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Aalborg University

Aalborg University
Aalborg University (AAU) was inaugurated in 1974 as the fifth multi-faculty university in Denmark.
Aalborg, Denmark
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Global & International Studies
Political Science
Religious Studies
Communication Studies
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
  • Study humanities and social sciences in Denmark
  • Students may live in student residence halls or in private accommodation
  • A basic Danish language class is offered for international students every semester
Program Summary: 

The city of Aalborg is home to Denmark’s most innovative and internationalized university. Programs taught in English include international cultural studies and communication, media studies, psychology, Danish studies, international management, architecture and design, art and technology and media. Excellent graduate engineering programs are offered in English.


Situated in the northern part of the Jutland peninsula, Aalborg is the fourth largest city in Denmark. The city is situated at the narrowest stretch of the picturesque Limfjord; extensive beaches and other impressive scenery are within easy reach. Aalborg, an old historic city, received its municipal charter in 1342; many old buildings still function as natural elements in the townscape. For many years, Rebild Bakker, a beautiful hilly area just south of Aalborg, has been the venue for the national celebration of links with America by Danes and Danish-Americans. The Danish Emigration Archives are housed in Aalborg.

The main university campus is situated in the southeastern part of the city, approximately five kilometers from the city centre. In the city centre, there is an excellent Student House. The city has fine connections with Copenhagen (plane, bus, rail), as well as with Norway, Sweden (Gothenburg is just 3 hours away by high-speed ferry), and continental Europe.

Academic Information: 

Courses in the Faculty of Humanities are open to ISEP exchange students.

The Faculty of Humanities offers the following programs: Culture, Communication and Globalization (CCG), and International Cultural Studies. The International Cultural Studies program is popular with undergraduate students studying international relations, literature, and political science http://www.hum.aau.dk/ics/.

Students typically enroll in 6-7 classes per term which averages to 12-14 hours in class per week. A term runs for 8-10 weeks followed by supervised project work and exams.


ISEP students are housed in student residence halls or in private accommodation. A stipend is provided to cover the cost of meals.

Life Abroad: 

The orientation program includes introduction to the city of Aalborg and the university, guided walks, and more. The program includes events organized during the first couple of weeks.

Arrival Details
Pick-up will be arranged at Aalborg Airport or at the train/bus station for students who arrive on the official arrival day.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Some international students choose to work as volunteers at the Students' House (Students' Union) in downtown Aalborg, for instance staffing the café.

Further Reading: 

Contact Melody Stratton for more information at melodystratton@ku.edu or stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott.

ISEP website with more information on Aalborg University.


Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)


Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Tuesday mornings from 11am-12pm and Friday afternoons from 2pm-3pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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