Bachelor's Introduction Week

Welcome to Aarhus BSS
Economics

Welcome to
Aarhus BSS

Economics


On this page, you will find all the information relevant to your introduction week and commencement of studies. Please stay informed on this page until the introduction week, as the programme might change.

The first thing you need to do after receiving your letter of admission is to confirm your student place!

We look forward to welcoming you!




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Get a virtual introduction

You can prepare yourself by going through Aarhus University's online introductory course Study@AU which gives you answers to several practical questions.

You will be introduced to digital platforms, counselling and support units, and life as a student. This online introduction consists of modules, which you can go through seperately. The entire introduction takes about 2 hours. You can access the course in Brightspace from mid-August – under “My courses".

Welcome to Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to Aarhus BSS – School of Business and Social Sciences

Aarhus BSS is one of the five faculties at Aarhus University. The school unites the core research areas of business and social sciences, encompassing disciplines such as economics, business administration, business technology, law, political science and psychology.

Our degree programmes are among the absolute best according to the most recognised international ranking lists. This position requires that we set our standards high when it comes to our research and teaching, and that we provide our highly-skilled graduates with strong competencies that allow them to carry out a broad range of job functions on the labour market – in Denmark as well as internationally.

As a student at Aarhus BSS, you will benefit from all the possibilities that come with being part of a large international business school with many academic fields of research. We are keen to ensure a vibrant and inspiring study environment as the framework for our degree programmes, both in terms of social life and academic outcome. You will become part of an international environment and will be taught by lecturers that are among the world’s leading researchers within their specific academic fields.

Another of our core tasks is to nurture our relations with the world around us – particularly with local companies and organisations in order to create good opportunities for you as a student. You can benefit from these close relations whether you want to carry out a project placement in a company or organisation or want to establish contact with future employers in other ways.

I wish you all the best in the future, and I am convinced that by choosing to study at Aarhus BSS, you will be well-prepared for the future.

Kind regards,
Thomas Pallesen,
Dean, Aarhus BSS

Welcome by the Director of Studies

I would like to welcome you to the economics programme at the Department of Economics and Business Economics, where you will have a unique opportunity to develop personally and professionally.

“In Denmark, our natural resources are limited, so we have to make a living from our bright minds.” Even though this often-heard statement might be slightly simplifying, it does not miss its mark completely. One of the best weapons the Danes hold in the fight to do well in an increasingly globalised world is a well-educated population, and challenging university degree programmes are crucial in bringing about useful knowledge and competencies. The economics programme at the Department of Economics and Business Economics precisely attempt to challenge its students so that when you have obtained your degree, you will possess knowledge and competencies that are in high demand in both the private and the public sector, in Denmark as well as abroad.

Today, you enter academia, and this might feel like quite a radical change. You are no longer a pupil going to school but a student at a university, and this calls for a completely different level of independence and responsibility for your own learning than what you have been accustomed to at your upper secondary education. To ensure the best possible transition from upper secondary to university education, we have organised a comprehensive programme for the introduction week. We wish to help you get off to a good start on your degree programme so that you will look forward to the coming years full of academic challenges and new human and social experiences.

At the Department of Economics and Business Economics, you will become part of a professional community where the lecturers are researchers who will provide you with the latest knowledge during their teaching. Not only will you gain new knowledge, you will also learn to produce new knowledge. At the beginning of your degree programme, the production of new knowledge will happen in a highly controlled environment, for example in the form of written exercises that you discuss in groups and seminars. As you progress in your studies, we will lower our control and allow you to work on projects you have chosen yourself, based on your own academic interests.

You will also become part of a large social community on your degree programme. There are many opportunities to participate in the various student associations which organise parties, academic events, ski trips, trips abroad and much more. The current students at the Department of Economics and Business Economics very much appreciate the academic as well as social level of the degree programme. I encourage you to engage in your studies both academically and socially. I am sure that doing so is the recipe for having five fantastic years at the Department of Economics and Business Economics.

Kind regards,
Michael Svarer
Director of studies for the degree programme in economics

Welcome by the introduction week coordinators

A warm welcome to you, a new fellow student of economics.

Your life as a student is just around the corner, and we look forward to introducing you to the unique student life at the Department of Economics and Business Economics, something you can definitely look forward to becoming a part of. In the coming years, you will develop both personally and professionally. You will be offered a wealth of new experiences, academic challenges and comprehensive studies – the many aspects of student life await you.

