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United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals and Co-Creation

Summer School

This summer school unfolds the United Nations’ sustainable development goals through student participation in a cross cultural and cross educational context

About the programme

  • Facts and information

    Subject: United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals and Co-Creation

    Duration: 4 weeks

    Dates: 27 July – 21 August 2020

    Language: English - please note that VIA University College requires students attending VIA Summer School to be fluent in English. All summer schools requires active participation both orally and in writing. This means students must have an English level of at least B2 (CEFR scale) upon arrival. You can find more information about language requirements here.

    Credits: 10 ECTS

    Academic level: BA level

    Prerequisites: Students must have completed 1.5 years of study at bachelor level. Students must be at least 18 years old to apply.

    Maximum enrolment: Maximum 50 participants. If there are more eligible applicants than available places, they will be distributed according to first-come, first served basis.

    Housing: VIA Summer School offers housing service. Read more here.

    Application deadline: 1 April 2020.

    Location: VIA University College, Campus Aarhus C, Ceresbyen 24, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

  • Content

    The summer school unfolds the UN Sustainable development goals. It entails a high degree of student participation and the course is both cross-cultural and cross-educational


    The objective of the elective module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop innovative ideas for small improvements and solutions for the real life challenges; thereby, combining theoretical and practice-based knowledge with innovative study and work forms.  

    The course aims to:

    • facilitate student community involvement
    • develop students’ co-creational community skills, focusing on citizenship (and citizen involvement)
    • provide cross-cultural skills through differentiated themes, projects and ideas
    • build relationships between participants representing different cultures


    This Summer School unfolds the United Nations’ sustainable development goals through student participation in a cross-cultural and cross-educational context. The goals derive from the United Nations’ international agreements on processing towards explicit sustainability in 2030.

    They are unique in that they call for action from all countries; poor, rich and middle-income alike to promote prosperity, all the while protecting the planet. The course will focus on global topics related to the sustainable development goals.

      As an important part of the summer school the participants will get real-life challenges from co-creative partners form outside VIA University College. The co-creative partners can be NGOs, private companies or public authorities. Students are free to choose among several challenges all related to the UN’s 17 SDG. Students will work in close co-operation with the partners to find relevant and useful solutions to the challenges. The solutions will contribute to the partners daily activities.


      A great part of the teaching is based on the pedagogical concept: Problem-oriented project work. The teaching will deal with real-life challenges and solutions related to UN’s 17 SDG and a large part of the teaching and the learning processes will take place outside the classroom. Fieldwork is used as an important method of bringing data into the classroom. During the course students will visit companies who work with UN’ 17 SDG in their daily operations.

      The methods of working are based on presentations, discussions and dialogue. Therefore, it is necessary that students taking part in this course are ready to use their competences in spoken English from day 1.

      Full attendance and active involvement in the teaching, field visits, presentations etc. is expected as a prerequisite for taking the examination and passing the course.

    • Tuition and fees

      Accommodation, meals, insurance, visa and travelling expenses are not included in the fee

      EU-citizens = 7300 DKK (app. 980 EUR)

      Non-EU citizens = 11250 DKK (app. 1510 EUR)

      Discount and tuition fee waivers

      Students from VIA, VIA's partner institutions abroad and other Danish institutions are eligible for tuition fee waivers for this course, if they can provide documentation for approval of credit transfer.

      Please contact VIA Summer School to learn more about other possibilities for discounts on this course.

      Course fee includes

      Classes and tuition
      Social programme including welcome and farewell events (we organise 2-3 events pr. week)
      Goodie bag with a map of Aarhus, a water bottle and a pen
      Personalised graduation certificate

      Accommodation, meals (food and drink), insurance, visa and travelling expenses to and from Denmark are not included in the fee.

      VIA Summer School offers housing service. Read more here.

      Note: This course is offered as a part of the regular bachelor programmes. Seats available after allocating seats to credit-transfer students from VIA University College, Danish Higher Educational Institutions and partner institutions are offered under the Empty-place Scheme and the rules of Danish Open University. You must meet the admission requirements for the degree programme under which the course is offered. If you have any doubt or questions regarding this please do not hesitate to contact VIA Summer School.


    • Contact

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

      Use this form or contact us via the details below

      VIA University College

      Anna Kronborg Bell

      Project Manager

      VIA Summer School

      +45 87551505