Marie-Louise Saastamoinen Hansen
Phone: 9940 9650
Europe and the Nordic countries (Erasmus+)
Phone: 9940 9656
It is important to carefully consider when in the course of your education you wish to integrate a study period abroad into your educational programme.
It is recommendable that you have reached a fairly high academic level (completed 4th or 5th semester) and a certain amount of personal maturity. Some financial support schemes require that a certain academic level has been reached.
The later semesters of your education usually have a structure (more freedom to choose between courses and specialisations) which makes it easier to obtain credit transfer. Your student counsellors and/or the study board can assist you when determining which semester(s) would be the best to go for a study period abroad.
Aalborg University has entered cooperation agreements with partner universities all over the world.
There are several types of exchange agreements:
Erasmus = agreements inside Europe
Bilaterale = overseas agreements
Nord…. = agreements within the Nordic countries
ISEP = speciel programme in the US
You may search for exchange agreements in our database. Please remember to search by your own study board, that way you will be searching for relevant agreements.
It is important to keep in mind that the form of study and educational structure at Aalborg University is quite unique. As a result, you cannot expect to find the same form of study and educational structure at the foreign educational institution.
When choosing a university and study courses abroad it may be relevant to read through the evaluation reports of former students who have studied abroad. Please note that the evaluation reports are divided in two: Reports from before 2016 and reports from 2016 and forward.
When you want to apply for a semester abroad you must submit your application to International Office's online application system. When you apply for a study place at a partner university you automatically apply for a grant as well - provided that you apply within the deadline.
The application deadline for a grant is 1 March for stay in the autumn semester and 1 November for stays in the spring semester. It is still possible to apply for a study place after this deadline - provided that the deadline at the partner university has not expired. You will not be able to apply for a grant though.
Most of our exchange agreements have two available places per academic year. They are allocated on a first come first served basis. The new available places are released every year by 15 September. - for instance were the places for the academic year 2021/22 released in September 2020.
After this your wish will be evaluated by IO and you can expect one of the following results with more information:
You can only apply for one place at a time. If rejected, you can apply again.
The following documents must be uploaded in the system by 1 June (autumn semester) and 1 December (spring semester).
Admission letter from the host institution abroad. An advance credit transfer from the Study Board at AAU and for Erasmus+ students also an Erasmus+ Learning Agreement for Studies.
You must apply for an advance credit transfer before you leave to study abroad.
Note that credit transfer of your study activities abroad is a requirement for obtaining financial support from the various support schemes related to student exchange.
Be aware that the approval that the study board will give is a preliminary approval, which must be finally confirmed when you return to AAU after your stay abroad.
Therefore, any intended changes in your foreign study programme must be discussed with your academic adviser as well as your study board beforehand. This is to make sure that you will not be faced with any problems when the final approval will take place upon your return to AAU.
After your return, you must send or hand in documentation to the study board to prove that you have followed your foreign study programme and activities as planned, and that you have fulfilled the requirements on which you have received the preliminary approval. This documentation will be issued by your host university and can vary a lot from university to university as to design and content.
*You can apply for a university within your faculty. If the study board is listed, choose in compliance with this. You can choose between agreements within your field of study or within "non specified subject area".
Non specified subject area = Agreements which applies for the whole university. Generally, you can choose between all the courses they offer.
The Erasmus+ programme is an EU programme for students within all academic fields who wish to carry out parts of their education at another European institution of higher education.
Aalborg University has applied for and been awarded with an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education. This makes it possible for students at Aalborg University to study abroad for free in Europe and to apply for a grant.
Aalborg University has Erasmus+ agreements with about 350 higher education institutionens all over Europe. There are a number of special conditions and requirements for Erasmus+ stays.