Fall, Spring, Academic Year
- UI Student with 2.8 GPA or above
- No Language Requirement
- Spring: 9/1
- Fall & Academic Year: 4/1
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A Reciprocal Exchange agreement between the University of Iowa and Aalborg University allows UI students to take up a semester or year of study in Denmark alongside local students in regular classes and standard student housing. Though the language of instruction at Aalborg University is Danish, there are a number of offerings taught in English (also Spanish, German and French) in various subjects and disciplines.
The exchange is particularly suitable for UI students interested in globalization, communication studies, political science and psychology, who have a firm commitment to their major.
Prior Danish language is not required for participation.
On this one-for-one exchange, cost is based on your regular UI tuition. Students admitted to the program are eligible to receive a Stanley grant of $1500 in support of UI exchanges to Europe Off the Beaten Track.
The International Cultural Studies (ICS) department in Aalborg’s Faculty of Humanities is the gateway to courses taught in English (and French, German and Spanish) throughout the curriculum. ICS serves as the home department for all visiting exchange students. Each semester approximately 20-30 guest students from partner universities in Asia, Australia, the Americas, and Europe enroll in ICS. Students with intermediate or advanced Danish-language proficiency can, of course, select from a wider range of courses beyond ICS.
Aalborg follows the European problem-based approach to university studies. One of your choices can be a Project course where small groups of 2-4 students formulate a question, collect and analyse data under tutorial supervision, and discuss possible solutions. Assessment is based on a written report and a final oral examination. Other courses include large lectures or small seminars with active student participation. A typical semester load for regular students is 5-6 courses and a written project.
You can explore offerings taught in English here.
The following codes identify the Aalborg majors associated with ICS.
CCG Culture, Communication and Globalization
ENG English Language and Culture
IBC International Business Communication
SIS Languages and International Studies
ArT Art & Technology
The one special course for international students, Introduction to Scandanavia, places Denmark in the context of Scandinavian history, culture and politics. Introductory study of Basic Danish language is also available for elective credit.
Semesters typically run late August – January 31 (December 23, depending on examination schedule) and late January – June 30.
If you have more questions or are ready to apply to the Aalborg Exchange, please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353, or you can e-mail the program advisor with general questions.
Aalborg University is relatively new (established in 1974) with key interests in internationalization, active cooperation with its surrounding community, and conversion of research results into practical application. Approach to studies is interdisciplinary. It lays claim to being Denmark’s most innovative and internationalized university. A student body of 12,000 includes more than 1000 international students.
Aalborg is situated on the northern part of the Jutland peninsula, at the narrowest stretch of the Limfjord, surrounded by vast beaches and remarkable scenery. The historic city goes back to 1342 and many old buildings are still present in the town. The Danish Emigration Archives are housed in Aalborg and it has been a center for celebrations of Danish-American ties over the years.
The campus is in the southeastern part of the city, approximately two and a half miles from the city center.
Aalborg has easy access to Copenhagen by bus or rail and even plane. And fine connections to Norway and continental Europe. High speed ferry gets you to Sweden in just three hours.
Student accommodations can be hard to find, but Aalborg’s International Office will ensure housing provided you submit an application by the stated deadline. An application for accommodation is included in the Arrival Folder that you will receive once admitted.
Accommodation is available in privately owned residences called kollegium, or in rented rooms and apartments contracted by the University. Accommodations typically include a single room furnished with bed, desk, and closet. Sometimes you have your own kitchen and bath; sometimes kitchen and bath are shared.
Students make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Aalborg by the required date. Information for arrival will be provided by Aalborg University’s International Office after acceptance.
A residence permit from the Danish Immigration Service will be required for arriving in Denmark for purposes of study. This can take as long as three months. You will find instructions in the Aalborg University Study Guide. Also, upon acceptance, Aalborg University’s International Office will provide some of the necessary supporting documents.
This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. No knowledge of Danish language is necessary.
The number of participants is limited by reciprocity in the numbers to be exchanged. Meeting the minimum requirements for eligibility does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The final decision on admissions rests with Aalborg.
Students who meet/exceed the GPA requirement must still be in good disciplinary standing in order to be eligible. No exceptions will be made on the disciplinary standing requirement.
The Cost Sheet for this program has yet to be released. The exchange is based on Current UI Tuition and Fees - paid to the University of Iowa. Additional costs are also outlined here: Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual.
Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.
After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.
|Date of Withdrawal||Student Financial Responsibility|
|Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date||$500|
|Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date||$1000|
|Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date||$2000|
|Less than 14 days before the program start date||100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400)
100% of UI Tuition and Fees
Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.
The online application will be available for the:
Spring Session from 7/1 to 9/1
Fall/Academic Year Session from 1/1 to 4/1
Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.
Click here for UI's online study abroad application.
Note, students must fill out two applications. In addition to UI's online study abroad application, you will also be required to fill out Aalborg's online application. BEFORE applying to Aalborg using their online system, students MUST make an appointment with the study abroad advisor for this program. Please call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.
Once accepted, students will receive a Study Guide to Aalborg University from the International Office which provides comprehensive information about student life in Aalborg. Moreover, information for arriving in time for orientations offered by both the International Office and the ICS department prior to the first day of classes will be included.
Prior to departure, all students also attend a general TIPS orientation for UI Students Studying Abroad. In addition, the exchange program adviser provides individualized information about billing and credit procedures at Iowa.