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, and cross-curricular symposiums.
From the Spring 2021 the course is a 30 ECTS course.
The 19-week course includes:
1 weeks of introductory classes
8 weeks of class-room teaching
4 weeks of clinical training at a gynaecological-obstetrical department
4 weeks of clinical training at a paediatrics department
2 weeks for examination.
Please find the course described in detail in our course catalogue:
Gynacology-Obstetrics and Pediatrics (including Clinical Genetics) (30 ECTS)
The main subjects of the course are gynaecology-obstetrics, paediatrics, and clinical genetics.
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 both gynaecology-obstetrics and paediatrics introduce you to all activities of the departments. Most of the time international students will be paired with a student buddy. In the departments there will be a clinical advisor offering mentoring and guidance.
Methods of teaching: Lectures, clinical practice, symposia, TBL, and visits to departments
Examination: Individual OSCE-examination (2.5 hours) and written MCQ-examination (105 min) (graded)
Exchange students for the International Semester at the Faculty of Health are not required to document English language proficiency.
You are expected to to have English language qualifications comparable to the English B level from the Danish upper secondary school (gymnasium).
International qualifications comparable to this level are:
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 late August and January due to Intro Days and Introductory Weeks.
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)
Autumn semester: Last week of august 2021 - January 31st 2022
(exams in the middle of January)
Spring semester: February 1st 2022 – June 30th 2022
(exams in the middle of June)
*Exact dates are subject to change
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 participate in the exams.
There will be 2 different types of examination within the semester.
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 a student fail to attend the exam or deliberately fail the exam, we will take measures to terminate the agreement with your home university.
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.
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.
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.
Nominations must be submitted by the home university via our online nomination tool no later than
March 15th (Autumn semester)
September 15th (Spring semesters)
For enrollment in the fall semester (September-January): April 1
For enrollment in the spring semester (February-June): October 1st
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.
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 students from partners that we are sending to.
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 (restrictions apply). For students going to Herning, accommodation in Herning during the 8 week placement will be provided.
Upon enrollment all students will be asked to to hand in the following mandatory documentation:
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.
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.
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 (Ms) at email@example.com