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! The program focuses on how children and teenagers can benefit from nature and outdoor activities.




1 semester (30 ECTS)

Campus city

Aarhus C

Study start

February and August

About the Nature in Social Education exchange programme

  • Semester start - semester end:

    • Spring: (Primo) February -  (mid) June
    • Autumn: (Mid) August - (mid) December

    Application deadline: 

    • Autumn: 1 May
    • Spring: 1 November 


    The programme is taught in English.

    About the programme:

    Nature in Social Education focuses on how human body, nature, nature experiences, outdoor surroundings and activities can support the personal development and learning processes of children and others, and how this can promote interest in nature, environmental issues and sustainability. 

    During the program, you will develop capabilities in reflecting on social education theories and carrying out social education work along with implementing nature and outdoor activities in social education work. During the program you will do practical activities in nature combined with theories and reflections on nature.

    The programme is concerned with four different areas:

    • Theories and methodology of social pedagogy and social education in Denmark
    • Theories, research and methodology by practicing and reflecting on outdoor activities and being in nature
    • Reflections on the relationship between humans in nature and nature in humans
    • Placement internship and observation in social education institutions 

    All in all 30 ECTS

    Theory and practice

    The programme offers the opportunity for you to gain theoretical and practical knowledge about 

    • What is being human and being (in) nature
    • How to participate and frame outdoor environments and activities in social education work
    • How we can create and live out values of sustainability in active citizenship, co-creation and democratic education
    • What is the societal and professional contexts for social educational work in Denmark.

    The programme includes an internship. Here you get the opportunity to experience the daily life and pedagogical work in social educational institutions such as kindergartens, schools and after-school centers.

    Lastly, you will have the opportunity to apply and develop new skills involving Nature in Social Education in a project in collaboration with local partner institutions in Denmark such as after-school centers, daycare centers or cultural institutions focusing on nature and outdoor.

    Read about Course modules

    Read about the three modules for the programme

    Read more about the aims and learning outcome


    The evaluation of the semester is graded by 'Approved' or 'Not approved', based on the student's active participation and two-three compulsory assignments for each module. 

  • 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.

    Who can apply?

    Anyone is welcome to apply, but the programme is designed for students of social work, teacher education and/or 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.

  • 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

  • Student Counselling 

    VIA University College
    Ceresbyen 24
    DK- 8000 Aarhus C

    Anne-Mette Nystrøm Søndergaard
    International Administrative Coordinator
    T: +45 87 55 34 06

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Meet students and graduates

Meet Matea and Lukas who studied Nature in Social Education

Meet Matea and Lukas who studied Nature in Social Education