Department of Culture and Learning

International Cultural Studies

Practical Information

Practical Information


For applicants from partner universities or for applicants who do not require a student visa (primarily EU citizens):
For students applying for a fall semester: April 1st
For students applying for a spring semester: October 1st

For applicants who require a student visa and who will not study at AAU as part of a partnership agreement:
For students applying for a fall semester: April 1st
For students applying for a spring semester: October 1st


All applicants must complete an Aalborg University Application Form. You must also attach a copy of your academic transcript or record of examinations (which you should translate into English), as well as documentation of English-language proficiency.


Because Aalborg University does not itself own residence halls, most of the international students from exchange partner universities live in privately-owned residences called kollegium, or in rented rooms and apartments contracted by the University. Accommodations typically include a single room furnished with bed, desk, and closet. Sometimes you have your own kitchen and bath; sometimes the kitchen and bath are shared.

An application form for accommodation will be included in the arrival material that the International Office will send you when you are admitted. If you submit this application by the stated deadline, Aalborg University's International Accommodation Office will arrange your housing.


The International Office and International Cultural Studies offer orientation programmes at the beginning of each semester. Attendance at the International Office orientation is optional. Attendance at ICS orientation is required.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: September 1 to January 31 (/December 23)
Most oral exams are held before December 23 or can normally be arranged for international guest students by that date.

However, a few oral exams will be scheduled for January. Where this applies, the course information will include a note pointing this out.

Consequently, it is possible to select courses enabling the student to return home December 23, but course options will be slightly reduced.

Written exams are normally held in November and December. Written examinations that are held in January may be submitted electronically.

Spring Semester: February 1 to June 30
Project reports are due May-June. Oral and written exams are held in May-June, occasionally in April as well.

Academic Transcript

An academic transcript will be provided at the end of each semester. The transcript lists the titles and prefixes of all courses and projects for which you were registered, the number of ECTS credits points you earned, and the grade or mark you received for the classes and your project work. The grade or mark will be based on the Danish 7 point scale. A recommended grade conversion scale and an explanation of the methods used to assess your work will also be provided.


The cost of attending International Cultural Studies will vary from individual to individual, depending on their lifestyle. There are, however, minimum costs that all students should anticipate. When you apply for a visa, you will need to provide documentation that you have at least 50,000 DKK for one year of study.

Financial Aid

Students from European partner universities can apply for scholarships through the Erasmus+ programme. Information about Danish Government Grants can be obtained at Cirius or at the Ministry of Education in your country. Students from non-partner universities in the United States may be able to apply for Stafford Loans from the US Department of Education. AAU's Identification number is 02604300.

International Office

The International Office plays an important role in the international activities of the University. See their website for useful and important information: