The University of Aarhus was founded in 1928, but was not entitled ‘university’ until 1933. In the beginning, the university only had a Faculty of Humanities, then came Medicine and so forth. The University was privately run until 1970 where it became state-run.
The University is build up as a campus called the University Park, which was joined by the neighbouring Nobel Park in 1999. In the last couple of years, the University has merged with the Institute of Business and Technology in Herning (HIH), the Aarhus School of Business, the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, the National Environmental Research Institute and the Danish University of Education – they are now all formally a part of the University of Aarhus.
As a result of these mergers, the University now counts a total of about 34,000 students and 9,000 staff.
Each year a number of foreign students come to Denmark to study. If you are an EU citizen, you study on equal terms as the Danes, which mean that you do not have to pay tuition fees. In 2006, there were almost 500 exchange students at the University, not counting the international students subscribed as ‘regular’ students doing a whole degree.
As a new foreign student, you are well looked after. All new students are offered to participate in the month-long introduction program ‘Denmark Today’, which provides basic Danish classes and a general introduction to the city. The International Student Office will also help you in finding accommodation.