Exchange and guest students at the Faculty of Health Sciences

Exchange and guest students at the Faculty of Health Sciences

The Faculty of Health Sciences welcomes exchange and guest students at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. We offer many options to design an exchange or guest stay fitting your degree programme. You will study at our outstanding facilities at the campus in Odense or Esbjerg.


Exchange and guest students

List of courses offered

Under Courses offered, you can see a list of all courses currently offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences. The list contains both Bachelor- and Master level courses. Most courses are offered at Campus Odense except for Public Health courses at the Master’s level: they are offered at Campus Esbjerg.

Semester structure: Please note that the majority of all study programmes at the Faculty of Health Sciences are structured in quarters. You can read more about the  quarter system and find SDU's Academic Calendar here

Medicine: The BSc and MSc in Medicine study programme are taught entirely in Danish with the exception of three elective courses at the Master’s level. Learn about the language requiremensts here  

Sports Science: The courses Ageing, Physical Activity and Health: From Theory to Practice  and  Best practice in childhood physical activity and health  are structured as an Intensive Programs (IP) with a condensed teaching period. 

For course-related questions, please contact

Academic calendar

Autumn semester: 1 September to 31 January. Exams in January.

Spring semester: 1 February to 30 June. Exams in June.

View the Academic Calendar and vacation days here

Entry requirements and prerequisites

General prerequisites from home university:

Bachelor courses: 2 years of previous study 
Master courses: 3 years of previous study.

The BSc and MSc in Medicine study programmes are taught entirely in Danish with the exception of three elective courses at the MSc level.

Entry requirements at the Faculty of Health Sciences can be found here - information about language requirements here

You can read about being an exchange student at SDU and how to apply as an exchange student here.

Which courses can I choose?

You can design you own study plan and choose among all courses in the course list, as long as you meet the general academic prerequisites. Expect course changes if there are courses conflicts in your final timetable. This may be the case if you choose courses from different academic areas.

Please note that the BSc and MSc in Medicine study programmes are taught entirely in Danish with the exception of three elective courses at the MSc level.

Clinical placement

Only Master's students from partner universities can be accepted to do clinical training. 

As a student of medicine from a partner university, you can apply for clinical rotations. In close collaboration with Odense University Hospital, the Faculty of Health Sciences at SDU offers a limited number of clinical rotations for students from partner universities. Students cannot be guaranteed a placement in Odense and might be placed in one of the affiliated teaching hospitals in the Region of Southern Denmark.

All clinical rotations are organized through The Faculty of Health Sciences, and students apply to SDU as regular exchange students.  

The following types of clinical rotations are available and can be combined to a maximum of 12 weeks. Ability to combine clinic rotations depend on capacity and availability:

- Six weeks = 10 ECTS (Surgical or Medicine)
- Four weeks = 8 ECTS (Surgical or Medicine)
- Two weeks = 3 ECTS (Surgical or Medicine)

The examination is a portfolio assessment (pass/fail) based on 11 learning objectives for clinical training. The student is assessed on an ongoing basis during the clinical placement. Please beware that availability in the respective clinical areas and availability are subject to change.

Kindly state your clinic wishes and 2-3 suggestions for the clinic period in your exchange application. 

Who can help me find a specific obligatory course?

As an exchange student, you yourself are responsible for finding the courses requested by your home university. The course list contains direct links to the respective course descriptions as well as course codes making this process easier for you. Course codes go by the names "Course ID" or "UVA-kode".

For course-related questions, please contact

Can I change courses?

You will be able to change courses until two weeks after the semester starts. This will leave you time to solve issues such as timetable conflicts and also attend the first lesson to get an idea of level and subjects.

You can change courses via Student Self-Service or by contacting Registration & Legality via SPOC

Courses at other faculties
Normally it will be possible to follow a course at one of the other faculties. It will have to be approved by the faculty offering the course. Timetable conflicts might occur.
Workload (min/max ECTS credits)

The workload of a semester for exchange students is limited to:

Overseas students: exactly 30 ECTS credits
EU students: minimum 20 ECTS, maximum 30 ECTS

Time tables

Time tables will be available approx. 1,5 month prior to semesterstart. For the spring semester, time tables are normally available in mid-December. For the autumn semester, time tables are normally available in mid-June. 

Bachelors and Masters Thesis

It is possible to do a Master or Bachelor Thesis at the Faculty of Health Sciences, as long as the relevant programme can offer a supervisor within the subject. Please note that there is no guarantee to be accepted.

Writing a thesis at the Faculty of Health Sciences does not entitle you to get a degree from SDU. As an exchange student at SDU, you will most likely also have to defend your thesis at your home university.

Can I stay for more than one semester?
Yes, it is possible to stay as an exchange student for two semesters if your home university allows it.
It is not recommended to arrive late for introduction and semester start. All important information will be given during introduction days in the beginning of the semester. If you for some reason cannot attend the introduction days we would like you to inform us before arrival.
How are exams conducted?
Exams at the Faculty of Health Sciences vary a great deal depending on the study programme. Some examples include satisfactory participation during lectures, attendance, essay, home assignment, combined test, laboratory assignments, log book, multiple choice, oral exam, portfolio, objective structural clinical examination (medicine), practical skills, written report, synopsis. 
What if I fail an exam?
All exchange students will be allowed to register for re-examinations within the same exam period. However, the actual date of the re-examination might be in the beginning of the following semester.
What is the teaching method?

The teaching method at the Faculty of Health Sciences vary depending on the study programme. There are lectures, group work, dialogue between teacher and student, MCQ, TBL, case-based learning etc. This makes it possible to activate and engage students in learning.

Students are urged to speak freely and take part in discussions as well as to ask questions for a better understanding. So please expect more than just to sit and listen to the teacher.