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Social Entrepreneuship
- Innovation that moves you

VIA Social Entrepreneurship


Do you want to think in new ways? Acquire skills to help you work with innovation as a social entrepreneur? Then Social Entrepreneurship is for you!

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Social Entrepreneurship

    Duration of the semester: 30 ECTS

    Programme start: Mid-August or Mid-February

    Application deadline: 

    • Autumn: 1 June
    • Spring: 1 December

    Study location: Viborg. Read more about Campus Viborg

    Language: The programme is taught in English

    Collaboration between Social Studies and Teacher education: The Social Entrepreneurship programme is a collaboration between the Department of Education and Social Studies and the Teacher Education Programme. Both are departments of VIA University College.

  • Structure and content

    Work on improving health and living conditions by means of innovative processes and holistic solutions. 

    All over the world, people encounter problems and challenges in relation to health and living conditions. These challenges demand creativity, fresh thinking and decisive action by professionals working for the well-being of both children and adults.

    Fieldwork as a part of the education

    As part of the Social Entrepreneurship programme, you will experience four weeks of fieldwork in various schools, institutions or organisations. You will learn about co-creation processes, innovative research facilitating, documenting and evaluating innovative processes and solutions.

    Target groups

    You have the opportunity to focus on one of the following target groups:

    • children and young people with special needs
    • people with social difficulties
    • people with mental and/or physical disabilities

    In trying to understand these target groups, we do not just ask them what they want. Instead, we try to explore what they say, what they do, what they think and how they feel.

    The modules

    During the semester in Social Entrepreneurship, you will attend two modules. Both modules are mandatory. 

    1. Social entrepreneurship, placement, innovative didactics and field work. Health promotion, living conditions and physical activity (20 ECTS)

    • You will learn how to facilitate, plan, carry out, document and evaluate innovative processes with various target groups. You will also take an active part in co-creating processes.
    • You will also learn how to facilitate and motivate innovative health prevention processes and physical activities that improve people´s living conditions.
      You gain knowledge and insight in theories concerning health promotion, living conditions and physical activity.

    2. The cross-professional element (10 ECTS)

    • You can identify, analyse and reflect about cross-professional and cross-sectorial challenges and potential opportunities. You must also take part in, coordinate and manage holistic and cross-professional processes of cooperation.


    There are two exams during the semester.

    More information

  • Enrolment

    The semester is for both international and Danish students.

    To be part of the semester in Social Entrepreneurship, we require that you are able to follow the semester and complete examinations in English (equivalent to level B2) upon arrival.

    If you would like to study Social Entrepreneurship, you must be studying at bachelor level and have completed your first year of study.

  • How to apply

    There are two application deadlines every year: 1 December and 1 June.

    You can participate at the exchange semester in either spring or autumn.


    • Mid-August till Mid-December 
    • Application deadline: 1 June


    • Mid-February til Mid-June 
    • Application deadline: 1 December

    Who can apply?

    Both international and Danish students can apply for the semester in Social Entrepreneurship. Many are students becoming teachers or social workers, or students within the field of health. Some are simply people who are interested in finding new ways of improving health and living conditions.

    Learn how to apply and get the application form

  • Fees and tuition

    Exchange students from institutions with a bilateral partner agreement pay no tuition fees.

    If you are studying at an institution with a bilateral partner agreement with VIA, your participation at Social Entrepreneurship is tuition-free.

    Students from institutions without a bilateral partner agreement pay EUR 5,000 for the Exchange Semester in Social Entrepreneurship.

  • Accomodation

    We can offer accommodation at the student dorm next to Campus Viborg. 

    As a student in Social Entrepreneurship, you can rent a room in Viborg at Camp Logos. This student housing is just next to Campus Viborg, where the semester will take place.

    Both Danish and international students live at Camp Logos.

    Read more about Campus Viborg

  • Student counselling

    Need help before applying?

    It might be helpful for you to talk to a student counsellor.

    Application and housing

    Birgitte Vigsø Henningsen
    T: +45 87 55 37 36

  • Contact

    You are always welcome to contact us in case of questions.

    VIA University College

    Prinsens Allé 2
    DK-8800 Viborg
    Att.: Social Entrepreneurship

    T: +45 87 55 37 00
    F: +45 87 55 37 01

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    Read about Campus Viborg

Dialogue and teaching

Aims and Learning Outcomes

Work with methods to find new solutions to challenges relating to health and living conditions.

Feel the atmosphere

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