I fell in love with Denmark!

I knew very little about Denmark and had never heard of Aarhus when I decided to select Aarhus to study abroad for a year. Fortunately, I discovered that Aarhus is a fantastic, vibrant city with a lot to offer.

AarhusThe University is one of the best institutions in the world and I had the opportunity to work on my project in one of the newest laboratories on the campus, in the brand new interdisciplinary nanoscience centre (iNANO). I worked hard and my chemistry vastly improved through applying myself to practical challenges.

It wasn't easy settling in at first as I wasn't sure how to fit into Danish society. However, I quickly made some friends within the international students' community and the University and the city both offered exciting night life - there are even night buses to take you home in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday morning!

My research group was also a social one with organised trips: we went out eating, bowling and, for some special occasions, we went to the local Irish pub. There were also the Julefrokoster (Christmas lunches), one for our research group and one for the whole department. Then in Spring there was a department canoe trip, which was a lot of fun too!

Aarhus Festuge, or Aarhus Festival Week, every September is a great cultural event. Aarhus Festuge featured a free concert at Godsbanen (lit. 'The Goods Railway,' the old freight yard and now a culture and arts centre, and a venue) as well as a Food Festival at the same time. As I was a student a day ticket cost 60 kr and included free drinks all day!. There are other must-see attractions like Den Gamle By (The Old Town) and ARoS art museum.

Ultimately, I fell in love with Denmark (and later a Dane, who moved here). I am very glad that I decided to go and that I had such a wonderful time.

Joe Doyle, MChem Chemistry with year in Europe

Aarhus University

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