Outdoor Play and Learning

Would you like to work with children or young people? With people of all ages with physical or mental challenges? Would you like to work with fantasy and creativity? Combine play with science and learning in an outdoor context? Bring unique possibilities to social work and education? The join Outdoor Play and Learning.




1 semester (30 ECTS)

Campus city


Study start

17th August 2020

About the Outdoor Play & Learning exchange programme

  • Duration of the programme:

    1 semester (30 ECTS) Semester start – semester end: 17 August 2020 – 18 December 2020

    Application deadline:

    1 May 


    The programme is taught in English.

    The programme focuses on how people of all ages and levels of development can benefit from outdoor life and activities. Playing and learning in a social-education context that supports personal development and cooperation.

    During the programme, participants will work theoretically as well as practically, learning and experiencing, reflecting, discussing and practicing together.

    Fieldwork during the programme

    During fieldwork, you will have the opportunity to practice and develop your skills in collaboration with local schools or partner institutions.

    Variety of target groups

    Your participation in Outdoor Play & Learning will increase your capabilities for social care work within many target groups.

    You will develop skills to carry out social care work and use outdoor play and learning as methods within social-education work.

    Read more about the learning activities at the programme

  • 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 from a partner university is welcome to apply, but the programme is designed for students of  teacher education, social work and/or health and outdoor activities.

  • 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.

  • Student counselling 

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

    Contact us if you have any questions regarding your attendance at Outdoor Play & Learning.

    Please contact our international administration officer

    Alice Randi Hansen
    T: +45 87 55 24 57
    E: ah@via.dk

    Contact VIA

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

    VIA University College
    Education and Social Studies
    Gl. Struervej 1
    DK- 7500 Holstebro

    T: +45 87 55 24 57

    E: ah@via.dk

Meet students and graduates

Reona and Evangeline study Outdoor Play & Learning