AU Summer University

2021 course information

Law and Health students can apply from November 1st - November 5th and again from January 15th - April 8th.

All other students can apply from January 15th - April 8th. 

The list of courses you can take at AU Summer University 2021 will be ready in December.

You can sign up to receive it via e-mail once it's ready here

I am unsure that I will receive the pre-approval before application deadline, can I still apply?

  In that case you can still apply before the 1st of April and then send us the pre-approval later on. Please write a comment in your application that the pre-approval is pending. But please notice that we cannot register you for the course before we have it, so if the course is fully booked once you receive the pre-approval we will have to offer you an alternative course instead.   

Practical Information (2020)

Where does the summer university teaching take place?

The majority of teaching in 2020 will take place online.

A few courses will take place with physical attendance. Teaching in Aarhus takes place, with very few exceptions, in the Nobel Park. Please keep in mind that there is no academic quarter unless it is explicitly stated by the lecturer in advance. The canteen in the Nobel Park is open but with limited assortment and opening hours.

Schedules, teaching and classrooms

On Blackboard you will find curriculum and list of literature for your course. Blackboard will be updated with this info from early June.

On Blackborad you will find a link to your zoom classroom if your summer course takes place online.

Expect teaching on the online courses to vary, as there will be lecturers and students from other time zones.

The courses that take place with physical attendance you can assume that the teaching is daily from 9-13. However, some courses may have longer days, so check out the curriculum on Blackboard. Unfortunately Summer University courses are not displayed in normal AU timetables. In general, summer courses are very intensive and the workload may be quite heavy, so you cannot count on having too much free time during the course.

You cannot expect the academic quarter to be standard, unless stated explicitly. If the syllabus says that teaching starts at 9.00, please come at 9.00! At least on the first day of classes.

Since some subjects are taught by international guest teachers, you should expect things to be a bit different from the usual AU model. The break structure, teaching methods, etc. may be different. Take it for what it is - a bonus experience and talk to the professor, if you think there is too little or too much of something.

Attendance in class
At some courses, there is a requirement for 80% attendance as a prerequisite for the exam. The requirement for 80% attendance applies to the live part of the online teaching. This is stated in the course description if there is a requirement for attendance.

Courses on Campus Aarhus

There are small number of courses that are held on Campus, you can see where your course is held.

Overview of rooms (updated 160620)

Literature and other course materials (on Blackboard)

The syllabus will be posted on Blackboard as soon as we receive them from the lecturers. It will be at the end of May at the earliest, and the end of June at the latest.


Due to Covid-19 the librarys will not be open as usual.

You will find information here:

Social Programme

The social programme will take place online in 2020 and is for all students at Summer Uni, also for you from AU. Please sign up if you think an event looks exciting! It is a great opportunity for a fun or cozy event with your fellow students from other countries

Blackboard and Zoom

On Blackboard information from the lecturer will be shared and the system can be used during your course to share information related to your course with the lecturer and the other students. Please remember to check your course(s) on Blackboard right away, as some courses might have preparations you need to do before the course starts.  

The website for blackboard is



The online teaching will take place via Zoom. 

On Blackboard you'll find a link to the Zoom-teaching room.


You will be able to see the syllabus, literature and day to day readings for your course on Blackboard. Please read it carefully. Lecturers expect students to be prepared for the course. 




Make the most of your AU Summer University experience by joining our Facebook group, "AU Summer University 2020".

The group is used for practical information from the Summer University team, and for the exchange of information, academic as well as social stuff, between students.

Remember that this group is not only for international students, but also just as much AU students! 

Contact information

You can always contact us if you have any questions.


During the event, in July and August, you can contact our helpdesk at this email adress.

At the helpdesk, our very nice and talented student assistants will do their best to help you. The helpdesk in  is open from 8:00 -18:00. 

Application FAQ (2020)

Are the courses first come - first served?/How are the seats allocated?

No! None of the courses are first come first served.

Unless otherwise announced in the course description found in the course catalogue, seats in any given course will be distributed to the following groups in descending order: 

  • Aarhus University students from primary program or related education (see course catalogue)
  • Aarhus University students from any other study program
  • Students from other Danish universities applying to take the course as a credit module as well as students  nominated through an exchange agreement or other partnership agreement
  • Free movers and other Danish applicants (Tomplads)

Within these groups the seats will distributed as described in the course description.

This also means that technically it does not matter if you apply by January 15th or April 1st as long as you apply within the deadline April 1st at 11.59.

Can I change/cancel my registration?

You are free to change and cancel your STADS registrations as long as the registration is still open in STADS. After the deadline April 1st it is only possible to cancel/change a course registration according to the rules at your board of studies, which are the same rules as for semester courses.

Is it possible to take a course and not have the ECTS inserted into my study programme?

No, it is unfortunately not possible to take a course as extra-curricular activity. This is also why you can only register for a course if you have the space in your study programme and within the group of courses that the course belongs to. 

My STADS registration is rejected, what should I do?

This is most likely due to the fact that you don’t have enough space in your study programme for the course you are trying to register for. But please send us an e-mail at then we will check it for you and guide you to what you can do. 

I can’t find the course I am interested in in STADS?

First of all you need to check if the course you are interested in, is in fact offered by your study programme, if not, you cannot find the course in STADS but must apply via AU Summer University's online application system.

Remember that in this case the course needs to be pre-approved by your board of studies before you can be registered for a course not offered by your study programme.

What if I want to apply for a course offered by my own study programme and a course that is pre-approved?

In that case you have to make two different applications. One in STADS for the course offered by your own study programme and one in AU Summer University's application system, for the one you have gotten pre-approved.   

Can I take a master level Summer University course before I start my master’s degree?

If you are a bachelor's student who graduates this summer and will start on your master's degree right after it is a possibility to take a master course during the summer before you actually start your degree, to get a head start on your master's degree. However, this does not apply if you are applying for any of the following master degrees:


- Cand.merc. (all tracks)

- Cand.soc.

- Cand.merc.aud.

To get a seat in a summer course, you need to do the following. 

1. Apply for regular admission to the master's degree you wish to take if you have not already done so. Remember that the application deadline is at midnight between March 1st and March 2nd. 

2. Sign up for the AU Summer University before April 1st in our application system through this link. Choose Aarhus University student as student type and when the system asks you for a preapproval, you should upload the receipt you got upon applying for the master's degree. 

In mid-April you will receive an answer from AU Summer University letting you know which course you got a seat in. After this you will be able to see the course in STADS. 

You will receive notice by June 1st at the latest whether or not you were accepted to the master's program. You have until June 15th to confirm your seat in the program. (NB! If you have applied to master's degree program where you do not have legal right of admission, this of course only holds if you get accepted to the program.)

Around June 22nd you will get a message saying that you have been enrolled in the master's degree program. After this, your registration for AU Summer University will fall into place. 

Until you are officially enrolled, the registration is STADS will say 'denied' even though you have received notice that you have a seat in the course. But there is no need to worry. This does not mean that you are not signed up for the course.

Please bear in mind that students who are already enrolled in a master's program have priority right for courses with limited seats as opposed to students with a temporary enrollment.