The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning
Unique to AAU is its study method Problem Based Learning (PBL). Through PBL, you are in charge of your own learning process as you work project-oriented on a topic of your choice within a group of your fellow students.
PBL is about curiosity, creativity and innovation as you define your own problem formulation, which works as a guideline for your project. A problem formulation originates in something that makes you curious why it is the way it is, motivating you to research it and reach your own answers, perhaps contributing with new knowledge within your field.
In addition, PBL provides you with the opportunity to cooperate with a company or organisation on your project. Maybe a company has had an unsuccessful advertisement campaign and need you to figure out why it did not succeed. In that way, you can create a network during your studies, which you might find useful when applying for an internship or a job after your studies.
If you are an EU/EEA student or a student from one of Aalborg University’s many partner universities, you are not required to pay tuition at AAU. Put simply, this means that you can study at AAU for free. However, if you are a student from outside the EU/EEA and you are not enrolled at one of AAU’s partner universities, you will be required to pay tuition.
As part of most study programmes at AAU, you will be able to do a traineeship for one semester. A traineeship is an excellent opportunity for you to put your knowledge into practice and gain actual work experience. In addition, it is a good opportunity for you to start building or expand your professional network. Most study programmes allow you to choose where to do your traineeship, meaning that you can either explore the Danish labour market or travel abroad.
THE BUDDY PROGRAMME
Studying abroad can be an overwhelming experience and it can be difficult to settle in in a new country. Therefore, Aalborg University has implemented the Buddy Programme. Through this programme, you will be assigned a Danish or an international student who has volunteered to be your buddy. Your buddy will help you with all sorts of practical questions, give you a guided tour of the city or perhaps you will drink a cup of coffee together. Your buddy is basically your first friend at Aalborg University.
If you are studying at Aalborg University, you can rest assured that AAU will do its utmost to help you find accommodation. In fact, if you are studying in either Aalborg or Esbjerg and apply within the deadline, you are guaranteed that AAUs Accommodation Office will find accommodation for you.
Aalborg Universitys International Office not only helps you with questions about applying to AAU. It also arranges welcome meetings for all international students who have just arrived, and if you need help or have any questions during your time at AAU, the International Office is there to help you.
DANISH LANGUAGE COURSE
Although you can easily get by in Denmark speaking only English, it can be advantageous to learn a few words and sentences in Danish. Therefore, Aalborg University offers a free Danish Language Course for all international students.
INTRODUCTION TO SCANDINAVIA COURSE
Living in a new country, learning about the history and culture can ease the process of settling in. Through Aalborg Universitys free Introduction to Scandinavia Course, you have the opportunity of not only learning about Danish and Scandinavian history, politics and culture; you might also get inspiration for your travels.
The Careers Centre at Aalborg University will give you advice on applying for an internship, writing a CV and, when you have finished your studies, how to apply for a job.
AALBORG UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
Aalborg University Library (Danish acronym: AUB) is a public research library. Its main function is to support and facilitate research and teaching at Aalborg University. It holds a vast number of books and research material on a variety of subjects and offers great study areas where you can meet with your group or study on your own.
Studying at Aalborg University gives you a great opportunity of experiencing Denmark, regardless of whether you are studying in Aalborg, Esbjerg or Copenhagen. Denmark offers a mix of incredible nature experiences and urban city life. Almost completely surrounded by the sea, Denmark has a vast number of shimmering white beaches with high waves, and throughout the country, there is a great bike path network enabling you to explore the Danish countryside up close. If you prefer the vibrant atmosphere of a city, Denmark has several larger towns and cities with Danish capital Copenhagen as the largest one.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Aalborg University!