Part-time studies at the Centre of African Studies

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Paying part-time students can sign up for one or several courses at the centre of African Studies (CAS). Part-time studies at CAS gives the student an opportunity to gain insight into and understanding of Africa in terms of its development, religion, and social and cultural conditions, and offers the opportunity to gain linguistic competencies in Kiswahili.

Student profile

Individuals who are interested in Africa and seek continuing education at university level, e.g. employees of NGOs, the foreign and diplomatic service, or international organisations (e.g. the UN system), as well as consultants, journalists, nurses and teachers.

Competence profile

Part-time studies at CAS provides private- and public-sector staff with the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary and internationally oriented continuing education. The aim of the courses run by CAS is to develop the participants' ability to work across disciplines in order to take part in co-operative situations that involve a range of different academic and professional competences.


Part-time students are able to choose between all of the thematic courses on offer at CAS and Kiswahili, but cannot enrol for compulsory courses.

Part-time students participate in the ordinary teaching of African Studies, in the form of daytime courses that run on weekdays, either over a semester or during the summer. All optional courses correspond to 7.5 or 15 ETCS. Kiswahili, which lasts two semesters, corresponds to 15 ECTS.


Courses at the Centre for African Studies are interdisciplinary, with a particular emphasis on the social-science and humanities disciplines. The study aims to provide in-depth insights into the social and developmental challenges faced by Africa, as well as its religious and cultural conditions. The teaching is in English. A more in-depth description of the teaching, courses and exams is available in the study curriculum, which can be found on this website .


Please find information about exam registration here.

Admission requirements

Admission to part-time non-degree studies is conditional upon entrance qualifications corresponding to at least a relevant professional bachelor or a relevant bachelor degree. All applications will undergo a specific, individual assessment. Applicants holding a professional bachelor's degree can be admitted if the Study Board for African Studies deems that they have the appropriate educational background and the basic academic qualifications equivalent to the background and qualifications acquired through a bachelor's degree from a university.

Application deadlines

The deadline for applications for admission to courses in the spring semester is 1 December. 
You can also register for vacant seats in week 4. 

The deadline for applications for admission to courses in the autumn semester 1 June. 
You can also register for vacant seats in week 34.

If you register in the post-registration period, there may be delayed access to teaching material in the electronic learning room.

A copy of BA diploma, exam transcripts and other relevant documents must be enclosed in the application. We also recommend that you attach a letter of motivation in your application.

The application form is open from 1 November to  1 December and again from 1 May til 1 June. The application form is both in Danish and English - choose English in the top. 

Tuition fees

Participation in part-time studies at CAS is contingent upon payment of fees set by the Faculty of Theology. The current fees for citizens from Denmark, Scandinavia and EU/EEA countries are DKK 5,250 for a course of 15 ECTS and DKK 2,625 for a course of 7,5 ECTS. 

Increase in tuition fees from 1 June 2023: tuition fee for a 7.5 ECTS course is DKK 3,750 & tuition fee for a 15 ECTS course is DKK 7,500.

Payment terms

  • The participation fee covers costs for teaching as well as 3 exam attempts per. course. The payment entitles you to follow the tuition in the semester you have paid. It is not possible to transfer your place to another or postpone your admission to a later semester if you are prevented from attending.
  • You can take the exam for up to one years after payment, but if you want to follow the course again, you will have to pay again.
  • It is not possible to access the university's intranet and teaching rooms until your payment has been registered.
  • The deadline for timely payment is stated on the invoice. If you do not pay before the payment deadline, you risk losing your place on the course.
  • You can get the participation fee refunded within the following deadlines. After these dates, we will no longer refund the entry fee
    • 31 August for fall courses
    • 31 January for spring courses

For courses starting in August, the deadline for reimbursement of the participation fee is 31 July. Request for refund is made in writing via email to  - remember to add KU username and course information.