To introduce you to your degree programme, we have employed 12 terrific tutors to be your lifeline whenever the amount of information might seem insurmountable. You can ask them anything you can think of – that is why they are here, and they would love to help you!

This year, the introduction week takes place in week 35 from Monday 29 August to Friday 2 September. The Introduction Week will contain a mix of academic and social events around campus at Fuglesangs Allé. During these days, you will become acquainted with the university environment that you will spend time in for many years to come.

The introduction week is for everyone, and it is vital to us that all new students have a nice and memorable first week at university. During this week, the most important thing for us is to ensure that you have fun together with all your new fellow students. This will help establish the social community on your degree programme. Our prime piece of advice is to participate actively in the introduction week so that you get to know your fellow students in the best possible way.

In addition to the introduction week, we have planned a weekend trip in the autumn where you will join your fellow students and tutors for a weekend away from campus. The weekend trip will be full of fun activities and it will be a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students even better. The weekend trip will take place from Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October; please reserve this weekend in your calendar.

We hope that you and your fellow new students will have a wonderful week together with your tutors, a week filled with lots of exciting events and new people. So get ready – we certainly look forward to it!

Kind regards,
Rasmus Frederik Jensen and Sara da Silva Figueiredo Andersen
Introduction week coordinators

All about your introduction week

Programme for the introduction week

The commencement of studies begins with an introduction week, giving you the chance to get to know your fellow students. Your introduction week starts Monday 29 August 2022 at 08.45.

In addition, there is a weekend trip for all new students at economics and management from Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 September. You will receive more information about this trip during the introduction week.

See the programme

There is an alcohol policy for the introduction week at Aarhus BSS to ensure that all activities are held in a responsible way. Read the alcohol policy here.

Please stay updated in this site, as the programme might change.

Monday

08.45 Welcome and photos Fuglesangssalen 
10.15 Gathering in classes + lunch Class rooms in M & D
12.00- Presentation by "Økonomisk Forening (ØF)" Lecture theatre M3 
12.15 Presentation of courses Lecture theatre  M3 
14.15-17.30 Park Olympics Botanical Gardens
19.00-01.00 Welcome party and dinner with ØF Fuglesangssalen


Tuesday

09.00 Breakfast in class rooms Class rooms in M & D
10.45 Tutor presentaion Class rooms M & D
11.45 Presentation by KØN Lecture theatre M3 
12.00 Presentation by a cand.oecon Lecture theatre M3 
12.45 Lunch Class rooms in M & D
13.30 Presentation by Michael Svarer Lecture theatre M3 
13.30-14.15 Lecture theatre M3 
14.30 Student associations crawl Campus
19.00-24.00 ”Comedy Night" and game night S- & R-buildings

Wednesday

08.30 Breakfast in class rooms Class rooms in M & D
10.30 Presentation by Oeconrådet Lecture theatre M3 
10.45 Presentation of the student counsellors Lecture theatre M3 
11.00 Presentation by a cand.oecon Lecture theatre M3 
11.45 Lunch Class rooms in M & D
12.30 Preperation of challange with "sister class" Class rooms in M & D
14.30 Challenge with "sister class" Botanical Gardens
18.00 Dinner with "sister class" Class rooms in M & D
20.00 Private party Hornsleth, Klostergade

Friday

09.30 We meet in class rooms Class rooms in M & D
11.30 Sports tournament The soccer fields at Fuglesangs Allé
15.00 Friday Bar Konverterbar

Find your way on the first day

The first day, we will meet in Fuglesangssalen in building 2625 (F) at Fuglesangs Allé 4.

All your tutors will be there to guide and welcome you!

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Meet your coordinators and tutors

Your introduction week coordinators and tutors are responsible for your introduction week and will take you through the programme for the entire week. They are students from your own field of study, and they can help you answer the many questions you might have about your degree programme and the introduction week. Your tutors are not only your tutors during the introduction week but throughout your entire degree programme.

See the entire totur team

Payment for the introduction week

Participation in the introduction week costs DKK 700.

This includes lunch Monday to Wednesday, breakfast Tuesday and Wednesday as well as dinner Monday and Wednesday. It also includes all the activities during the introduction week and the weekend trip.

HOW TO PAY:

  1. Go to the website: https://events.au.dk/rusuge22/signup
  2. Enter your name, e-mail and preferences
  3. Pay with a credit card and approve. You will receive confirmation that you are now registered for the introduction week 2022 at the Department of Economics and Business Economics.

