UN SDG Summer School – VIA University College, Denmark

Key Information


Application Deadline: 05/02/24 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Extra-curricular opportunities, Summer Schools

Ref: 10008528


Departure Date: 29/07/24

Return Date: 23/08/24


£1,350: 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: £250

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. £1150) or independently

Travel: Flights will be booked independently by students (£150-200)


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

How to pay

Payment details: As DMU is a partner of VIA University College, students programme fees are waived. Students will need to book their own travel, accommodation and transfers independently after being offered a place on the Summer School.

Carbon Levy

Student contribution: To offset the carbon emissions from the flight for this trip there is a £3 Carbon Levy for this trip which has been added to the total cost. Information about how this Levy will be used can be found here.


All DMU students are eligible to participate in this opportunity. To qualify for the additional funding for this opportunity students need to meet at least one of these ‘Widening Participation‘ criteria. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 5.


Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Please note, if you have already participated on or been accepted for a DMU Global overseas trip between September 2023 and August 2024 you are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.


Students are recommended to apply for no more than 2 overseas opportunities. Further application submissions will not be considered.


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:

  • Develop knowledge of the UN’s 17 SDGs in local, national and global contexts, and the challenges related to these
  • Consider how the UN’s SDGs can impact future professional practice, adding value in cross cultural and interdisciplinary contexts
  • Reflect and work exploratively to solve challenges related to UN’s 17 SDGs
  • Develop innovative ideas for small improvements and solutions for the real-life challenges

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.

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).