Year 1 // Living and studying in Aarhus

Start in Scandinavia

Start in Scandinavia

The first year of studies is spent in Aarhus, which is Denmark's second biggest city. Students follow five modules that are taught at both Aarhus University and at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. 

The Mundus programme in Aarhus is divided into two semesters. The autumn semester that runs from September to December and the spring semester that runs from January to June with a Christmas/winter break in between the two semesters.

The aim of the fist year is to build a thorough knowledge about globalisation and to analyse how globalisation changes/interacts with contemporary society, culture and journalism. Globalisation is viewed from different perspectives (media & communication studies and political science) and in combination with the students' practical journalistic skills, a new kind of analytical journalism and new types of knowledge and reflections on journalistic issues are developed.

The study environment in Aarhus is unique as all 80+ Mundus Journalism students study together for the first year. The atmosphere is vibrant when students from more than 40 different nationalities meet and share their global outlooks and insights both on and off campus.

Studying in Aarhus

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is a modern research-intensive university with more than 44,500 students. Since its establishment in 1928 the university has rapidly developed into a leading public research university with nationwide and international clout across the entire research spectrum. Recently, it has consolidated its position in the top 100 rankings of the most influential universities worldwide. 

At Aarhus University teaching takes place at both The School of Communication and Culture and at The Department of Political Science.

Within The Media and Journalism department at The School of Communication and Culture there is a special focus on journalism's social significance and its various forms and media-related conditions. 

The Department of Political Science teaches and carries out research on all the most significant subject areas of political science and public administration.

The Danish School of Media and Journalism

The Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) is the oldest and largest of the higher educational institutions in Denmark offering journalism education.

DMJX functions as a training and knowledge center for the media and communications sector with a focus on talent, lifelong learning and innovation. 

DMJX has strong strategical partnerships with media industries, organisations and universities both nationally and internationally. Network activities cover areas like analytical journalism, environmental journalism, world politics journalism, photojournalism, visual communication. Special centres have been created to cover Masters courses and further education and research.

The Aarhus modules

Module 1 // Reporting Global Change // 10 ECTS introduces global change, the global agenda and globalisation. Hosted at the Danish School of Journalism and Media.

Module 2 // Social Science Methods for Journalists // 10 ECTS introduces a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies with the aim of making the students able to evaluate empirical research as well as to conduct their own projects. Hosted at the Department of Political Science.

Module 3 // Globalisation and World Order // 10 ECTS aims to give a comprehensive introduction to the debate about how globalisation transforms nation states and relations on a supranational level. Hosted at the Department of Political Science.

Module 4 // Analytical Journalism // 10 ECTS focuses on forms of journalism that assess and present complex global and international issues. Hosted at the Danish School of Journalism and Media.

Module 5 // Research in the Context of Globalisation // 20 ECTS focuses on contemporary scholarly debates about journalism against which the students develop their own projects. Hosted at the School of Communication and Culture, within the Media and Journalism Department.

Living in Aarhus

 

The municipality of Aarhus has approximately 300,000 inhabitants with an additional 1,200,000 in the surrounding region of East Jutland; this makes it the second-largest region in Denmark. Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark, and the capital of Jutland. It has a lot to offer journalism students.

Aarhus was founded around the year 900 by an unknown King of Denmark, at the time when the Vikings ruled the country. Today Aarhus is a thriving business and commercial sector and many schools and educational institutions are located in the area. The city hosts more than 30,000 students of higher education, making Aarhus a young and vibrant city.

Aarhus is situated right on the waterfront – close to the beaches – and offers a variety of city comforts, such as restaurants, cafés, parks and gardens, theatres, art galleries, shopping centres and night clubs. It also has a variety of facilities for sports enthusiasts at all levels. Foreign films are subtitled and cultural events take place all year round. The city has an international reputation as a live music venue, with the Aarhus Festival in the first week of September each year being one of the highlights.

Danish life

The Danish concept of 'hygge', roughly translating to 'cosy', will see you through the winter - a cultural experience in itself. The chilly days and long nights of the winter months are complimented by time spend indoors with friends, julefrokost (Christmas parties), mid-winter swims followed by the sauna if you're brave, and library trips to one of the best spots on campus.

The cold gives way to spring with long, beautiful days when the cobblestone streets of downtown Aarhus is filled with students eating ice cream, drinking coffee and attending music festivals. For those seeing in the summer, the almost endless sunshine offers plenty of chances for the Mundus Journalism students to gather for barbeques at one of Aarhus' many beaches - all within cycling distance of the city centre. 

For all kinds of information on what to do, see, how to live, what to expect, please check:

 Visit Denmark | Visit Aarhus Aarhus Kommune

The Aarhus Vibe

The atmosphere on and off campus in Aarhus makes for a truly Danish experience. Staff at all faculties tend to be informal and approachable - one of the Danish norms is that you refer to teachers by their first name as opposed to their title. This friendliness also reflects through interactions with the Mundus staff: you will get to know familiar faces like coordinator Bettina Andersen, alumni and now Assistant Professor Teke Jacob Ngomba, and Board of Studies chair Henrik Bødker.

During the first year in Aarhus, students have the opportunity to get to know one another and find friends and form groups both in and outside of class that reflect their interests. Some decide to focus solely on studying and make good use of Aarhus University's excellent facilities like the The Royal Danish Library and Studenterhus Aarhus. Others get involved with initiatives like SPOT music festival or cultural community programmes like Godsbanen. There is also the opportunity to develop your own media projects using facilities like radio studios and hiring filming equipment at DMJX.

You might find yourself getting a new transportation habit while living in Aarhus. Practically all Danes love their bikes and use the bike as their main means of transport. Aarhus is one of the best bike cities in the world and the municipality has undertaken many creative methods to ensure a safe and easy passage of the city centre for the cyclists by, for instance, the creation of Denmark's first bicycle street. Our Mundus Journalism alumni Estefanía Zárate Angarita has made this video about bike-life in Aarhus.

The New York Times wrote:

Small and scholarly, Aarhus has an easygoing, college-town atmosphere – about one in seven residents is a university student. But the range of top-notch cultural institutions rivals that of many larger cities. A 2017 European Capital of Culture, Denmark’s second-largest city is sprouting new architectural landmarks and repurposed cultural complexes like wildflowers. An ongoing renovation of the old harbor is producing new spaces for design, drinking and dining. And the vibrant, walkable city center brims with discoveries high and low, from astounding rooftop artwork to cozy holes-in-the-wall — all less than three hours by train from Copenhagen.

The Aarhus Network:

Henrik Bødker | Denmark | Associate Professor at Aarhus University + Chair of Mundus Journalism Board of Studies
Bettina Andersen | Denmark | Mundus Journalism Coordinator + lead Student Supporter
Teke Jacob Ngomba | Cameroon | Alumnus + Assistant Professor at Aarhus University + Mundus Journalism lecturer