Teaching at Aarhus BSS is generally structured around lectures, seminars, project-oriented work and practical exercises. Students are expected to actively participate in academic discussions during class.
Many lecturers require students to give one or two oral presentations during the semester. As these presentations are prepared in groups, it is a good idea to join a study group as soon as the semester begins. In some cases, students are automatically assigned to a study group.
As interaction and dialogue between teaching staff and students are highly encouraged, the academic atmosphere may seem unusually relaxed and informal to many foreign students.
Lectures are held for up to 200 students in an auditorium and it mainly consists of one-way communication. The purpose of these lectures is to give the students the necessary theoretical basis for the topics in question.
Seminars are for a smaller group of students - on average 20 students. They are based on a dialogue between lecturer and students and it is expected that students take actively part in the discussions. Some seminars are held in continuation of the lectures in which case the students are expected to use the theoretical tools provided to them in practice.
Just like any other university, Aarhus BSS has high academic standards and requires that international students keep up with these standards.
Students are expected to complete 30 ECTS credits per semester and complete at least the equivalent number of study hours.
The dialogue between lecturer and student is central to the teaching at Aarhus BSS. Students are expected to take an active part in the academic discussions during class, and many lecturers require students to make oral presentations once or twice during the course. The oral presentations are often prepared by a group of students, which is why it is a good idea to form or participate in a study group (see below).
A high level of responsibility and active participation is expected of the student. Danish university education is not a guided tour. It is up to the individual student to get the most out of what is offered.
Another distinctive feature of the Danish university education is the academic environment, which may seem informal to foreign students. Professors and other staff members often chat informally with the students and associate with them during breaks.
A study group typically consists of 3-4 students who meet to discuss the academic texts used in class as well as preparing eventual oral presentations together. It is quite common practice for students at the University to join such groups.
Study groups can be beneficial both with regard to studies and social life. They train students in methodological skills such as cooperation, presentation, coordination, etc. So ask around and find out if anyone is interested in joining your study group.
Study Metro is a free, online resource offered in both Danish and English. It outlines helpful study skills, standards and advice on how to write academic papers in Denmark, as well as helpful hints on finding information in Denmark. This is a very useful resource for international students to be academically successful, as standards in Denmark may be different from other countries.