AARHUS – the city of smiles!
We have a student population of more than 60,000! And because of this, we have the youngest population in all of Denmark.
At the same time, we keep the past very much alive, with the oldest city quarters being some of the most atmospheric, bustling and trend-setting.
In the summertime there is an energetic vibe, with people biking to the beach during the day and openair cinemas and concerts at night.
During the winter you will be able to go iceskating, paint your own pottery while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate, and visit our street food area, among other things.
Enjoy yourself going shopping, relaxing at one of the city’s many cafés or strolling in the woods or along the sandy beaches before taking your pick among the generous selection of restaurants, which the city has to offer.
Aarhus is also a centre of art and culture. For more information visit: www.visitaarhus.com
Aarhus University Hospital (AUH)
For the 11th year in a row, AUH has won best hospital in Denmark. Now 25 years after the first patient was hospitalized in Skejby the hospital is still under contruction with the goal to be a high tech and modern University Hospital.
9000 people work at the hosital and because the hospital is becoming so large (more than 350.000 M^2) it is not a rare sight to see doctors or nurses binking indoor along the corridors.
On your first day at the hospital you will meet the doctors at the morning conferrrence. and be introduced to the department, and will be shown where to pick up your uniform.
All doctors are fluent in English, and very willing to teach. Often they are very encouraging, and might ask you to take an active part examinations.
Patient are not expected to speak english, but in general people do speak english, and will be able to speak to you.
You will get one meal a day at the hospital. You are responsible for all other meals of the day yourself.
There will always be a kitchen available where you lodge.
If you are on SCOPE exchange at the hospital, your contact person will provide you with a meal-ticket at the beginning of your stay to use at the hospital to get free lunch. Please contact exchange Aarhus immediately if you do not get your tickets. Under no circumstances can Exchange Aarhus pay for your meals if you loose your ticket.
In Denmark it is expensive to eat out (10-15 Euros a meal) and most students shop at the grocery stores and cook their own meals. We recommend you to do the same.
Usually you will be staying at another student’s room in a shared apartment or dormroom, while he/she is travelling him/herself. This also means you might have roomies. The room is fully furnished with access to a kitchen and a bathroom These are often shared. You will be expected to handle the apartment with great respect and take good care of it. The owner of the apartment might leave a note with house-rules, please respect these.
Please contact Exchange Aarhus right away if the apartment is not properly clean when you move in. You will pay a deposit of 100 EUR at arrival as a secutrity if something gets broken or if the apartment is not properly cleaned at your departure. You will be told what properly cleaned means upon arrival. Your contact person will check the apartment at arrival and before departure. If there are any disagreements, please contact Exchange Aarhus.
Most apartments have internet access and WIFI so feel free to bring your own laptop. Aarhus University is part of the EDUROAM collaboration and if your home university is too, you will connect automatically when on campus or at the hospital. If not, you will need a login password.
Getting to Aarhus – National transportation
Denmark has three main airports. two of these are located in Jutland; Aalborg and Billund. The third and largest airport is Kastrup Airport in Copenhagen where both national and international flights depart. It is possible to get from the airports by public transport.
If you arrive late: Its better to travel to Copenhagen and go by train to Aarhus.
Earlier than 8 AM Or later than 10 Pm opon day of arrivel: It can be a problem fore the CP's to pick you up.
We do NOT pick you up in any airports. You have to go by train/bus til Aarhus Central station.
Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen
Kastrup Airport is located about 10 km outside the city of Copenhagen.
You can take the train from the airport directly to Aarhus. Tickets are available from the DSB ticket office above the railway station in Terminal 3.
Information about train ticket and prices can also be found on: www.dsb.dk or http://www.rejseplanen.dk/
Buses from Kastrup to Aarhus are cheap but limited in departures. You can always go from the airport to the main train station in Copenhagen and from there catch a bus or train to Aarhus. For busses visit these companies' websites: http://www.abildskou.dk/en/linie888/, https://www.kombardoexpressen.dk/ or https://www.flixbus.dk.
For more information about Kastrup airport: http://www.cph.dk/en/
Tirstrup Airport, Aarhus
Tirstrup Airport is located 40 km outside the city of Aarhus.
In connection with the majority of flights, there is an airport bus service between Aarhus and Tirstrup Airport with one hour travel time. There are predefined stops along the route and the bus leaves several times a day. Tickets are sold on the bus. Accepted currencies are; Norwegian Crowns, US Dollars, Sterling Pounds and Euro. Major Credit Cards are also accepted.
For more information about the bus and prices: http://www.aar.dk/lufthavnsbus
Billund Airport, Billund Billund Airport is located 95 km from Aarhus.
In connection with the majority of flights, there are airport buses between Aarhus and Billund Airport with two hours travel time. There are predefined stops along the routes and the buses leave several times a day.
