We have gathered some useful information to help you plan and prepare for a semester abroad.
Most students have to study courses abroad that total 30 ECTS. Others study 20 ECTS abroad and study the remaining 10 ECTS at Business Academy Aarhus during the same semester. This depends on your study programme.
When you study abroad, the rule of thumb is that you need to take courses that can substitute the courses you should have taken at Business Academy Aarhus that semester.
Before you go, you must have a Learning Agreement that states which courses you will study abroad. This agreement needs to be signed by three parties:
- Yourself (the student)
- The departmental coordinator or institutional coordinator
- The receiving institution
If you live up to the Learning Agreement – that is, if you pass all the courses at the partner institution – the course credit for all courses will be transferred to your study programme at Business Academy Aarhus.
If you study a semester abroad at one of Business Academy Aarhus’ partner institutions, you do not pay tuition fee. This means, it is free for you to study at those institutions.
There are, however, other costs and practicalities you need to think about when you take a semester abroad:
- Visa – see below
- Vaccinations – see below
- Insurance – see below
- Housing - see below
- Valid passport
- Travelling costs
- Tuition fee (only free movers pay tuition fee)
- Living expenses (food, phone etc.)
It is a good idea to make a budget, so you know what expenses you will have.
If you are going to study outside of Europe, the host institution will typically be helpful with your visa application. You can also go to www.um.dk to see how you apply for a visa to the respective country.
EU citizens who want to study at a university in Europe do not need a visa. If you are not an EU citizen, you can go to www.um.dk to check if you need a visa.
Make sure that you get all the relevant vaccines. Please note that some vaccines need to be given well in advance of departure.
Go to www.ssi.dk or contact your doctor to find out which vaccines you need.
You also need to be aware that the Academy cannot guarantee that dietary requirements/allergies can be accommodated.
When you go abroad to study, you need to take out full-time policies for:
- accident insurance
- public liability insurance
- health insurance (the yellow medical card does not cover anything)
- insurance against theft
- travel insurance/repatriation insurance
Neither the Academy, nor the Danish embassy/consulate will be able to help with illness, accidents etc.
For insurance in Europe, please see the regulations for the blue European health insurance card.
In Denmark, the blue European health insurance card has to be ordered through borger.dk.
Most of our partner institutions offer assistance in finding housing and some even offer on-campus accommodation. You should, however, expect to put in an effort to make sure this process runs as efficiently as possible.
Please go to the individual partner institutions’ websites to see their policies on providing housing for exchange students.
Business Academy Aarhus is not able to assist you in finding housing.