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Last modified: 06.08.2018

Before Arrival

local networks

There are different things to consider when moving to another country to live and/ or work. Moving to Denmark for work can broaden your life experience and career prospects. However, it can also mean that you will face some challenges. Aalborg University (AAU) acknowledges that some of these challenges might not only be related to bureaucracy and other practical matters, but instead to how you build a local network.

Hence, we have come up with a checklist of the top three challenges you might need to take into account if you are currently considering or planning to move to Denmark, and work at AAU.

 

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    Establishing a social network

    Moving to a new country involves a loss of one’s existing social network. It is good to take into account the potential for building a new one in Denmark when looking into a job position at AAU. Are there regular social events that are organised by AAU? Do you have any existing friends in the area? Will you be living in a lively or quiet location?

    Here is some inspiration at Networks.

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    Finding cultural and leisure acitvities

    Libraries are free in Denmark. At the library, you can borrow books, newspapers and magazines, music, DVDs and computer games. You can also gain access to the internet, read the daily newspapers in several languages and get help to find specific information about cultural life and leisure activities, for example.

    Many libraries organise different events such as exhibitions, movie screenings, and children’s theatre performances, invite speakers to give talks and provide homework assistance.

    Many people in Denmark – children and adults alike – are actively involved in associations and take voluntary education courses at evening classes. In associations and at evening schools you can pursue your interest in sport, politics, history, languages, theatre and music, for example. Associations and evening classes are a good way to meet other citizens and play an active role in your local community.

    At www.expatindenmark.com you can, among other things, find professional and social networks and events for workers from abroad and their families. You can also find a list of other networks at: www.workindenmark.dk.

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    Lifestyle changes

    We recommend that you carefully reflect on differences in climate, available food products, language, culture, work ethic, and quality of life when researching your move. If possible, a few trips to explore Aalborg, Esbjerg and/ or Copenhagen – where AAU has campuses – would be extremely beneficial, ensuring that your needs and expectations are met. You could even consider visiting us at the International Staff Unit (ISU) on Campus Aalborg East, and have a talk. If that is not a viable option for you, we invite you to book a Skype meeting with us, if you are in  the recruiting process to come work at AAU. 

    You can find some sources of information at Living in Denmark.