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Study environment at Department of Computer Science, AU

Bridging the academic and social life at IT City Katrinebjerg

While it demands discipline and lots of working hours to be a student at the University, the University life also consists of other things - good friends, network and inspiring study environments to bridge the academic life and social activities.

The Department of Computer Science is located in the IT City Katrinebjerg, where Aarhus University has assembled all of its IT degree programmes. The area called Katrinebjerg is located close to the campus area and not far from the city center. The IT City's placement at Katrinebjerg provides the department with a unique study environment with a lot of both academic and social offers and activities. With about 3000 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 opportunities for interdisciplinary work, in-depth academic study, and development through student jobs.

The introduction week will make sure you get a good start

As a new student at a University everything tends to be new and possibly confusing. However, a lot of people are at the ready to make sure that you are well received as a new student of either Computer Science or IT Product Development.

Prior to the commencement of studies, a three-day introduction and orientation programme is taking place for you as a new student together with all the other new 1st-year students. You will be well received by senior students (tutors) who are organising your introduction programme. The introduction provides you with an opportunity to get to know some of your fellow students and get familiar with the University before your courses and studies begin.

In the introduction week you get help purchasing books, and get an introduction to campus and to the party and lecture associations as well as the local student organisations. You will also be introduced to the University layout and the locations and buildings at the department to help finding your way around. You will have lots of opportunities to speak with and ask the senior students about your study programme and life as a student.

In addition to this, the tutors also help you organise study 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 support you throughout your studies.

Completing the introduction week, the senior students will still stick around for you and your team to make sure your beginning at the University is the best it can be.

Study facilities

Your day-to-day activities take place at the Department of Computer Science’s facilities in the IT City Katrinebjerg. The department provides rooms and workstations for students, which are all well suited to group work. Teaching facilities and auditoriums exist in various sizes and are all of good quality.

At the department you will find a local Study Café available for students to use on a daily basis and which is suited for both individual and group work. The Study Café provides scheduled hours for 1st-year students where teaching assistants will be present and available for questions. Here you can get help with both your written assignments and exercises. The department also has a prototype lab with 3D printers, a lasercutter and various other tools for students to use for their projects.

Two common canteens are available for use, as well as is the library, along with an on-site information desk, where you are always welcome with any questions.

Guidance and support throughout your studies

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 focus much of our work on how you, as a student, have easy access to the guidance and feedback you need.
Therefore a lot of different people with various roles are in place for you to get the help that you need, and they are each specialized in helping you with certain areas.

  • Tutors
    Prior to the commencement of studies, you meet some of the senior students who have volunteered as tutors during the orientation week. The tutors introduce you to your studies in the course of the orientation week – and are subsequently available with guidance and answers to your questions during the initial period of your studies.
  • Student teachers
    In your various courses you have a senior student attached to your exercise team as a student teaching assistant. In this way, you are in touch with other students and the in-house environment right from the start. The student teachers help you with your theoretical and practical exercises – but they are also students that have been a 1st-year student as yourself so therefore know what is like to be new to the place and the studies.
  • Student counsellor
    The student counsellor has office hours during which you can get guidance in connection with specific questions – or perhaps just a chat if there is something you need to talk about. If you already have questions about your degree programme in Computer Science or IT Product Development, you are welcome to send an e-mail to the student counsellor. You can read more about student counselling here.
  • Staff
    There are multiple people working with students in various ways.
    In relation to education and study programmes you can contact the shared mailbox for the 'head of degree programme' at ua@cs.au.dk, manned by education advisor Andreas Birch Olsen and education consultant Louise Bødker Wøbbe. Here you can also get to know more about joining the Education Committee where students can exprees their input in regards to our educations.
    The departments collaboration with student and tutoring organisations, friday bar, and coordination with student driven events is managed by Christina Gøttsche.
    The departments lab facilities and lab teaching areas is managed by Lab Manager Simon Hoggan Christensen.