When taking up appointment at Aarhus University as a foreign researcher or PhD student, there are numerous practicalities to sort out.
The International Academic Staff Services (IAS) has compiled a wealth of information about relocating, getting registered with the Danish Authorities etc. to make your transition as smooth as possible.
The IAS comprises the following units:
Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Phone: +45 8715 0220
The AU International Centre has a housing portal which is a great first stop for prospective staff and students looking for a place to stay. On the main page, select your location ("Aarhus") and indicate which type of applicant you are (eg. "PhD" or "international staff"), and you will be provided with a list of possibilities.
You can also contact the AU Housing Office if you want to apply for housing or have questions:
AU Housing Office
Dale T. Mortensen Building
Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4
8000 Aarhus C
Opening hours: weekdays 10:00-14:00
Speaking Danish is a great way to impress the Danes. It is also an opportunity to reach a deeper understanding of Danish culture and 'the Danish way of thinking'.
Aarhus University, in cooperation with LærDansk, offers free Danish courses to foreign researchers and their spouses.
Types of courses offered
NemID is your digital signature, which is required to access public websites, online banking etc. It consists of the following three elements:
Once you receive your CPR no. (civil registration no.), you will be able to open a Danish bank account. It is a good idea to bring a copy of your contract/admission letter when going to the bank for the first time.
Aarhus houses a number of banks, most of which offer some services in English.
A NemKonto (Easy Account) is an account into which you will receive all payments from the public sector, incl. your salary. If you only have one account, that will be your NemKonto; if you have more than one account, you assign one of them as your NemKonto.
E-boks is your personal, electronic mailbox, in which you will receive correspondence from public authorities, your insurance company, your bank etc.
You need NemID to log in.
|Nytårsdag (New Year's Day)||1 January|
|Skærtorsdag (Maundy Thursday) |
Langfredag (Good Friday)
Påskesøndag (Easter Sunday)
2. Påskedag (Easter Monday)
Thursday before Easter Sunday
|Store Bededag (General Prayer Day)||Fourth Friday after Easter|
|Kristi Himmelfartsdag (Ascension Day)||1½ week before Pentecost|
|Pinsedag (Whitsunday) |
2. Pinsedag (Whitmonday)
Monday after Pentecost
|Grundlovsdag (Constitution Day)||5 June|
|Juleaftensdag (Christmas Eve) |
1. Juledag (Christmas Day)
2. Juledag (Boxing Day)
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University International Club (UIC) is an AU-based network for international (and Danish) staff and their families.
International Community (IC) offers support to international employees and their families during their stay in the Aarhus region. IC creates social and professional networks to the benefit of expats through a wide range of events, seminars and online activities (see programme).
IC counts more than 3,100 people, incl. companies, international employees, accompanying family and internationally-minded Danes.