Studying at university requires discipline and independence, and you are personally responsible for organising your time. Computer science consists of full-time studies, so you will be working long hours – particularly prior to examinations and the submission of major assignments.
University studies also involve other aspects, such as good friends, networks and an inspiring study environment that forms a link between academic and social activities.
The Department of Computer Science is located in the IT City Katrinebjerg, where Aarhus University has assembled all its IT degree programmes. This location provides the department with a unique study environment, where academic and social offers are brought together. With about 1800 students from different fields of study, exciting research environments, and a considerable number of different IT companies, the IT City is a place with plenty of opportunity for interdisciplinary work, in-depth academic study, and development via student jobs.
When you start at university, everything is new and confusing. However, we make sure that you are made welcome as a computer science or IT student. We kick off with a three-day orientation programme prior to the commencement of studies. This introduction for first-year students is organised by senior students (tutors) and it provides you with an opportunity to get to know some of your fellow students before your teaching begins.
In the course of the orientation week, you get help buying books, an introduction to the party and lecture associations, and an introduction to the university layout and the buildings at your department. You also have an opportunity to ask the senior students about your study programme.
In addition, the tutors help you to set up reading groups. Group-oriented project work is an important part of your degree programme, and your reading group automatically provides you with a study-related network that can give you crucial support throughout your studies.
Your day-to-day activities take place at the Department of Computer Science’s facilities in the IT City Katrinebjerg, which is located near the campus area and not far from the city centre. The department has rooms and workstations for students, and these are well suited to group work. There are also two common canteens, a library, good classrooms and lecture theatres, and an on-site secretariat, where you are always welcome to ask questions.
At ADA-0 you can find "Javahulen" - the departments study café available for all students to use at a daily basis. Here you can work on projects alone or in study groups, get help from teachers and instructors, meet fellow students or simply just have a great cup of coffee (coffee cards are purchased at Information Office at ADA-116). More information at Javahulens facebook-group (free to join for all) or website (in danish).
Our IT facilities are also top of the range, of course. You have access to computers that are updated with the latest programs, wireless networks, flexible workplaces, extra monitors for your laptop, and a sound studio. In collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Visualisation and Interaction (CAVI), you have access to a 3D panorama cinema, a virtual studio and advanced light technology equipment.
Questions frequently arise at the beginning of a new study programme – just as there may be things you need clarifying from time to time. At the Department of Computer Science in Aarhus, we therefore focus much of our work on how you, as a student, can get easy access to the guidance and feedback you need.