Rules for teaching and exam acitivities

On the basis of a controlled reopening of Danish society, Aarhus University can have students on campus physically, although only to a limited extent and in accordance with the guidelines for responsible management of Covid-19 at institutions of higher education (in Danish only).

Aarhus University has the following framework for reopening:

  • Up to 30 per cent of the university’s students can participate in classes and exam activities on a daily basis, and first priority will be for first-year students in relation to in-person classes. In the Copenhagen metropolitan area, it’s up to 20 per cent. 
  • Furthermore, an additional 10 per cent of the student body can have access to reading rooms, study spaces and group rooms on a daily basis.
  • In addition to these groups, students in their final year of Master’s degree programmes which include a practical dimension that is essential to completion of the programme will also be given access to campus.
  • If the full 30/20 per cent quota for teaching and exams is not used, the remainder can be used for other activities such as study spaces and group rooms.

General conditions for physical attendance:

Prioritisation is adopted and communicated at faculty level

Responsibility for ensuring that the faculties comply with the quotas for in-person student attendance will fall to the leadership teams at the individual faculties. The faculty leadership teams will also be responsible for prioritising teaching and exam activities, with the involvement of the boards of studies. 

Students will be getting information about access to campus via their faculty’s studies administration office, the study portal and Blackboard.

Employees will be informed via the management at the individual faculty and department. Any questions should be addressed to an immediate supervisor.


The majority of the teaching will take place online throughout the spring semester, as the reopening is still limited.

Physical teaching activities are organised at the individual faculty, with particular focus on:

  • Practice-oriented teaching that cannot be conducted online, e.g. in connection with clinic, laboratory and workshop teaching
  • Enabling first-year students to have physical classroom instruction within the given framework.
  • Compulsory teaching offered for in-person attendance will generally also be available online, except for practice-oriented teaching. This is for students who are unable to attend in person.

Are you prevented from attending compulsory teaching in person?

Students who are unable to turn up physically on campus will generally be able to follow teaching in an online format with the exception of the practice-oriented courses (in clinics, laboratories and workshops).

In some situations, students may be able to be affiliated with the so-called academic assistant scheme.  If teaching is not possible with the assistance of an academic assistant, students should contact their local studies administration office for help in clarifying how the situation will affect their programme.

All in-person teaching and exams will be held in compliance with the public health guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. According to the health care authorities’ guidelines, unless students are infected, in self-isolation, or belong to a high-risk group, all students can take part in classes and exams on an equal footing. 


The majority of exams in the spring semester 2021 will be held online.

Practical exams in laboratories, clinics and workshops, as well as exams with no aids will be held on campus if possible under the government's reopening plans and guidelines from the authorities on responsible management of Covid-19.

If there are academic reasons, other exams may also be planned with physical attendance. The precise exams to which this applies will be determined on the basis of local discussions in the boards of studies, and will be decided by the faculties.

As soon as possible after Easter, an overview will be available of which exams have been planned with physical attendance. The specific exam schedules will then be prepared with time and venue.

If an exam scheduled with physical attendance cannot be taken on campus as a result of Covid-19, if possible students will be notified of the new situation by no later than 30 days before the exam date.

In cases where teaching and exams are held with physical attendance, the activities will be carried out in line with the current guidelines on responsible management of Covid-19 at institutions of higher education [LINK til UFM-siden, når de er offentliggjort] and with increased focus on the health authorities' guidelines on the prevention of infection, including the use of tests - LINK AVAILABLE SOON.

Are you prevented from attending an exam in person?

The following applies for those who are infected or at risk of being infected:

  • For employees: Employees should consult with their local management to decide how to handle the situation.
  • For students: Students must follow the guidelines for summer exams 2021, which will appear in the AU student Covid-19 FAQ in the near future.

The following applies for those in a special at-risk group:

  • For employees: At-risk staff should discuss their specific situation with management and agree on a solution.
  • For students: Students can explore whether there are grounds to take any special precautions in connection with their exams, as well as how this could realistically be done in an academically sound way. This requires that these students follow the procedures described in the AU student Covid-19 FAQ.