For more information about the buses and prices: http://www.bll.dk/til-lufthavnen/busser
Before your arrival you will get a contact person, whom you can ask questions not directly related to IMCC or the clerkship. This person will pick you up at the main train station in Aarhus when you arrive with the airport bus or by train. We will not pick you up at the airport.
Transportation by car
During the last couple of years, it has become extremely popular to travel with other people in cars. On the web page https://gomore.dk/ drivers post where and when they are going in their car and you can search for the travel between cities in Denmark. Here you make a free profile and you can also see the drivers profiles and how other passengers has rated them and commented on their car ride-experience. It is a very common and a safe way to travel between cities and it is usually a lot cheaper than public transportation. Also here you can arrange with the driver where to be picked up and set off. So a very good alternative and opportunity to talk to new people as well!
Transportation in Aarhus
Aarhus is perfect for biking! In Aarhus we love our bicycles and most of our roads have bike lanes. You can rent a bike, see Aarhus by bike and get buns of steel like a true Dane! At http://bikes4rent.dk/ you can rent a bike for one month at the price of 350 DKK. Most Danish students will go from A to B by bike and it gives you more freedom to move around Aarhus. OR maybe ask you contact person if they anyone who would be interested to rent or let you borrow their bike.
In Aarhus you can also find the so called “city bikes”, which are free but you will have to give a deposit of 20 DKK. You can find them dotted around the city in the 30 specially allocated bicycle stands. It is easy to recognize the bikes with their colourful wheels and a map on them.
How to borrow a bike: Each bicycle has a coin slot (just like shopping trolleys in Danish supermarkets). Insert a 20 DKK coin in the slot and press the “key” into the other slot to unlock the lock and release the bike from the bicycle stand. You get your 20 DKK coin back again, when you press the “key” back into the slot at any bicycle stand in the city.
It is easy to get around in Aarhus by public transport, if you don’t like biking. The yellow busses in Aarhus can take you anywhere you need to go within the city. It is possible for you to buy a 10-ride ticket, which costs 140 DKK, or a bus pass for 30 days at the price of 360 DKK. For this last option you need a passport sized photo. You can also get a travel card (in Danisk "rejsekort") which is like a tap on/tap off when you get on and off bus or train. The website is https://www.rejsekort.dk/
To get a view over departures and arrivals you can uss: www.rejseplanen.dk or https://maps.google.com/
The old town
Den Gamle By - "The Old Town" - was founded in 1909 as the world's first open-air museum of urban history and culture. 75 historical houses from all over Denmark shape the contours of a Danish town as it might have looked in Hans Christian Andersen's days, with streets, shops, yards, homes and workshops. You can visit living rooms, chambers, kitchens, workshops and museums all year round, and you can meet the people and characters of yesteryear throughout the museum from Easter to 30th December. Den Gamle By is one of Denmark’s few 3 star attractions in Guide Michelin and the only one outside the capital area.
For more information: http://www.dengamleby.dk/the-old-town/
ARoS is an art museum – one of the largest in norther Europe, 10 storeys tall with a total floor area of 17.000 m2. The architectural vision of the museum was completed in 2011 with the addition of the circular skywalk Your rainbow panorama by Ólafur Elíasson. The installation has helped boost the museum's attendance, making it the second most visited museum in Denmark.
For more information: http://en.aros.dk/
The deer park
The deer park lies only 2 miles south of the city centre. Sika deer, fallow deer and wild boar live in natural surroundings under the green beech trees. You can walk in between the animals, feed them and pet them.
For more information: http://www.visitaarhus.com/ln-int/denmark/the-deer-park-gdk653301
The Marselisborg Palace (Marselisborg slot) is the residence of the Queen of Denmark when she is in Aarhus. The Palace is not open to the public, but the park and the Queen’s rose garden is open to visitors when the Royal Family is not in the residence.
For more information about the royal family: http://www.kongehuset.dk/english/
www.moesmus.dk – The Manor House of Moesgaard in the woods south of Aarhus is the home of Moesgaard Museum with archaeological and ethnographic collections.
www.stenomuseet.dk - The Steno Museum holds exhibitions on the history of science and the history of medicine. It also operates a planetarium and a medical herb garden. The museum is located in the Aarhus University Park.
The following websites are meant as an inspiration for exploring the more amusement sites of the area around Aarhus:
A park with more that 50 fun activities in Billund and a whole miniature city made only by lego. The name 'LEGO' is an abbreviation of the two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". It’s the name and it’s the ideal. The LEGO Group was founded in 1932 and it has come a long way over the past 70 years - from a small carpenter’s workshop to a modern, global enterprise that is now, in terms of sales, the world’s sixth-largest manufacturer of toys. You will need to find some transportation from Aarhus to Billund, use the previous websites.
www.babooncity.dk  - The biggest all-year-round fun park in Denmark. Look at the websites if you need a day of games and fun and laugh, you’ll find it here in Herning (for directions on how to get to Herning, use www.rejseplanen.dk).
