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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: 29 July – 23 August 2019

    Language: English

    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 May 2019 - however courses with available places will remain open for application until 15 June 2019.

    Location: VIA University College, Aarhus City Campus, Aarhus 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

    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 – for example:

    • Health and well-being for people of all ages
    • Reduced inequality within health care, different ethnicities, social classes and gender
    • Sustainability through circularity in production, consumption, cities and communities
    • Strong, democratic and engaging institutions for all

    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

    Students will work on the crowd-sourcing platform VIAConnect with real life challenges within the four global topics developed by stakeholders and staff from VIA University College. 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.  


  • Tuition and fees

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

    EU-citizens = 970 EUR (app. 7245 DKK)

    Non-EU citizens = 1620 EUR (app. 12100 DKK)


    Please contact VIA Summer School to learn more about 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