Aarhus University (AU) is a top ten university among universities founded within the past 100 years as well as the largest and second oldest research university in Denmark. It has a long tradition of partnerships with some of the world’s best research institutions and university networks.
AU has a strong commitment to the development of society that is realised through its collaboration with government agencies and institutions and the business community.
The university’s goal is to contribute towards solving the complex global challenges facing the world. The university therefore strives to combine the high level of academic standards of its researchers with collaboration across disciplinary boundaries to combine research in new ways and solve challenges in close contact with the world around us.
At the Department of English, we engage with English as the language of globalisation, the native language for almost 400 million people, and the language of communication for many more. English at Aarhus University is one of the largest and most international departments within the Faculty of Arts, with researchers and lecturers from the UK, the USA, Canada, Ireland, India, the Czech Republic, Germany, Tanzania and, of course, Denmark. The research covers four broad disciplines – linguistics, literature, social/historical/media studies, and international business communication – and regions in which English is the primary language – the British Isles, the United States and the English-speaking post-colonial world, as well as English as the global language of international business communication.
Intercultural Studies is a new educational concept which provides students with the competences needed to function in and analyse various intercultural contexts as well as improving their foreign-language skills. In today’s world, the culture of any country or language area must be understood in the perspective of globalisation. As a student of Intercultural Studies, this understanding forms the basis of your studies of virtually all cultural phenomena and historical circumstances. Encounters between cultures and the consequent intercultural conduct and interplay are the focal points of the programme. The programme focuses on developing your ability to navigate and act practically and theoretically based on the cultural, internationalised landscape with a view to communicating with the international partners of your organisation, identifying opportunities for development and challenges, and initiating projects and opening up new paths.