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Aalborg University

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Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Ranking

# 306QS World University Rankings

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61Undergraduate programs

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74Postgraduate programs

stars

5+QS stars

About Aalborg University

Aalborg University is a Danish university located mainly in Aalborg, Denmark, with campuses in Aalborg, Esbjerg and Copenhagen. It offers 76 undergraduate educations and 112 postgraduate educations, and several of those are conducted in English. The university is divided into four faculties: 

  • The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • The Technical Faculty of IT and Design
  • The Faculty of Engineering and Science
  • The Faculty of Medicine


With approximately 20,000 students, Aalborg University is Denmark’s fifth largest university based on student enrollment. The university is placed in the QS World University Ranking (2016–17) among the 350 best universities in the World. It is ranked 46th in the QS Top 50 Under 50, and it has a five stars' QS Star Rating. In addition, it is ranked 58th for Electrical Engineering and 25th in Petroleum Engineering worldwide  in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

When it comes to engineering, Aalborg University is very focused on developing engineers with experience from working with real companies in their semester projects. Also, focus is put on working in a team environment that develops the interpersonal skills, as well as team-working skills.

Aalborg University (AAU) was established in 1974 under Aalborg University Center (AUC), but changed its name to Aalborg University in 1994. The university is headquartered and located on the main campus in the eastern part of the Aalborg, but the university also has departments located downtown. In 2011, Aalborg University experienced the largest increase in applicants in Denmark, as the number of new students increased by 31%. 

About Aalborg University

Aalborg University is a Danish university located mainly in Aalborg, Denmark, with campuses in Aalborg, Esbjerg and Copenhagen. It offers 76 undergraduate educations and 112 postgraduate educations, and several of those are conducted in English. The university is divided into four faculties: 

  • The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • The Technical Faculty of IT and Design
  • The Faculty of Engineering and Science
  • The Faculty of Medicine


With approximately 20,000 students, Aalborg University is Denmark’s fifth largest university based on student enrollment. The university is placed in the QS World University Ranking (2016–17) among the 350 best universities in the World. It is ranked 46th in the QS Top 50 Under 50, and it has a five stars' QS Star Rating. In addition, it is ranked 58th for Electrical Engineering and 25th in Petroleum Engineering worldwide  in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

When it comes to engineering, Aalborg University is very focused on developing engineers with experience from working with real companies in their semester projects. Also, focus is put on working in a team environment that develops the interpersonal skills, as well as team-working skills.

Aalborg University (AAU) was established in 1974 under Aalborg University Center (AUC), but changed its name to Aalborg University in 1994. The university is headquartered and located on the main campus in the eastern part of the Aalborg, but the university also has departments located downtown. In 2011, Aalborg University experienced the largest increase in applicants in Denmark, as the number of new students increased by 31%. 

Available programs

Aalborg University offers interdisciplinary studies where bachelor courses (basic study programmes) are followed by masters and Ph.D. courses (subsequent specialisation). The university offers 10 different undergraduate programmes in English across five faculties:

  • The Faculty of Humanities
  • The Technical Faculty of IT and Design
  • The Faculty of Social Sciences
  • The Faculty of Engineering and Science
  • The Faculty of Medicine


Each of the five faculties has its own schools with full time bachelor education spanning over three years and designed to prepare students for master and Ph.D. education at a high academic and international level. Since the Ph.D. programmes are focussed on training researchers, students are researching independently and being actively involved in Aalborg’s research community.

All study programmes at AAU are based on a unique model of teaching and learning: the problem based and project organized model based on real life challanges, also referred to as "The PBL Model" and "The Aalborg Model". This model has become both nationally and internationally recognized as an advanced and efficient learning model, and ot is a trademark for Aalborg University.

Aalborg University is among the world's leading universities regarding research within health technology, wireless communication, energy, computer science, innovation economics, and comparative welfare studies.

More than 20.000 students are enrolled at Aalborg University, and approximately 10% of those are international students from countries all over the world. The university employs approximately 2.000 faculty staff and approximately 1.400 administrative/technical staff.

The schools and undergraduate programmes in English are available below. For a complete list of undergraduate programmes, the Danish ones included, visit this link.

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Aalborg University offers interdisciplinary studies where bachelor courses (basic study programmes) are followed by masters and Ph.D. courses (subsequent specialisation). The university offers 66 different postgraduate programmes in English across five faculties:

  • The Faculty of Humanities
  • The Technical Faculty of IT and Design
  • The Faculty of Social Sciences
  • The Faculty of Engineering and Science
  • The Faculty of Medicine


Each of the five faculties has its own schools with full time bachelor education spanning over three years and designed to prepare students for master and Ph.D. education at a high academic and international level. Since the Ph.D. programmes are focussed on training researchers, students are researching independently and being actively involved in Aalborg’s research community.

All study programmes at AAU are based on a unique model of teaching and learning: the problem based and project organized model based on real life challanges, also referred to as "The PBL Model" and "The Aalborg Model". This model has become both nationally and internationally recognized as an advanced and efficient learning model, and ot is a trademark for Aalborg University.

Aalborg University is among the world's leading universities regarding research within health technology, wireless communication, energy, computer science, innovation economics, and comparative welfare studies.

More than 20.000 students are enrolled at Aalborg University, and approximately 10% of those are international students from countries all over the world. The university employs approximately 2.000 faculty staff and approximately 1.400 administrative/technical staff.

The schools and postgraduate programmes in English are available below. For a complete list of postgraduate programmes, the Danish ones included, visit this link.

University information

General

3+
33+
180+
85+
6.5+

Bachelor

2+
180+
6.5+
85+

Master

2.7+
180+
6.5+
85+
16,571
55%
45%
1,901
20%
80%
1,439
70%
30%

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

0 DKK
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International Students

102,600 DKK
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Rankings & ratings

Aalborg University is one of the top universities in Aalborg,, Denmark. It is ranked #306 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #=352
  • 2014
    #=334
  • 2015
    #=363
  • 2016
    #=356
  • 2017
    #=374
  • 2018
    #379
  • 2019
    #=343
  • 2020
    #324
  • 2021
    #305
  • 2022
    #=326
  • 2023
    #330
  • 2024
    #=336
  • 2025
    #306
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