Registration is binding and the last due date for payment is 24 August 2022.

A checklist for the introduction week

Before the introduction week

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Bring this for the Introduction Week:

  • Every day: A water bottle and preferably a snack or two to keep yourself energized.
  • Monday: Sportswear for the park run. It will be possible to change later. If you live far away from campus, please also bring any additional clothes for the party in the evening.
  • Wednesday: Any additional clothes for the party in the evening seeing as you will not have time to go home.
  • Friday: Your own computer. And sportswear.

Tips for the introduction week

  • Make sure to clear your schedule completely for the introduction week! It feels great to be able to participate fully in the introduction week.
  • Relax! Do not worry, everyone else is just as nervous as you are. Come as you are!
  • Be prepared! Bring suitable clothes and shoes. Monday, there will be a park run and it can be a good idea to bring sportswear for this particular day.
  • De-stress after the introduction week. Follow your classes and read most of the texts, but please do not stay up until 03:00 at night just because you have yet to read the last chapter in microeconomics.
  • Use your study group. Both for discussing the syllabus and work on assignments, and as support during exam periods. Use the study group rotation system (which you can read more about under “A bit about your degree programme”) to put together the best possible study group and make sure that it is a good academic as well as social match for you.
  • Keep socialising – also after the introdution week. This way, you will quickly get to know the other year groups at the degree programme, and it makes studying a lot more fun.
  • Seek out your tutors after the introduction week! They never stop being your tutors and hopefully, they can help you with any study-related issues or refer you to someone who can – and they would love to keep partying and socialising with you.

Important platforms, guidance, support and bookstore

How to stay informed as a student

Mystudies.au.dk
Mystudies.au.dk is your single point of access to study information and self-service systems, providing you with a personalised overview of your courses, timetable, announcements and events. It also gives you direct access to other platforms such as the Student Self-Service and Brightspace. You can use mystudies.au.dk on your phone or tablet as well.

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Brightspace
Brightspace is a learning management system, providing teaching staff and students with one shared online platform. The platform supports easy access to group work and lets you send and receive messages. This is where your lecturer will inform you about changes to the timetable and upload teaching materials. Therefore, it is important that you check Brightspace often.

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The study portal
The study portal is this current website. You can find all information via the menu on the left, e.g. academic regulations, student counselling, exam schedules and rules, everything related to your study environment, your time tables etc. We encourage you to check the study portal if you need information about your degree programme.

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Your AU email
All students at Aarhus University will receive an AU email address (studentregistrationnumber@post.au.dk). It is important that you use this email address when you write to the Student Counsellors' Office or similar recipients. It is also important that you check your AU email, as Aarhus University might send you important information – for instance about important deadlines.

Get help and guidance during your studies

Student Counsellors' Office
You are always welcome at the Student Counsellors' Office with questions regarding your life as a student. We are happy to answer any questions about exams, rules and requirements, leave of absence, parental leave, study planning, dispensations, social well-being, challenges etc. At the Student Counsellors' Office, we have a duty of confidentiality. This means that everything you tell us will remain confidential.


Aarhus BSS Student Services
At Aarhus BSS Student Services, you can get help and guidance on any practical and administrative questions  in relation to your degree programme. We can help you with print transcripts of your grades, verify that you are actively enrolled, register for courses and exams, and apply for exemption, etc.


IT support, the bookstore and the library

IT support

IT will inevitably become an integrated part of your new life as a student at Aarhus BSS, and you are always welcome to contact the IT support. The IT department can help you with a broad range of services, including usernames and passwords, your student email and accessing the wireless network via eduroam. They also offer a number of IT-related courses. Read more about those at facebook.com/BssKurser.

You will find the IT support at both Fuglesangs Allé (building 2628) and Bartholins Allé (building 1322). 


Bookstore

You can buy your books online at www.bssbooks.dk. BSS Books is a part of the university book store "Stakbogladen". You can find lists with the books you need for your first semester at the website. You can also buy the books at our pop-up shop in the introduction week. We offer a 10% student discount on nearly all books.

Please note: You will receive more information about the bookstore during your introduction.


AU Library

At AU Library, you can:

  • find academic information and literature
  • find areas for studying and rooms for working in groups
  • get assistance in how to search, assess and organise academic information.

