Study Start

Questions at study start

1. Do you know when and where your programme starts?

Check your intro programme on the website which will let you know when and where your study programme starts—and much more. Keep an eye out for updates to this page!

BUT be patient! Often the intro programme is not available until a few days before study start.

2. Do you know which books you need to buy?

On Blackboard you’ll find book lists for all of the subjects you will be taking in the upcoming semester. The book lists are often not released until just before the start of the semester, as your university lecturers usually do not finish planning for the semester until this time.

It is always a good idea to ask your lecturers for advice on which literature you must make a priority to buy and which literature is considered to be of secondary importance and which you may not necessarily need to buy.

The university has its own bookstore. Sometimes you may be so lucky as to be able to borrow the books you need from the library, or buy them used from older students or at  

3. How do you get off to a good start with your studies?

In order to make the most of your time as a student, it 's important to develop good study habits right from the onset of your programme. Read about study techniques here.

The University Library offers a range of courses and events such as practical writing, academic writing, literature search and so on. Check courses and events.

What is required of you as a student - read more here.

4. How can you stay updated about your programme?

For the full duration of your study, we expect you to stay updated about your programme through announcements from SDU on the following sites:

• Blackboard
Your student e-mail
• Student Self  Service
• Your programme’s pages on

Remember, that it is your responsibility to stay updated changes in the syllabus, exam plan, etc.

5. Starting credits and credits - What are they?

If you have previously passed subjects/course elements under another university level programme which you have not completed, please note that you are obliged to apply for credit transfer. It means that your previous programme may become part of your present programme which as a result may become shorter.

If you have previously completed a university or similar programme you may apply for credits.

How to apply for credit transfer varies depending on whether you have completed your previous programme or not. Read more under FAQ.

6. Were you conditionally admitted?

If you are not fully admitted to your master study programme, the courses that you need to pass, will be listed in your letter of admission.
You must send the documentation to the admissions office through as soon as possible.

If you are studying for your bachelor at The University of Southern Denmark, and you do not expect to complete it before study start, you can apply for permission to follow master study courses without having completed your bachelor programme. Find out how to apply here.

7. I got ill during the study start period

If you fall ill during the study start period or during your course of studies, you must be aware if some of the courses are passed by 80% active participation. It means that you must have actively participated in 80 % of the course to pass the exam. In your curriculum you can find information about what types of exams the courses on your programme have.

Read about what to do if you get sick during the study start period under FAQ.

You are also welcome to contact The Student Guidance Service .

8. Did you order your student card?

It’s very important that you order your student card as soon as possible on When you order your student card, you will receive your exam number, which you will need to access the IT services of The University of Southern Denmark.

9. Do you have access to the IT services at The University of Southern Denmark?

As a student at The University of Southern Denmark, you have access to the IT services of the University of Southern Denmark, including your student e-mail address, the Student Self Service portal and the e-learn platform Blackboard. 

We will send you an e-mail with information on the IT services of the University of Southern Denmark and on the access to these services to the e-mail address that you stated on your application. If you did not receive the e-mail within 1 week, please contact

10. Do you know that you must register for the courses yourself?

At The University of Southern Denmark, you must register for the courses yourself before the semester begins. You will not be able to register for the courses until 3 days after you have ordered your student card.

In order to register for courses in the Autumn 2017, you will have to do it yourself through the student self service portal. The deadline is August 10th

Read more about course registration here

11. Do you need assistance in relation to completing your study programme?

Do you have a permanent physical disability or a mental disorder, which requires special support in relation to completing a university study programme, you can apply for Special Educational Support (SPS).

12. Do you have a good grip on SU (The Danish Education Grant and Loan Scheme)?
13. Did you apply for accommodation?

Let us help you find accommodation in your city of studies. Read more about accommodation

14. Do you know your campus and your possibilities?

Directory to your campus

In order for you to find your way around your campus, we have made a directory for our campuses.

15. Need help?

At SDU there is a large number of staff, who are ready to help you during your course of study, and to help ensure that you benefit from your time here as a student.

If you have questions about your programme, e.g. your academic student advisor/study mentor or lecturers may help, guide or supervise you. If you have questions concerning choices during your course of study, rules/regulations and procedures that apply to you, the staff at the Student Guidance Service at the Humanities are there to help you. And if you need help with planning your going abroad, career sparring or questions about your SU, the staff at the Student Services are there to help.

Overview of who may help and with what.