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For international applicants

The Faculty of Health, Aarhus University welcomes international candidates to apply for a PhD position at the faculty. Before and when applying for a PhD, there are certain matters that you need to take into consideration. Below we have gathered some information relevant to you as an international PhD applicant.

How to apply for a PhD position at Health, AU

Before you apply it is important that you read about our application requirements in our application guide. For instance, please be aware that you must have found a possible main supervisor at the Faculty of Health, at least one co-supervisor and have prepared a project description in English before you apply together with them.

Learn about our Graduate Programmes (GP), see our open calls and find information about the application process.

Equivalence assessment

Enrolment to the Graduate Programmes requires that you have completed a Danish Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or similar relevant five-year degree programme.

If you have any other Danish or a foreign education, you can ask for an equivalence assessment before applying for enrolment to make sure that you are qualified.

Learn more about equivalence assessment.

Residence and work permit

If you are not a Danish citizen, you are required to hold a PhD work and residence permit in order to be enrolled as a PhD student at Health, Aarhus University. The scope of the permits differs according to your citizenship (EU/EEA citizenship vs. Non EU/EEA citizenship).

Read more about the general conditions for international PhD students and permission to reside and work in Denmark (AU International Academic Staff Service website). 

Application process

Please note that the process of obtaining a work and residence permit may take up to 2 months. You cannot be enrolled until the 1st of the month after you have obtained your permits.

You can only apply for a residence and work permit you to apply for enrolment and be offered admission. You need your letter of employment and enrolment.

Your application for the work and residence permit can only be started by the Graduate School of Health. Please contact us at graduateschoolhealth@au.dk in order to start the application process.

To complete the application process, you need your letter of employment and enrolment. Therefore, it is important that you accept the admission offer by filling in the confirmation form and uploading the financial statement as soon as possible.

Double/joint PhD degree

PhD students enrolled at a university abroad can obtain a supplementary PhD degree from Health – a so called PhD double/joint degree. The option is worth considering if the PhD project already requires the PhD student to spend time in Aarhus collaborating with Health researchers.

Read more about joint/double PhD degree at our page Types of PhD.

Meet our international PhD students

Bishal from Nepal and Marzieh from Iran are both PhD students at the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University. 

They have shared their experiences about their journey from application to acceptance in the PhD programme, about their daily life as part of the resesearch environment at Aarhus University and about the life as a citizen of Aarhus, Denmark.