Explore the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals

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


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 particpation both orally and in writing. This means students must have an English level of at least B2 (CEFR scale) upon arrival.

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.

Course fee:

EU-citizens = 7300 DKK (app. 980 EUR)
Non-EU citizens = 11250 DKK (app. 1510 EUR)

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.

Application deadline: 1 April 2020.

Location: VIA University College, Aarhus City Campus, Aarhus Denmark.

About the course
The summer school unfolds the UN Sustianable 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 wil 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.

Go to our English website to find more general information and information about application

Practical information
The course fee does not include food or accommodation expenses.
You are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

VIA Summer School
Project Manager
Anna Kronborg Bell
E: summerschool@via.dk

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