Is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon if you’re in for The Piranha, The Crazy Compass or maybe The Climber’s Mountain. As for the other places, you’ll need to figure out some transportation.
www.smukfest.dk  – On this page you can find information of the 2nd biggest music festival in Denmark which is held in the beginning of August in Skanderborg close to Aarhus.
Skagen  Do you like cultural experiences or the chance to get out into the countryside? Visit galleries with the famous painters from Skagen, craftsmen, churches, castles, manor houses and several other attractions. Or take the opportunity to go on a trip to the beach or take a walk in the forest in the most northern part of Denmark, “The Land of Light”.
Exchange Aarhus is a group of medical students that spend their spare time arranging the stays of incoming exchangers. We help in any way we can; answering questions, finding accommodation and contact persons, making sure there is boarding at the hospital and arrange the social programme for the summer.
We have monthly meetings in the Medicine house at Aarhus University. The address is:
Foreningshuset Niels Jensens Vej 8000 Aarhus
This is also usually the address for social gatherings when exchangers from around the world visits Aarhus. To get inside Foreningshuset you need a Danish medical student with an ID.
Have in mind that we are all volunteers which means that we are all full time students and only have little time to do all the extra work.
You will be contacted by your contact person by email at least two weeks before your arrival in Aarhus. You can ask your contact person questions about your stay, the hospital, your journey, arrival, Aarhus, Denmark and much more.
Sometimes it takes a while for us to find a contact person for you. Be patient! We WILL get you one. Start reading these wikipages thoroughly! If your questions are not answered, you can direct them at email@example.com, which is answered by the Aarhus LEOs.
Your contact person will pick you up at the bus/train station in Aarhus and take you to your accommodation. Therefore, it is VERY important that you inform your contact person about the exact date, time and place of your arrival. It’s a very good idea to give him/her your exact flight information (flight number) and bus/train information.
Be sure to get the phone number of your contact person before you leave your country, so you can call him/her to give information about your arrival. If possible, give your number to him/her as well. There will be phones in the airports and train/bus stations (remember to bring cash, which you can change into DKK in the airport to use a phone). If you bring your phone you can buy a Danish simcard, which makes it cheaper to use your phone in Denmark. Your contact person can help you.
First day at the hospital your contact person will bring you to the department and make sure you are alright. Be sure to be ready on time! We have Danish time which means 5-10 minutes early.
The Danish embassy in some countries wants an invitation letter to give out a Visa to get into Denmark. The NEO can see who needs one through ifmsa.org and will send it by email. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received it in time or something is wrong with the one that has been sent.
At your arrival you will have to fill out documents, which your contact person will bring you and help you fill out.
One is “Rules of conduct” which is an agreement between the exchange student and the owner of the apartment that the exchange student will take care of the apartment and hand it back clean and without damages. For this you must have an insurance that will cover any damage caused on the apartment or contents. Therefore you need you to fill in your insurance information.
Thing to bring to Aarhus, Denmark
MRSA-test, otherwise you will not be allowed entrance at the hospital and your exchange will be cancelled.
Cash (Dollars or another worldwide currency) to change money at the airport (to Danish DKK.) …or VISA/Mastercard
Insurance papers for Health insurance
Visa, start early since it is a long process.
Shoes to wear at the hospital. If you are going to a surgical department, you need to bring cleanable shoes.
Warm clothes (especially if your are visiting in September-April)
You don’t have to bring:
On these websites you can find everything you might possibly want to know about Aarhus. If you are interested in music and concerts, you can search for the calendar of Ridehuset, Voxhall, Gaz Station or Train.
You can find where to go and places to see no matter what interests you have, if it’s shopping or architecture or something else. For an interesting and different trip to the movies, try www.paradisbio.dk . If you are more into theatre, go for www.aarhusteater.dk .
www.citysleep-in.dk - City Sleep-In is a centrally located meeting place for backpackers and budget minded travellers.
In Aarhus the faculties of medicine at the university as well as the hospitals of the city urge to educate, develop and practice medicine as the highest possible level. Therefore, of course, the Local Committee of SCOPE supports the initiatives upon assurance of Academic Quality taken by IFMSA.
This means that the incoming student must bring his/her Students Handbook and use it (i.e. fill it daily at the hospital and get it signed by a doctor), show up, show interest and participate during the stay at the department of the hospital and of course do so during the whole period of the Exchange clerkship.
The Local Exchange Officer has the right no deny signing the certificate, if the student fails to fulfill this. The doctors of the department are also aware that they can deny too.
These rules are made to assure the Academic Quality in order to benefit the incoming student! We want all students doing an exchange here to learn, see and experience as much as possible! Also, we want to assure to the departments, that they will receive interested and eager students from around the world.
If you have any questions please contact your contact person, thereafter the Aarhus LEOs at email@example.com.