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Toolbox for accompanying partners

Job preparation and language courses

AU Expat Partner Programme

The Partner Career Coach Programme provides customised career counselling for expat partners. You will be coached during the transition phase and can participate in networking events to support your new life in Denmark.

Included in the programme are the following:

  • Career counselling
  • Coaching during transition
  • Culture and career workshops and events

Target group

The programme is offered to the spouses and partners of international researchers relocating to Denmark for a position at AU from the postdoc level.

Contact and further information

The Partner Career Coach Programme is organised by the AU Partner Career Coach.

Contact the Partner Career Coach

Read more about the Expat Partner Programme

AU Expat Partner Advisor

AU Expat Partner Advisor assists accompanying partners to AU staff and tailors a programme to suit their wishes and needs. The advisor especially helps partners to establish a future career in Denmark. The  Expat Partner Advisor services are part of the AU Expat Partner Programme.

Target group

AU Expat Partner Advisor offers services to the spouses and partners of international researchers relocating to Denmark for a position at AU from the postdoc level.

Contact and further information

Contact the Partner Career Advisor

Read more about the Expat Partner Programme

Interview with AU career counsellors

It is possible for accompanying spouses/partners with an academic background to have an interview with one of AU's career counsellors for the purpose of clarifying job opportunities and how to use his/her professional skills in Denmark.

Target group

Accompanying spouses/partners of Aarhus University employees with an academic background.

Contact and further information

Contact our Expat Partner Coach for further information.

Read more about career counselling

Workindenmark Job Search Assistance

Work in Denmark  is a good starting point if you need assistance in your job search. They offer: 

  • Job search seminars
  • Help to target your CV and cover letter to the Danish work place
  • Individual assistance
  • Pre-arrival information

Work in Denmark's Work Centres are located in Aarhus, Odense and Copenhagen. Workindenmark recruitment consultants can answer questions and help you with recruitment and job finding.

Target group

Accompanying international spouses and partners.

Contact and further information

Central Denmark region and North Denmark Region

Read more about Work in Denmark services 

Mentoring Programme for job seeking partners

International Community in Aarhus runs a metoring programme targeted at accompanying partners with a focus on achieving an understanding of the Danish business sector and expansion of professional networks. The mentors are motivated business leaders and the mentees are accompanying partners.

The programme focuses on both the cultural and professional perspectives of working in Denmark.

The mentee must meet specific criteria. To find out whether you are eligible, please refer to the links below.

Contact and further information

To apply to become a mentee fill out the application form and send your CV to jt@internationalcommunity.dk. Seats are limited so International Community reserves the right to select between the applicants.

Read more about the Mentoring Programme

Danish lessons

All new non-Danish citizens above the age of 18 are eligible to take free Danish courses. The courses take place at language centres around the country. 

In Aarhus we offer free Danish courses in cooperation with Lærdansk. You have the possibility to sign up for a variety of courses (intensive crash course, semester course and/or online course).

Target group

The offer is targeted at international academic staff and accompanying partners.

Contact and further information

If you receive assistance from Relocation Service, you may contact our Relocation Officers for further information about relevant course offers.

AU has a Lærdansk coordinator on campus. You may contact the Lærdansk coordinator about Danish courses offfered by Aarhus Universiversity.

Read more about Danish courses

Funding and start up support

Assistance to seek your own funding for research projects

The Research Support Office offers assistance to accompanying partners, who wish to seek external funding to continue an academic career in Denmark.

The assistance may consist of an introduction to external research funding in Denmark, the identification of possible councils and foundations as well as assistance in the preparation of applications.

Target group

Accompanying partners with an academic background.

Contact and further information

See Research Support, Proposal Development to find a fundraiser within your field of research.

Read more about how to apply for funding for research projects

Help to start up your own business

Startvækst Aarhus offers assistance to English-speaking entrepreneurs who want to start up their own business in the City of Aarhus.

Sartvækst Aarhus services are:

  • Free counselling
  • Startup Meeting
  • Specialist Meeting
  • Startup tools

Target group

English-speaking entrepreneurs who want to start up their own business in the City of Aarhus.

