UN SDG Summer School – VIA University College, Denmark

Key Information


Application Deadline: 07/02/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Extra-curricular opportunities, Summer Schools

Ref: 10006512


Departure Date: 30/07/22

Return Date: 27/08/22


£1,150: the estimated cost for travel, accommodation (booked through VIA University College) and tuition. Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150

Additional Funding: All students are eligible to receive an additional £480 from the Turing Scheme and for those who identify as from a 'Widening Participation' background this amount is uplifted to £840


Accommodation: Students will be responsible for booking their own accommodation either through VIA University College (approx. £985) or independently

Travel: Flights will be booked independently by students (£100-150)


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office - dmuglobal@dmu.ac.uk


All DMU students are eligible to participate in this opportunity, but it would be particularly relevant to those with a demonstrable interest in public good, volunteering and contributing towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.


There are a maximum of 5 places available and students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Once accepted by DMU Global, successful candidates will be required to apply directly to VIA University College and participation will be subject to the partners selection process.  Due to DMU’s existing partnership with VIA, the tuition fee costs will be waived for accepted students. 


Trip description

This UN SDG 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.

Learning objectives

Participating this Summer School will provide students 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 programme 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

Cultural activities

VIA Summer School offers a social programme, which will consist of a combination of social and cultural events that you will be asked you to sign up on arrival. Many of these activities are included in the programme, however some additional fees may be at the students own expense (such as food and drink). Examples of activities from previous versions of the Summer School include a guided walking tour of Aarhus, a visit to the Old Town, street food night and a visit to Aros Museum.

Please note that all cultural visits and activities are subject to COVID-19 regulations in Denmark.

COVID-19 information

  • Travel to Denmark is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website.
  • Students are required to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel due to the Danish entry requirements. Only full vaccinated travellers are permitted entry without quarantine.
  • Accurate and up-to-date information about the entry and testing requirements for Denmark can be found on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office website. A pre-travel COVID-19 test is currently required for travel to journey. The test must be a maximum of 48 hours with a rapid antigen test or 72 hours with a PCR-test at the time of entry. You must take a test even if you are vaccinated. Travellers also need to take a lateral flow or PCR test within 2 days of arriving back in England. Further Information can be found on the UK Government website.
  • For fully vaccinated travellers, the estimated costs for the required COVID-19 tests are £80-100. Students are required to arrange and pay for these tests independently.
  • All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.