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!




1 semester (30 ECTS)

Campus city


Study start

August and February



About the Social Entrepreneurship exchange programme

  • Application deadline: 

    • Autumn: 1 June 
    • Spring: 1 December


    The programme is taught in English

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

    You will encounter new thinking, new approaches and acquire tools and skills that will help you become:

    • An innovative professional with facilitation skills
    • A social entrepreneur in schools, institutions, private organisations or in your own company

    Internship and fieldwork as a part of the education

    During the semester, you will initiate, implement and lead activities that promote health and physical stimulation and developmental processes that support people’s quality of life, health, well-being and motivate physical activity.

    During the semester, you will participate in an internship at an institution for approximately three weeks and in fieldwork as a part of the projects you work with. Both in the internship and in the field studies you will engage in practical challenges. You will learn to work in teams to create innovative solutions to solve these challenges. 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, young and elderly people
    • 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 (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 living conditions, health promotion and physical activity.

    2. The cross-professional collaboration (10 ECTS)

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


    There are two exams during the semester. One  written individual exam after “The cross-professional collaboration” period and a final group exam in the end of the semester “Social Entrepreneurship”

    Social life 

    As a part of both a personal and professional development, the social aspect of the module is important. Therefore, you will experience a strong focus on social activities throughout the module.
    Some of the activities are a part of the curriculum initiated by the teachers, others are student-initiated activities. The aim is to support both personal and professional development through close relations in both study activities as well as free time activities. Furthermore, focus is not only on meeting other international students, but also to meet Danish students. 

    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.

    Concerning 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, teaching and/or health.

  • 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

  • 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 

    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 VIA University College

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

    T: +45 87 55 37 00


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Meet students and graduates

Ling, Anna and Boudeqwijn study Social Entrepreneurship