Gynaecology-Obstetrics and Paediatrics

The international semester Gynaecology-Obstetrics and Paediatrics offers you a unique opportunity to gain knowledge of important symptoms, diseases and causes of death from birth to death mainly within the fields of gynaecology- obstetrics and paediatrics.

You will be studying at our beautiful campus and joining the clinical training at one of the hospitals in the region. As a medical student you will experience a vibrant student environment with outstanding facilities such as the student house for medical students, the health science library and many student clubs and associations, which will enable you to network and make new friends.

From class-room teaching to clinical practice

The objective of this semester is to give students knowledge of important symptoms, diseases and causes of death from birth to death mainly within the fields of gynaecology-obstetrics and paediatrics.

The semester includes both clinical training and class-room teaching in gynaecology-obstetrics, paediatrics, clinical genetics, forensic medicine, and cross-curricular symposiums. Students will also learn about aspects of medical legislation, ethical issues, patient centred communication and the professional role

Course content

New from 2021!
From the Spring 2021 the course will be a 30 ECTS course. Please find the curriculum described in our course catalogue 

Autumn 2020

The 20-week course includes 2 weeks of introductory classes, 4 weeks of clinical training at a gynaecological-obstetrical department, 4 weeks of clinical training at a paediatrics department, 8 weeks of class-room teaching, and 2 weeks for examination. The course is divided into two tracks.

Track 1: Gynacology-Obstetrics and Pediatrics (including Clinical Genetics and Forensic Medicine) (25 ECTS)

The main subjects of this track are gynaecology-obstetrics, paediatrics, clinical genetics, and forensic medicine.

Students will be provided with knowledge of pathophysiology, epidemiology, prevention, risk assessment, diagnostics, treatment methods, and prognosis in relation to major diseases within the specialities. You will also gain knowledge of clinical pharmacology, diagnostic radiology, clinical immunology, pathology, and clinical chemistry in relation to the main specialities.

Two 4-week rotations of clinical practice in gynaecology-obstetrics and paediatrics introduce you to all activities of the departments. All students will be paired with a student buddy and a clinical advisor offering mentoring and guidance.

Methods of teaching: Lectures, clinical practice, symposia and visits to departments

Examination: Individual OSCE-examination (2.5 hours) and written MCQ-examination (2 hours) (graded)

Track 2: Professional Course 5 (5 ECTS)

The objective of this track is to improve the communicative and clinical skills of the students, to give them insight into relevant legislative aspects, and to facilitate reflection on ethical issues significant to the role of a medical doctor.

Students will learn a range of analytical and practical tools to meet the challenges and face the dilemmas that any medical doctor will meet, ensuring that they can act professionally in relation to patients, relatives, and collaborators.

Methods of teaching: Lectures and class-room teaching

Examination: Attendance

Example of the course progression (pdf)


When you are enrolled in the international semester, you are at the same time registered for the exams at the end of the semester. We expect you to take both exams. 

There will be 3 different types of examination within the semester. 

For the medical specialities:

  • OSCE – Examination Objective Structured Clinical Examination An OSCE comprises a circuit of short stations, in which each candidate is examined on a one-to-one basis with one or two impartial examiner(s) and patients. Each station has a different examiner. Candidates rotate through the stations, completing all the stations on their circuit.
  • Written MCQ-examination Multiple Choice Questionnaire

For Professional Course 5:

  • Pass by attendance in mandatory modules


It is important for us to underline that all international students are required to attend the exam a the end of their semester at Aarhus University. We are aware that some of our partner universities do not require their students to attend exams at their host university. However due to the funding system of the Danish universities, this is mandatory if you wish to attend the semester at Aarhus. If you fail to attend the exam or deliberately fail the exam, we will take measures to terminate the agreement with your home university.  

Facts and requirements

  • LEVEL: Master level
  • COURSE CONTENT: Gynaecology-obstetrics, paediatrics, clinical genetics, and forensic medicine
  • LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: English (please carefully read our specific language requirements below )
  • METHOD OF TEACHING: Lectures, class-room teaching, symposia, and clinical practice
  • WORK LOAD: 30 ECTS (20 weeks)
  • SEMESTER DATES: Late August – Mid January / Late January – Late June
  • EXAMINATION DATES: January / June
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1 / October 1 – check your home university for local deadlines and nomination procedures for exchange studies abroad.
  • ELIGIBILITY: Students from partner universities with an exchange agreement with  Aarhus University and/or Faculty of Health, who holds a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent (having completed at least three years of study), in medicine, and a documented level of English corresponding to C1 level (CEFR) at the time of application.

    In addition to the generel admission requirements, applicants need to meet the following criteria:
    • Have spent time in a clinic prior to enrollment
    • Ability to take medical history and to perform a physical examination of a patient

Language requirements

The language requirements for the international semester are as follows:

    English B – Test result of at least 560 (paper-based) or 83 (internet-based)
    Aarhus University does not accept the TOEFL ITP test.
    The Aarhus University TOEFL code is 8935.
  • IELTS:
    English B – Test result of at least 6.5 point
  • Cambridge ESOL examinations
    English B – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or First Certificate with grade A
    Applicants must upload their Confirmation of Entry stating candidate ID number and candidate secret number, which are not stated on the test result itself.
  • CEFR validated English language course (e.g. DAAD, 5-stars in all areas)
    English B C1 level
  • The test result must not be more than two years old.

Please note that we do not accept the Erasmus+ OLS language assessment as valid documentation for language skills.