Contact and further information

Contact Startvækst Aarhus

Read more about Startvækst Aarhus

Positions with a wage subsidy and internships

It is according integration legislation possible for accompanying partners to take a position with a wage subsidy from day one in Denmark. An accompanying partner can be offered a wage subsidy scheme or an internship within his/her relevant area.

Whether the accompanying partner wants to udnertake a position with a wage subsidy or an internship, it is required that the applicant first finds, and is hired by an organisation. AU Expat Partner Coach can assist in this process. 

Contact and further information

For further information and assistance, please contact:

Connect Aarhus

Værkmestergade 15, 3.
8000 Aarhus C

E-mail: jobogintegration@aarhus.dk 
Tel.: 4185 6080

Open counselling: Wednesday 11:00-14:00
Attn. Consultant Camilla Johansen or Allan Nedbo

More information about Connect Aarhus

AU Expat Partner Coach

Inge Aagaard

International Centre, Aarhus University
Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4
8000 Aarhus C
Bbldg. 1651, 120

E-mail: iaa@au.dk
Tel.: +45267 03274

More information about Expat Partner Coach and Programme

Job opportunities at AU

1-year technical and administrative staff position without job posting

If the department sees it as an opportunity and can obtain the necessary financing, they can offer accompanying partners a 1-year technical and administrative staff position. The position can be offered without job posting but must be paid by the department.

Target group

Accompanying partners to Aarhus University staff.

Contact and further information

Contact AU HR for further information

1-year academic staff postion without job posting

If the department sees it as an opportunity and can obtain the necessary financing, they can offer accompanying partners a 1-year academic staff position for foreign employees at professor or associate professor level. The position can be offered without job posting on the condition that the candidate is determined to be professionally qualified for the position.

Target group

Accompanying partners to Aarhus University staff at professor or associate professor level.

Contact and further information

Contact AU HR for further information

Networking and leisure

Dual Career Network (IDCN)

The International Dual Career Network (IDCN) is a collaboration of companies, NGOs and academic institutions with the purpose of facilitating job searches for the spouses and partners of mobile employees, as well as providing member companies with access to a ready pool of talent.

Aarhus University participates in the IDCN Jutland network along with among others Vestas, Arla and Lego.

The IDCN gives you the chance to take part in the daily organisation and running of your network.

Target group

Spouses and partners of Aarhus University employees.

Contact and further information

Contact Expat Partner Coach for further information about the IDCN

Read more about the IDCN

University International Club (UIC)

The University International Club at Aarhus University provides a social and cultural meeting place for international staff members from PhD students to professors and their partners, guest researchers and
visitors from abroad. UIC offers a comprehensive programme with weekly meetings and events, all year round. The activities include both academic and social events which take place in and around Aarhus.

Contact and further information

Contact UIC organiser Gitte Haahr-Andersen for further information about club events

Read more about University International Club (UIC)

Voluntary work and networking

In Aarhus, International Community offers to meet with accompanying partners to talk about the possibilities for voluntary work, as well as participation in various networks, etc.

The purpose of the dialogue is to clarify how the accompanying partner can pursue interests and cultivate a meaningful life outside of work or education.

These offers can also be used as to prepare to enter the Danish labour market.

Target group

Accompanying partners in Aarhus.

Contact and further information

Contact International Community for further information about voluntary work and networking

Get off to a good start in a Danish club or association

In Aarhus, International Community offers assistance with finding a club or association matching your interests. They can help to find a relevant club and provide you with contact information.

Contact and further information

Read more about how to find a club or association

Contact International Community for further information.

Leisure activities

On the ias.au.dk homepage we have gathered some information about leisure activities. You can gain more information about:

  • Clubs and associations
  • Expat family activities
  • Sports and exercise
  • AU clubs and organizations

Visit the Leisure activities page 

Miscellaneous

Health insurance

Accompanying partners are entitled to all public health services if they take up residence in Denmark. They must be able to support themselves financially or be supported by their spouse/partner when they live together. 

Contact and further information

Contact IAS for further information about health insurance

Read more about health insurance

Contact the International Academic Staff Services (IAS)

Contact the services at International Centre


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