Auksė Jurkevičiūtė


Name: Auksė Jurkevičiūtė 

Country of origin: Lithuania

Field of study: MSC in Human Security

1. What is the best thing about being a student at Aarhus University?

For me, the best thing about being a student at AU is that it gives me enough flexibility to pursue my own research goals. In a way it gives enough general knowledge to make further choices and focus on the subjects or areas I like. What is more, I like how diverse my group is, I am working with people from all over the world almost every day.

2. What worries did you have before applying?

When I applied, I wasn’t a student who just finished her Bachelor studies. I have already had some job experience and a clear mindset of what I want to do, so I was worried if I will fit in my group and what will be their backgrounds. Of course, those worries disappeared very fast when I met my fellow groupmates – many of them are different age and various levels of study and job experience.

3. What is the biggest difference between studying at Aarhus University and where you studied before (please include where you studied before)?

Before coming to Aarhus I studied in the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I think that study systems between Denmark and the Netherlands have some similarities. However, in Aarhus University I found myself in a rather small group which means that you get a lot of feedback from your professors and a lot of group work and interesting discussions in class.

4. What would you like to have known before applying?

In my case, I wish I knew more about the Danish culture and maybe talked with some previous students of Human Security. It would have been easier to set realistic expectations for the programme and my life in Aarhus.

5. Please give 3 good tips to keeping living costs down as a student in Denmark

First of all, learn some easy recipes so you can bring your lunch with you. Secondly, make a use of second-handed furniture which is available widely in Aarhus. Thirdly, save on transport by biking.

6. What is it like to study and live in Aarhus and in Denmark?

I think a part of studying and living in Aarhus is that it gives you freedom, time and means to explore what you really like to do further. You can try different positions as a student-assistant, you can attend some free courses and get in touch with interesting people easily.

7. What are your plans after you graduate?

After I graduate, I am planning to either do some research projects on xenophobia or work in one of the non-governmental organizations helping refugees.