Applicants who are exempted from submitting an English test are:

  • ”Native speakers” with an English taught qualifying exam (including applicants with a qualifying examination from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, or Ireland). Please note that applicants with a qualifying examination from all other countries (including African and Asian countries, where the exam has been taught in English) must submit a test.
  • Applicants holding a Danish/Nordic/Duborg/International Baccalaureate (from the IB diploma programme)/European Baccalaureate (from the “ScholaEuropaea”) entrance examination with an English level the Danish Agency for International Education considers comparable to a Danish B/A level in English
  • Applicants holding an English taught Bachelor’s or a Master's Degree from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Scotland, or Ireland. The applicant must document that the programme was taught in English

Academic Calendar

The official academic year is divided into two semesters: Autumn semester (September to January) and Spring semester (February to June).   

However the semester in Medicine will start in the middle of August and January due to Intro Days and Introductory Weeks.

Academic year 2019/2020

Autumn semester: August 20th   2019 – January 31st 2020
(exams in the middle of January) 
Spring semester: January 21st 2020 – June 30th 2019 
(exams in the middle of June)

Academic year 2020/2021*

Autumn semester: August 18th   2020 – January 31st 2021 
( exams in the middle of January)
Spring semester: February 1st 2021 – June 30th 2021 
( exams in the middle of June)

*Exact dates are subject to change

Transcript of records

When you pass the exams at the end of your semester at Aarhus University, you will receive a ”Transcript of records”. This paper is your official documentation from Aarhus University and it shows the course you took and the grades. You will receive it via mail. Upon inquiry we can send the original to your home address too. 

Please be aware that no individual grading for specific subjects is provided.

Find an example of a “Transcript of records” here (PDF) – signature and official stamp from Aarhus University will be added to the one you receive.

Nomination of students

Students from universities with a partnership agreement with the Faculty of Health or a bilateral agreement with Aarhus University can apply for the international semester and will, if accepted, not pay tuition fees. Accommodation, study materials, travels and other expenses are not covered. Applicants will have to have finished their bachelor degree in medicine to be eligible to apply for the international semester. 

For enrollment in the fall semester (September-January) the application deadline is April 1. Requests for nominations must be sent by email to the international coordinator ( no later than March 15th.

For enrollment in the spring the application deadline is October 1st. Requests for nominations must be sent by email to the international coordinator ( no later than September 15th. 

Due to limited availabilites in the clinics we urge that all partners contact us well before nominating students to discuss if the exchange is possible. 

Selection of students

Aarhus University has a limited number of spot in the clinic based on how many Danish students go on an exchange.

In the case where we are not able to accept all nominated students for our international semester we will give priority to nominated students from partners that we are sending to.

Hospitals and clinical rotations

Faculty of Health, Aarhus University works with several hospitals in the Central Denmark Region. This includes hospitals in Randers, Aalborg, Viborg, Herning, Holstebro, Silkeborg, Horsens and the University Hospital in Aarhus.

To accommodate both exchange students and Danish students, we cannot offer all students to spend their clinical placement in Aarhus. Exchange students should expect the possibility of going to a clinic in the Central Denmark Region.

The distribution of students to the clinics is handled solely by Aarhus University and it is not possible to choose. 

For students going to other clinics than, Aarhus, the University will pay for public transportation to the clinic (typically 10-trip cards for the train). For students going to Herning, accommodation in Herning is also paid for by Aarhus University during the placement.   

Mandatory documents

Upon enrollment all students will be asked to to hand in the following mandatory documentation:

  • Declaration of Confidentiality
  • Criminal record/Statement of previous convictions in respect of children
  • MRSA test 

Documentation for clinical rotations

Several of our international students need to have specific documents signed to document clinical placements spent during an exchange. You are welcome to bring your documents with you and have them signed during your clinical placements at the assigned hospital. 

Please note that we do expect you to do the exam in Aarhus too. 

Medical education in Denmark

The Danish medical education is divided into a bachelor  degree programme (3 years) and a master degree programme (3 years). The medical graduate acquires general medical skills during 12 months of basic clinical work and an additional 12 months of employment in an introductory position. Further specialisation takes 4-6 years depending on the area of specialisation.

The medical degree from Aarhus University, Faculty of Heath is approved by the Danish Health and Medicines Authority and The Danish Accreditation Institution and is internationally acknowledged.

Student life

As a medical exchange student at Aarhus University, you become part of a community of more than 2000 medical students. The unique facilities for medical students include our student house – a place for social and academic network, world class research facilities at Aarhus University Hospital – awarded best hospital in Denmark for several years in a row, and access to a comprehensive health science library. Aarhus has a population of 300,000 and is Denmark’s second largest city. It has all the advantages and resources of a big city; and yet everything is within walking or biking distance.

The large student population gives the city a young and exciting vibrancy and along the canal in the city centre the students visit the many cafés and restaurants. The city is located on the waterfront and you are never far from beautiful beaches or tranquil forests.

Partner Institutions and Collaboration

The Faculty of Health at Aarhus University works with several renowned universities in Europe and Australia. They include Nordplus partners in the Nordic countries, Erasmus+ partners in Europe and bilateral partnerships with institutions overseas.

We are continually working on developing new and existing partnerships to the benefits of students from both Aarhus University and our partner universities.

If your university would like to know more about the possibilities of becoming a partner of Faculty of Health at Aarhus University, please contact international coordinator Rikke Præstegaard (Mrs) at