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Aalborg University Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

- Fall, Spring, Academic Year


- Aalborg, Denmark


- Transfer


- Minimum 2.8 GPA or above

- No Language Requirement

Application Due:

- Spring Semester: 9/1

- Fall & Academic Year: 3/15

Program Cost:

- Standard UI Tuition and Fees

- Click the Application tab for more details

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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 at Aalborg University. Though the language of instruction at Aalborg University is Danish, there are many departments that offer courses in English.

Academic Program

The International Cultural Studies (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.

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Local Art

Aalborg follows the European Problem and Project-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 analyze 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 (full-time is 30 ECTS/semester - European Credit Transfer System).

Please explore the Courses in English and the Pedagogical Approach to help you discover if Aalborg might be a great fit for you.

In addition to the regular ICS courses, there is also one special course for international students, Introduction to Scandanavia, which is fantastic course to take, showcasing Denmark in the context of Scandinavian history, culture and politics. There are, of course, Danish language courses that are available too!

Program Dates

Fall Semester typically runs from early September through early January.

Spring Semester typically goes from early February through early June.

For More Information

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

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The Library

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.

Living Arrangements

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Modern looking dorms

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.

Travel Arrangements

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.

Residence Permit

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 the 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.

Eligibility Policy

It is the University of Iowa’s policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student that must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Program Cost Sheet

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.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal Policy

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.

Application Deadline

The online application for the Spring Semester Program will be available from 7/1 to 9/1.

The online application for the Fall Semester and Academic Year Programs will be available from 1/1 to 3/15.

Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

How to Apply

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.

Orientation Information

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.