Bring unique possibilities to social work and education

VIA Outdoor Play & Learning  


Would you like to work with children or young people? With people of all ages with physical or mental challenges? Would you like to work with fantasy and creativity? Combine play with science and learning in an outdoor context? Bring unique possibilities to social work and education? The join Outdoor Play & Learning.

About the programme


Title: Outdoor Play & Learning

Duration of the programme: 1 semester (30 ECTS)
Semester start – semester end: August to December

Application deadline: 1 May every year

Study location: Holstebro. Read about Campus Holstebro (in English)

Language: The programme is taught in English.

Structure and content
During the programme, participants will work both theoretically and practically.

The programme focuses on how people of all ages and levels of development can benefit from outdoor life and activities. Playing and learning in a social-education context that supports personal development and cooperation.

During fieldwork, you will have the opportunity to practice and develop your skills in collaboration with local schools or partner institutions.

Variety of target groups

Your participation in Outdoor Play & Learning will increase your capabilities for social care work within many target groups.

You will develop skills to carry out social care work and use outdoor play and learning as methods within social-education work.

Read more about the learning activities at the programme (in English)

The semester modules are open for both international and Danish students.

Outdoor Play & Learning is for international and Danish students.

In order to be accepted into the semester for Outdoor Play & Learning, we require that you are able to follow the semester and complete presentations in English (equivalent to level B2) upon arrival.

Students must have completed their first year of study at either a university or another higher educational institute.

How to apply
The programme is open for application once a year.

Application deadline: 1 May every year.

Who can apply?

The applicants for this programme are usually international and Danish students studying to be educators and social workers, as well as students within the fields of health and outdoor activities.

In addition, some applicants are just interested in finding new opportunities and ways of working within the outdoor environment in order to improve learning and living conditions.

Go to the application form (in English).

Fees and tuition
Exchange students from institutions with a bilateral partner agreement do not have to pay tuition fees

Exchange students from institutions with a bilateral partner agreement do not pay tuition fees.

If you are studying at an institution with a bilateral partner agreement with VIA University College, your participation in the exchange programme is tuition-free.

No bilateral partner agreement

Students from institutions without a bilateral partner agreement must pay EUR 4,000.

Student counselling
Do you need help before applying?

Contact us if you have any questions regarding your attendance at Outdoor Play & Learning.

Please contact our international administration officer:

Alice Randi Hansen

T: +45 87 55 24 57


If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us.

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

VIA University College

Education and Social Studies
Gl. Struervej 1

DK- 7500 Holstebro

T: +45 87 55 24 57