United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals and Co-Creation

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


Summer School


4 weeks

Campus city

Aarhus C

Study start

1 August 2022

About the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals study programme

  • Dates:

    1 August - 26 August 2022


    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.


    10 ECTS

    Academic level:

    BA level


    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.

    Application deadline:

    The application portal is now closed.


    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 from 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.

  • EU-citizens = 7700 DKK

    Non-EU citizens = 12.400 DKK


    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.

    Course fee includes

    Classes and tuition
    Social programme including welcome and farewell events (we organise 2-3 events pr. week)
    Goodie bag 
    Electronic graduation certificate

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

    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.


  • Apply now

    The application portal is now closed. 

    For more information about the application process go to How to apply to Summer School.

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