At the University of Aarhus and the Engineering College of Aarhus, you are in close contact with researchers in a way that you rarely experience at other universities. The door to the professor’s and associate professor’s office is always open if you need clarification of the study material, and you are encouraged to ask questions at lectures and during exercises. We make heavy demands on your academic skills and independence. In return, you gain considerable benefits in the form of academic challenges and scientific knowledge, in addition to broad competences.
Part of the teaching is in the form of lectures that introduce new angles to the material compared with the textbooks and give you a general overview of the subject. The theoretical and practical exercises take place in small groups where you study relevant issues in depth. At the Engineering College of Aarhus, you are taught by engineers who typically have a strong industrial background. At both institutions, the teaching focuses on independence, critical thinking and collaboration.
The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers, as well as the strong relationship with the industrial sector, provide you with general competences that are in great demand in the global job market. These competences include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts – even in jobs you didn’t know you were qualified for.
Student life is hard work, attending lectures and carrying out assignments. However, it also involves contact with other students, relaxing together and social events. At the Engineering College of Aarhus, much of your work is in project groups, and you often build up a close relationship with your fellow students, both academically and socially.
In addition, a number of student organisations arrange academic activities, excursions, celebrations and social functions. The different student associations at the university and the college consist of students who meet to discuss issues relating to the degree programme. These organisations influence the academic content of the degree programmes, from department and centre level to the top management levels at the university and the college. The student council – commonly called DSR (De studerendes råd) – is the focal point for social events and activities for students at the Engineering College of Aarhus. DSR has different sub-committees, including the fitness club, music club and mountain bike club.
Harry’s Cellar (Harrys Kælder) is a club for staff and students at the engineering college. This club provides a break at the end of a busy week, where you can knock off with a beer, play electronic darts and backgammon, listen to live music, take part in weeks with a different theme, etc. The university also has a number of popular Friday bars, and the Tågekammeret (the Cloud Chamber) association organises celebrations and social events for all science students.
The University of Aarhus is unique, especially because the buildings are grouped in one campus area close to the Aarhus city centre. The campus has many green areas and a beautiful park surrounding a small lake. Here you also find student accommodation and an underground system of corridors, which means that you don’t have to get your feet wet going from the canteen to your study area. There are also lecture theatres and a host of activities ranging from sports days to the regatta on the lake, interesting lectures, a film club, libraries and university celebrations. The campus ensures that you have easy access to the canteen, student counsellors, teachers, the bookshop, the State and University Library and the Friday bar.
The Engineering College of Aarhus has an active student environment with approximately 1,500 students enrolled in different engineering degree programmes. The college is located in the centre of the city with its many cultural activities within easy reach.
The university and the Engineering College of Aarhus are not all Aarhus has to offer. As the second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus has numerous different cultural activities. Every year the well-known Aarhus Festival is celebrated for a week at the beginning of September and the streets really come to life. During the rest of the year, you can visit different music venues and concert halls in the city or find entertainment at one of the many theatres in Aarhus. The city’s many museums include ARoS – the major international art museum, which is a spectacular place for visual experiences. If you have had enough of cultural activities, you can ride your bike to the beach in no time or go for walks in the Risskov woods or in the beautiful woods around Marselisborg. The forty thousand young students in Aarhus make up 17.5% of the population, which leaves its mark on city life. Aarhus is a young, dynamic city with plenty of opportunities.