Theme 4: International Experience

The fourth component recognises the importance of experience to international and intercultural learning, enabling you to obtain points by going abroad on student exchange, as an intern or perhaps a volunteer.  What is important here is the learning that happens through your immersion into an unfamiliar socio-cultural, linguistic, institutional and organisational environment, and it is therefore the length of your stay that will determine how many points you are awarded. International experience is highlighted by employers because it shows that you can adjust to new circumstances and acquire the practical insights necessary to pass an exam or perform particular job routines. In addition, you will probably find that your period abroad will strengthen your linguistic and communicative skills.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE Point
Study Abroad (one term) 30
Internship abroad (3-4 months) 30
Volunteering  abroad (2-3 months) 20
Volunteering abroad (1 month) 10
Summer school  abroad (2 weeks) 5


Study abroad

To gain points from ‘studies abroad’ you will need to partake in an exchange programmes at a university recognised by AAU. However, international students may apply to have points awarded if doing a mobility stay at another university in Denmark. Student exchanges may be official partnership programmes or mobility stays that you arrange for yourself. What is important is that you can document coursework equivalent to a semester at AAU (i.e. 30 ECTS points).

Documentation:
To document your study abroad, please enclose in your portfolio an exam transcript containing a list of courses taken at your host university.

Internships

You can obtain a maximum of 30 points towards the GGC certificate if you choose to do your internship in a country different from your country of origins. This means that international students will be awarded points if doing the internship in Denmark. Danish students can apply for 15 GGC points if doing an internship in an international company in Denmark, provided that your tasks involve international/intercultural activities and interaction. To apply for this, please send us a short description of your tasks, signed by your company supervisor. If your internship involves long-term trips to another country (min. duration 2 weeks), you may apply for points, even if your company or organisation is based in the country of origins. If this is the case, please follow the guidelines below.   

Documentation (internships):
Please enclose in your portfolio a letter signed by host company or organisation

Long-term travelling:
You can apply for points if your internship involves more than two weeks of travelling. To apply, you need to provide a travelling plan (with dates), signed by your host company or organisation. Two full weeks of travelling will gain you 5 points, 1 month will gain you 10 points, six weeks will gain your 15 points, while two months equal 20 points. If you can document that you have travelled more than 2 months, we will award you the same amount of points as for a full internship abroad.

Voluntary work

This category involves various activities such as voluntary work in refugee camps or for NGOs such as Greenpeace or Medicine sans Frontier.  What is important is that your activity work has a strong, international dimension (typically, being carried out abroad). The points will reflect the  length of the period that you spend abroad (i.e. 5 points for 2 weeks, 10 points for a month etc. up to a maximum of 30 points which you will gain by documenting three-month, full-time voluntary work abroad). However, we will also take into account the international dimension of your work.

Documentation:
Please include in the portfolio a brief account of activities (max ½ page), written by you and signed by the NGO. Please remember to specify what constitutes the international dimension to your voluntary work.

Summer Schools

You may obtain points by participating in Summer Schools organised by universities in a different country. However, please note that you will need to document your experience so please try to look for programmes that issue a certificate stating the number of course modules or ECTS taken.

Documentation:
Please enclose in the portfolio a diploma or exam transcript from the university hosting the Summer School.

 

Intercultural competence can be defined in different ways. Common to these are knowledge, interaction and practices, which we have therefore chosen as key priorities when selecting activities for the Global Graduate programme.