Nature and health

Explore nature, body and mind in social education work

VIA Nature in Social Education


Do you want to work with nature, well-being and sustainable development as perspectives in social education? Do you want to explore and participate in the development of pedagogical practice? Then join Nature in Social Education!

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Nature, Health and Democracy

    Duration of the programme: 1 semester (30 ECTS)

    Semester start - semester end: 6 February 2017 - 16 June 2017

    Application deadline: 

    • Autumn: 1 May
    • Spring: 1 November

    Study location: Aarhus. Read about Campus Aarhus C

    Language: The programme is taught in English.

  • Structure and content

    The programme focuses on how children and teenagers can benefit from outdoor activity.

    The programme Nature in Social Education focuses on how children and others can benefit from experienc-ing nature and outdoor activities.

    The programme focuses on how children and others can benefit from experiencing nature and physical surroundings, and how outdoor activities can support personal development and learning and promote in-terest in nature and environmental issues. During the programme, you will develop capabilities in reflecting on social education theories and carrying out social education work along with implementing nature and outdoor activities as a method in social education work. 

    The programme is concerned with four different areas: 

    • Theories and methodology of Danish social education
    • Nature and outdoor activities, methods and research
    • Reflections on the relationship between humans and nature
    • Placement internship and observation in social education institutions 

    Theory and practice

    The programme offers the opportunity for you to gain theoretical knowledge about the influence of nature and outdoor environments in social education work and about the global and local development of demo-cratic welfare systems, society and professional context for social educational work.

    Lastly, you will get the opportunity to create and apply new skills involving Nature in Social Education in collaboration with local partner institutions.

    Read about Course modules

    Read about the three modules for the programme

  • Enrolment

    Nature in Social Education is for international and Danish students.

    In order to be accepted into the semester for Nature in Social Education, we require that you are able to follow the semester and complete examinations in English (equivalent to level B2) upon arrival.

    Students must have completed the first year of study at either university or another institute of higher education.

  • How to apply

    Application deadline is in May and December every year.

    You can participate in the exchange programme in both spring and autumn semester.

    Autumn semester

    Application deadline: 1 May

    Spring semester

    Application deadline: 1 November

    Who can apply?

    The applicants for this programme are usually international and Danish students studying to be educators and social workers, as well as students within the fields of nature, health and outdoor activities.

    In addition, some applicants are people who are interested in finding new opportunities and ways of working with the outdoor environment to improve learning and living conditions.

    Go to the application form

  • Fees and tuition

    Exchange students from institutions with a bilateral partner agreement do not pay tuition fees.

    If you are studying at an institution with a bilateral partner agreement with VIA University College, your participation in the exchange programme is tuition-free. 

    Students from institutions without a bilateral partner agreement must pay EUR 4.000.

  • Student counselling

    We are ready to help you with any questions you might have before you apply.

    Contact us if you have any questions regarding your attendance at Nature in Social Education in Aarhus.

    Please contact our student counsellor:

    Ulla Røjmer Nordstrøm:
    T: +45 87 55 35 18

  • Contact

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

    VIA University College
    Education and Social Studies
    Ceresbyen 24
    DK- 8000 Aarhus C

    T: +45 87 55 00 00

    Find us on Google Maps
    Read more about Campus Aarhus C

Feel the atmosphere

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