International Health Summer School

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VIA Summer School

Get a unique chance to collaborate with other professions. The programme includes theory and visits to elder care centres which are at the forefront of using health- and welfare technologies.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Subject: International health

    Duration of the summer school: 2 weeks (4 ECTS)

    Course period: 14 August - 24 August 2017

    Language: All courses are taught in English

    Course fee: 1250 DK

    Application deadline: May 22 2017 Apply here

  • About the courses

    You will be taught by some of the most gifted researchers in health care and welfare technology and will get a chance to get out of the classroom and experience the Danish welfare system.

    The theme of the international Health Summer School 2017 is how our health care technology system can assist the growing group of people suffering from dementia.

    Throughout the course there is an interprofessional approach to the theme. You will deal with questions like:

    • How to implement person-centered care in your professional work?
    • What kind of psychosocial interventions is used in dementiacare?
    • How can health and welfare technology help people with dementia maintain autonomy in their lives? What are the benefits and
      disadvantages for the individual citizen?
    • When is health technology ethically acceptable?

    Teaching style

    The programme includes both theoretical presentations on campus and visits to elder care centres and hospitals.

    Your learning process will be supported by teambuilding, reflection groups, and presentations in workshops.

    Participation will give you access to professional input, new networks and an appreciation of  the varying perspectives that result from cultural differences.

    Learn about Denmark the fun way

    In afternoon and evenings, tutors arrange a variety of events to expand your knowledge of Danish cuisine, nature and culture and to promote cultural exchange between students from many countries.

    You can decide for yourself the extent to wish you want to participate in these activities.

    The final programme and topics for each day will be send to participants before the course starts.

    In 2016 the offerings included

    • A visit to the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
    • Enjoy a typical Danish breakfast in a private home – Learn how to make Danish 'smørrebrød'
    • Visit Aarhus by night
    • Take a walk by the beach in Aarhus
    • Visit The Old Town – a Danish open-air museum
    • Visit the Queen’s summer residence

    Read more about the The International Health Summer School 2017 (pdf)

  • How to apply

    All students in health-related programmes from around the world can apply to participate in the programme.

    The International Health Summer School is designed for both Danish and international students.

    You must be a student in a health-related programme that is at bachelor’s level or above.

    The summer school is open to all students studying to become:

    • Nurses
    • Occupational therapists
    • Physiotherapists
    • Psychomotor therapists
    • Bioanalysts
    • Radiographers
    • Midwives
    • Nutrition and health specialists

    Previously students from engineering and doctor programmes have also participated in the International Health Summer School.  Contact us for more information.

  • Practical information 

    The course fee does not include food or accommodation expenses.

    The course fee is DKK 1250.

    Expenses for food and lodgings are extra.


    The literature covered will be in English. Once you have registered for the summer school, you will receive more information regarding your compulsory reading list.

    There are no additional charges for books, since all course materials will be available online. You will, however, need to pay any expenses connected to printing out the course materials.

    You will receive the literature list no later than four weeks prior to the summer school.


    You can buy your meals at the canteen on campus.

    Transport to and from Campus Aarhus N

    Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark and it is connected by train and bus from Copenhagen - Denmark's capital. The closest airport is Tirstrup Airport, which is about 50km from Aarhus.

    Campus Aarhus N is located in the Skejby neighbourhood, five kilometres north of the main train station in Aarhus.

    From the main train station there are regular busses to Skejby, with a stop just a few minutes' walk from Campus Aarhus N.

    Plan your journey at - (also in English and German) 

    Get directions to Campus Aarhus N.

  • Accommodation

    You must arrange accommodation yourself.

    All participants in the International Health Summer School must book and pay for their own food, lodgings, and transport.

    A number of places to stay in Aarhus are listed below. This list is not in any particular order.

    Some hotels in Aarhus

    There are also plenty of opportunities for bed and breakfast accommodation in the Aarhus area. 

    Visit Aarhus website

    Read more about eating and drinking, shopping, events and sleeping in Aarhus at the official website for the city at

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

    VIA University College
    Campus Aarhus N
    Hedeager 2
    DK - 8200 Aarhus N

    International coordinator and senior lecturer
    Kirsten Haugaard Christensen
    T: +45 87 55 22 08

    International project manager
    Rikke Hjuler Mikkelsen
    T: +45 87 55 29 78

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    Read about Campus Aarhus N

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