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International Studies

Master (2 years) of International studies, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4000 EUR
Erasmus Yes


Students on the MA programme in International Studies can look forward to a truly cosmopolitan experience. It starts with a group of classmates from all over the world, then extends to a richly diverse team of academic staff – individually specialised in different faculties, globally versed across a range of complementary subjects.  

The programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to global affairs. Through project management and internships, students build strong practical skills specifically tailored to understanding global complexities and navigating current events.  

Career Opportunities  

With their combined academic and practical training, graduates leave this programme equipped with the knowledge and confidence they need to meet the challenges of the dynamic and complex world we live in – ready to work anywhere in the world, in the public or the private sector. Alumni of the programme are working as diplomats, project managers at NGOs, international organisations and government agencies, researchers in universities and think tanks, and consultants with companies, both in Denmark and internationally.

About the Degree

The programme was designed in response to the globalisation of the job market. The aim is to prepare students with the skills – practical, theoretical, social and cultural – they need to succeed when working internationally.  

The MA in International Studies at AU is a cutting-edge take on global affairs which fuses a top-down and bottom-up approach. Students are encouraged to have an open mind while building strong but flexible knowledge in preparation for a variety of real-world scenarios.  

Underpinned by a humanist approach, this degree is a useful complement to a range of bachelor’s degrees across the humanities, social sciences and international studies.

With more than half the programme’s students coming from abroad, the MA in International Studies promises to be a cultural experience as well as an educational one. Expect to hear conversations in many languages and interact with many cultures around campus. The department has its own classic Danish pop-up Friday bar, organised with students from other international programmes.

As the Master’s programme admits only a limited number of students each year and is very popular, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.  

The admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark or GPA of the bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA. Furthermore, the academic background is assessed in relation to the course content of the programme.


To find out more about admission to the MA in International Studies please visit the programme’s website.

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. 
Read about the language requirements of Aarhus University

Apply directly at Aarhus University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aarhus University directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education →


Please read more about tuition fee here →

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System


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Mar 01
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Jan 15
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