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Living in Aalborg

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    Student Life in Aalborg

    Aalborg is a medium-sized city, which, in recent years, has undergone a transformation from an industrial city to a city of knowledge and culture. Aalborg is a city for students, and you will find many activities as well as a vibrant cultural life.

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    Stuff to do and see

    Aalborg has so much to offer you, whether you are into sports, cultural experiences, or outdoors activities. Visit, your one-stop site to all the stuff you need to do and see while living in Aalborg.


    Aalborg hosts several festivals: Aalborg Metal Festival - Den Blaa Festival (Jazz Festival) - Opera Festival

    In May, Aalborg hosts its annual carnival. It is very popular and the largest of its kind in Northern Europe! Aalborg is full of life on this festive day when thousands of dressed-up people dance in the streets.

    Read more about Aalborgs many events at

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    Hanging out

    Cafés at Aalborg University are open pretty much every Friday during both the fall and the spring semester and offer an extensive variety of events such as Boat-race, Halloween-party and October-party for live-music and stand-up. (website in Danish).

    Friday cafés and parties

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    Learn Danish

    Aalborg University offers beginner’s courses in Danish for international employees, PhD fellows, PhD students, visiting researchers and students. The courses are held on Main Campus in Aalborg, in co-operation with Sprogcenter Aalborg. You can also find a language buddy in Denmark and learn each other’s languages. 

    Sprogcenter aalborg

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    Student organisations

    Get to know a few of the different organisations you can join at AAU.


    The Student Society is a cross-policy student organisation working across political boundaries and ethnical differences to make Aalborg University a better place to study. (website in Danish).


    The Students House is the venue for a series of events in Aalborg, but is also one of the most important social venues in the city. You can come here at any time to meet other students - other new residents of Aalborg, new friends, lovers, find a place to live, or just chill out while reading the newspaper.

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    Get your Survival Guide

    Download the International Students' Survival Guide to Denmark, which has tons of useful information to help you get started with your life and studies in Denmark. Aalborg University has contributed to the guide to make sure it is particularly relevant to you.International Students survival guide

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    Finding work

    Students from EU and Scandinavian countries do not require a work permit to work in Denmark.

    Students from Non EU/EEA countries automatically obtain a student work permit along with their visa. The student work permit allows the student to work 20 hours a week and full time (37 hours per week) in June, July and August.

    Your rights when taking work

    It is important that you know your rights when taking work. Have your contract looked through by a Danish trade union or ask at your local Jobcenter before signing. If you are elligible for SU (state grants), you can also ask AAU's SU Office for counselling regarding working while receiving SU. also has useful information that is good to know when taking work.

    Finding a job

    Unemployment levels are currently high in Denmark, so finding a job may be difficult. However, learning Danish makes it considerably easier to find a job. You are always welcome to contact AAU Career, who can help you with more advice and counselling on getting employed. They also have a list of online job sites to help you get started, and exciting events every semester

    AAU Career

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    A few useful Danish words

    Hi/hello = hej

    Bye = hej hej!
    Goodbye = farvel
    See you = vi ses

    Excuse me... = undskyld
    Thank you = tak
    Where is...? = hvor er...?

    Time = tid
    Hour = time
    Day = dag
    Evening = aften
    Night = nat

    Did you know?

    The Danish word 'gift' means both 'married' and 'poison' 

    'Skat' means both 'treasure' and 'taxes'

    The Danish alphabeth has three additional vowels: Æ - Ø - Å