Explore the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals

United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals and Co-Creation  

Summer School

Take a unique chance to explore and co-create on global and local challenges with other students from around the world.

About the programme


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

Duration: 4 weeks

Course period: 29 July – 23 August 2019

Study location: VIA University College, Aarhus City Campus, Aarhus Denmark

Language: English

Credits: 10 ECTS

Academic level: Bachelor level

Prerequisites: Students must have completed 1.5 years of study at bachelor level.

Course fee:

  • EU citizens = 970 EUR
  • Non-EU citizens = 1620 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 May, 2019

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.

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 the following global topics, inspired by the United Nations’ sustainable development goals:

•   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. 

More information and application can be found on our English website.

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:
Summer School Coordinator
Anna Kronborg Bell
E: bell@via.dk 
T: +45 87 55 15 05

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