Homeless man and dog

Do you want to fight for occupational justice? 

VIA 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.

About the programme

  • Facts

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

    Duration: 3 week course

    Dates:  24 August – 11 September 2020 and 8 February – 26 February 2021

    Study Location: Aarhus (Denmark) and internships in Europe. Read more about Campus Aarhus N

    Language: The programme is taught in English

    Credits: 5 ECTS credits

    Academic level: Bachelor Level

  • Structure and content

    The course contains class teaching, group work and individual field work activities. During the course you will have the opportunity to include an internship in Europe. 

    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
  • Enrolment

    We expect you to be in the 3rd year of your study at your home university before applying for our exchange programme.

    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.

  • How to apply

    You must apply through our application system.

    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

  • Fees and tuition

    Students of our partner institutions do not pay tuition fees.
    Students do not pay tuition fees if they come from institutions that have a Bilateral Agreement with VIA University College. 

    If you do not fulfil the above criteria, you can contact Health Sciences, VIA University College at health@via.dk for further information.
  • Internship

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

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

    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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VIA Campus N

Student life on campus

The exchange programme is located on Campus Aarhus N. 

Dialogue and teaching

Teaching Style

In Denmark, teaching is based on interaction and dialogue between lectures and students.