There are three basic types of information that must always appear in an application for exemption: who, what, and why.
Who is applying for an exemption
In order to process an application for exemption, it is a prerequisite that it is clearly indicated who the applicant is. Besides name (full name) you should always – to facilitate processing – provide your CPR number, study programme, semester and email address. It is also important that you send your application for exemption from your AAU Student mail, as all written communication between you and AAU must be secure.
What is being applied for
The recipient of your exemption application generally does not know what you are applying for. To avoid doubt, it is very important that you clearly specify this information.
Why is an exemption being applied for?
An exemption is a release from the normal rules and you can only be granted an exemption if there are unusual circumstances. The unusual circumstances must relate to the individual student, such as the student’s own illness or illness in the immediate family or other personal unusual circumstances which are not due to a lack of academic ability. Therefore, the application must always include an explanation of why the exemption is necessary.
The explanation you provide matters. Depending on what type of exemption you are applying for, the explanation must as a rule include information on:
- Why it is necessary to apply for an exemption. For instance, what is the reason you did not pass the exam in your first three attempts?
- A reasonable account of how an exemption can remedy the problem. For example, how can you pass your exam at a fourth attempt?
Academic ability will not be taken into account when the university assesses if circumstances are extraordinary. However, it can be an advantage in relation to your continued course of studies to have a curriculum drawn up, but the university is not allowed to take it into consideration when assessing whether to grant an exemption for further examination attempts.
It is important that you elaborate your application for exemption and make sure it is specific and well-founded.
Always remember to attach documentation to the possible extent, for instance medical reports.