Aalborg has become an attractive option for the study abroad experience, attracting a significant number of international students. Main reasons for following a degree abroad in Aalborg are: universities are famous for the cutting-edge research projects, especially in the science and medicine fields, teaching is focused on the problem based learning style and public institutions don’t charge any tuition fee to students from EU/EEA and Switzerland. Aalborg is an industrial and university city in the North of Jutland, Denmark, located at the narrowest point of the Limfjord.
One of the most powerful economies in Europe, Aalborg is a major producer and exporter of grain, cement, and spirits. Other important local industries are: wind turbines production, renewable energy and information technology.
Names of big companies in Aalborg include: Siemens Wind Power, Aalborg Industries, Telenor Denmark, Ikea, Motorola Mobility, Wrist Ship Supply, Wave Star Energy, H&M, Lix Technologies, Intel.
Internship opportunities for international students are wide and diverse and due to the partnerships of universities with some of the local companies and institutes, you will be highly encouraged to gain practical experience in any field, particularly connected to your study programme.
As a visitor in Aalborg, you will love the atmosphere of this university city. Packed with young people, an eclectic architecture combining old style houses with ultra-modern buildings and great nightlife venues, you will love spending your free time in Aalborg.
Popular places you can visit in Aalborg:
Walk around one of the many parks in the city, like the Østre Anlæg park, Kildeparken, Mølleparken. The Aalborg Zoo is also a fun place to see and you should also check out the Karolinelund amusement park.
Enjoy a play or dance performance the opera company, Aalborg Teater and other performance and events venues in the city. Attend the Aalborg Carnival, held annually in May, one of the largest and amusing festivals in Scandinavia. Check out Jomfru Ane Gade (Virgin Anne's Street), one of the most famous streets in the whole of Denmark, popular for numerous cafés, restaurants, clubs, and bars.
Visit the Hjallerup Market in Hjallerup, truly a fantastic and unique attraction, just twenty kilometers out of Aalborg; held in June, this is one of the oldest and largest markets in Denmark and the largest horse market in Europe.
The vast multicultural environment is sustained by the thousands of international students coming from all over the world. Aalborg is also home to several minorities, such as: Hungarians, Bulgarians, Estonians, Lithuanians, Latvians, Italians and Polish people.
Having a vibrant business community, easy access to Scandinavia and EU countries, the whole Denmark (Aalborg included) is one of Europe's easiest places to do business, according to the World Bank. For this reason, many international business people are interested in this area and you will see branches of numerous multinationals in Aalborg.
Weather in Aalborg is cool most of the year, with average temperatures of -3 to 2 °C (27 to 36 °F) during the coldest months of January and February, sometimes dropping below -10 °C (14 °F). The warmest months are July and August, with an average temperature of 16 °C (61 °F). In the fall the average temperature is 9 °C (48 °F).
The most common housing options in Aalborg are:
1. University campus – between 350 and 560 EUR/month.
2. Rent an apartment – a one-bedroom apartment is around 500 EUR/month.
3. Hostel – suitable more for a temporary stay, rates for a hostel in the city centre start at 53 EUR/night for a single room.
Aalborg is a somewhat expensive city, so you will have to carefully plan and spend your budget. Prepare around 700-800 EUR/month for food, social activities, public transportation, books, and sometimes you could even cover the accommodation expenses, depending on what type you choose.
Aalborg University (AAU) currently consolidates and further develops its profile as a dynamic and innovative research and educational institution oriented towards the surrounding world. It is characterised by combining a keen engagement in local, regional, and national issues with an active commitment to international collaboration. With a persistent dedication to the pursuit of excellence, Aalborg University offers supreme educational experiences across a broad spectrum of academic fields.