Occupational Therapy

Would you like to make a difference in Europe? Do you want to fight for occupational justice? The occupational therapist is perceived as a social worker in the European health perspective.Join the course and focus on the impact of society’s development on the occupational therapist’s skills, performance and professional development.




3 weeks

Campus city

Aarhus N and internships in Europe

Study start

August and February


Field work

About the Occupational Therapy exchange programme

  • Title: 

    Occupational Therapists for Socially Disadvantaged Individuals in Europe 
    (Occupational Therapy, short term course) 


    The programme is taught in English


     5 ECTS credits

    Academic level:

    Bachelor Level

    Social work as an occupational therapist, social entrepreneurship, occupational justice and injustice, and professional culture and professional networking are some of the themes of the course.

    During the course students will have the opportunity to include an internship in Europe.

    The course includes themes such as:

    • Social work as an occupational therapist
    • Occupational science, occupational justice and injustice
    • Field work using social anthropology as a method
    • Social entrepreneurship as a method
    • Occupational therapy and environmental sustainability
    • International occupational therapist collaboration, professional culture and professional networking
    • Voluntary interest groups, NGOs, etc. 
    • ENOTHE, WFOT collaboration
    • Critical literature retrieval and reading
    • Progression of your own learning, including career coaching and feedback on CVs and job applications

    The course consists of class teaching, group work and individual field work activities

  • We expect international students applying to take this course to be in the 3rd year of their occupational therapy study.

    In cooperation with your home university, we ensure that each course you complete successfully at VIA University College is credited at your home university.

    Language requirements

    In order to join the exchange programme at VIA University College, you must be able to speak and write English well. You must be able to understand spoken English when following courses and be able to write your homework and other assignments and reports in English, too.

  • 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 bell@via.dk.

  • The internship of this course is planned as field work.

    You are invited to make your own observations of the local environment in Denmark and/or your home country or in Portugal.

    It is also possible to arrange a brief internship at an NGO or clinical setting as part of the course.

    VIA University College can help you with the planning, e.g. by making contact on your behalf or you are welcome to do it yourself. VIA University College needs to approve any plan for a brief internship.

  • VIA University College
    Faculty of Health Sciences
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    Campus Aarhus N
    Hedeager 2
    8200 Aarhus N
    DK - Denmark

    Associate Professor 

    Henrik Holm
    E: hhol@via.dk

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