About International Semester

The Faculty of HEALTH at Aarhus University (AU) has a strategy to internationalize the educational programs of the faculty. At the Medical Master’s Program of AU the best way to internationalize is to choose a semester which can be international, meaning that all courses can be taught in English. This allows AU to make formal exchange agreements with attractive international universities, as AU becomes attractive for their students.

This project was strongly inspired by the International Semester at Oslo University where a delegation from AU visited in the spring of 2013.

The project was divided into two phases:

1) Planning: August 2014 - August 2016

2) Implementation: August 2016 - August 2017


The 5th semester was a natural choice for the new International Semester, as it contains courses and clinical placement in gynaecology, obstetrics and paediatrics. These specialities corresponds with the content of semesters at many other universities. By internationalising this particular semester, AU aimed at making agreements with partner universities and exchange students within an approved “package of courses” corresponding to AU’s 5th semester courses.

The aims of the international semester:

1) Make the faculty more attractive for students and teachers outside the Nordic countries

2) Increase the amount of exchange-agreements / partnerships with high-standard universities

3) Increase the language competencies in English among students and teachers

4) “Internationalisation at home”