1st-year exam

What is the first-year exam?

In accordance with the Danish Ministerial Order no. 857 of 1 July 2010 on University Examinations and Grading (the Examination Order), the academic regulations must state a number of examinations that each enrolled Bachelor student must have completed at end of the first year and must have passed before the end of the second year of study. Hence the first-year exam consists in two requirements: active participation and passing examinations.

Requirement of active participation

In accordance with the requirement of active participation, you must participate in the examinations that form part of the first-year exam before the end of your first year of studies in the Bachelor programme. This implies that you must use an examination attempt for the exams that form part of the first-year exam the first time that these are held. It is a prerequisite for fulfillment of the requirement of active participation that you have signed up for the exam and use one of your examination attempts. It is not a requirement that you must pass the exams the first time.

If you fail to pass, withdraw from an examination too late, chose to leave an examination, hand in a blank examination paper or if you are absent from an examination that you have signed up for, this will count as an examination attempt.

Requirement of passing examinations

In accordance with the requirement of passing examinations, you must pass the exams that form part of the first-year exam before the end of your second year of study. This implies that you must have completed the courses and passed the exams that constitute the first-year exam no later than during the re-examinations in your fourth semester of the Bachelor’s programme.

If you fail to meet the requirements of the first-year exam, your enrolment at Aarhus University will be terminated, and you cannot apply for re-admission to the same degree programme unless you are granted an exemption allowing you to postpone the first-year exam.

Exemption for postponement of first-year exam

If you have been prevented from fulfilling the requirements of active participation and passing examinations in connection with the first-year exam, you can apply to your Study Board for an exemption for postponement of the first-year exam. You must be able to document special circumstances (e.g. a medical certificate) to be allowed to postpone the first-year exam.

There is no complete list of conditions that can be characterized as ’special circumstances’, but special circumstances may be illness or loss of close relative just before the examination.