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Orientation Days

Meet your fellow students and get all the practical information you need

The Orientation Days are two fun-filled and information-packed days that will give you all the information you need as a student at SDU. The days are a mix of practical information and fun social activities.

You’re new here – let us make you feel welcome
It is our aim to make you feel ready to take on your Danish adventure, feeling more excited than scared. We will help you get all the practical things in order and start building a social network, so you can enjoy your stay here.

When is it?
The Orientation Days are always the last two days before the semester begins. See the programme for the dates relevant to you.

Should I prepare anything?
Other than what has been mentioned in the Arrival e-mail, you do not have to prepare anything! There are, though, a few things we would like you to consider before arriving. Consider the following a personal mental exercise, primarily for your own sake, and to ensure that you are properly prepared to begin your studies in Denmark.

Simply ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Why did I choose to study in Denmark?
  2. What do I expect the experience to be like?
  3. What do I hope to take with me in the future from this experience?

In extension of the Orientation Days, you are invited to a workshop on the Danish academic tradition and how to get the best results at your exams.

To the right you will find information on the Orientation Days programme, as well as an introduction to your tutors and information on your study programme. You will also find an introduction to the IT-facilities at SDU as well as an introduction to the library, which we recommend you have a look at before you arrive.

We are looking forward to seeing you and wish you a great start to your studies at SDU!

Get a good start to your studies

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

The Orientation Days are on 30 and 31 August. Classes start on 3 September.

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

On Blackboard you’ll find book lists for all of your courses. The book lists are often not released until just before the start of the semester, as your 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 university library, or buy them second-hand from older students or at  

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

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

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 platforms:

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

5. Starting credits and credits - What are they?

If you have gained credits on a Master-level programme without completing the programme, you must apply for starting credits. This means that courses passed as part of another Master programme may become part of your present programme, which as a result may become shorter.

If you have previously completed another Master 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 Frequently Asked Questions.

In general, you may be granted credit transfer if you have passed a course which corresponds to a course in your current programme.

6. Were you conditionally admitted?

If you are not fully admitted to your Master 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 the SPOC form  as soon as possible and no later than 26 September 2018.

If you are studying for your Bachelor at SDU, and you do not expect to complete the Bachelor programme before starting the Master programme, you must apply for permission to follow Master courses without having completed your Bachelor programme. Find out how to apply.

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 note that some of your courses may require active participation.

The examination form of each course is defined in the course description.

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

You are also welcome to contact Student Counsellors at the Faculty of Science.

8. Did you order your student card?

If you got your Bachelor degree from another university than SDU, it’s very important that you order your student card as soon as possible. When you order it, you’ll receive an exam number, which you need for accessing the university’s IT facilities.

If you got your Bachelor degree from SDU, you must order a new student card if more than 90 days have passed since the grading of your last exam.

9. Do you have access to the IT services of SDU?

As a student at SDU you have access to the university's IT services, including your student e-mail, the Student Self-Service portal and the e-learning platform, Blackboard. 

We will send you information about SDU's IT services to the e-mail address that you stated in your application. If you do not receive the e-mail within 1 week, please contact

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

At SDU, you must register for 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.

The deadline to register for courses in the Autumn semester 2018 is 10 August 2018.

Read more about course registration

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?

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.

Overview of who may help and with what


See the fun-filled and information-packed Orientation Days programme.


Meet your tutors

Your tutors will help you get all the practical things in order and start building a social network, so you can enjoy your stay here.