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There are two libraries in Aarhus affiliated with Aarhus BSS:

  • Bartholins Allé 11
    At Bartholins Allé, you will mainly find books and journals within the subjects of psychology and behavioural sciences, political science, and law.
    Read more at library.au.dk/biblioteker/bartholins-alle
  • Fuglesangs Allé 4
    At Fuglesangs Allé, you will mainly find books and journals within the subjects of corporate law, economics, and management.
    Read more at library.au.dk/biblioteker/fuglesangs-alle

Schedule and course descriptions

Timetables
You can always find your timetables (schedule) here at your study portal under Teaching > Timetables. Changes may occur and therefore it is important to check your timetables on a regular basis.

Course catalogue
You can find course descriptions in the course catalogue under Teaching > Course Catalogue. Here you can also find the syllabus for each course.

About Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University

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Aarhus BSS is one of the five faculties at Aarhus University and home to the academic disciplines within business and social sciences. The official name is ‘Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences’, commonly referred to as Aarhus BSS.

Aarhus BSS has six departments: Department of Economics and Business Economics, Department of Political Science, Department of Management, Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Department of Law, and Department of Business Development and Technology.

Code of Conduct and freedom of expression

The Code of Conduct for students at Aarhus BSS aims to describe the school’s core values and expectations to student behaviour when on campus and/or when representing Aarhus BSS and Aarhus University. 

All students are expected to adhere to the values represented in this Code of Conduct.

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Aarhus University is committed to safeguarding freedom of expression and the individual’s opportunity to realise their potential. Open dialogue and tolerance for different views constitute the very foundation of the university’s activities.

Read more about the freedom of expression at Aarhus University

A bit about your degree programme

Teaching

During your first two years at university, you will have about 20 hours of teaching per week. In addition, you will have to solve a number of assignments each week. Compared to your upper secondary education, you will find that life as a university student requires a high degree of self-discipline. We recommend that you establish a structure and rhythm in your everyday work early on to make sure you will have time for academic as well as social activities. It is a good idea to have someone to discuss difficult theories with and work together with when solving assignments.

The literature for each course is something you have to buy on your own. Most of the literature is in English. You can purchase all literature online at BSS Books. They also have a list of the books that are relevant to your specific semester.

In general, the Bachelor’s degree programme consists of two forms of teaching: lectures and classroom instruction.

Lectures

On the Bachelor’s degree programme, all lectures are given in a lecture theatre by a lecturer who presents the key points of the subject at hand to students from the same year group in order to provide the students with an overview of a specific topic. Usually, this is a matter of one-way communication and the lecturer will talk while the students listen. It is hard to start a meaningful dialogue with a lecturer and such a large audience, but if the lecturer says something that you do not understand, you are always welcome to ask – either during the lecture or the break. Remember, there are probably others who would like to ask the same question.

Please read the material for the lecture beforehand so you learn as much as possible from the lecture itself.

Classroom instruction

From the very first day of the degree programme, everyone will be divided into classes. A class consists of approximately 25-30 students. During the first year, there will be classroom instruction for each class in all courses. In the following years, this will only apply to selected courses. During classroom instruction, an older student will teach; an instructor. During classroom instruction, you and the rest of your class will present your answers to a number of exercises which your lecturer has compiled in advance and which you have had time to prepare at home. Here, the instructor will help you solve difficult exercises, answer questions about the syllabus and make sure that the solutions you present in front of the class are correct.

Classroom instruction helps you understand the subject matter – and that is why we recommend that you utilise the time by arriving well-prepared and presenting your answers. You can also use your instructor to find out how to focus on the most important parts of the syllabus.

Brief introduction to your first courses

Principles of Economics

Principles of Economics is a 14 week course that will give you insight into most of the big questions within the field of economics. Without using advanced methods, the course will give you insight into how theory from economics can be used to answer some of the biggest questions of our time, including how we can ensure a sustainable future economy which will result in prosperity for all and show due consideration for the climate, environment and a just distribution of income.



Principles of Mathematics and Statistics

Principles of Mathematics and Statistics is a course that takes you through the basic mathematical and statistical concepts relevant to economists. The first half of the course will introduce important mathematical tools such as differentiation, integration, comparative static analysis and multivariable optimisation. In the second half of the course, we will start with probability theory (basic concepts, stochastic variables, distributions) and move on to statistics (estimators, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests). Principles of Mathematics and Statistics provides you with a toolbox that will help prepare you for future courses at the degree programme.



