Hej from Aarhus! I have been living in this beautiful city for the past two months and I am absolutely loving it. Aarhus is a small town characterised by its cobblestone streets, cosy cafes and love for biking. It is also known as a university town which means that it’s filled with students. This creates a really diverse dynamic in the city, where you are able to interact and make friends with both Danish and International students.
I find that there are many similarities between Danish culture and Australian culture, so I haven’t felt any culture shock. Everyone here speaks English, which has made settling in a whole lot easier. I was a bit concerned before coming here, as I read that the Danes were very reserved and hard to approach. However, from my interactions, the Danes are super friendly and are always willing to help. They even share the same sarcastic humor as us Aussies do, so they are always great to have a chat with. The only drastic difference has been the weather. Going from a sweltering summer to a snow filled winter was definitely a hard adjustment, but you just need to rug up and wait a few weeks before you get use to it!
I am currently living in student accommodation located in downtown Aarhus. I live in an apartment, fully equipped with a bed, desk, chair, private bathroom and of course a heater. I share a kitchen with 3 other flatmates. The location of the accommodation is perfect, as everything is within a 10-15 minute walk.
Arrival and orientation was very simple. We had an orientation week where we received presentations about Denmark, the university and the faculties we were studying in. We were all split into groups with two mentors, who guided us throughout the week. The parties and events held during orientation week were incredible and allowed me to meet so many new people and make some really great friends.
I am studying at the university’s Business School (Aarhus BSS). I am currently taking 3 subjects and attend university around 3-4 times a week, which gives me a lot of time to explore the city. The structure of classes here include lectures, seminars and/or tutorials, which is very similar to UTS. A major difference, however, is that most exams hold a very high percentage of your final grade, meaning there are little to no assignments throughout the semester. Another difference is that some subjects have oral exams, where you conversate with an examiner on a specific topic. The BSS campus is amazing and has many great facilities including a library and canteen.
I have also taken the opportunity to volunteer at the Studenterhus; a student organisation that plans and holds many events for both local and International students. As a volunteer I am able to work with a team of people to coordinate events, excursions and information sessions for International students. I also get to help out at the bar and cafe. I definitely recommend volunteering as it is a great way to meet new people and build new skills.
I am really enjoying my time here in Aarhus. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester holds! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bachelor of Business
Aarhus University BSS
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