International Class in Teacher Education

If you are interested in acquiring relevant professional competences, studying new innovative teaching approaches in an international study environment and doing fieldwork in Danish Schools, then International Class in Teacher Education is perfect for you! 


From 2025, this exchange programme will only be available in the spring semester.




1 semester (30 ECTS)

Campus city

Aarhus C 

Study start

August and February 



About the exchange programme International Class in Teacher Education

  • Application deadlines:

    Spring semester: 1 November

    Fall semester: 1 May


    The programme is taught in English

    The semester consists of one mandatory module, plus two modules chosen by you. You can take maximum three modules equivalent of 30 ECTS in total.

    You will be studying in an international study environment at VIA University College at Campus Aarhus C. The Campus is new and located in the city centre of Aarhus. 

    The international students come from many different countries. Most come from Europe.

    Teaching methods

    Our teaching methods consist of different and varied work and study forms, such as lectures, dialogue-based communication, discussions, student presentations and group activities. The innovative teaching approaches are all process-based.

    Collaboration between teachers and students is partly based on student initiative and independent work. We see active student participation and fieldwork as valuable and important components of studying a profession.

    The practical perspective: Danish school culture

    As an international student, you will study Danish school culture close up as a part of your semester. We consider the practical perspective of the teaching profession to be very important. 

    We will allocate you to a Danish primary or lower secondary school or a boarding school for a two week period.

    The stay will give you the opportunity to see how Danish students learn in various learning environments. There will also be opportunities for you to visit classes with a focus on specific aspects of teaching.

    More information

  • The minimum requirement to apply for the course is to have passed the first two semesters at bachelor’s level at your relevant university or another institute of higher education.

    With regards to language proficiency, it is required to have an English level, spoken and written, equivalent to B2, according to the Common European Framework.

    A maximum of 30 students will be admitted per semester.

    Who can apply?

    The programme is targeted towards students who are interested in becoming teachers in primary and lower secondary education.

  • Your home institution must have an inter-institutional agreement with VIA University College in order for you to be able to apply for an exchange programme at VIA.  

    If an agreement exists, you will be able to fill in the application form. Please be aware that VIA must receive a nomination from your home institution as well. 

    Go to the application portal to apply now

  • Exchange students do not pay tuition fees.

    Per definition, exchange stays are an exchange of one or more students between partner universities and therefore, exchange students do not pay tuition fees.

    If you do not know, if your institution is a partner of VIA, please contact the international office at your home institution. If your institution is not a partner of VIA and you would like us to discuss the possibility of establishing an exchange agreement with your home institution, please contact us at

  • If you are studying for a semester in The International Class in Teacher Education, you can rent a room in Aarhus for students.

    Read about the accommodation in Aarhus for students studying at VIA.

  • Contact our Incoming team at if you have questions about the exchange programme or how to apply.

    Campus address

    VIA University College
    Ceresbyen 24
    DK - 8000 Aarhus C

    Søren Iversen Hansen  
    International Coordinator
    T: +45 87 55 31 37

Meet students

Julia and Melina

Julia and Melina study International Class and Teacher Education