Accounting

The course aims at enabling students to utilise tools from the field of management accounting and financial reporting in order to gather and analyse accounting information. By doing this, the economist can provide the management of a company as well as its external stakeholders with valuable information when seeking to make the optimal decision about specific issues.

Study groups

The study group rotation system
A unique offer for those studying Economics and Management: Help for identifying the best study group

It is of great help to have fellow students with whom you can discuss assignments; both to strengthen your own understanding of the subject matter and to be challenged in terms of different ways to approach the syllabus. The Oecon Council offers you the opportunity to participate in a study group rotation system for the first four weeks of the degree programme. Every week, you will be placed in a group of students from your own class, and together you will form a study group for a week. After the four weeks, you will be able to form your own study group. Participation in the rotation system is voluntary, but we advise you to participate. It gives you the opportunity to get to know your fellow students, as well as to learn more about yourself in a group setting!

More information will be presented during the introduction week.

Student life at campus

Student associations

Characteristic of the Department of Economics and Business Economics are the student organisations which give life to the student environment, create a unique sense of community and enrich everyday life for many students. As part of an organisation, you can help develop exciting events of an academic as well as social nature, and you will build a diverse network across different year groups and fields of study. You will be presented to the organisations in the ‘organisation run’ during the introduction week.

Find your way around campus

Find your way around campus at Fuglesangs Allé

  • The M-building (2628)
    Here you will find most of the lecture theatres at Fuglesangs Allé.
  • The U-building (2636)
    Here you will find a large lecture theatre in the basement but otherwise it is primarily known for its many classrooms.
  • The D-building (2623)
    Here you will find the library where you can find relevant literature and study spaces.
  • The S-building (2610)
    This building is the heart of the campus. Here you will find a variety of group rooms and study spaces. The campus cafeteria Caf’ Inn is also located in this building.
  • The R-building (2640)
    This is where the majority of students at Economics and Management stay during a day of reading and studying at the university. As a result, the atmosphere is always great. At the same time, the R building houses the vast majority of all student association offices and you are always welcome to swing by for a cup of coffee or a chat.

 

As a new student in an unfamiliar setting, it might be difficult to find your way around campus. For this reason, AU has created the app “AU Find” (in Danish) to help you navigate the place. You can also ask an older student for directions. They are always ready to help you on your way.

Academic and social events

The various student associations organise several events during each semester. Here are just a few of the big events that you can look forward to.

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Aarhus Symposium
Every year on the first Friday of November, we invite a strong line-up of important current decision-makers and leaders to share their experiences and participate in discussions with ambitious students. The Aarhus Symposium is an extraordinary event that aims to connect students, the leaders of tomorrow, with important decision-makers and leaders of today.


Børsbar (Stock Market Bar)
Every year, Studenterlauget, the Economic Association and FinanceLab join forces and organise the traditional party: BØRSBAR! This party can brag of being the largest party at Aarhus BSS.

The concept behind “Børsbar” is very simple: The prices decrease and increase in proportion to the demand. This means that the cost of a drink will increase if the demand is high and decrease if the demand is low. You will at any given time be able to see the price of beer and drinks so that you are ready to take action when the prices are low.

Just like other big events such as drawing lots for the Regatta and Denmark’s Biggest Friday Bar, Børsbar is one of the main events of the year. Social events are a large part of life at university and we definitely recommend that you save the date for these events.


Friday bar and parties
The big highlight of the week is the Friday bar Konverterbar which is open every Friday 15:00-20:00 and serves as a gathering place for the entire degree programme. Here, you will be able to put the hardships of the week behind you and enjoy a cold beer or drink at a student-friendly price together with your fellow students.

In addition, there will be parties for the entire degree programme a couple of times each semester. These parties are often organised in collaboration with other degree programmes at Aarhus University. This creates a great atmosphere and gives you an opportunity to socialise across lots of different degree programmes.


The Regatta in the University Park
The Regatta – the Battle for the Golden Bedpan is also a highlight at Aarhus University. Each year, twelve selected student associations compete to become rulers of the University Park. In short, it is a day of fun and partying together with 30,000 other students. It is officially the largest university event in all of Northern Europe.

Get a virtual introduction

You can prepare yourself by going through Aarhus University's online introductory course Study@AU which gives you answers to several practical questions.

You will be introduced to digital platforms, counselling and support units, and life as a student. This online introduction consists of modules, which you can go through seperately. The entire introduction takes about 2 hours. You can access the course in Brightspace from mid-August – under “My courses".

Contact