Living in Esbjerg
Stuff to do and see
Esbjerg is the 5th biggest city in Denmark with close to 85.000 inhabitants. The city was founded in 1868 and is therefore one of the youngest cities in Denmark.
You can find a lot of information about Esbjerg and the surrounding areas if you visit the Tourist Information located at Skolegade 33 (Close to the main square in the centre of Esbjerg). They're open Sunday-Wednesday from 10.00-20.00 and Thursday-Sunday from 10.00-18.00.
You can also visit following websites for more information:
Esbjerg offers various music and cultural events.
At The Music House (Havnegade 18) you can experience everything from ballet, opera and comedy shows to pop/rock concerts:Music house
You'll also find the famous musical venue “Tobakken” which used to be an old tobacco factory. They've renovated the old buildings with respect for its history, and now the place is visited by both national and international artists:
The student house “Huset” allows students to work during the day and relax during the evening, and to socialize with other Danish and international students. “Huset” also arranges a lot of cultural and social activities:
Every year in August there is a festival week in Esbjerg. There are more than 185 events around the city. There is a variety of pop/rock/jazz/opera concerts, sport events and art exhibitions. It is a week full of life:
The council of Esbjerg offers Danish classes. You will receive a registration form from the international student counsellor when you arrive at Aalborg University Esbjerg.
The classes are normally held two afternoons every week. It takes place at our neighbouring university – the yellow building to the right of the entrance to Aalborg University Esbjerg.
Student society in Esbjerg
The Student Society is an organization consisting of students from AAU Esbjerg and is responsible for the students’ needs and interests. The organizations primary goal is to help building a more interesting and inspiring study environment for everybody at AAU Esbjerg.
The student society organization holds event throughout the year. They usually post flyers for events around campus as well as on their Facebook site:
Aalborg University Esbjerg has a fitness room at campus - UniFitness.
It is free and you can read more here: www.en.unifitness.aau.dk
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.
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. WorkInDenmark.dk 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 Careers, 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.
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