is important for the processing of your case that the medical certificate is adequate and issued by a doctor, where no doubts may be raised about his/her legal capacity/partiality.
Therefore, medical certificates issued by close family members/relatives are not considered acceptable.
This means that you cannot submit a medical certificate from a close relative/family member, whether he/she is your regular doctor or not. Instead, you must contact another doctor, who is not a close relative/family member and get an impartial medical certificate.
In general, the processing time for applications for dispensation is 4-6 weeks.
If we need to obtain further documentation in order to have a case sufficiently clarified or if the application is inadequate, the processing time may increase.
The summer period
During the summer period, you must expect a longer processing time seeing as the boards of studies are on holiday in July. If you have applied for dispensation in relation to an exam in August, you might receive the reply shortly before your exam. For this reason, it is important that you check your e-Boks on a regular basis.
When you have submitted your application for dispensation, your student affairs officer will begin preparing your application. Your student affairs officer might have to produce an overview of the course of your studies, and there might be rules and frameworks needing clarification before we can make a final decision in your case.
Subsequently, your application must be presented to the board of studies. Typically, this happens during meetings which take place approximately every fourth week. When the board of studies has made a decision in your case, the student affairs officer will summarise and prepare a response, which you will receive in your e-Boks.
In some cases, it is possible to process applications faster than the indicative processing time. Therefore, we encourage you to apply, even though there is a short period of time for the deadline/exam, where you must use your dispensation.
If you are unsure about what to do if you do not receive an answer to your application before a deadline or exam, you are encouraged to contact the student Counselling Service. The Student Counselling Service can advise you on your options if you do not receive a response before the deadline/exam.
The Student Counsellors’ Office advises you to apply even though there is little time left before the deadline/exam when you need the dispensation.
It is not always possible to process an application on time if you submit it shortly before the deadline/exam. However, your student affairs officer and the board of studies will generally prioritise urgent applications and try to process your application so that you may receive a reply before the deadline or exam in question.
If you are in doubt about what to do in case you do not receive a reply to your application before the deadline/exam, please contact the Student Counsellors’ Office. It is not possible for the Student Counsellors’ Office to speed up the processing of your application, but they can advise you on your options in case you do not receive a reply before the deadline/exam.