The MA in International Studies provides students with the background necessary to understand and assess world current events and global trends. The programme is truly interdisciplinary, drawing on political science, law, anthropology, sociology and history, while providing students with skills in international project management. Students can build their own personal profile by doing an internship or choosing specific coursework to be done either at AU or abroad. The final thesis is often inspired by the internship experience and may be written in collaboration with the host institution. Our experience tells us that this internshipthesis link leads to swift employment for our graduates.
Our graduates are equipped to deal with the complexity and challenges of a world in constant change.
MULTICULTURAL, INTERDISCIPLINARY ENVIRONMENT
Students of international studies work with international affairs and on global issues in many different ways. Teaching takes place in the form of presentations and discussions which are demanding and for which students have to be well prepared. Weekly papers and oral presentations or debates require good time management and prepare students for a professional working environment where deadlines are met by all. Assignments and end-of-term exams ensure training in a variety of written and oral exam situations.
The International Studies programme is fully international, meaning that fellow students come from all over the world. Although Romanians speak Romanian with fellow Romanians and Chinese speak Chinese with fellow Chinese, the language of teaching is English and the student culture at International Studies is a sphere of global English. Graduates acquire a high degree of cultural sensitivity as an inextricable part of their studies, a vital aspect of any international career.
The programme prepares students for careers across private and public sectors as well as in continuing research. Graduates have found work in international teams in the strategic or cultural departments of both international and Danish companies. Another popular destination is to work in international organisations, in government or in the diplomatic service. Graduates who wish to pursue further education in the form of a PhD can apply both to the Graduate School of Arts and to the Graduate School of social sciences. The interdisciplinary competencies and experience gained by working in cross-cultural teams are a major advantage in many fields of employment.
The core courses are Modern global history, International political economy, Global society, Project management, International relations and organizations, and Global justice.
The students can choose electives among the full array of University courses offered in Aarhus, and students are encouraged to apply for internships throughout the world as part of the programme.
The programme recruits excellent students from all over the world to provide a vibrant learning environment drawing on concrete skills, insights, and experiences of the diverse student body.
The team of professors teaching the required core courses are all experienced and published in their academic fields and have international work experience.
Guest lecturers and prospective employers from businesses, institutions, and organizations with an international scope are part of the course and project design.
The programme is the outcome of a team effort carried out by professors from the departments of History, Asian and European Studies, Law, Political Science and Anthropology.
The programme consists of the following courses:
You apply online through the Aarhus University self service system. To be able to apply online, you first have to create a self service account. Once you have created your account and logged on the self service system, please select the option "Application form for free movers (non-exchange)".
Please be aware that you need to start your application within 24 hours of creating the self service account.
To best prepare your application, it is important to understand the structure and the different locations of Aarhus University. Aarhus University has three different campuses (located in Aarhus, Herning and Emdrup) and is divided into four faculties, which are subdivided into 26 departments.
Remember when choosing courses that you may only take courses at one location and within one faculty. You may not choose courses at more than two different departments.
It is important that you have a relevant academic background for the courses that you apply for. You must have taken courses at your home university within the specific subject field you have applied to in order to be accepted to any of the departments.
EU students can sign up for 5 ECTS to 30 ECTS during a semester. To obtain a study and work permit, students from outside the EU/EEA have to study 30 ECTS in total (20 ECTS at one department). If you choose courses at more than one department, it is important that you choose at least 20 ECTS at one department. Students applying for courses at Aarhus BSS, should only apply for courses at one department.
At the application form, you can apply for housing as well, if needed.
You will be required to attach the following documents to your application:
Students applying to Aarhus BSS only: Students must upload a letter confirming that they will be able to transfer credits from Aarhus University to a degree at the home institution. If you cannot provide this documentation, you will be assessed according to the admission requirements of the relevant degree programme(s). Students can complete and upload this template or a similar document from the home university.
You will be informed approximately six weeks prior to semester start whether you meet the prerequisites to be enrolled in the requested courses. However, as enrolment in courses for free mover students is dependent on available space in the relevant courses, you will not receive final confirmation about course enrolment until approximately two weeks prior to semester start. If there is space left in the courses, you will receive a notification about this and an invoice. Only after the invoice has been paid in full, will you receive a Letter of Enrolment and be enrolled in the requested courses. Please be aware that due to this procedure, Aarhus University cannot guarantee that free mover students will be admitted and enrolled in courses by semester start.